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Oral history interview with James McGarrell, 1978 Aug. 17

McGarrell, James, 1930-

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 113 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 55 min.

Summary: An interview of James McGarrell conducted 1978 Aug. 17, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art. McGarrell discusses his interest in jazz and jazz documentation; education in California and Germany; his career in Portland and Bloomington; and the influences on his work and his personal creative process.

Biographical/Historical Note

James McGarrell (1930-) is a painter and educator from Portland, Or.


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 James McGarrell, 1978 Aug. 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.