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Oral history interview with James S. Plaut, 1971 June 29

Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996

Museum director, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 42 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 4 min.

Summary: An interview of James S. Plaut conducted 1971 June 29, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Plaut speaks of founding the Boston Chapter of the Museum of Modern Art, its policies and aims; Boston art scene in the 1930s, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and other positions he has held.

Biographical/Historical Note

James S. Plaut (1912-1996) was an art administrator and writer from Chestnut Hill, Mass.


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 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 S. Plaut, 1971 June 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.