Oral history interview with Will Shuster

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.shuste64
Creators:
Shuster, Will
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Dates:
1964 July 30
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
31 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Will Shuster conducted July 30, 1964, by Sylvia Loomis in Santa Fe, N.M., for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Shuster tells of contracting tuberculosis as a soldier in WWI and moving to New Mexico to recuperate. He describes the artistic activity of Santa Fe and his involvement in the federal art projects, including painting scenes of Carlsbad Caverns. He recounts his role in developing and continuing the Santa Fe tradition of Zozobra, an effigy figure of gloom burned at the beginning of winter celebrations and once featured as an award-winning float in the Rose Bowl parade.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Will Shuster (1893-1969) was a mural painter from Santa Fe, N.M.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/shuste64.htm
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 58 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Federal aid to the arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mural painting and decoration -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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