Oral history interview with Roswell Weidner

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.weidne89
Creators:
Weidner, Roswell, 1911-1999
Pacini, Marina
Dates:
1989 July 20-27
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
134 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Roswell Weidner conducted 1989 July 20-27, by Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project. Weidner discusses his early life, education, and art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, first at the school at Chester Springs, and later at the main school in Philadelphia. He discusses the programs at both schools, and recalls some of the faculty members, including Roy Nuse, Albert Laessle, George Harding, Joseph Pierson, Francis Speight, Daniel Garber, and Henry McCarter. He discusses the courses, exhibitions, and the competitions for traveling scholarships. He also discusses his study at the Barnes Foundation with Violette De Mazia and Angelo Pinto. After leaving the Academy, he joined the National Youth Administration and then transferred to the WPA with the Museum Extension, the Painting Project and the Print Project. He speaks of his work for each of these programs, their administration, and some of the individuals involved including Dox Thrash. He recalls Mary Curran and the efforts made by Albert Barnes to have her removed as head of the Painting Project. Weidner discusses his fifty years as a teacher at the Academy, beginning in 1939, and the changes in the institution since then, including the introduction of printmaking, the growth of abstraction, the hiring of women and black instructors, and other changes. He speaks of his wife, Marilyn Kemp Weidner, a paper conservator, and the development of her practice, as well as his own future work.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Roswell T. Weidner (1911-1999) was a painter and educator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4780 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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' 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 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr.; 18 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Keywords
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Art, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Curran, Mary Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Mazia, Violette, 1899- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garber, Daniel, 1880- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harding, George, 1882-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laessle, Albert, 1877-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCarter, Henry, 1866-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nuse, Roy Cleveland, b. 1885 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pierson, Joseph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pinto, Angelo, 1908-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Speight, Francis, 1896-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thrash, Dox, 1892-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weidner, Marilyn Kemp, 1928- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. National Youth Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Works Progress Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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