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Oral history interview with W. McNeil Lowry, 1981 Oct. 19-1982 Apr. 12

Lowry, W. McNeil (Wilson McNeil), 1913-1993



Collection Information

Size: 123 Pages, Transcript (1981); 106 Pages, Transcript (1982)

Format: Originally recorded on 10 sound cassettes and 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 23 digital wav files. Duration is 15 hrs., 29 min.

Summary: An interview of W. McNeil Lowry conducted 1981 Oct. 19-1982 Apr. 12, by R. W. Daum, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

W. McNeil Lowry (1913-1993) was and art administrator, director of humanities and arts, Ford Foundation, 1957-1964, and vice-president of Ford Foundation, 1964-1974.


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

The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with W. McNeil Lowry, 1981 Oct. 19-1982 Apr. 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.