Size: Transcript: 47 pages
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.