Oral history interview with Esther McCoy
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.mccoy87
Creators:
McCoy, Esther
Giovannini, Joseph
Dates:
1987 June 7-Nov. 14
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
97 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Esther McCoy conducted 1987 June 7-Nov. 14, by Joseph Giovannini, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
McCoy speaks of her childhood and early education; moving to New York in the 1920s; meeting and getting to know various writers including Theodore Dreiser; beginning her own writing career; her involvement in radical politics; the beginning of her interest in architecture; working as a free-lance writer; working with the builder, Tim Robert, as a draftsman; writing a novel about architecture; southern California's role in the development of modernism; writing for magazines in the 1940s; writing several books on architecture, including one on Richard Neutra; current trends in architecture.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Esther McCoy (1904-1989) was an architectural historian from Santa Monica, California. McCoy was interested in both Italian and Mexican architecture as well as the folk art and crafts of Mexico and South America. Although her professional interests ranged from writing fiction to studying the folk architecture and crafts of Mexico, McCoy achieved her most notable success for her numerous articles, books, and exhibitions about Southern California architecture and the architects associated with the modernist movement.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 15 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 22 min.

Digital Content

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Architectural writing -- California Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture -- California Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architectural historians -- California -- Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Latino and Latin American artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Robert, Tim Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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