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Oral history, 1991.

Author: Edward M M Warburg; National Endowment for the Humanities,
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Museum of Modern Art
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Warburg discusses his childhood, including his father's interest in art and collecting and the beginnings of his own interest in art. He discusses in detail the birth of The Museum of Modern Art, and its roots in Harvard's Society for Contemporary Art, which Warburg helped found in the late 1920s. He characterizes Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Lincoln Kirstein and Philip Johnson in relation to the Museum's early history.
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
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Named Person: Edward M M Warburg; Alfred H Barr, Jr.; Philip Johnson; Lincoln Kirstein; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; Nelson A Rockefeller; Philip Johnson; Alfred H Barr, Jr.; Lincoln Kirstein; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; Nelson A Rockefeller; Edward M M Warburg
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edward M M Warburg; National Endowment for the Humanities,
OCLC Number: 122604469
In: Oral History Project, 1990-1994; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Notes: Interview conducted by Sharon Zane for The Museum of Modern Art Oral History Project.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Description: 1 transcript. (99 pages) 4 audiocassettes

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Warburg discusses his childhood, including his father's interest in art and collecting and the beginnings of his own interest in art. He discusses in detail the birth of The Museum of Modern Art, and its roots in Harvard's Society for Contemporary Art, which Warburg helped found in the late 1920s. He characterizes Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Lincoln Kirstein and Philip Johnson in relation to the Museum's early history. Other topics include his.

Membership in the Museum's original Junior Advisory Committee and the establishment of the Museum's Film Library during the 1930s. Warburg also offers views on the Museum today.

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<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/63577975<\/a>> # Edward M. M. Warburg<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:familyName<\/a> \"Warburg<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"Edward M. M.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Edward M. M. Warburg<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/9919239<\/a>> # Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:birthDate<\/a> \"1908<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:deathDate<\/a> \"1979<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:familyName<\/a> \"Rockefeller<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"Nelson Aldrich<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"Nelson A.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n