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Oral history interview with Raymond Steth, 1990 April 28

Steth, Raymond, 1917-1997

Printmaker, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 123 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 17 min.

Summary: An interview of Raymond Steth conducted 1990 April 28, by Marge Kline, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Steth discusses his early life and education in the South and in Philadelphia; his experiences in the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project (FAP); his fellow printmaker Dox Thrash and the development of the carborundum print; working in shipyards during World War II; opening up the Philographic Workshop in 1948; the instructors there; its eventual closing in 1953; and his career outside of the arts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond Steth (1917-1997) was a printmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4780 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Raymond Steth, 1990 April 28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.