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Oral history interview with Richard Snyderman, 1990 June 8

Snyderman, Richard

Gallery director


Collection Information

Size: 107 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 31 min.

Summary: An interview of Richard Snyderman conducted 1990 June 8, by Richard Polsky for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Snyderman speaks about the Works Gallery, run by his wife Ruth Snyderman, the Snyderman Gallery and many of the furniture makers who have shown there including Wendell Castle and Garry Knox Bennett; collectors such as Irv Borowsky; the craft scene in Philadelphia including other gallery owners such as Helen Drutt and Richard Kagan; changes in the crafts field, both locally and nationally, during the past 25 years; the founding of the Head House Craft Fair in Philadelphia; and the development of the South Street-Society Hill section of Philadelphia.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Snyderman is a gallery director in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Director of Works Gallery which is owned by his wife, Ruth Snyderman.


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.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Richard Snyderman, 1990 June 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.