Oral history interview with Laurence E. Schmeckebier
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Schmeckebier, Laurence Eli, 1906-1984
Brown, Robert F.
1974 June 7-July 15
Physical Description:
3 Items
tape reels (5 hr., 7 min.)
75 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Laurence E. Schmeckebier, conducted by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Lyme, New Hampshire on June 7 and July 15, 1974. Schmeckebier speaks of his education; his training as an art historian in Germany; the influence of Heinrich Wölfflin on his art historical training; his interest in art history and art criticism; his books Art in Red Wing and John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America; and his career as a professor, administrator, and collector at the University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Cleveland Art Institute, and University of Syracuse. Schmeckebier also recalls Oskar Hagen, Carl Horst, José Clemente Orozco, John Steuart Curry, George Grosz, Jean Charlot, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Laurence E. Schmeckebier (1906-1984) was an art historian and sculptor from Lyme, N.H.

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
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 3 tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 7 min.

Digital Content

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