Oral history interview with Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson, 1978 Jan. 3

Parkinson, Elizabeth Bliss , b. 1907 d. 2001
Collector, Art patron
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 51 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 17 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson conducted 1978 Jan. 3, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Parkinson speaks of her childhood with her aunt, Lizzie Bliss, Bliss' relationship with Arthur B. Davies, the formation of Bliss' art collection, and her involvement in the establishment of the Museum of Modern Art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson (1907-2001) was a patron and collector from New York, N.Y.

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 others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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Interview Transcript

This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson, 1978 Jan. 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson, 1978 Jan. 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.