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Oral history interview with G. Alden Smith, 1976 August 4

Smith, G. Alden (Gilbert Alden), 1912-1993



Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 60 pages.

Format: Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 24 min.

Summary: Interview of G. Alden Smith conducted August 4, 1976, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

G. Alden Smith (1912-1993) was a sculptor and art director from Highland Park, Michigan. Chairman of the art department at Wayne State University.


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 G. Alden Smith, 1976 August 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.