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Oral history interview with Margaret Merwin Patch, 1980 Oct. 16-1984 Sept. 25

Patch, Margaret Merwin, 1894-1987

Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 149 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 tape reel and 4 cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 50 min.

Summary: An interview of Margaret Merwin Patch conducted 1980 Oct. 16-1984 Sept. 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Patch discusses her childhood and education in Ill.; her career as an economist; training in art at Cranbrook Academy; development of community art center and craft organizations in Mass.; work with Aileen Osborn Webb on American Crafts Council and in co-founding World Crafts Council; and involvement with art organizations in Florida.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Merwin Patch (1894-1987) was a crafts administrator of Shelburne Falls, Mass.


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.

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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Margaret Merwin Patch, 1980 Oct. 16-1984 Sept. 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.