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Oral history interview with Margaret Elder Philbrick, 1971 Nov. 2

Philbrick, Margaret E. (Margaret Elder), 1914-1999

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 30 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 58 min. An unrelated interview of Arthur Polonsky (4/12/72) conducted by R. Brown is also on this tape.

Summary: An interview of Margaret Elder Philbrick conducted 1971 Nov. 2, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Philbrick speaks of her childhood, the development of her interest in art, her education at the Massachusetts College of Art, her first involvement with etching, serigraphy and colograph printmaking, her theories and use of color and light, her philosophy of work, her inspirations, and issues concerning women artists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Elder Philbrick (1914-1999) was a printmaker from Westwood, Mass.


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 .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3198 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 Margaret Elder Philbrick, 1971 Nov. 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.