Oral history interview with Charles Henry Alston

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.alston68
Creators:
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977
Murray, Albert, 1916-
Dates:
1968 October 19
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
25 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Charles Henry Alston conducted 1968 October 19, by Al Murray, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Alston speaks of his family background, early interest in art, and education at Columbia University; the social and cultural scene in Harlem in the late 1920s, and the street life there; coming into contact with some of the most important figures of the Harlem Renaissance; the differing problems faced by black and white artists; teaching; commercial art; figurative and abstract art. He recalls Romare Bearden and Robert Blackburn.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was a painter and educator from New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on-line.
Author
Sponsor
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.
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 others. Funding for this interview provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 7 minutes.

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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