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Oral history interview with Lloyd Goodrich, 1962-1963

Oral history interview with Lloyd Goodrich, 1962-1963

Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987

Author, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 232 pages

Transcript: 511 pages

Summary: An interview of Lloyd Goodrich conducted 1962-1963, by Harlan Phillips, for the Archives of American Art. Goodrich speaks of his youth in Nutley, New Jersey; his family background; his father's influence; his friendship with Reginald Marsh; studying at the Art Students League under Kenneth Hayes Miller; attending the National Academy of Design; his interest in music and poetry; deciding upon a career in art; working as a writer, editor, and critic for "The Arts"; his travels for "The Arts"; critics he knew; his book on Thomas Eakins; his work with the Public Works of Art Project; political problems with government support of the arts in the 1930s through the 1950s; working as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the problem of forgeries; the Whitney's relationship with other museums; and politics at the Whitney. He recalls Juliana Force, Forbes Watson, Alfred Stieglitz and Hamilton Easter Field.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lloyd Goodrich (1897-1987) was a museum director and art historian living in New York, New York.


These interviews are 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.

Transcript: microfilm reel 3197 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Lloyd Goodrich, 1962-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.