Oral Histories

Interview of George R. Ellis

Growing with the Museum of Cultural History
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Museum Staff
Rogers, Marjorie J.
Ellis, George R.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Early life in Birmingham, Alabama; interest in art; first work experience at Birmingham Public Library; early collecting habits; Birmingham Museum of Art; art education; first teaching position; change in attitude toward non-Western art; tenure as associate director, Birmingham Museum of Art; segregation in Birmingham; increasing interest in pre-Columbian art; move to UCLA; work with Ralph C. Altman; Museum of Cultural History facilities; Jean-Pierre Hallet collection; Sir Henry Wellcome collection; Art of New Guinea exhibition; Jay Frierman; P. Pierre Delougaz; Black Gods and Kings exhibition; definition of folk art; Patricia B. Altman; Raúl A. López; George G. Freylinghuysen collection; Natalie Wood collection; conservation practices; deaccessioning; Satellite Museum Program; textile conservation; problems of design in exhibitions; UCLA Art Council; field research; Haines Hall gallery; museum studies course; establishment of Manus; directorship of Honolulu Academy of Arts; examples from Museum of Cultural History's collection; The People and Art of the Philippines; potential adaptation of space below Dickson Plaza bridge for use as museum.