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Oral history interview with Robert E. Meyerhoff, 2014 December 11-12

Oral history interview with Robert E. Meyerhoff, 2014 December 11-12

Meyerhoff, Robert E., 1924-

Philanthropist, Businessperson, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 15 sound files (3 hrs., 34 min.) digital, wav

Transcript: 71 pages.

Summary: An interview with Robert E. Meyerhoff conducted 2014 December 11-12, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Meyerhoff's Fitzhugh Farm in Phoenix, Maryland.

Biographical/Historical Note

Interviewee Robert E. Meyerhoff (1924-) is a philanthropist and art collector in Phoenix, Md. Interviewer James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator in New York, New York.

Provenance

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 administrators.

Funding

Funding for this interview was provided by Barbara Fleischman. Meyerhoff speaks of his first experiences with art; his wife Jane; his background as an engineer, his family and philanthropy; the Maryland Institute College of Art; the Baltimore Museum; Professor Bates Lowry; his wife's interest in art; early purchases and the beginning of his collection; Rothko; the art world; collectors; becoming friends with artists; notes and tapes with his wife Jane discussing work and talking with artists;

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert E. Meyerhoff, 2014 December 11-12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.