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Oral history interview with John Canaday, 1971 August 17-24

Canaday, John Edwin, 1907-1985

Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 47 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav file. Duration is 2 hr., 29 min.

Summary: An interview of John Edwin Canaday conducted 1971 August 17-24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Canaday reminisces about his childhood in Kansas and Texas; his family; studying at the University of Texas, at Yale and in Paris; and teaching at Hollins, the University of Virginia, and Tulane. He speaks of his travels, his military experiences, writing mystery novels under a pseudonym, and working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and as the art critic for The New York Times. He comments on the problems of a critic, his influence, the art section of the Times, and his other publications. He recalls Fiske Kimball.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Canaday (1907-1985) was an art critic from New York, New York.


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 of artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4210 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 John Canaday, 1971 August 17-24. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.