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Oral history interview with Edith Gregor Halpert

Interviewee:
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington), 1920-  Search this
Names:
C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries  Search this
Daniel Gallery  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Montross Gallery  Search this
New Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S., 1886-1983  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Brackman, Robert, 1898-  Search this
Bridgman, George Brant, 1864-1943  Search this
Brixey, Richard de Wolfe  Search this
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Cary, Elisabeth Luther, 1867-1936  Search this
Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O., 1887-1932  Search this
Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947  Search this
Daniel, Charles, 1878-1971  Search this
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935  Search this
Deskey, Donald, 1894-  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield, 1880-1946  Search this
Dudensing, F. Valentine, 1892-1967  Search this
Fergusson, John Duncan, 1874-1961  Search this
Field, Hamilton Easter  Search this
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948  Search this
Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939  Search this
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983  Search this
Goodyear, A. Conger (Anson Conger), 1877-1964  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Halpert, Samuel, 1884-1930  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hirsch, Stefan, 1899-1964  Search this
Hopkinson, Charles, 1869-1962  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Knox, Seymour H., 1898-1990  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Locke, Charles, 1899-  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933  Search this
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955  Search this
Marin, John, Jr., 1915?-1988  Search this
McBride, Henry, 1867-1962  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mercer, Henry Chapman  Search this
Montross, N. E. (Newman E), 1849-1932  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Saarinen, Aline B. (Aline Bernstein), 1914-1972  Search this
Saklatwalla, Beram K.  Search this
Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Siporin, Mitchell, 1910-1976  Search this
Soutine, Chaim, 1893-1943  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Stern, Louis E., 1886-1962  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Tannahill, Robert Hudson  Search this
Vollard, Ambroise, 1867-1939  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942  Search this
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963  Search this
Wittenberg, Philip, 1895-1987  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
436 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1962-1963
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edith Halpert conducted 1962-1963, by Harlan Phillips, for the Archives of American Art.
Halpert speaks of her childhood in Russia and growing up in New York City; working at Bloomindale's, Macy's, Stern Brothers, and Cohen Goldman; her marriage to artist Sam Halpert, his health, and living in Paris in 1925; becoming an art student at the Academy of Design and feeling that Leon Kroll was an excellent art teacher until he began to correct her drawings; when George Bridgman thought she was ruining his class; the Lincoln Square Arcade, when she and Ernest Fiener and Robert Brackman would rent Conan's studio evenings and bring in instructors; how Newman Montross influenced her more than anybody about showing her art that she loved; burning all of her work because Kroll said she had no talent; receiving a painting from John Marin; her friendship and working relationship with Abby Rockefeller and other family members.
She recalls opening the Downtown Gallery, in Greenwich Village, in 1926; a brief history of modern art; many artists helping decorate the new Daylight Gallery in 1930 and the first show being called "Practical Manifestations of Art"; meeting Robert and Sonia Delaunay in France; when she refused to allow Ezra Pound to speak at one of the gallery lectures because of his anti-Semite remarks and William Carlos Williams and Ford Madox Ford argued with her over it; experiencing jealousy and professional attacks from other dealers; the successful "Pop" Hart show and book in 1929; the "Thirty-three Moderns" show in 1930 at the Grand Central Galleries; the Jules Pascin show in 1930; in America, most of the art buyers supporters of culture were women, until the WPA and World War II, when it became fashionable for men to be involved; Ambroise Vollard's advice on selling art; handling the frustrations of working in the art field; friendships with Stuart Davis,Charles Sheeler, and Ben Shahn; how artists work through dry periods in their creativity and the "Recurrent Image" show; a discussion on modern art galleries of New York City, such as Daniel, Knoedler, Ferargil, the New Gallery, 291, the Grand Central, Kraushaar, and Montross; her travels through Pennsylvania and Maine for good examples of folk art for the gallery; the "The Artist Looks at Music" show; the non-competitive spirit of the early modern American artists; of being saved financially in 1940 by selling a William Harnett painting to the Boston Museum and then renting new space for the gallery.
Also, Mitchell Siporin bringing Halpert and Edmund Gurry to Mitchell Field during World War II for a camouflage show and consequently Downtown Gallery artists and others were enlisted in the camouflage corps for the U.S. Air Force; Charles Sheeler and his wife find Halpert a house in Newtown, Conn.; her decision in 1933 to push folk art for acquisition by the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri; her great concern about what to do with her folk art literature collection; dismay and that no one writes about the history of folk art and those responsible for its creation and popularity; Louis Stern hiring her to organize a municipal exhibit in Atlantic City, N.J., with Donald Deskey designing the furniture and Holger Cahill managing the publicity; Joe Lillie helping her meet Fiorello La Guardia and Joe McGoldrick in 1934 about a municipal show in New York City, but it is moved to Radio City Music Hall through Nelson Rockefeller; the "Salons of America" show; wanting articles written about art for love rather than art for investment; working with Aline Saarinen on her book, "Proud Possessors;" letters from Stuart Davis, William Zorach and others that hurt her feelings; enjoying giving educational lectures and considering retirement because of ill health; the desire to write a book on the history of trade signs in folk art; feeling that the young artists are being ruined by too much support without working for it; planning to write a book entitled, "Unsung Heroes," about artists brave enough to experiment; organizing a show in Russia at her own expense; later representing the U.S. in art at the "American National Exposition"; the agitators and success of the exposition; Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Halpert also recalls Juliana Force, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Buckminster Fuller, George Luks, Edsel Ford, Max Weber, Danny Diefenbacker, Hamilton Easter Field, Frank Stella, Glenn Coleman, Margaret Zorach, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Henry Mercer, Romany Marie, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Mellon, Charles Pollet, Alex Brook, Lunca Curass, Dorothy Lambert, Duncan Candler, Frank Rhen, Louis Rittman, Bea Goldsmith, Arthur Craven, Robert Frost, Philip Wittenberg, Caesar de Hoke, Richard deWolfe Brixey, Seymour Knox, Walt Kuhn, Elisabeth Luther Cary, Charles Locke, Duncan Fergusson, Mrs. Solomon Guggenheim, Bob Tannahill, David Thompson, Marsden Hartley, Erwin Barrie, Robert Laurent, Conger Goodyear, Henry McBride, Edward Hopper, Charles Daniel, William Merritt Chase, Charles Hopkinson, Thomas Hart Benton, Frank Crowninshield, Alfred Barr, Lord Duveen, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin Jr., Karl Zerbe, Franz Kline, Arthur Dove, Julian Levy, Jack Levine, Valentine Dudensing, Peggy Bacon, Stefan Hirsch, Gertrude Stein, Isamu Noguchi, Jasper Johns, Chaim Soutine, B. K. Saklatwalla; Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, Charles Demuth, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Edward Steichen, Carl Sandburg, Clement Greenberg, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Edith Halpert (1900-1970) was an art dealer from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 27 digital wav files. Duration is 32 hrs., 27 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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. The transcript was microfilmed in 1996.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Camouflage  Search this
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.halper62
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94b057b9a-c3f9-4586-8d44-ee2d58857127
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-halper62
Online Media:

Charles C. Adams papers, 1931-1948

Creator:
Adams, Charles C. (Charles Christopher), 1873-1955  Search this
Subject:
Blatas, Arbit  Search this
Audubon, John Woodhouse  Search this
Audubon, Victor Gifford  Search this
Martinez, Albert Looking Elk  Search this
Sharp, Joseph Henry  Search this
Halliday, Thomas  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Keyha, Dorian  Search this
Duveen, Albert  Search this
Henry, Edward Lamson  Search this
Hine, Lewis Wickes  Search this
McCausland, Elizabeth  Search this
MacNeil, Hermon Atkins  Search this
Pearson, Ralph M.  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Stone, Harry  Search this
American Art Research Council  Search this
New York State Museum  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Federal Art Project (N.Y.)  Search this
American Artists' Congress  Search this
Citation:
Charles C. Adams papers, 1931-1948. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Folk art  Search this
Photography -- New York (State)  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9515
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211713
AAA_collcode_adamchar
Theme:
Photography
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211713

Leslie Cheek papers, 1940-1983, bulk 1940-1942

Creator:
Cheek, Leslie, 1908-1992  Search this
Subject:
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich)  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Baltimore Museum of Art  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States. Army. Camouflage Training Unit  Search this
For us the living (1940-1942 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Citation:
Leslie Cheek papers, 1940-1983, bulk 1940-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
House beautiful  Search this
Architectural forum  Search this
Art -- Periodicals  Search this
Exhibitions -- Design  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6457
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215609
AAA_collcode_cheelesl
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215609

Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969

Creator:
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Joseph  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Storrs, John Henry Bradley  Search this
Sunami, Soichi  Search this
Spencer, Niles  Search this
Stasack, Edward  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Steig, William  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl  Search this
Varian, Dorothy  Search this
Walters, Carl  Search this
Webb, Electra Havemeyer  Search this
Tam, Reuben  Search this
Tannahill, Robert Hudson  Search this
Tseng, Yu-ho  Search this
Valente, Alfredo  Search this
Pippin, Horace  Search this
Pattison, Abbott L. (Abbott Lawrence)  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Pollet, Joseph C.  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley  Search this
Pascin, Jules  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Siporin, Mitchell  Search this
Siegel, Adrian  Search this
Reynal, Kay Bell  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Saklatwalla, Beram K.  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Zajac, Jack  Search this
Yavno, Max  Search this
Wilde, Isabel Carleton  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Breinin, Raymond  Search this
Broderson, Morris  Search this
Laurent, Robert  Search this
Brook, Alexander  Search this
Bry, Doris  Search this
Burlin, Paul  Search this
Carlen, Robert  Search this
Cikovsky, Nicolai  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O.  Search this
Klein, Carl  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Karfiol, George  Search this
Karolik, Maxim  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Lea, Wesley  Search this
Lane, William H.  Search this
Lewandowski, Edmund  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin)  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Nakian, Reuben  Search this
Newman, Arnold  Search this
Maya, Otto  Search this
Morris, George L. K.  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield  Search this
Dole, William  Search this
Doi, Isami  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Fredenthal, David  Search this
Felix Landau Gallery  Search this
Halpert, Samuel  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Guglielmi, Louis  Search this
Garbisch, Edgar  Search this
Karfiol, Bernard  Search this
Demuth, Charles  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Hart, George Overbury  Search this
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Our Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Folk Art Gallery  Search this
Boris Mirski Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Ernest Brown & Phillips  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Fraktur art  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- United States  Search this
Sculptors -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Weather vanes  Search this
Chalkware  Search this
Figureheads of ships  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6293
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)221206
AAA_collcode_downgall
Theme:
African American
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_221206
Online Media:

Seal Harbor -- Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Former owner:
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., Jr. Mrs.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Patterson, Robert W.  Search this
Farrand, Beatrix, 1872-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden (Seal Harbor, Maine)
United States of America -- Maine -- Hancock County -- Seal Harbor
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a worksheet, slide script, brochures, and copies of articles.
General:
A 1921 trip to China and a tour of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines inspired Abby and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., to create the garden at Eyrie on the western hill of Seal Harbor. Beatrix Farrand, a fellow Mount Desert Island resident, was hired to design it. Lavish flower gardens and Western influences coexist with Eastern material objects. The garden is enclosed by a rose-colored serpentine wall capped with yellow tiles salvaged from a demolished section of wall around China's Forbidden City. The Spirit Path is lined with Korean tomb "procession" figures. The use of native shrubs and ground covers soften the stone sculptures. A lawn is the center of the sunken garden.
Persons associated with the garden and property include: Abby Aldrich and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (former owners, ca. 1928-1948); Beatrix Jones Farrand (landscape architect); and Robert W. Patterson (landscape architect).
Related Materials:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (6 glass lantern slides+, 55 35mm slides)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- Maine -- Seal Harbor  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File ME043
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Maine
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb61011b517-850f-44dc-9184-1616c42ca70d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref8198

Oral history interview with Edith Gregor Halpert, 1962-1963

Interviewee:
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
Bacon, Peggy  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S.  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Brackman, Robert  Search this
Bridgman, George Brant  Search this
Brixey, Richard de Wolfe  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Cary, Elisabeth Luther  Search this
Chase, William Merritt  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O.  Search this
Crowninshield, Frank  Search this
Daniel, Charles  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Demuth, Charles  Search this
Deskey, Donald  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield  Search this
Dudensing, F. Valentine  Search this
Fergusson, John Duncan  Search this
Field, Hamilton Easter  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Ford, Ford Madox  Search this
Frost, Robert  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster)  Search this
Goodyear, A. Conger (Anson Conger)  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Halpert, Samuel  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Hirsch, Stefan  Search this
Hopkinson, Charles  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Knox, Seymour H.  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Laurent, Robert  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Léger, Fernand  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Locke, Charles  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
Marin, John, Jr.  Search this
McBride, Henry  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mercer, Henry Chapman  Search this
Montross, N. E. (Newman E)  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Pascin, Jules  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Pound, Ezra  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Robinson, Edward G.  Search this
Saarinen, Aline B. (Aline Bernstein)  Search this
Saklatwalla, Beram K.  Search this
Sandburg, Carl  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Siporin, Mitchell  Search this
Soutine, Chaim  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Stein, Gertrude  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Stern, Louis E.  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Tannahill, Robert Hudson  Search this
Vollard, Ambroise  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Wittenberg, Philip  Search this
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt  Search this
Williams, William Carlos  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries  Search this
Daniel Gallery  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Montross Gallery  Search this
New Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edith Gregor Halpert, 1962-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Camouflage  Search this
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13220
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214627
AAA_collcode_halper62
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214627
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Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich, 1982 January 22-1985 April 4

Interviewee:
Aldrich, Nelson W.  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Boston Architectural Center  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Radcliffe College  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Boston Arts Festival  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich, 1982 January 22-1985 April 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architects -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13144
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216259
AAA_collcode_aldric82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216259
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich

Interviewee:
Aldrich, Nelson W.  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boston Architectural Center  Search this
Boston Arts Festival  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Radcliffe College  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Breuer, Marcel, 1902-  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich  Search this
Extent:
93 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 January 22-1985 April 4
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Nelson Aldrich conducted 1982 January 22-1985 April 4 at Marablehead, Massachusetts, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Nelson Aldrich discusses his childhood as the son of an architect and nephew of the great collectors Lucy Aldrich and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; his education in architecture at Harvard University with Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer (1934-38); his architectural practice with Wallace Harrison in New York City and his own practice in Boston; his position as a Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1947-1960), the Boston Arts Festival (1955-62), the Metropolitan Boston Arts Center (1959-1963), the Rhode Island School of Design (1955-1962), Radcliffe College (1957-1972) and the Boston Architectural Center (1968-1973).
Biographical / Historical:
Nelson W. Aldrich (1911-1986) was an architect from Marblehead, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 30 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.
Topic:
Architects -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.aldric82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9138259d6-ee33-4a40-b197-892006391b2b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-aldric82
Online Media:

Bathroom Mat Design with Sea Motif for Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment, 10 West 54th Street, New York, NY

Designer:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Office of:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Medium:
Brush and gouache on gray wove paper
Dimensions:
23.4 x 20.9 cm (9 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1929–31
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-46
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq48ca7bb2a-ae4b-445b-a287-011fc871fbfa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-46
Online Media:

Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Dressing Room Furniture Placement

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Medium:
Graphite and black ink on tracing paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 62.9 x 45.7 cm (24 3/4 in. x 18 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
1929–32
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-463
Restrictions & Rights:
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Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Elevator Indicator

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, red colored pencil, and black ink on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite
Dimensions:
37 x 48.5 cm (14 9/16 x 19 1/8 in.)
Type:
metalwork
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Place:
New York, USA
Date:
1929–31
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-464
Restrictions & Rights:
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Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Table-Glass

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite
Dimensions:
H x W: 61.6 x 101.6 cm (24 1/4 in. x 40 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
1929–32
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-465
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Ceramic Room

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Architect:
Duncan Candler  Search this
Designer:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Metal Worker:
I.S. Pertofsky  Search this
Draftsman:
H.D. Barber  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite
Dimensions:
55 x 74.2 cm (21 5/8 x 29 3/16 in.)
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Place:
USA
Date:
September 10, 1929
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-466
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-466

Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Ceramic Room

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Architect:
Duncan Candler  Search this
Metal Worker:
I.S. Pertofsky  Search this
Designer:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Draftsman:
H.D. Barber  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
September 10, 1929
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-467
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Doors

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Draftsman:
Edward Durell Stone  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite
Dimensions:
H x W: 54.6 x 73.7 cm (21 1/2 in. x 29 in.)
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
September 18, 1933
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-486
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-486

Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Two Bedrooms

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, pink colored pencil, and black ink on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite
Dimensions:
H x W: 65.4 x 100.3 cm (25 3/4 x 39 1/2 in.)
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Place:
USA
Date:
1930–32
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-487
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-487

Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Dressing Room and Bathroom

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Draftsman:
Edward Durell Stone  Search this
Medium:
Blueprint and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 88.9 x 147.3 cm (35 x 58 in.)
Type:
interiors
Blueprint
Object Name:
Blueprint
Date:
June 15, 1933
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-488
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-488

Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Dressing Room and Bedroom

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Medium:
Blueprint and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 36.8 x 40.6 cm (14 1/2 in. x 16 in.)
Type:
interiors
Blueprint
Object Name:
Blueprint
Date:
April 6, 1933
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-489
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-489

Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Cabinet-Corner-White Sycamore and White Laccquer

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
John Davison Rockefeller Jr.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite; red pencil
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
August 1931
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-837
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Abby Aldrich Greene Rockefeller Apartment: Commode-White Lacquer and Sycamore

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller  Search this
Manufacturer:
Schmieg, Hungate & Kotzian, Inc., American, 1924 - 1933  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, red pencil
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
September 1, 1933
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-841
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1975-11-841

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