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Oral history interview with Donald Barton, 1989 March 31

Oral history interview with Donald Barton, 1989 March 31

Barton, Donald B., 1903-1990

Painter, Photographer

Collection Information

Size: 1 sound cassette

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 16 min.

Summary: An interview of Donald Barton conducted 1989 March 31, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Barton speaks of his childhood in Fitchburg, the son of a painter; attending the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston School from 1922-1925; his friendships with William Lester Stevens and Charles Allen; studying with Hans Hofmann; going on a painting trip to the West in 1928; and his subsequent career as a commercial photographer. He recalls Philip Leslie Hale.

Biographical/Historical Note

Donald Barton (1903-1990) was a painter and photographer from Fitchburg, Massachusetts.


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.


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 Donald Barton, 1989 March 31. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.