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Oral history interview with Thomas Hart Benton

Interviewee:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Ingram, Rex, 1895-1969  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Reed, Alma M.  Search this
Robinson, Boardman, 1876-1952  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Weichsel, John, 1870-1946  Search this
Extent:
68 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1973 July 23-24
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Thomas Hart Benton conducted 1973 July 23-24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Benton speaks of his childhood in Missouri and Washington, D.C., working as a newspaper cartoonist, and classes at the Chicago Art Institute (1907-1908) and the Academie Julian in Paris (1908). He discusses the New York art world, painting scenes for silent movies, the "Stieglitz Society," the synchromist and regionalist movements, John Weichsel and the People's Art Guild, teaching at the Art Students League and the Kansas City Art Institute, murals and mural techniques, lithographic illustrations, drawings, and World War II propaganda posters. He recalls Thomas Craven, Rex Ingram, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Jackson Pollock, Alma Reed, Boardman Robinson, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was a painter and mural painter.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 46 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
Occupation:
Painters -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century  Search this
Regionalism  Search this
Synchromism (Art)  Search this
Muralists -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.benton73
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91e88892f-d7a7-44fb-9f25-57d279ee317c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-benton73

Men of art / by Thomas Craven

Author:
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 524, [2] p., [40] leaves of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
Topic:
Painting--History  Search this
Painters  Search this
Call number:
ND50.C7X 1931
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_398034

Cartoon cavalcade, edited by Thomas Craven, assisted by Florence and Sydney Weiss

Author:
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Weiss, Florence  Search this
Weiss, Sydney  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 456 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1943
[1943]
Topic:
Wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Call number:
NC1426 .C32 1943
NC1426.C32 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_378088

A descriptive catalogue of the works of Thomas Hart Benton, spotlighting the important periods during the artist's thirty-two years of painting; with an examination of the artist and his work by Thomas Craven

Author:
Benton, Thomas Hart 1889-1975  Search this
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Associated American Artists  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., 7-64 p. incl. front. (port.) 1 illus., plates. 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1939
Call number:
N40.1.B475 C8
N40.1.B475C8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_71933

American art theory and criticism during the 1930's : Thomas Craven, George L.K. Morris, Stuart Davis / by Wayne L. Roosa

Author:
Roosa, Wayne Lloyd  Search this
Subject:
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Morris, George L. K. 1905-1975  Search this
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
x, 467 leaves : ill
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
1989
20th century
Topic:
Art criticism--History  Search this
Call number:
N7475 .R781 1989a
N7475.R781 1989a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_400802

Catalogue of a loan exhibition of drawings and paintings by John Steuart Curry, with an evaluation of the artist and his work by Thomas Craven; the Lakeside press galleries, Chicago. March 1st to April 28, 1939

Author:
R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company  Search this
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Subject:
Curry, John Steuart 1897-1946  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. incl. front. (port.) illus. (part col.) 19 x 16 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1939
1939]
Call number:
N40.1.C979 D6
N40.1.C979D6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_73692

Famous artists and their models

Author:
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 132 p. [34] plates. 17 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1949
[1949]
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Artists' models  Search this
Call number:
N7574 .C89 1949
N7574.C89 1949
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418849

Cartoon cavalcade / edited by Thomas Craven. Assisted by Florence and Sydney Weiss

Author:
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Weiss, Florence  Search this
Weiss, Sydney  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 444 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1944
1944, c1943
Topic:
Wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Call number:
NC1426 .C32 1944
NC1426.C32 1944
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_431723

Men of art, by Thomas Craven

Author:
Craven, Thomas b. 1889  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 524 p., 1 l. 32 pl. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1940
Topic:
Painting--History  Search this
Painters  Search this
Call number:
ND50 .C7X 1940
ND50.C7X 1940
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_413079

Thomas Hart Benton papers

Creator:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Names:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Extent:
4 Reels (ca. 600 items (on 4 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reels
Place:
Middle west in art
Date:
1906-1975
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; an interview with Benton concerning his Truman Library mural; correspondence, including many illustrated letters to his parents written while he was in school, studying in Paris, and in the Navy in Virginia; a letter from Thomas Craven and one from Stanton Macdonald-Wright; manuscripts, including "An American in Art," "An Artist in America," "Death of Grant Wood," "American Regionalism," "Life in Paris," "The Intimate Story," "Politics," and notes on Jackson Pollock; notes and notebooks containing writings; a handwritten manuscript of his speech at the dedication of his Truman Library mural; a few sketches and plates of his illustration for TOM SAWYER; a catalog, printed articles by Benton, and clippings; research material; and a photograph of Benton.
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was an American Regionalist painter in Kansas City, Mo.
Provenance:
Lent 1980 by Benton Testamentary Trusts, Lyman Field, trustee.
Restrictions:
ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Middle West  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- Middle West  Search this
Regionalism  Search this
Art, Regional -- Middle West  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Middle West  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.bentthom
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw922b8b5d1-7bd9-4d50-9581-29c15f955d36
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bentthom

Wallace Richards papers

Creator:
Richards, Wallace, 1904-1959  Search this
Names:
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Simonson, Lee, 1888-  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((partially filmed on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1932-1933
Scope and Contents:
Papers regarding Richards' supervision of the Indiana exhibit "A Century of Progress," Chicago, 1933, and Thomas Hart Benton's mural commissioned for that event. Included are: correspondence with Benton, Thomas Craven, and Lee Simonson and others; writings; organizational records; installation photographs; a book based on Benton's murals; clippings; and printed miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Art administrator; Indianapolis, Ind.
Provenance:
Papers donated by Gwin Richards, a son of an associate of Thomas Hart Benton.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Indiana -- Indianapolis  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Exhibitions -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.richwall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw919563ffb-1ffb-45bb-ab32-b90f40717856
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-richwall

Essay

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Craven papers
Thomas Craven papers / Series 1: Biographical Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ecbb5525-c3d1-42ba-b08b-d7f375ce1bee
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref16

Letters

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1956, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Craven papers
Thomas Craven papers / Series 2: Letters
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dc608f20-9995-4d50-8c0d-b9a566e5eb02
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref19

Handwritten Manuscripts

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5-6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939, 1950
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Craven papers
Thomas Craven papers / Series 4: Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b063eff9-2e87-4372-b577-9a1f4131e899
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref25

Dismantled Scrapbook

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1975, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Thomas Craven papers
Thomas Craven papers / Series 6: Scrapbook
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dad1410f-d278-40fa-b6a4-151b12013e2b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref31

Writings

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3-4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1949
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Craven papers
Thomas Craven papers / Series 3: Writings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98ca1da7a-8ad3-4c44-a3d0-b22fe7b88d65
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref22

Scrapbook

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Extent:
(Box 2; 5 OV folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1941, 1975, undated
Scope and Contents note:
A dismantled scrapbook of clippings of Craven's numerous articles written for such periodicals as The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, Art Digest, The New York American and others. Reviews in the form of letters of his anti modernist books, Men of Art and Modern Art are also found including those, most notably, by Oscar Bluemner and Byron Browne.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cravthom, Series 6
See more items in:
Thomas Craven papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw994dd441a-871a-45d7-a824-44f7bc13dba7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref30

Letters

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1956, undated
Scope and Contents note:
Four letters concerning publishing from the World Publishing Company, Marian McNamara, and E. Pollock.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cravthom, Series 2
See more items in:
Thomas Craven papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b1a3648b-86b4-41a6-b234-fa592b2b976e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref18

Writings

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1949
Scope and Contents note:
Original manuscripts of essays, articles, and commentaries written by Thomas Craven. Found here are "A League for Democratic Art", an essay about the Art Student's League; "Nude Ascends A Staircase" about a watercolor Craven owned by George Grosz; "The Books as Illustrated Books" about artists who have successfully illustrated books; and "The New Century", an excoriation of the French.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cravthom, Series 3
See more items in:
Thomas Craven papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fa786dc2-29d9-4b29-bf10-907cb0617b78
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref21

Loose Newsclippings

Collection Creator:
Craven, Thomas, b. 1889  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility. Patrons must use microfilm copy for portions on microfilm.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Craven papers, 1919-1949, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Thomas Craven papers
Thomas Craven papers / Series 5: Loose Newsclippings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw956b0e655-01b6-4651-b7ee-d9442bf02898
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cravthom-ref28

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