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Oral history interview with Lee R. Norvelle, 1964 June 23

Norvelle, Lee Roy, 1892-1984

Author, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 26 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 20 min. Sound quality is poor.

Summary: An interview of Lee R. Norvelle conducted 1964 June 23, by Richard K. Doud, for the Archives of American Art.
Norvelle speaks of his role as State Director of the WPA Federal Theater Project for Indiana, including the events leading to his appointment; his administration of the project; working with Hallie Flanagan; and public reaction to the project.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lee Roy Norvelle (1892- ) was the state director of Federal Theater Project in Indiana.


This interview 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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3419 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 R. Norvelle, 1964 June 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.