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Oral history interview with Tyrus Wong

Interviewee:
Wong, Tyrus  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Hoag  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Buck, Frank E. (Frank Eugene), 1889 or 90-1959  Search this
Jeakins, Dorothy  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Murry, Jerre, 1904-1973  Search this
Newell, Gordon  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot, 1890-1969  Search this
Stanley, George M., 1903-  Search this
Winter, Carl, 1906 Jan. 10-  Search this
Extent:
28 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 January 30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tyrus Wong conducted 1965 January 30, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art.
Wong discusses making a film for grade schools and UCLA, which was produced by Eliot O'Hara, where he demonstrated Oriental painting techniques and Joe Jones demonstrated American techniques; working as an illustrator for Republic Studio; designing pottery plates for Greenfield Pottery, Gabriel Pottery in Pasadena; illustrations for the Western Art Review magazine; covers for the Los Angeles Times Home Section 1954 & 1955; text and illustrations for Watercolor Portraits, 1949; designing ads for various magazines; and doing watercolors, lithographs, and murals for the WPA, including the Santa Monica Library. Wong recalls Surasawa, Dorothy Jeakins, Nick Berganti, Hideo Dati, Benjy Ocobo, Carl Winter, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Jerre Murry, Steven LaVerne Dunwell, George Stanley, Gordon Newell, and Frank Buck.
Biographical / Historical:
Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) was a Chinese American painter, designer, illustrator, and printmaker based in California.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 48 min.
Only the second half of this interview was successfully recorded.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- California  Search this
Painters -- California  Search this
Designers -- California  Search this
Printmakers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painting, Asian  Search this
Chinese American art  Search this
Chinese American artists  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American illustrators  Search this
Asian American printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wong65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wong65
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Herman Maril

Interviewee:
Maril, Herman  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Names:
Cummington School of the Arts -- Faculty  Search this
King-Smith Playhouse and School of Theatre Arts (Washington, D.C.) -- Faculty  Search this
Maryland Institute, College of Art -- Students  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Faculty  Search this
Washington Workshop Center for the Arts -- Faculty  Search this
Argento, Mino, 1927-  Search this
Cheney, Sheldon, 1886-  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Giotto, 1266?-1337  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot, 1890-1969  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945  Search this
Extent:
39 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 September 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Herman Maril conducted 1965 September 5, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Maril speaks of growing up in Baltimore, Maryland.; attending the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts; visiting museums in the Washington, D.C. area; exhibiting his paintings in Washington, D.C. galleries and New York City galleries; working for the Treasury Art Project; surviving the Great Depression; teaching at the Cummington School of Art in Cummington, Massachusetts; serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII; painting murals with the Public Buildings Administration; teaching at the King-Smith School, the Washington Workshop of the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Maryland; living in Provincetown; painting and his influences; being interviewed for books and a short film. Maril also recalls Roger Frye, Paul Cézanne, Henry Roben, Charles Walther, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Edward Rowan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chaim Gross, Henri Matisse, Piero della Francesca, Mino Argento, Olin Dows, Giotto di Bondone, Georges Henri Rouault, Wassily Kandinksy, Charles Walthrop, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Eliot O'Hara, Sheldon Cheney, Florence Watson, Jacques Lipchitz, Mason F. Lord, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Herman Maril (1908-1986) was a painter and printmaker from Baltimore, Maryland.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maryland -- Baltimore  Search this
Printmakers -- Maryland -- Baltimore  Search this
Topic:
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.maril65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-maril65
Online Media:

Exhibition : 200 American Watercolors / by the Section of Fine Arts

Creator:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Names:
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot, 1890-1969  Search this
Ulreich, Eduard  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((10 p. on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1940
Scope and Contents:
An exhibition catalog of 200 American watercolors with a foreword by Edward Bruce and a listing of each artist and the title of his work. The paintings were chosen by a jury including Charles Burchfield, John Marin, Eliot O'Hara, and Buk Ulreich. They were then bought by the U.S. government and hung in the Carville, Louisiana, Marine Hospital.
Biographical / Historical:
Established 1934 under the Treasury Department as the Section of Painting and Sculpture. Name changed to Section of Fine Arts in 1938. In 1939, the Federal Works Agency was established and set up the Public Buildings Administration, which combined the Treasury Department's Public Buildings Branch and the Branch of Public Buildings of the National Park Service. The Section's function was to decorate new federal buildings. Unlike the other New Deal art agencies, it was not a relief project, but awarded contracts through a juried system of competition.
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
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.
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.unstdetr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-unstdetr

Jerome Milkman scrapbooks

Creator:
Milkman, Jerome, b. 1884  Search this
Names:
Cranch, Christopher Pearse, 1813-1892  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot, 1890-1969  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
2.5 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1930-[ca. 1959]
Scope and Contents:
Scrapbooks on artists.
REEL 832: Seven scrapbooks, ca. 1930-1950, compiled by autograph collector Jerome Milkman on artists Lyonel Feininger, Jimmy Ernst, Antonio Frasconi, William Morris Hunt, Christopher Pearse Cranch, David Smith, and Jack Tworkov. Scrapbooks contain clippings, catalogs, and photographs. Also contained are 14 letters and postcards signed by the artists, and one letter by William Hunt's wife Rosamond Pier Hunt, about the watercolorist Eliot O'Hara.
UNMICROFILMED: Scrapbooks, 1930-1950, containing autographs, autograph letters, clippings, and cartoons of 281 cartoonists, and 187 sculptors and illustrators.
Biographical / Historical:
Autograph collector; New York, N.Y. Milkman amassed large collection of artists' autograph letters and printed reproductions of their work. Most of the material was sold at auction.
Provenance:
Material on reel 832 was purchased 1968 by the Archives of American Art from Jerome Milkman; unmicrofilmed material donated 1976 by Evelyn M. Sultan, daughter of Milkman.
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:
Cartoonists  Search this
Collectors  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Autographs -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Cartooning  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Artists -- Autographs  Search this
Autographs -- Collections  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.milkjero
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-milkjero

Raymond Jonson papers

Creator:
Jonson, Raymond, 1891-1982  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Jonson Gallery  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976  Search this
Bloch, Albert  Search this
Cheney, Sheldon, 1886-  Search this
Dasburg, Andrew, 1887-1979  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire, 1898-1966  Search this
Levy, Beatrice S. (Beatrice Sophia), 1892-1974  Search this
Nordfeldt, Bror Julius Olsson, 1878-1955  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot, 1890-1969  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Pelton, Agnes, 1881-1961  Search this
Wells, Cady, 1904-1954  Search this
Xceron, Jean, 1890-1967  Search this
Extent:
10 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 13 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1910-1964
Scope and Contents:
Photographs, correspondence, exhibition materials, sketchbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, slides, and an untranscribed interview.
REEL NDA 14: Photographs of Jonson's murals for the Public Works of Art Project in Albuquerque, N.M. and a chart showing the relative sizes of the murals.
REELS RJ 1-RJ 10: Biographical data; correspondence with family members, artists, and others, including Josef Albers, Emil Bisttram, Albert Bloch, Sheldon Cheney, Andrew Dasburg, Elaine de Kooning, Hilaire Hiler, Beatrice S. Levy, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Eliot O'Hara, Georgia O'Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Cady Wells, Jean Xceron, and others; diaries, 1919-1926, with sketches; notebooks; scrapbooks; lectures; photographs; and exhibition records.
REEL 76: Catalogs; photographs; slides and schedule of exhibits, 1922-1962, of the Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico; and photographs of Jonson.
UNMICROFILMED: Photocopies of correspondence with administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project in New Mexico and the Treasury Section of Fine Arts regarding the design and execution of murals by Jonson and Willard Nash for the Library of the University of New Mexico; an untranscribed tape of an interview of Jonson conducted by Ed Garman, undated; and two color charts, one a color circle and the other showing the main colors Jonson used, both used by Jonson to illustrate a lecture delivered at the Chili Club, December 6, 1948 [lecture is on reel RJ 9, fr. 6343-6346.]
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Albuquerque, N.M. Painted murals for the WPA Federal Art Project and other New Deal art programs. He taught at the University of New Mexico where the Jonson Gallery was erected in his honor, housing the most complete permanent collection of Jonson's work.
Related Materials:
Raymond Jonson papers also at Syracuse University.
Provenance:
Material on reels RJ 1-10 was lent for microilming by Jonson c/o the Jonson Gallery, 1964-1965; all other material donated, 1966-1975, by Jonson and his brother Arthur, through the gallery.
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:
Painters  Search this
Muralists -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque  Search this
Art and state -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.jonsraym
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jonsraym

On Lake Nahuel Huopi? [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Image number:
JUL J0015165
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15165

Jefferson Street Savannah [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1935
Image number:
JUL J0015166
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15166

San Carlos De Bariloche; A Lake in the Andes [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1932
Image number:
JUL J0015167
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15167

Rio from Niclheroy [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1932
Image number:
JUL J0015168
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15168

The Balmaseda Magellan [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Image number:
JUL J0015169
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15169

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0015170
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15170

Mountain from Natales Magellan [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1932
Image number:
JUL J0015171
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15171

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0015172
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15172

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Image number:
JUL J0015173
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15173

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Image number:
JUL J0015174
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15174

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0015175
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15175

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Image number:
JUL J0015176
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15176

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Image number:
JUL J0015177
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15177

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Image number:
JUL J0015178
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15178

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
O'Hara, Eliot 1890-1969  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1939
Image number:
JUL J0015179
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_15179

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