Oral history interview with Raymond E. Lewis
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
Lewis, R. E.
Karlstrom, Paul J.
1981 Dec. 7-1982 Jan. 7
Physical Description:
63 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Raymond E. Lewis conducted 1981 Dec. 7-1982 Jan. 7, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Lewis speaks of his childhood in New York, moving to California, his early plans to become a veterinarian, his education in art history at Berkeley, and teaching art in high schools. He discusses his move to Boston and work at Childs Gallery; his 1952 return to California, where he started his own print gallery; collectors who became clients of the print shop; lack of coverage of the graphic arts in art history education; the differences between "old masters" galleries and contemporary art galleries; and the importance of hands-on experience with prints.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Raymond Lewis is an art dealer from San Rafael, Calif.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3417 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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
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.

Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 41 min.

Digital Content

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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Prints -- Collectors and collecting -- California Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art dealers -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Childs Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
R. E. Lewis, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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