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Oral history interview with Virgil Ellsworth Poling, 1980 February 8

Oral history interview with Virgil Ellsworth Poling, 1980 February 8

Poling, Virgil Ellsworth, 1908-2001

Educator, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound files digital, wav file

Format: Originally recorded on 1 tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 41 min.

Summary: An interview of Virgil Poling conducted 1980 February 8, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Poling speaks of the School of American Craftsmen in its early years at Dartmouth College; the creation of a crafts curriculum at Dartmouth during the 1940s and 1950s; and working as a field administrator of crafts and marketing programs for the Agency for International Development in Nigeria, Korea, and Indochina, during the 1960s and 1970s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Virgil Ellsworth Poling (1908-2001) was a craftsman and art administrator from Little Deer Isle, Maine.

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 others.

Funding

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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Virgil Ellsworth Poling, 1980 February 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.