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Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, 1972 July 24

Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979

Collector, Politician, Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 12 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 49 min.

Summary: An interview of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller conducted 1972 July 24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Rockefeller speaks of his family's art collection, and the influence of growing up surrounded by art; his interest in architecture; his involvement with the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the development of his own collection; his methods for collecting.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979) was a collector, patron, governor of New York, and U.S. Vice-President under Gerald Ford.


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 .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, 1972 July 24. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.