Oral history interview with Narcissa Swift King, 1991 Oct. 7-1992 Jan. 20

King, Narcissa Swift , b. 1911 d. 1998
Civil rights leader
Active in Chicago, Ill.; Santa Fe, N.M.

Size: Sound recordings: 2 sound cassettes : analog.
Transcript: 39 p.

Collection Summary: An interview of Mrs. Narcissa Swift King conducted 1991 Oct. 7-1992 Jan. 20, by Suzan Campbell, for the Archives of American Art.

King discusses her friendship with the painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

Biographical/Historical Note: Narcissa Swift King (1911-1998) was active in the Civil Rights Movement from Chicago, Ill. King was the great-granddaughter of Gustavus F. Swift, founder of the Swift meat packing company. She helped found and became the first chairwoman of the Chicago Urban League's woman's board in 1964 and was active in the Civil Rights Movement. King moved to Santa Fe, N.M., in 1979, and was active in the arts community there.

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 this interview was provided by the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation.

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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