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Oral history interview with Margery Hoffman Smith, 1961

Smith, Margery Hoffman, 1888-1981, Smith, Margery Hoffman, 1888-1981

Painter, Designer, Folk artist


Collection Information

Size: 31 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 45 min. Sound quality is extremely poor.

Summary: An interview of Margery Hoffman Smith conducted in 1961 by Harlan Phillips for the Archives of American Art.
Smith speaks of her work with the Federal Art Project in Oregon, working on the design for Timberline Lodge, a ski lodge built under the authority of the WPA in the 1940s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margery Hoffman Smith (1888-1981) was a painter, craftsman, and interior decorator in San Francisco, California.


Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Margery Hoffman Smith, 1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.