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Oral history interview with Philip Rhys Adams, 1976 September 29

Adams, Philip Rhys, 1908-1993

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 80 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 39 min.

Summary: An interview of Philip Rhys Adams conducted 1976 September 29, by Louise Bruner, for the Archives of American Art.
Adams discusses the development of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the arrangement of its collections; gifts to the Museum from John Josiah Emery, Mary Emery, Herbert Greer French, Mary Hanna and Mary Johnston; Cincinnati artists including Jim Dine, Frank Duveneck, Henry Francis, Tom Wesselman, and Worthington Whittredge; the expense of a loan exhibition versus museum purchases; and the Contemporary Arts Center and other educational programs. Adams also summarizes his educational background and career.

Biographical/Historical Note

Philip Rhys Adams (1908-1993) was the museum director of Cincinnati Art Museum.


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 this interview was provided by Matilda Wilson. 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

Transcript available by request and through interlibrary loan. Audio may be available by request pending review and approval by the Archives.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Philip Rhys Adams, 1976 September 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.