crown CU Home > Libraries Home
Columbia University Libraries Archival CollectionsRare Book & Manuscript Library Collections
 

   Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection 1990-1993

Download and Print CitationContact Bookmark Share

Preferred Citation

Reminiscences of _______________ (year of the interview), Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection , pages ________, Columbia Center for Oral History Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

COinS Metadata available (e.g., for Zotero).

Summary Information

Abstract

The interviews of the Artist Career and Training Project were conducted by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at Columbia University from 1990 to 1993. The project sought to systematically analyze the career paths, training, and job satisfaction of artists, craftspeople, painters, actors, and related professionals, such as museum curators, critics, dealers, managers, directors, producers, and union representatives. The interviews address education, training, preparation to career entry, peers and colleagues, marketplace judgments, critical evaluation and public response, and career satisfaction and maturity. The study strove to include diverse participants in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, and stage of career. Other themes frequently discussed include the use of other jobs to supplement a career in the arts, aging, Actors' Equity, materials used in crafts, and the very meaning of having a career in the arts.

At a Glance

Bib ID:11453636 View CLIO record
Title:Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection 1990-1993
Physical description:4 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Language(s): Interviews are in English.
Access: All interviews in this collection are open.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Interviews are arranged alphabetically by last name of narrator

Return to top

Description

Scope and Content

The Research Center for Arts and Culture oral history collection documents the experiences of artists, craftspeople, painters, actors, and related professionals, particularly as they relate to the arts as a career.

The interview questions were designed around what the project members termed a "multistage validation sequence" that would trace the artists' experience from early childhood through mature careers. As a part of this model, the areas that the interviews address are education, training, preparation to career entry, peers and colleagues, marketplace judgments, critical evaluation and public response, and career satisfaction and maturity. The study strove to include diverse participants in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, and stage of career.

Other themes frequently discussed include the use of other jobs to supplement a career in the arts, aging, Actors' Equity, materials used in crafts, and the very meaning of having a career in the arts. Related professionals interviewed in the course of the project include museum curators, art historians, critics, dealers, managers, directors, producers, and union representatives.

Sixty-eight of the collection's 138 interviews have been transcribed.

Return to top

Using the Collection

RBML

Access Restrictions

All interviews in this collection are open.

Restrictions on Use

For the majority of the interviews, copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1990-1993. Narrators who maintained copyright are noted at the interview level.

Preferred Citation

Reminiscences of _______________ (year of the interview), Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection , pages ________, Columbia Center for Oral History Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

American Craftspeople Oral History Collection , Columbia Center for Oral History Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

Return to top

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Collection processed 07/2015 DAO

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 28, 2015 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    2015-12-15 xml document instance created by David A. Olson.

Return to top

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oral HistoriesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Acting--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Actors' Equity AssociationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Actors--InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art metal-workers--InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art--Ecomic AspectsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Artisans--InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Artists--Job satisfactionPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Decorative Arts--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Painters--InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Painting--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Painting--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Potters--InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sculptors--InterviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Return to top

History / Biographical Note

History

The interviews of the Research Center for Arts and Culture oral history collection were conducted by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at Columbia University from 1990 to 1993. The project sought to systematically analyze the career paths, training, and job satisfaction of people working in the arts. In addition to the interviews, the project's inquiry included a detailed survey was sent to 6,133 actors, 4,000 craftspeople, and 2,000 painters. Portions of interviews were published in three books, edited by Joan Jeffri, the Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture: The Craftsperson Speaks , The Painter Speaks , and The Actor Speaks . The project was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Actors' Equity Association.

Return to top