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Oral history interview with Armand Hammer, 1980 Aug. 26

Hammer, Armand, 1898-1990

Collector, Businessperson, Philanthropist


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 Sound cassette; 16 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Armand Hammer conducted 1980 Aug. 26, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Hammer speaks of his childhood, Russian ancestry, 1921 trip to Russia, and conversations with Lenin. He discusses his early business triumphs, the importing business, the origins of his fortune, the Hearst sale, and the beginnings of his art collection. Hammer comments on his interests and approaches in collecting art, philanthropic activities and some of his experiences in collecting.

Biographical/Historical Note

Armand Hammer (1898-1990) was an art collector from Los Angeles, Calif.


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.

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

Transcript available on microfilm reel 3197 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Audio may be available upon request pending review and approval by the Archives.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Armand Hammer, 1980 Aug. 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.