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Oral history interview with Leonard Baskin, 1969 April 17

Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000

Sculptor, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 54 Pages Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 1 min.

Summary: An interview of Leonard Baskin conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was a sculptor and graphic artist from Leeds, Massachusetts and Devon, England. Baskin was born 1922, in New Brunswick, New Jersey and died Northampton, Massachusetts, June 3, 2000, age 77. Worked on FDR memorial in Washington, D.C. Studied at Yale University. Founded the Gehenna Press in 1942. Taught at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1953-1974, and Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA, 1984-1994.


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 others.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Leonard Baskin, 1969 April 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.