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Oral history interview with Beniamino Bufano, 1964 October 4

Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970



Collection Information

Size: 27 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 39 min.

Summary: An interview of Beniamino Bufano conducted 1964 October 4 by Mary McChesney, for the Archives of American Art.
Bufano speaks of his work at the San Francisco World's Fair of 1915; other early sculpture work; other media he worked in early in his career; his education; bureaucratic and political problems and scandals in the later years of the project; the politics that surround the placement of statues; President Kennedy's programs for the arts; the future of federally supported art programs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Beniamino Bufano (1898-1970) was a sculptor in San Francisco, 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

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3949 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Beniamino Bufano, 1964 October 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.