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Oral history interview with Alfred Victor Frankenstein, 1978-1979

Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981

Art historian, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 3 Sound tape reels, 5 in.; 88 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Alfred Victor Frankenstein conducted in 1978-1979, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Frankenstein discusses his family, education, early interest in music and his position in the music department at the University of Chicago, his move to San Francisco and career as art and music critic for the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alfred Victor Frankenstein (1906-1981) was an art critic and art historian from San Francisco, Calif.


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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alfred Victor Frankenstein, 1978-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.