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Oral history interview with Allen Leepa, 1977 Nov. 18-1978 Nov. 29

Leepa, Allen, 1919-2009

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 71 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 55 min.

Summary: Interview of Allen Leepa conducted 1977 Nov. 18-1978 Nov. 29, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art. Leepa discusses the New York art scene of the 1930s and 1940s, the Works Progress Administration, his connections with Abstract Artists of America, working in Michigan and Paris, and his relationship with Abraham Rattner, among others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Allen Leepa (1919-2009) was a painter and educator from New York, N.Y., Michigan, and Florida.


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.

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

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Allen Leepa, 1977 Nov. 18-1978 Nov. 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.