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Oral history interview with William Christenberry, 1983 January 17

Christenberry, William, 1936-

Photographer, Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 38 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 27 min.

Summary: An interview of William Christenberry conducted 1983 January 17, by Buck Pennington, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Christenberry (1936-2016) was a photographer, painter, sculptor and teacher in Washington, D.C.


This interview is part of the Archives' 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 for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the William Christenberry papers, 1960-2018 and an oral history interview with William Christenberry conducted by Merry Foresta, March 3-31, 2010.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William Christenberry, 1983 January 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.