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Oral history interview with Merlin F. Pollock, 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30

Pollock, Merlin F., 1905-1996

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 5 sound files : digital, wav file

Format: Originally recorded on 3 tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 40 min.

Summary: An interview of Merlin F. Pollock conducted 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Pollock speaks of his training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France; his work as instructor of mural painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1935-1943; his paintings of Alaska commissioned by the government in 1937 and his work as supervisor of mural painting for the Illinois WPA, 1940-1943. He also discusses Chicago artists and his own murals for the government.

Biographical/Historical Note

Merlin F. Pollock (1905-1996) was a painter and teacher, Chicago, Ill.


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.


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 Merlin F. Pollock, 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.