Oral history interview with George Leslie Stout, 1978 March 10-21

Stout, George L. (George Leslie) , b. 1897 d. 1978
Arts administrator, Museum director
Active in Mass.; Calif.

Size: Sound recording: 2 sound tape reels ; 5 in.
Transcript: 59 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 45 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of George Leslie Stout conducted 1978 March 10-21, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Stout speaks of his education; conservation work at the Fogg Art Museum; his experience as Arts and Monument officer in Europe; conservation in America; and his directorship and Worcester Art Museum, 1947-1954, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1955-1970. He recalls Richard Buck.

Biographical/Historical Note: George Leslie Stout (1897-1978) was an art consultant, conservator, and museum director from Menlo Park, California.

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.

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 George Leslie Stout, 1978 March 10-21, 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 George Leslie Stout, 1978 March 10-21, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.