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Oral history interviews relating to the arts, 1956

Alberts, Arthur S., 1910-1986



Collection Information

Size: 5 Items, Original: 5 sound reels

Summary: Selected interviews conducted by Arthur S. Alberts for his research project "French Civilization as Reflected in the Arts," and related lectures. Interviewees include Jean Arp (May 8, 1956); Ada Jean (1956); Andre Masson (Feb. 28, 1956); Xavier Sanchez-Canton (Mar. 15, 1956); and Gino Severini (Mar. 1956) and Man Ray (Feb. 22, 1956).

Biographical/Historical Note

Writer; Falmouth, Massachusetts.


Donated 1996 by John B. Harker, a friend of Alberts' wife, Elizabeth. At Elizabeth's death in 1991 the new owners of the Alberts' housefound a box with the tapes in it and planned to dispose of them. Mr. Harkerfelt the tapes were significant and eventually contacted the Archives. Harker made the copy cassettes from the original reel-to-reel tapes.

Language Note

Arp interview introduction is in French and commentary is in German. Masson interview is in French. Sanchez-Canton interview is in Spanish.

Location of Originals

  • Copy tapes also given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and to the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Cassettes copied from original reel-to-reel recordings.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from John B. Harker. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

Oral history interviews relating to the arts, 1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.