Oral history interview with Charles Childs

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.childs72
Creators:
Childs, Charles
Brown, Robert F.
Dates:
1972 April 18-May 12
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
70 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Charles Childs conducted 1972 April 18-May 12, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Childs speaks of his childhood and the development of his interest in art; his first involvement with printmaking; studying at Normal Art School; working at Goodspeed's Print Shop; the art scene in Boston in the 1920s and 1930s; his theories and approaches to art collecting; the development of the Boston Arts Festival; and his involvement with the Institute of Contemporary Art. He recalls John Taylor Arms, Samuel Chamberlain, Maxim Karolik, and George Wales.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Childs is an art dealer and collector from Boston, Massachusetts.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3196 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 35 min.
General
Parts 3 & 4 of Childs interview is under Walter Feldman on tape 2.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art festivals Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamberlain, Samuel, 1895-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Karolik, Maxim Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wales, George Canning, 1868-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goodspeed's Book Shop (Boston, Mass.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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