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Oral history interview with James W. Washington Jr., 1965 October 13

Oral history interview with James W. Washington Jr., 1965 October 13

Washington, James W. (James Winston), 1909-2000

Sculptor, Painter

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 15 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 31 min.

Summary: An interview of James W. Washington, Jr. conducted 1965 October 13, by Dorothy Bestor, for the Archives of American Art.

Washington discusses his participation in the Mississippi Art Project, the effect it had on his career, and government sponsorship of the arts in general. He recalls segregation in the Mississippi art world.

Biographical/Historical Note

James W. Washington Jr. (1911-2000) was a painter and sculptor from Seattle, Washington.

Provenance

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.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with James W. Washington Jr., 1965 October 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.