Oral history interview with Ian McKibbin White

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.white80
Creators:
White, Ian McKibbin, 1929-
Howe, Thomas Carr, 1904-1994
Dates:
1980 November 24-1981 January 9
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
126 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Ian McKibbin White conducted 1980 November 24-1981 January 9, by Thomas Carr Howe, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
White speaks of his education; U.S. Navy service, 1952-1955; travel, his museum career including work at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor; the merger of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum into the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the funeral of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels; Thomas Carr Howe as his mentor; FAMSF's "blockbuster exhibitions"; membership organizations; development of the American collection; fiscal problems and museum staff. He recalls David Levine, Jack McGregor, Aaron Shikler and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ian McKibbin White (1929-) is a museum administrator of Honolulu, Hawaii. White was the longtime director of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3199 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 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 16 min.

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Howe, Thomas Carr, 1904-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Levine, David, 1926-2009 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McGregor, Jack Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shikler, Aaron, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spreckels, Alma de Bretteville, 1881-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
California Palace of the Legion of Honor Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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