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Oral history interview with Cyril Stanley Smith, 1992 March 18-April 1

Interviewee:
Smith, Cyril Stanley, 1903-1992  Search this
Smith, Cyril Stanley, 1903-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht)  Search this
Fermi, Enrico  Search this
Oppenheimer, J. Robert  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12116
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214733
AAA_collcode_smith92
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214733
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Cyril Stanley Smith

Interviewee:
Smith, Cyril Stanley, 1903-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005  Search this
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954  Search this
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes (2 hr., 35 min.), analog.)
50 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1992 March 18-April 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Cyril Stanley Smith conducted 1992 March 18-April 1, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Smith speaks of his childhood in Birmingham, England; early immersion in analysis of materials; education at Cambridge University; research at Yale University; his work as chief metallurgist on the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, N.M., where the atomic bomb was developed, his colleagues there, including Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, and J. Robert Oppenheimer; the development of the interdisciplinary research center at the University of Chicago; his position at MIT, where he has been Institute Professor since 1961; and research in the connections between fabrication and aesthetics of art forms and technology.
Biographical / Historical:
Cyril Stanley Smith (1903-1992) was a metallurgist from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Smith received a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1926 and taught there from 1961 until his retirement in 1969. His title of Institute Professor Emeritus of Metallurgy and the History of Metallurgy, one rarely conferred and only on those whose work goes beyond traditional disciplines, reflects the high esteem in which he was held. Smith has had great influence on contemporary metalsmiths, experts in ceramics, and students of Japanese art, among others.
General:
Originally recorded 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 35 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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:
Physicists  Search this
Metallurgists  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.smith92
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smith92

Kodō zuroku : illustrated book on the smelting of copper / by Masuda Tsuna ; with color woodcuts by Niwa Motokuni Tōkei

Author:
Masuda, Tsuna -1821  Search this
Shirakawa, Zenryu b. 1942  Search this
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Niwa, Tōkei 1760-1822  Search this
Subject:
Niwa, Tōkei 1760-1822  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1983
19th century
Topic:
Copper smelting  Search this
Copper--Metallurgy  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Metallurgy in art  Search this
Metallurgy  Search this
Wood-engraving, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
TN780 .M37
TN780.T882 E1801a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843217

Kodō zuroku : illustrated book on the smelting of copper / by Masuda Tsuna ; with color woodcuts by Niwa Motokuni Tōkei

Author:
Masuda, Tsuna -1821  Search this
Niwa, Tōkei 1760-1822  Search this
Shirakawa, Zenryu b. 1942  Search this
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1983
1801
Topic:
Smelting  Search this
Copper smelting  Search this
Call number:
TN780 .T882 E1801a
TN780.T882 E1801a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_200656

On divers arts; the treatise of Theophilus. Translated from the medieval Latin with introd. and notes by John G. Hawthorne and Cyril Stanley Smith

Author:
Theophilus Presbyter  Search this
Hawthorne, John G  Search this
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
xxxv, 216 p. illus., plates, facsim. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
[1963]
Topic:
Art--Early works to 1800  Search this
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Technology--Early works to 1800  Search this
Call number:
N7420.T383X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_247977

A history of metallography; the development of ideas on the structure of metals before 1890

Author:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
291 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
[1960]
Topic:
Metallography  Search this
Damascening  Search this
Call number:
TN690.S57X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_248177

Science and art / Cyril Stanley Smith and Martyl, special editors

Author:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Martyl 1918-  Search this
Physical description:
49-96 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1959
Topic:
Art and science  Search this
Call number:
N72.S3 S644
N72.S3 S644
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_119055

From art to science : seventy-two objects illustrating the nature of discovery / Cyril Stanley Smith

Author:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
118 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
1979
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Art and science--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Art and technology--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
Q125 .S683X
Q125.S683X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_120752

On divers arts : the foremost medieval treatise on painting, glassmaking, and metalwork / Theophilus ; translated from the Latin with introd. and notes by John G. Hawthorne and Cyril Stanley Smith

Author:
Theophilus Presbyter  Search this
Hawthorne, John G  Search this
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992-  Search this
Physical description:
xxxv, 216 p., [9] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
1963
Medieval, 500-1500
Topic:
Art--Early works to 1800  Search this
Christian art and symbolism--Early works to 1800  Search this
Technology--Early works to 1800  Search this
Call number:
N7420 .T383 1979X
N7420.T383 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_125944

A search for structure : selected essays on science, art, and history / Cyril Stanley Smith

Author:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
x, 410 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Art  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Call number:
Q171 .S618X
Q171 .S618
Q171.S618X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_139891

Aspects of art and science : an exhibition of diverse art objects illustrating the concepts of Cyril Stanley Smith... : Margaret Hutchinson Compton Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 10 through December 22, 1978

Author:
Margaret Hutchinson Compton Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
46 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
[1978]
Topic:
Art and science  Search this
Call number:
N72.S3 A83
N72.S3A83
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_187890

Sources for the history of the science of steel, 1532-1786, edited by Cyril Stanley Smith

Author:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 357 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
[1968]
Topic:
Steel--Metallurgy--History--Sources  Search this
Call number:
TN703 .S661
TN703.S661
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_21570

Mappae clavicula; a little key to the world of medieval techniques. [Edited and translated by] Cyril Stanley Smith and John G. Hawthorne

Author:
Smith, Cyril Stanley 1903-1992-  Search this
Hawthorne, John G  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. facsim. 30 cm
Type:
Early works to 1800
Sources
Date:
1974
Topic:
Recipes  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
Call number:
T44 .M3613 1974X
T44.M3613 1974X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48398

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