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Oral history interview with Douglass Crockwell, 1965 February 21

Crockwell, Douglass, 1904-1968

Museum director, Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 14 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 38 min.

Summary: An interview of Douglass Crockwell conducted 1965 February 21, by Joseph S. Trovato, for the Archives of American Art. Crockwell speaks of his role as director of the Hyde Art Collection in Glens Falls, New York; his background and education in commercial art; painting murals; his involvement in the WPA Federal Art Project, and its effect on his career; his work designing magazine covers; and his involvement in filmmaking and animation.

Biographical/Historical Note

Douglass Crockwell (1904-1968) was a painter, illustrator, and museum director.


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

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3418 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 Douglass Crockwell, 1965 February 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.