Skip to main content

Oral history interview with Sylvester Jerry, 1965 June 11

Jerry, Sylvester, 1904-1990

Painter, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 Sound tape reel, 7 in.; 11 Pages, Transcript

Format: An unrelated interview of Charlotte Partridge (6/12/65) conducted by H. Phillips is also on this tape. An unrelated interview of Leonard Thiessen (6/10/65) conducted by H. Phillips is also on this tape.

Summary: An interview of Sylvester Jerry conducted 1965 June 11, by Harlan Phillips, for the Archives of American Art. Jerry speaks of his first association with the WPA Federal Art Project (FAP), working as an FAP administrator in Detroit; working at finding locations for the artworks; the FAP's role in the development of furniture design; working with Holger Cahill; the Index of American Design; the relationship of art and architecture; administering the project; selecting artists for particular projects; and the project's effect on the community.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sylvester Jerry (1904-1990) was a painter and art administrator from Racine, Wis.


Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3949 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 Sylvester Jerry, 1965 June 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.