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Oral history interview with Marjorie Phillips, 1974 June 27

Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985

Painter, Arts administrator, Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 1 Sound tape, Sound recording: 1 sound tape, 5 in.; 36 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 1 min.

Summary: An interview of Marjorie Phillips conducted 1974 June 27, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Phillips speaks of the Art Students League; marriage to Duncan Phillips and starting a gallery in the family house, exhibitions, purchases of art work; forming the collection; influence of the Phillips Collection; her book Duncan Phillips and His Collection; and her own painting and exhibition.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marjorie Phillips (1895-1985) was a painter and collector from Washington, D.C. Wife of Duncan Phillips. Social Security Death Index and the Phillips Collection website site her birth date as 1894.


This interview is part of the Archives' 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

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Marjorie Phillips, 1974 June 27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.