Oral history interview with William Barrow Floyd
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Floyd, William Barrow, 1934-1999
Pennington, Estill Curtis
1981 July 28
Physical Description:
2 Items
sound files Sound recording
digital, wav file
14 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with William Barrow Floyd conducted 1981 July 28, by Estill Curtis Pennington, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Floyd discusses his early research and publishing of The Barrow Family of Louisiana; his interest in early American portraiture up until the Civil War, specially Kentucky artists Matthew Harris Jouett, Joseph Henry Bush, and Oliver Frazer; the great need for more scholarship and study of early Kentucky art. Floyd also discusses his role as the curator of historic properties for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, restoring and curating Kentucky state buildings such as the Old Capitol Building and My Old Kentucky Home (also known as Federal Hill); his views of how Southern art and architecture are overlooked; and the comparison of Kentucky folk art versus a high art, also known as a Central Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky split.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William B. Floyd (1934-1999) was an art historian of Lexington, Ky.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
System Details
Originally recorded on 1 cassette.

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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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