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Oral history interview with John Spencer, 1994 September 1

Oral history interview with John Spencer, 1994 September 1

Spencer, John

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound cassettes (1 hr., 23 min.): analog.

Format: Originally recorded 2 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 23 min.

Summary: An interview of John Spencer conducted 1994 September 1, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.

Spencer discusses his work assisting Dean Cornwell on the Los Angeles Central Library murals between 1927-1933; his subsequent relationship with Cornwell; and his experience as a young artist in Southern California in the 1930s.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Spencer is a painter from Pasadena, California.

Provenance

This interview is 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 administrators.

Funding

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 Spencer, 1994 September 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.