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Oral history interview with John Coolidge, 1989 March 7-May 4

Coolidge, John, 1913-1995

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 21 sound files : digital, wav file

Format: Originally recorded on 11 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 21 digital wav file. Duration is 15 hr., 24 min.

Summary: An interview of John Coolidge conducted 1989 March 7-May 4, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Coolidge (1913-1995) was an educator and director of the Fogg Art Museum, 1948-1968.


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.


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 John Coolidge, 1989 March 7-May 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.