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Oral history interview with Edgar and Joyce Anderson

Interviewee:
Anderson, Edgar, approximately 1922-  Search this
Anderson, Joyce, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gold, Donna, 1953-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
Chilton Professional Automotive (Firm)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Grotta, Lou  Search this
Grotta, Sandra  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Malarcher, Patricia  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
McPhee, John, 1931-  Search this
Meier, Richard, 1934-  Search this
Milan, Emil, 1922-1985  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Tibbs, Thomas S., 1917-2002  Search this
Webb, Aileen O.  Search this
Wegner, Hans J., 1914-  Search this
Wirkkala, Tapio, 1915-1985  Search this
Wyman, William, 1922-1980  Search this
Extent:
143 Pages (Transcript)
34 Items (Sound recording: 34 sound files (5 hr., 56 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Honduras -- Description and Travel
Date:
2002 September 17-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edgar and Joyce Anderson conducted 2002 September 17-19, by Donna Gold, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Morristown, New Jersey.
The interview begins in the home of their frequent patrons, Sandra and Lou Grotta, in Harding Township, New Jersey. The Grottas are not present. They discuss several of their pieces in situ, including tables, beds, a piano bench, the grandfather clock (carved in the shape of Edgar's arm wearing a wristwatch), and the Knight table. Many of these pieces are discussed in detail in terms of their design and construction. They also allude briefly to other pieces in the Grotta's collection by Toshiko Takaezu, Hans Wegner, Bill Wyman, Sam Maloof, and Bob Stocksdale. The Grotta's house, designed by architect Richard Meier, is also discussed. Edgar recalls that Meier designed the house to accommodate the collection. They also talk about the Grotta's participation in the American Craft Council, and the relationship among collectors. The interview continues at the artists' home Harding Township, New Jersey. They discuss several projects for other clients, and they reflect on the relationships that developed. These include: a gaming table for Doug Dayton of Monteath Lumber Company, a jewelry chest for Thelma Newman, collaboration with Newman on a book for Chilton Publishing Company (not published), and a figural chest for Mako Stewart, which is still in the artists' private collection. They reflect on their private and professional partnership and the balance of skills they shared. They recall that their early success was bolstered by a New York Times article by Betty Pepis. This publicity led to new clients, such as Reverend John Mason of the Episcopal Chapel at the University of Maine, who is discussed in detail along with his wife Elizabeth Mason. They explain their expertise in humidity and wood shrinkage, including their work as consultants for the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, before it became the American Craft Museum. There is lengthy discussion of the Andersons' own house, which they designed and built themselves over a period of years. Frank Lloyd Wright was an influence. They discuss other church commissions in general, speaking of the influence of their spirituality. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Haworth, New Jersey, is discussed in some detail. Edgar briefly talks about a local World Trade Center memorial which he has been working on. They recall the importance of the support of the American Craft Museum, Aileen Osborne (Vanderbilt) Webb, and David Campbell. They discuss in depth their time in Honduras, under the sponsorship of the USAID program, teaching craft techniques to local inhabitants. Joyce describes this as a Kennedy era demonstration program. Other participants in the Honduras program included Dave Chapman, Roy Ginstrom, Bill Wyman, and Emil Milan. They also recall participating in a similar program in Antigua. They also recall Herb and Marje Noyes, Ruth Martin, Patricia Malarcher, John Geraci, Mike Langan, Bob and Rowena MacPhail, Sterling North, Zelda Strecker, Paul Smith, Tom Tibbs, Walker Weed, Lois Moran, Toshiko Takaezu, Tapio Wirkkala, Jack Lenor Larsen, Edward Cooke, Michael Stone, John McPhee, and Dot Blanchard.
Biographical / Historical:
Edgar Anderson (1922- ) and Joyce Anderson (1923- ) are woodworkers from Morristown, New Jersey.
General:
Originally recorded 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 34 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 56 min.
Provenance:
This interview is 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Woodworkers -- New Jersey -- Interviews.  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.anders02a
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ae8bf067-31d4-4221-a0a6-7913411f8cdb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-anders02a
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Edgar and Joyce Anderson, 2002 September 17-19

Interviewee:
Anderson, Edgar, 1922-  Search this
Anderson, Edgar, 1922-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gold, Donna, 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Joyce, 1925-  Search this
Campbell, David Robert  Search this
Cooke, Edward S.  Search this
Grotta, Lou  Search this
Grotta, Sandra  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Malarcher, Patricia  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
McPhee, John  Search this
Meier, Richard  Search this
Milan, Emil  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Tibbs, Thomas S.  Search this
Webb, Aileen O.  Search this
Wegner, Hans J.  Search this
Wirkkala, Tapio  Search this
Wyman, William  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
Chilton Professional Automotive (Firm)  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Honduras -- description and travel
Topic:
Woodworkers -- New Jersey -- Interviews.  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13240
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)237696
AAA_collcode_anders02a
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_237696
Online Media:

Map of the Routes of the United Fruit Company Steam Ship Service

Subject:
Wheeler, George C  Search this
United Fruit Company  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 15w x 20.4h; Type of Image: Map; Medium: Document
Type:
Maps
Paper
Place:
South America
Pacific Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
Central America
Panama
Date:
1924
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Shipping  Search this
Voyages and travels  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-7659
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14695

Janet Longcope photographs of world travels

Creator:
Longcope, Janet, ca. 1886-1974  Search this
Extent:
600 Mounted prints (circa 600 mounted prints, silver gelatin)
4,000 Color slides (circa)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Color slides
Photographs
Place:
Pakistan -- Description and Travel
Fiji -- Description and Travel
Ethiopia -- Description and Travel
Easter Island -- Description and Travel
Yemen -- Description and Travel
Honduras -- Description and Travel
Peru -- Description and Travel
Guatemala -- Description and Travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Vietnam -- Description and Travel
Solomon Islands -- Description and Travel
Colombia -- Description and Travel
Thailand -- description and travel
Taiwan -- description and travel
Jordan -- Description and Travel
Uzbekistan -- Description and Travel
Singapore -- Description and Travel
Bhutan -- Description and Travel
Afghanistan -- Description and Travel
Burma -- Description and Travel
Brazil -- Description and Travel
Australia -- Description and Travel
Lebanon -- Description and Travel
Iraq -- Description and Travel
Iran -- Description and Travel
India -- description and travel
New Guinea -- Description and Travel
Syria -- Description and Travel
Nepal -- Description and Travel
Hong Kong -- Description and Travel
Cambodia -- Description and Travel
Sri Lanka -- Description and Travel
Chile -- description and travel
Mexico -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Italy -- description and travel
Morocco -- description and travel
Spain -- description and travel
Mongolia -- Description and Travel
New Zealand -- Description and Travel
Russia -- Description and Travel
Kenya -- Description and Travel
Macau (China) -- Description and Travel
Malaysia -- Description and Travel
Yucatan -- Description and Travel
Indonesia -- Description and Travel
Date:
1954-1971
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs made by Janet Longcope during trips to countries around the world. They depict landscapes, buildings, markets, dances, agriculture, arts and crafts, ceremonies, children, cooking, musicians, and transportation. Locations depicted include Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Easter Island, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Greece, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, New Guinea, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Siberia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, and Yucatan. Longcope used many of these photographs in lectures.
Biographical/Historical note:
Janet Longcope (1886-1974) was a bookbinder and world traveler who gave informal lectures about her travels. Ater the death of her husband Dr. Warfield T. Longcope in 1953, she visited countries all over the world, returning to some, such as India, as many as nine times.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 75-26
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Markets  Search this
Dance  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Cooking  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 75-26, Janet Longcope photographs of world travels, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.75-26
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw31062ae88-54fe-4e84-8a03-5a1d99a5a8e2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-75-26

The Lost City of the Monkey God : A True Story / Douglas Preston

Author:
Preston, Douglas J.  Search this
Subject:
Preston, Douglas J Travel  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Travel writing
True adventure stories
Place:
Mosquitia (Nicaragua and Honduras)
Date:
2017
Topic:
Extinct cities  Search this
Cities and towns, Ancient  Search this
Indians of Central America--Antiquities  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081967

A journey over land, from the Gulf of Honduras to the great South-Sea / performed by John Cockburn, and five other Englishmen ... who were taken by a Spanish guarda-costa, in the John and Jane, Edward Burt master, and set on shoar at a place called Porto-Cavalo, naked and wounded, as mentioned in several news-papers of October, 1731 ... ; to which is added, a curious piece, written in the reign of King James I, and never before printed, intitled, A brief discoverye of some things best worth noteinge in the travells of Nicholas Withington, a factor in the East-Indiase

Title:
Distresses and adventures of John Cockburn, &c
Author:
Cockburn, John mariner  Search this
Withington, Nicholas Brief discoverye of some things best worth noteinge in the travells of Nicholas Withington  Search this
Former owner:
Hoskins, George H. DSI  Search this
Bayer, Frederick M. DSI  Search this
Subject:
Cockburn, John mariner Travel  Search this
Withington, Nicholas Travel  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 349, [3] p., [1] folded leaf of plates : map ; 21 cm. (8vo)
Type:
Early works to 1800
Place:
Central America
East Indies
Date:
1735
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1431 .C66 1735
F1431.C66X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_118409

Dottings on the roadside, in Panama, Nicaragua, and Mosquito / By Bedford Pim ... and Berthold Seemann ..

Author:
Pim, Bedford 1826-1886  Search this
Seemann, Berthold 1825-1871  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 468 p. : col. front., ill., 5 col. pl., 2 maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Nicaragua
Mosquitia (Nicaragua and Honduras)
Panama
Date:
1869
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_255610

In and out of Central America, and other sketches and studies of travel, by Frank Vincent

Author:
Vincent, Frank 1848-1916  Search this
Physical description:
4 preliminary leaves, 246 pages frontispiece, 1 illustration, 14 plates, portrait, 2 maps (1 folded) 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Central America
Indochina
Antilles, Lesser
Date:
1890
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1432.V77X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_210383

Guide to the Caribbean, 1631 / Daniell Ellffryth ; edited by Stanley Pargellis and Ruth Lapham Butler

Title:
Daniell Ellffryth's guide to the Caribbean, 1631
Author:
Ellffryth, Daniell active 1608-1640  Search this
Editor:
Pargellis, Stanley McCrory 1898-  Search this
Butler, Ruth Lapham  Search this
Physical description:
44 pages : illustrations, maps (folded inside back cover) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Caribbean Area
Mosquitia (Nicaragua and Honduras)
Date:
1945
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098714

The Caribbean as Columbus saw it, by Samuel Eliot Morison and Mauricio Obregón. Photos. by David L. Crofoot, Cristina Martinez-Irujo de Obregón, members of the Harvard Columbus Expedition, and other friends

Author:
Morison, Samuel Eliot 1887-1976  Search this
Author:
Obregón, Mauricio  Search this
Subject:
Columbus, Christopher  Search this
Physical description:
xxxv, 252 pages illustrations, maps, portraits 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
America
West Indies
Central America
Date:
1964
[1964]
Topic:
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Spanish  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_40107

Faces From Afar: Two Canadian Travelers Bring Love, Goodwill and Water Filters to the Needy

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:36:11 +0000
Topic:
Search this
See more post:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_3a42d2f3567b5c30bac08768913f9b46

The Mystery of Tikal

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 01 Jan 2008 05:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Search this
See more post:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_b53d0c49173e5e52ee25defe3a52d06c

A history of the voyages and travels of Capt. Nathaniel Uring : with new draughts of the bay of Honduras and the Caribbee islands; and particularly of St. Lucia, and the harbour of Petite Carenage; into which ships may run in bad weather, and be safe from all winds and storms : very useful for masters of ships that use the Leeward Island Trade, or Jamaica

Title:
Relation of the late intended settlement of the islands of St. Lucia and St. Vincent, in America
Voyages and travels of Capt. N. Uring
Author:
Uring, Nathaniel  Search this
Subject:
Uring, Nathaniel  Search this
Physical description:
ix, [7], 48, 45-60, 65-384, 135, [1] p., [5] folded leaves of plates : maps ; 21 cm. (8vo)
Type:
Early works to 1800
Place:
America
Latin America
Date:
1726
Topic:
Voyages and travels  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
G460 U76 1726
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834269

Adventures in the far interior of South Africa : including a journey to Lake Ngam and rambles in Honduras / by J. Leyland

Title:
Leyland's adventures in South Africa
Author:
Leyland, J  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 282 p. [18] p. of plates : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
South Africa
Honduras
Date:
1866
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Hunting  Search this
Zoological specimens--Collection and preservation  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
DT1732 .L49 1866
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_781923

The republic of Honduras and its natural resources [microform] : New Orleans, February, 1885 / R. Fritzgaertner

Author:
Fritzgaertner, R  Search this
Vidaurreta, Prospero  Search this
Subject:
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885 : New Orleans, La.)  Search this
Physical description:
15, 13 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
Honduras
Date:
1885
[1885?]
Topic:
Natural resources--Exhibitions  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
mfm 003107.77.31
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_541751

The republic of Honduras and its natural resources : New Orleans, February, 1885

Author:
Fritzgaertner, R  Search this
Vidaurreta, Próspero  Search this
Subject:
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885 : New Orleans, La.)  Search this
Physical description:
15, 13 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Honduras
Date:
1885
[1885]
Topic:
Natural resources--Exhibitions  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
T777.G1 H8 1885
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_458436

Discoveries and adventures in Central America, by Thomas Gann

Author:
Gann, Thomas William Francis 1867-1938  Search this
Physical description:
261 p. front., plates, plans. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Belize
Chumuchȧ (British Honduras)
Date:
1928
[1928]
Topic:
Mayas--Antiquities  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1445.G19X 1928
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_312137

Letter to the King of Spain : being a description of the ancient provinces of Guazacapan, Izalco, Cuscatlan, and Chiquimula, in the Audiencía of Guatemala, with an account of the languages, customs, and religion of their aboriginal inhabitants, and a description of the ruins of Copan / Diego García de Palacio ; translated and with notes by Ephraim G. Squier ; with additional notes by Alexander von Frantzius and Frank E. Comparato, editor

Author:
García de Palacio, Diego fl. 1576-1587  Search this
Squier, E. G (Ephraim George) 1821-1888  Search this
Frantzius, Alexander von 1821-1877  Search this
Comparato, Frank E  Search this
Physical description:
66 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Early accounts to 1600
Place:
El Salvador
Central America
Copán Site (Honduras)
America
Date:
1985
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1437.G2613 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_341871

Tangweera : life and adventures among gentle savages / by C. Napier Bell ; introduction by Philip A. Dennis

Author:
Bell, Charles N (Charles Napier) 1854-1936  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Charles N (Charles Napier) 1854-1936  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 318 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mosquitia (Nicaragua and Honduras)
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
British--Biography  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1529.M9B4 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_381849

Remarks on a passage from the river Balise, in the bay of Honduras, to Merida: the capital of the province of Jucatan in the Spanish West Indies, by Lieutenant Cook, London, 1769. A facsimile of the original, with perspective by Muriel Haas

Author:
Cook, James Lieutenant  Search this
Haas, Muriel Fannye  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l. (fascim.: 1 l., 34 p. incl. map) 17, [1] p. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Belize
Yucatán (Mexico : State)
Date:
1935
1769
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
F1444.C66X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_387037

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