Oral history interview with LeRoy Winbush, 1988 November 5-11

Winbush, LeRoy , b. 1915 d. 2007
Active in Chicago, Ill.

Size: Transcript: 127 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 25 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of LeRoy Winbush conducted 1988 November 5-11, by Frank DeBose, for the Archives of American Art African-American artists in Chicago oral history project (1988-1989).

Winbush speaks of his education and family life, working as a sign painter for Goldblatt Brothers department store, joining the Art Directors Club of Chicago, starting the design firm of Winbush and Associates, and his involvement with the South Side Community Art Center. He discusses racism and issues involving black artists. The interview concludes as he recalls his chairmanship of the 1959 International Design Conference.

Biographical/Historical Note: LeRoy Winbush (1915-2007) is a designer from Chicago, Illinois.

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 available by appointment in the Archives of American Art reading rooms, by request, or through interlibrary loan. Audio may be available by request pending review and approval by the Archives.
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