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Oral history interview with Harry Dobson Miller Grier, 1970 Apr. 21-June 11

Oral history interview with Harry Dobson Miller Grier, 1970 Apr. 21-June 11

Grier, Harry D. M., 1914-1972

Museum director

Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 sound tape reels (4 hours 30 min.) ; 7 in.

Transcript: 70 p.

Summary: An interview of Harry Dobson Miller Grier conducted 1970 Apr. 21-June 11, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Grier discusses his study of architecture at Princeton University, teachers and events that influenced him, and the Carnegie Fellowship programs designed to help American students study abroad. He recalls his work with the military during World War II recovering works of art, and speaks of museum operations especially concerning new acquisitions. He talks specifically of his activities as director of the Frick Collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Dobson Miller Grier (1914-1972) was a museum director from New York, N.Y. Director of the Frick Collection, from 1964 until his death in 1972.

Provenance

These interviews are 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.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Harry Dobson Miller Grier, 1970 Apr. 21-June 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.