Scope and Contents
This interview of sculptor Paul Manship was conducted by the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, New York City, in 1956 and is 70 pages long. Manship recalls his family background and growing up in Jackson, Mississippi; his early art education; working as a studio assistant for Solon Borglum and later Isidore Konti; studying animal anatomy with Borglum; his trip to Spain with Hunt Diederich; his three-year fellowship at Pierpont Morgan Memorial, commissioned works such as the Bronx Zoological Garden gates, Pail J. Rainey Memorial Gateway; collaborations with architects; his friendship with John Singer Sargent; Manship's studio in Paris; the New York World's Fair, 1939; and exhibitions of his sculpture. There are two copies of the interview in the folder.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Paul Manship interview was transferred from the Library of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, to the Archives of American Art in 1991.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Paul Manship conducted by John Morse on February 18, 1959; a Paul Manship letter to Dr. Hugh stalker; Paul Manship estate papers; and Paul Manship papers.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno in 2022.