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Oral history interview with Gordon Bailey Washburn, 1977 March 1

Washburn, Gordon B. (Gordon Bailey), 1904-1983

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 94 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 5 min.

Summary: An interview of Gordon Bailey Washburn conducted 1977 March 1, by Virginia Field, for the Archives of American Art. Washburn speaks of his career in museums, with emphasis on his work as director of the Asia House Gallery.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gordon Bailey Washburn (1904-1983) was an art museum director from New York, N.Y. He was the director of Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., 1931-1942; director of Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1942-1949; director of the Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1950-1962; and director, Asia House Gallery, New York, N.Y., 1961-1974.


This interview is part of the Archives' 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 the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Gordon Bailey Washburn, 1977 March 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.