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At a Glance
Interviews from Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011) contain 37 unedited, full-length interviews conducted between 2004-2006 with individuals, each of whom had an important connection to Paul Goodman at one point in their lives. The interviewees are from a range of fields, including Ned Rorem, Grace Paley, Noam Chomsky, Morris Dickstein, Richard Flacks, Sally, Susan and Daisy Goodman (Paul's widow and two daughters), Vera Williams, Jacqueline Gourevitch, and Nicholas von Hoffman. The interviews were later edited to produce the documentary film "Paul Goodman Changed My Life", produced and directed by Jonathan Lee, produced and edited by Kimberly Reed, photographed by Benjamin Shapiro, and distributed by Zeitgeist Films in 2011.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
Researchers must visit the RBML reading room and to listen to digital audio materials on a locked-down laptop.
Interview without signed release form is restricted: Heims, Neil. 38 Signed release forms from the interviewees are on file. Edmund White's signed release form is on file, but we do not have his interview file.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Interviews from Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011); Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Documentary film "Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)", Directed by Jonathan Lee, distributed by Zeitgeist Films.
Paul Goodman Papers, 1925-1983 (MS Am 2062). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Paul Goodman Papers. UC Davis. Special Collections
Paul Goodman Collection, #8063. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Paul Goodman Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Jonathan Lee. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2013. Accession number--2013-2014-M112.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
Finding aid created by Yingwen Huang, February 2022.
The collection contains no physical Hard Drive. Digital files were transfer onto server only.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Paul Goodman (1911-1972) is an important figure in 20th-century intellectual and cultural history and the interviews make up a rich composite view into the intellectual world of the 1950s to the early 1970s.