Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Artist-author, native El Pasoan
Summary of Interview
Interview covers his life and his literary and artistic careers in detail. Topics include: El Paso history, the Mexican Revolution when his father, Tom Lea, Sr. was mayor of El Paso, 1915-1917; formative years in El Paso; major influences on his art; his years at Chicago Art Institute, 1923-1933; mural competitions sponsored by WPA during the Depression; experiences as war correspondent, 1941-1945, for Life magazine; description of research, writing, and illustrating his books, 1949-1968; reflections on his work as a studio painter, 1960-1994. A complete outline of interview accompanies transcript.
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Interview with Tom Lea by Adair Margo, 1993, "Interview no. 800," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.