Archives of American Art

Oral history interview with William Ashby McCloy

Collection ID:
McCloy, William Ashby
Brown, Robert F.
1982 Oct.-1992 June 30
Physical Description:
11 Items
sound files (7 hr., 2 min.)
digital, wav
107 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of William Ashby McCloy conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Uncasville, CT on May 20, 1982, June 30, 1992, and Oct. 19, 1992.
Scope and Contents
McCloy speaks of his childhood and youth in China; athletic prowess; his education at Phillips Andover, Yale School of Art; his interest in art education; studying the Old Masters; painting techniques; teaching positions at Drake University and the University of Wisconsin, where he assisted John Steuart Curry in mural painting; recollections of Curry; his WWII service; his work at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum; and his work as director of the School of Art, University of Manitoba. McCloy also recalls Grant Wood, James Watrous, Penny Knowles, Edgar Mayhew, Frank Currier, Roger Dennis, Winslow Ames, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Ashby McCloy (1913-2000) was a painter, printmaker, teacher, art historian, and teacher from Uncasville, Conn.

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 is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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.

Digital Content

More Information
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 2 min.

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