Oral history interview with Perry Townsend Rathbone, 1975 Aug. 8-1976 Sept. 24

Rathbone, Perry Townsend , b. 1911 d. 2000
Arts administrator
Active in Boston, Mass.

Size: 11 sound tape reels 3 3/4 ips.

Format: Originally recorded on 11 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 20 digital wav files. Duration is 16 hr., 43 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Perry Townsend Rathbone conducted 1975 Aug. 8-1976 Sept. 24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Perry Townsend Rathbone (1911-2000) was a museum director from New York, N.Y. He was a curator at the Detroit Institute of Art, 1936-1940, director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis, 1940-1955, and director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1954-1972. At the time of the interview, Rathbone was director of the auction house, Christie's USA (1973-1977). He went on to become senior vice-president from 1977-1987, and a consultant beginning in 1987.

These interviews are 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 reformatting of this interview in 2007 was provided by the Rathbone Family.
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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