Oral History Project

The Al Held Foundation is conducting an oral history project to document the friendships, work, and career of Al Held. There are currently two areas of focus. The first is artists who associated with Held in the 1950s and 60s. The second is Held’s studio assistants in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. For more information, please write info@alheldfoundation.org.


Al Held Oral Histories

Several oral histories by Al Held are accessible in public archives and research libraries.

Oral history interview with Al Held, 1975 Nov. 19 – 1976 Jan. 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Transcript available online.

Oral history interview with Al Held, 1990. Original transcript in the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries. Audio available online.

Al Held, 1980s and 1991, Getty Research Institute Oral Histories Collection. On-site access only.