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Oral history interview with Emil Bisttram, 1963 October 17

Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 19 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 42 min.

Summary: An interview of Emil J. Bisttram conducted by Sylvia Loomis on 1963 October 17 for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Bisttram speaks of his family background; first coming to Taos; his involvement with the Federal Art Project (FAP); his FAP murals; problems with the FAP; the effect of the FAP on public interest in art; and Taos as an art community.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) was a mural painter in Taos, New Mexico.


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 Emil Bisttram, 1963 October 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.