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Oral history interview with Kenneth Donahue, 1981 March 18-April 17

Donahue, Kenneth, 1915-1985

Museum director, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 71 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 5 min.

Summary: An interview of Kenneth Donahue conducted 1981 March18-April 17, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Donahue speaks of his early interest in museums; his education at the University of Louisville; his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick and Ringling Museums, and as assistant director at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; some exhibitions and acquisitions by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth Donahue (1915-1985) was a museum director and art historian of Los Angeles, California.


These interviews are part of the Archives' 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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Kenneth Donahue, 1981 March 18-April 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.