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Oral history interview with Fitzhugh Dinkins, 1989 February 10-July 12

Dinkins, Fitzhugh D., 1919-1993



Collection Information

Size: 192 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav file. Duration is 5 hr., 34 min.

Summary: An interview of Fitzhugh Dinkins conducted 1989 February 20-July 12, by Randson Boykin and Anna Tyler, for the Archives of American Art African-American artists in Chicago oral history project (1988-1989).
Dinkins speaks of his family background and early education; his apprenticeship with William McVey; his studies at Howard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Institute of Design; his military service; his work as art director of the Johnson Publishing Company; his affiliation with the design firm of Winbush and Associates; being an independent artist and entrepreneur; and teaching at Southside Community Art Center.

Biographical/Historical Note

Fitzhugh D. Dinkins (1919-1993) was a painter from Chicago, Illinois.


These interviews are 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 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 Fitzhugh Dinkins, 1989 February 10-July 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.