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Oral history interview with Ralph and Bena Frank Mayer, circa 1964

Oral history interview with Ralph and Bena Frank Mayer, circa 1964

Mayer, Bena Frank, 1898-1991

Painter

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 63 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 8 min.

Summary: An interview of Ralph and Bena Frank Mayer conducted circa 1964, by Harlan Phillips, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bena Frank Mayer (1898-1991) and her husband, Ralph (1895-1979) were painters and educators in New York, N.Y. Bena Frank Mayer was also a printmaker.

Provenance

This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ralph and Bena Frank Mayer, circa 1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.