Oral history interview with Anne Truitt

Collection ID:
Truitt, Anne, 1921-2004
Berman, Anne Louise, 1975-2016
2002 April-August
Physical Description:
7 Sound discs
Sound recording: master (400 min.)
2 5/8 in.
6 Cassettes
Sound recording, duplicate

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Anne Truitt conducted 2002 April-August, by Anne Louise Bayly, for the Archives of American Art, in Washington, D.C.
Scope and Contents
Truitt speaks of her childhood in Easton, Maryland, the landscape, her parents, her early schooling and childhood friends; visiting her relative in Charlottesville, Virginia.; the mountains in N.C.; attending Bryn Mawr; studying psychology; working as a nurse; her marriage to James Truitt; the birth of her children and motherhood; studying Japanese; living in Japan and her work there; her first exposure to art; her beginning to sculpt; studying sculpture; working as an artist; exhibitions at Andre Emmerich Gallery and the Minami Gallery; Heracletus; Latin and its relation to her work; teaching at Mount Vernon Seminar, the Madeira School and the University of Maryland; and Yaddo. She recalls Katherine Graham, Clement Greenberg, James Lee Byars, Ramon Osuna, Sam Francis, Anthony Armstrong Jones, Beverly Pepper, and David Smith.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Anne Truitt (1921-2004) was an artist from Washington, D.C.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
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
This interview is 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 administrators.

Originally recorded on 7 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 36 min.

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

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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001