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Oral history interview with Rosa Esman, 2009 June 9-16

Oral history interview with Rosa Esman, 2009 June 9-16

Esman, Rosa, 1927-

Publisher, Dealer

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound discs (3 hr., 9 min.) digital

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 9 min..

Summary: An interview of Rosa Esman conducted 2009 June 9-16, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at Esman's office, in New York, N.Y.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rosa Esman (1927- ) is an art dealer and publisher who lives and works in New York, N.Y. She established Tanglewood Press and was the founder of the Rosa Esman Gallery. She currently works as an independent art dealer.


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 for this interview provided by Art Dealers Association of America. 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.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Rosa Esman, 2009 June 9-16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.