Tom Lea


Adair Margo

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.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

13 hours

Tape Number

No. 800

Transcript Number

No. 800

Length of Transcript

402 pages

Interview Number

No. 800

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