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Oral history interview with Edouard Du Buron, 1993 March 9-May 13

Oral history interview with Edouard Du Buron, 1993 March 9-May 13

Du Buron, Edouard, 1905-1996

Artist, Museum director, Gallery director, Dancer

Collection Information

Size: 4 sound cassettes (5 hr., 33 min.) : analog.

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav file. Duration is 5 hr., 33 min.

Summary: An interview of Edouard Du Buron conducted 1993 March 9-May 13, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Du Buron discusses his childhood in Worcester, Massachusetts in a poor family with an abusive father and his rearing in various Catholic orphanages; his loss of religion in his youth and growing up as a French-Canadian in New England; his career as a solo dancer in Boston (1925-32) and as a member of the Ruth St. Denis Troupe (1932-38); his dance career in New York City in the late 1930s and his job as a display designer at Filene's department store in Boston (1942-45).

Biographical/Historical Note

Edouard Du Buron (1905-1996) was a dancer and later an art gallery and museum director from Brockton, Massachusetts. Du Buron died in 1996 before the completion of the interview and discussion of his work as a gallery and museum director.

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 administrators.

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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edouard Du Buron, 1993 March 9-May 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.