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Oral history interview with Carlyle H. Smith, 1994 August 8

Oral history interview with Carlyle H. Smith, 1994 August 8

Smith, Carlyle H., 1912-2004

Educator, Jeweler, Silversmith, Metal-worker

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound cassettes (1 hr., 46 min.) : analog.

Format: Originally recorded 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 46 min. Accompanied by 14 illustrations (7 slides and 7 photocopies).

Summary: An interview of Carlyle H. Smith conducted 1994 August 8, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Smith discusses his childhood in Torrington, Connecticut, his early interest in jewelry design, education at the Rhode Island School of Design in jewelry making and silversmithing, and teaching at the Rhode Island College of Education. He recalls working in the metal craft shop of Augustus Rose on jewelry design and repair, and studying with English master silversmith, William Bennett, at his workshop in 1947. Smith speaks of teaching metal arts in the Providence, R.I., public schools and setting up the first American university-level metal arts curriculum at the University of Kansas, 1947-1977. He describes his liberal approach to teaching by setting general assignments and working alongside students. He comments on his work, 1930-1993.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carlyle H. Smith (1912-2004) was a metal worker, jewelry designer, silversmith, and educator of Providence, R.I. and Lawrence, Kansas


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 administrators.


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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Carlyle H. Smith, 1994 August 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.