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Oral history interview with Lee Brown Coye, 1964 May 26

Coye, Lee Brown, 1907-1981



Collection Information

Size: 9 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 21 min.

Summary: An interview of Lee Brown Coye conducted 1964 May 26, by Joseph Trovato, for the Archives of American Art.
Coye speaks of the development of his style of painting; painting murals in Utica, New York; Thomas Hart Benton's influence on him; the importance of the Federal Art Project on his career and on the lives and work of other artists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lee Brown Coye (1907-1981) was a painter and mural painter in New York.


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 3418 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 Lee Brown Coye, 1964 May 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.