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Oral history interview with Ina Sizer Cassidy, 1964 February 13

Oral history interview with Ina Sizer Cassidy, 1964 February 13

Cassidy, Ina Sizer, 1869-1965

Writer, Painter

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 23 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr.

Summary: An interview of Ina Sizer Cassidy conducted by Sylvia Loomis on 1964 February 13 for the Archives of American Art.

Cassidy speaks of her husband Gerald Cassidy, including his background and education; the arts community in Santa Fe in the 1920s; Cassidy's first involvement in the Public Works of Art Project making murals for a federal building in Santa Fe; his death from carbon monoxide poisoning; and his feelings about the PWAP and about government support for the arts. She speaks of her own painting career and her work as head of the WPA Writers Project in New Mexico.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ina Sizer Cassidy (1869-1965) was a painter and writer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Provenance

This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

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

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ina Sizer Cassidy, 1964 February 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.