Oral history interview with Laurance P. Roberts

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.robert85
Creators:
Roberts, Laurance P.
Brown, Robert F.
Dates:
1985 July 26-29
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Items
sound cassettes (2 hr., 22 min.)
67 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Laurance P. Roberts conducted 1985 July 26-29, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Roberts speaks of his education at Princeton University; his first employment as a cataloger working on the John G. Johnson Collection for the Philadelphia Museum of Art; studying in China in the 1930s; working as Curator of Near and Far Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum (1934-1938) and then becoming Director there (1938-1942); his years as Director of the American Academy in Rome (1946-1959); writing a report advocating the establishment of the New York State Council on the Arts and Humanities for Governor Nelson Rockefeller; writing a guide to Japanese art museums and a dictionary of Japanese artists; living in Italy.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Laurance P. Roberts (1907-2002) was an art historian and art administrator in New York, Rome, and Philadelphia.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Author
Sponsor
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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 22 min.

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