Oral history interview with Samuel Chamberlain, 1972 September 25

Chamberlain, Samuel , b. 1895 d. 1975
Photographer, Etcher
Active in Marblehead, Mass.

Size: Transcript: 43 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 36 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Samuel Chamberlain conducted 1972 September 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Chamberlain tells of the influence of his parents, his study of architecture at Boston Tech., his practice of free-lance art and his work for an architectural firm. He also speaks of his European travels and plans to become an artist in France, of learning printmaking in France and experimenting with different printmaking media. He concludes by talking about his photographic work, getting his photographs published in books on architecture, his feelings about small towns and cities, and teaching printmaking.

Biographical/Historical Note: Samuel Chamberlain (1895-1975) was an etcher and photographer from Marblehead, Massachussets.

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.

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