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Oral history interview with Roland Balay, 1981 November 19-December 7

Balay, Roland, 1902-2004



Collection Information

Size: 24 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 28 min.

Summary: An interview of Roland Balay conducted 1981 November 19-December 7, by Nancy C. Little, for the Archives of American Art.
Balay speaks of his grandfather's founding of M. Knoedler and Company, the gallery's history, his dealings with artists exhibited by the gallery, and his opinions of various collectors.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roland Balay (1902-2004) was art dealer from New York, New York.


These interviews are 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 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 3196 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 Roland Balay, 1981 November 19-December 7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.