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Oral history interview with Otto Wittmann, 1976 August 19-20

Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 124 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 41 min.

Summary: An interview of Otto Wittmann conducted 1976 August 19-20, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Wittmann speaks of his family history and life in Kansas City; art courses at Harvard; his position at Nelson Gallery of Art; Sach's museum course at Harvard; teaching art history at Emerson College, Boston College, and Skidmore College; of being associate director of Toledo Museum of Art; of assembling a new staff, and of responsibilities as director.

Biographical/Historical Note

Otto Wittmann (1911-2001) was a museum director and consultant from Toledo, Ohio.


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 Otto Wittmann, 1976 August 19-20. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.