Archives of American Art

Oral history interview with Armand Hammer

Collection ID:
Hammer, Armand, 1898-1990
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-
1980 Aug. 26
Physical Description:
1 Sound cassette
Sound recording
16 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Armand Hammer conducted 1980 Aug. 26, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Hammer speaks of his childhood, Russian ancestry, 1921 trip to Russia, and conversations with Lenin. He discusses his early business triumphs, the importing business, the origins of his fortune, the Hearst sale, and the beginnings of his art collection. Hammer comments on his interests and approaches in collecting art, philanthropic activities and some of his experiences in collecting.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Armand Hammer (1898-1990) was an art collector from Los Angeles, Calif.

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 microfilm reel 3197 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Audio may be available upon request pending review and approval by the Archives.
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

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