A Finding Aid to the Helen Sloan interview, circa 1950, 1991, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.sloahelen
Creators:
Marshall, Laurie
Dates:
circa 1950s, 1991
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Linear foot
Repository:
This small collection of a video interview conducted by Laurie Marshall with Helen Sloan, widow of artist John Sloan, measures 1.0 linear feet and dates from circa 1950 and 1991. The bulk of the collection consists of video and audio recordings of the interview, a transcript of the interview, and a rough transfer of a black and white 16 mm film about John Sloan from the circa 1950s. The interview was conducted in preparation for a documentary on John Sloan, "John Sloan's New York". The full documentary was never produced.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This small collection of a video interview conducted by Laurie Marshall with Helen Sloan, widow of artist John Sloan, measures 1.0 linear feet and dates from circa 1950 and 1991. The bulk of the collection consists of video and audio recordings of the interview, a transcript of the interview, and a rough transfer of a black and white 16 mm film about John Sloan. The interview was conducted in preparation for a documentary on John Sloan, "John Sloan's New York". Although full documentary was never produced, a 3:38 demonstration from the interview was produced on June 24, 1992.
The interview offers insight mostly to John Sloan's artistic style and development, but also gives a glimpse into his marriage to his first wife, Anna Maria (Dolly) Wall, and into his relationship with Helen Sloan. Materials include three audio cassettes, five Beta Master tapes, five VHS tapes, a typed master transcript, a transcript copy with reel notations, and one rough transfer of a short black and white 16mm film about John Sloan from circa 1950 on VHS.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
  • Series 1: Interviews, 1991-1992 (2 linear feet, Box 1-2)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Laurie Marshall is a documentary film producer and director in New York who specializes in art and art history.
Helen Farr Sloan was a philanthropist, artist, and educator, and was married to artist, John Sloan, from 1945 until his death in 1951. Helen Sloan had a lifelong dedication to art and in 1996 established the John Sloan Trust to disperse works by John Sloan and support the artistic program of the Delaware Art Museum.
John Sloan, one of the founders and members of the Ashcan School, was an American painter and etcher. He was a landscapist and portraitist, but is best known for his depictions of cities and their inhabitants during the early 20th century, often capturing the essence of his New York City neighborhood.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Jennifer E. Neal.
Author
Jennifer E. Neal
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 2018 by Laurie Marshall.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Helen Sloan interview, circa 1950, 1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sloan, John, 1871-1951 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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