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A Finding Aid to the Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists, 1962-1976

Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists, 1962-1976

Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994

Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 1.6 linear feet

Summary: The Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists measures 1.6 linear feet and dates from 1962 to 1976. Recordings include 20 interviews conducted by Seckler, one interview by John Jones, and 17 additional recordings of mostly contemporary art-related programs and interviews taped from radio and television broadcasts. Recordings are on 26 sound cassettes and 25 sound tape reels.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorothy Gees Seckler (1910-1994) was an art historian from Bronxville, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Provenance

The bulk of the collection, including the interviews with the Provincetown artists, was donated 1995 by Don Seckler, son of Dorothy Seckler. The source of acquisition for the Seckler interviews with the Woodstock artists is unknown.

Related Materials

Other related materials in the Archives' collections include several additional interviews conducted by Seckler for its oral history program, a full recording and transcript of the August 28, 1963 symposium on pop art, for which brief sound notes are found in this collection, and a transcript of the John Jones interview with George Segal in the John Jones interviews with artists collection, 1965 October 5-1965 November 12.

Funding

Funding for the transcription of Seckler's interviews with Provincetown artists was provided by Shirley Gorelick in 2014.