Oral history interview with Helen Williams Drutt (English), 1991 July 5-October 20

Drutt, Helen Williams , b. 1930
Gallery director, Dealer
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Size: Transcript: 264 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 28 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Helen Williams Drutt English conducted 1991 July 5-1991 October 20, by Darrel Sewell and Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.

Drutt (English) discusses her family background and education; the gallery scene in Philadelphia from the 1950s to the 1980s; crafts in Philadelphia and the formation of the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen; teaching the history of crafts at Philadelphia College of Art and Moore College of Art; exhibitions she organized as the director of the art gallery at Moore College of Art; opening the Helen Drutt Gallery in 1974; artists she represented; exhibitions; and working with various crafts organizations to purchase crafts for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Helen Williams Drutt (1930- ) is an art dealer and gallery director of the Helen Drutt gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known as Helen Drutt or Helen Williams Drutt and later Helen Williams Drutt English.

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.

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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