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Oral history interview with Harold James Brennan, 1979-1982

Oral history interview with Harold James Brennan, 1979-1982

Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989

Educator, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 3 sound files : digital, wav file

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette and 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 25 min.

Summary: An interview of Harold J. Brennan conducted 1979-1982, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Brennan discusses his architectural and art historical training at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and at Harvard University in the 1930s; his artistic training in metalwork; the highlights of his career; and his role in the development of the School for American Craftsmen. He mentions Louis C. Tiffany and Frederick Clayter.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harold J. Brennan (1903-1989) was a crafts administrator and educator.


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 administrators.


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 Harold James Brennan, 1979-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.