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Oral history interview with Jerry Bywaters, 1965 June 9

Bywaters, Jerry, 1906-1989

Museum director, Painter, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 21 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 57 min.

Summary: An interview of Jerry Bywaters conducted 1965 June 9, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art. Bywaters speaks of his background; the events which led to his joining the Federal Art Project in Dallas; working on murals in public buildings; the work done by the Index of American Design in Texas; public perception of the Federal Art Project in the state; his opinions of government support for the arts and political problems with it; his feelings about the Federal Art Project's long term effects on art and on the arts community in Dallas; and his attempt to locate all the artwork done by FAP artists in the state.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jerry Bywaters (1906-1989) was a painter and art historian from Dallas, Texas.


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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3949 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 Jerry Bywaters, 1965 June 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.