Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 122


Marvin Sadik was born June 27, 1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father, Harry Benjamin Sadik, was a traveling salesman. His mother was Florence Askenis. Marvin attended Harvard, majoring in Art History. In 1961, he became museum director at Bowdoin College. Between 1967-1969, he was the founding director of the Art Museum at the University of Connecticut. From 1969-1981 he was director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. As of 2007, he is the owner of Marvin Sadik Fine Arts, Inc.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; student political involvement; growing up with anti-Semitism; Harvard; Muskie reflections; early career as a museum director; campaigning with the Muskies; life in Maine and Bowdoin College; campaign and political work; connections in Washington, DC; partisanship in DC; association with President Clinton; Maine political/economic/cultural scene; Muskie personality, style, and characteristics; and the Muskie School and educational development in Maine.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.