Oral history interview with Sam Maloof
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Maloof, Sam
MacNaughton, Mary Davis
2002 Jan. 10-11
Physical Description:
4 Sound cassettes
Sound recording, master (210 min.)
59 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Sam Maloof conducted 2002 Jan. 10-12, by Mary MacNaughton, for the Archives of American Art, in Maloof's home/studio in Alta Loma, Calif.
Scope and Contents
Maloof describes his childhood in Chino, Calif., where he learned the craft of furniture making from his father, who had emigrated from Lebanon; his early training in graphic art; the influence of Millard Sheets (1907-1989), head of the art department at Scripps College; his first commissions in the late 1940s; his designs in the 1950s; his contacts with artists in Claremont; exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Fair; commissions with the firm Kneedler-Fauchere and his associations with other California furniture makers; and the artistic process.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sam Maloof (1916-2009) was a furniture designer in Alto Loma, Calif.

Funding for this interview provided by Pacific Arts Foundation and Bente and Gerald Buck Collection. 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 online.
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 administrators.

Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 8 min.

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Furniture making -- Study and teaching Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Furniture designers -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scripps College -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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