Oral history interview with Sonia Allen
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Allen, Sonia, d. 1984 or 5
Cloudman, Ruth Howard, 1948-
1984 September 15
Physical Description:
14 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Sonia Allen conducted 1984 September 15, by Ruth Howard Cloudman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Scope and Contents
Sonia Allen, Mark Rothko's sister, answers questions about family history, the family's life in Russia, and their move to the U.S.A. She was 94 years old at the time of the interview and didn't elaborate her answers to any great degree.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sonia Allen (1890-1985) was Mark Rothko's sister and she was from Portland, Oregon.

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 was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein.

Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 31 minutes.

Digital Content

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

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Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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