Archives of American Art

Oral history interview with Mary and Clinton Adams

Collection ID:
Adams, Mary E., 1920-
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002
1998 April 24
Physical Description:
23 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Mary and Clinton Adams conducted 1998 April 24, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in the Adams' home, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Scope and Contents
Mary recalls the early years at the Getty as assistant to Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner, being hired by him in 1954, her responsibilities, such as driving Valentiner to the Malibu ranch location, and the property at the time the museum was established. She described the difficulties Valentiner faced in setting up the museum, and his views of J. Paul Getty. Clinton Adams enters into the conversation late and discusses the art scene in Los Angeles, where, at the time, the Huntington Hartford was regarded as the best hope for a local museum.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mary E. Adams (1920- ) is an art administrator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her husband, Clinton Adams is a printmaker, painter, and educator. Clinton Adams (1918-2002)

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.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is 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 administrators. Funding for the transcription of this interview provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

More Information
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hrs., 2 min.

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J. Paul Getty Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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