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Oral history interview with Maya Ying Lin, 1983 March 6

Lin, Maya Ying, 1959-



Collection Information

Size: 42 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 34 min.

Summary: An interview of Maya Ying Lin conducted 1983 Mar. 6, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Lin speaks of a funerary architecture seminar she took at Yale University; entering her design in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's competition; attempts to add a figured sculpture and a flagpole to her design, and her resistance to this effort.

Biographical/Historical Note

Maya Ying Lin (1959- ) is a Chinese American architect based in New York, N.Y.


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 .


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

This transcript is open for research. Access to the audio is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from Maya Ying Lin. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Maya Ying Lin, 1983 March 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.