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Oral history interview with Joseph Hirsch, 1965

Hirsch, Joseph, 1910-1981

Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel, 7 in. ; (24 p. transcript on partial microfilm reel); 24 Pages, Transcript

Format: An unrelated interview of Louis Schanker conducted by H. Phillips is also on this tape.

Summary: An interview of Joseph Hirsch conducted by Harlan Phillips in 1965 for the Archives of American Art.
Hirsch speaks of his early education and background in industrial art; his first involvement with the Federal Art Project, including the easel painting project, murals, and the Index of American Design; artistic experimentation during the 1930s; public perception of federally suuported art projects. He recalls Holger Cahill, Audrey McMahon and Mary Curran.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, lithographer; New York, N.Y. and Pennsylvania.


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 Joseph Hirsch, 1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.