Oral Histories

Interview of Patricia Altman

Co-owner of Altman Antiques and curator of the UCLA Fowler Museum.
Folk Art and Textile Collections at the Museum of Cultural History
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Museum Staff
Biographical Note:
Co-owner of Altman Antiques and curator of the UCLA Fowler Museum.
Smith, Richard Candida
Altman, Patricia
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.
Marriage to Ralph C. Altman; Altman Antiques; interest in primitive art in Los Angeles; collectors and dealers in Los Angeles; historical versus anthropological approach to ethnic art; Fred and Barbara Meiers; the definition of folk art; Ralph Altman becomes curator of UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History; Caroline West; collecting in Latin America; the museum's exhibitions; collections acquired; curators and directors; collecting paper cuts; Ukrainian Easter egg dying; textile collections and exhibits; Guatemalan textiles; shifts in textile patterns and colors; folk art and mass production; conservation; the museum's new building; ephemeral art; Elwin V. Svenson's instrumental role in the museum's development.