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Oral history interview with LeRoy Winbush, 1988 November 5-11

Winbush, LeRoy, 1915-2007



Collection Information

Size: 127 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 25 min.

Summary: An interview of LeRoy Winbush conducted 1988 November 5-11, by Frank DeBose, for the Archives of American Art African-American artists in Chicago oral history project (1988-1989).
Winbush speaks of his education and family life, working as a sign painter for Goldblatt Brothers department store, joining the Art Directors Club of Chicago, starting the design firm of Winbush and Associates, and his involvement with the South Side Community Art Center. He discusses racism and issues involving black artists. The interview concludes as he recalls his chairmanship of the 1959 International Design Conference.

Biographical/Historical Note

LeRoy Winbush (1915-2007) is a designer from Chicago, Illinois.


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.

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

Interview transcript available by appointment in the Archives of American Art reading rooms, by request, or through interlibrary loan. Audio may be available by request pending review and approval by the Archives.

For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with LeRoy Winbush, 1988 November 5-11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.