Oral history interview with Edna M. Lindemann, 1994 Dec. 1
2 sound files (1 hr., 21 min.) digital, wma
Transcript: 33 pages.
An interview with Edna Lindemann conducted 1994 Dec. 1, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Lindemann's home, West Falls, N.Y.
Lindemann discusses her childhood in Buffalo as the daughter of Nason and Carl Meibohm, who established an art gallery, frame shop, and art supply store early in the 20th century. She remembers living above the shop and summers spent in the country in the house that is now her residence. She talks about the effect of growing up surrounded by Stickley furniture, leaded glass, and Roycroft objects and the importance of the family's church, the conservative Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Lindemann remembers her love of school, although there was no art instruction until high school where she was strongly influenced by Marie Colburn, a serious painter who summered in the art colony of Rockport, Mass. She recalls the encouragement of both Colburn and of Henry Jacobs, supervisor of art instruction in the Buffalo public schools, to pursue her art interests. Lindemann recalls the necessity during the Depression of combining technical instruction at the Albright Art School (diploma, 1936) with vocational training in art education at the State University of N.Y., at Buffalo (B.S., 1936). She talks about her early teaching positions in local public schools.
Place of publication, production, or execution: New York (State)
General Note: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 21 min.
Access Note / Rights: This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edna M. Lindemann, 1994 Dec. 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding: 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.
Biography Note: Edna Lindemann (1915-2006) was an art instructor from Buffalo, N.Y.
Provenance: 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.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Lindemann, Edna M., 1915-2006
interviewer: Brown, Robert F.
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12655
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216512
Record number: AAA_collcode_lindem94