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Oral history interview with Edgar Tolson, 1981 July 30

Tolson, Edgar, 1904-1984



Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 Sound cassette; 14 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 43 min.

Summary: An interview of Edgar Tolson conducted 1981July 30, by Estill Curtis Pennington, with the assistance of Larry Hackley, for the Archives of American Art.
Tolson discusses his family; living in Campton, Kentucky.; wood-carving techniques and subject matter; and selling his work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edgar Tolson (1904-1984) was a wood-carver from Campton, Kentucky.


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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edgar Tolson, 1981 July 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.