Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich)
Collector, Art patron, Politician
Active in Albany, N.Y.
Size: Transcript: 12 pages.
Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 49 min.
Collection Summary: An interview of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller conducted 1972 July 24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Rockefeller speaks of his family's art collection, and the influence of growing up surrounded by art; his interest in architecture; his involvement with the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the development of his own collection; his methods for collecting.
Biographical/Historical Note: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979) was a collector, patron, governor of New York, and U.S. Vice-President under Gerald Ford.
This interview is 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.