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Oral history interview with William Friedman, 1965 June 16

Friedman, William, 1909-

Designer, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 28 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 35 min.

Summary: An interview of William Friedman conducted 1965 June 16, by Mary McChesney, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Friedman speaks of his education; teaching at the Design Laboratory under the Federal Art Project; working as a supervisor with the Iowa Federal Art Project; the establishment of art centers; the Index of American Design; his feelings about the project.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Friedman (1909- ) was a designer who worked for the Iowa Federal Art Project.


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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William Friedman, 1965 June 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.