Oral History Archives at Columbia
 

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

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

Call No.: OHAC
Bib ID 11453636 View CLIO record
Creator(s)
Title Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection, 1990-1993
Physical Description 4 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language(s) Interviews are in English.
Access

All interviews in this collection are open.

All transcripts are located on-site. Box 7 (containing all audiocassettes) is located off-site.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Interviews are arranged alphabetically by last name of narrator

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions

All interviews in this collection are open.

All transcripts are located on-site. Box 7 (containing all audiocassettes) is located off-site.

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.

Related Materials

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

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection processed 07/2015 DAO

Revision Description

2015-12-15 xml document instance created by David A. Olson.

2019-06-08 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oral histories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Acting -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Actors -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Actors' Equity Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art -- Economic aspects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art metal-workers -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artisans -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists -- Job satisfaction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Decorative arts -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painters -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painting -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painting -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Potters -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sculptors -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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 Artist Training and Career Project, of which the interviews were a part, 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, andThe Actor Speaks. The project was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Actors' Equity Association.