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Oral history interview with Miriam Hapgood DeWitt, 1987-1988

Oral history interview with Miriam Hapgood DeWitt, 1987-1988

DeWitt, Miriam Hapgood, 1906-1990



Collection Information

Size: 6 sound files (3 hr., 46 min) : digital, wav file

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 46 min.

Summary: An interview of Miriam Hapgood DeWitt conducted 1987-1988, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

DeWitt discusses her childhood in the New York area and Provincetown, Massachusetts, as the daughter of two writers, Hutchins Hapgood and Neith Boyce. She recalls various artists and writers, as well as eventful years in New York and Taos, New Mexico. She also speaks of her second husband, John DeWitt, and his involvement with major federal government art projects during the 1960s and 1970s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Miriam Hapgood DeWitt (1906-1990) was a writer from Provincetown, Massachusetts.


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 administrators.


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 Miriam Hapgood DeWitt, 1987-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.