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Oral history interview with Thomas Cleveland Parker, 1963 Oct. 14-23

Parker, Thomas Cleveland, 1904-1967

Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 33 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 41 min.

Summary: An interview of Thomas Cleveland Parker conducted by Harlan Phillips between 1963 Oct. 14-Oct. 23 for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Cleveland Parker (1904-1967) was an art administrator in Richmond, Va. Director of the American Federation of Arts, 1940-1952. First director of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Assistant national director of the Works Progress Administration's art project 1935-1940.


This interview 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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4211 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Thomas Cleveland Parker, 1963 Oct. 14-23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.