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Oral history interview with Edgar Tolson, 1981 July 30

Oral history interview with Edgar Tolson, 1981 July 30

Tolson, Edgar, 1904-1984

Woodworker

Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 sound cassette

Transcript: 14 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformated 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.

Provenance

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

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.

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