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Oral history interview with Allen Porter, 1967 May 24

Porter, Allen, 1902-1987

Author, Arts administrator, Graphic designer


Collection Information

Size: 20 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 13 min.

Summary: An interview of Allen Porter conducted 1967 May 24, by Butler Coleman, for the Archives of American Art. Porter speaks of his youth and educational background; his interest in photography; collectors; joining the Museum of Modern Art in 1937; films at the Museum; making films for the Army during World War II; art critics; art dealing. He recalls Alfred H. Barr, Julien Levy and Eugene Berman.

Biographical/Historical Note

Allan Porter (1902-1987) was a curator at Museum of Modern Art.


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 .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Allen Porter, 1967 May 24. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.