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Oral history interview with Ben Messick, 1965 June 1

Messick, Benjamin Newton, 1901-1981

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 27 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 4 min.

Summary: An interview of Ben Messick conducted 1965 June 1, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ben Messick (1901-1981) was a painter and educator in California.


Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ben Messick, 1965 June 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.