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Oral history interview with Franklin Watkins, 1971 August 18

Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 57 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 26 min.

Summary: An interview of Franklin Watkins conducted 1971 August 18, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Franklin Watkins (1894-1972) was a painter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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.

Language Note

English .


Funding for this interview was provided by the Wyeth Endowment for American Art.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3418 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Franklin Watkins, 1971 August 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.