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Oral history interview with Jane Blaffer Owen, 1980 Mar. 12

Owen, Jane Blaffer, 1915-2010

Philanthropist, Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 27 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 56 min.

Summary: An interview of Jane Blaffer Owen conducted 1980 Mar. 12, by Sandra Curtis Levy, for the Archives of American Art Texas Project.
Blaffer speaks of the history of the Blaffer family and its involvement in the art world; speaks about her mother, Sarah Campbell Blaffer and her development as an art patron; and about the family's art collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jane Blaffer Owen (1915-2010) was an art patron from Houston, Tex. Daughter of Sarah Campbell Blaffer.


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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jane Blaffer Owen, 1980 Mar. 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.