SFMOMA Oral History Project


Grace McCann Morley preparing for the museum's inaugural exhibitions of January 1935; SFMOMA Archives

The Oral History Project chronicles SFMOMA's history through 50 video interviews capturing the observations, anecdotes, and voices of those who have been involved with the museum's development firsthand. Produced in collaboration with the Regional Oral History Office of the University of California, Berkeley, the new recordings build upon the museum's existing archive of interviews with its directors, curators, artists, and donors produced since the 1970's. Together, these first-person accounts offer a unique window on the history and influence of the West Coast's first modern art museum.

These interviews are featured in SFMOMA's 75th Anniversary exhibitions (and the accompanying catalogue), as well as made available to the public through computer kiosks and screenings in the museum's Koret Visitor Education Center and Research Library, and on the Regional Oral History Office website.


The SFMOMA Oral History Project is a collaboration of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley. Generous support is provided by the Koret Foundation. Additional support is provided by Elaine McKeon and Dan Volkmann.