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Oral history interview with Burton Freund, 1965 Apr. 20

Freund, Burton



Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 Sound tape reel, 5 in.; 2 Sound tape reels, Sound recordings, 3 in.; 42 Pages, Transcript

Format: An unrelated interview of Anton Blazek conducted by B. Hoag is also on one tape. An unrelated interview of Irving Block conducted by B. Hoag is also on one tape.

Summary: An interview of Burton Freund conducted by Betty Hoag on 1965 Apr. 20 for the Archives of American Art.
Freund speaks of his background and education in Chicago; teaching himself sculpture; working as a puppeteer on the Federal Art Project (FAP) in Chicago; doing various other jobs for the FAP, including wood and plaster panels for schools and for the Zoo; demonstrations and union activities; the work of the Chicago FAP, and how the project functioned; the disposal of the work after the project ended; and his career during and after World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor and wood engraver; Illinois and California. Worked for the Federal Art Project in Illinois.


This interview 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

Use requires an appointment.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Burton Freund, 1965 Apr. 20. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.