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Meyer Schapiro collection, 1919-2006

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Series VII: Sound and video recordings

Series VII chiefly houses a substantial set Schapiro's recorded lectures from the 1950s through the 1980s. It also includes a video recording created in 1988 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art which incorporates sound from Schapiro's lecture "The unity of Picasso's art" with images from the museum's permanent collection.


Subseries: VII.1: Administrative records, 1985-1990s

The administrative records housed in this subseries are related to the sound recordings found in Subseries VII.2. Prior to Columbia University's custodianship of Schapiro's sound recordings of his lectures, he donated his collection of audiotapes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The records in this subseries document the history of the museum's custodianship of the recordings in the form of correspondence, inventories and lists that were generated by the Office of Film and Television of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is also a small volume of records relating to the video recording "The unity of Picasso's art" which is housed in Subseries: VII.3.


Sound recordings

(Prior to Columbia University's custodianship of Schapiro's sound recordings of his lectures, he donated his collection audiotapes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. All the following files deal with that initial gift to the museum. )



Box 395 Folder 1 Contracts and correspondence, 1985-1986


Box 395 Folder 2 Correspondence and notes, 1982-1986


Box 395 Folder 3 Notes, 1985-1986


Box 395 Folder 4 to 8 Lists and notes, 1983-1990, (5 Folders)



Box 396 Folder 1 to 2 Inventories, 1980s, (2 Folders)


Video recordings

(Administrative records dealing with the producers Gittelman Film Associates)


Box 396 Folder 3 to 4 Correspondence and notes, 1985-1996


General


Box 396 Folder 5 Meyer Schapiro's film and television appearances -- Lists, 1990s


Subseries: VII.2: Audiocassettes and Audiotapes, 1952-1982

Known for his vivid and lively lectures, these sound recordings document Schapiro's lectures that were delivered from 1952 to 1982. These recordings also demonstrate Schapiro's extemporaneous style and pedagogical method and add an aural dimension to the archival documents relating to Schapiro's lectures in Series III of this collection.

Prior to being housed at Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held custody of these sound recordings. During their custodianship, the museum reformatted the audio into audiocassettes to facilitate access to the material. This subseries includes both one set of the duplicated audiocassettes created by the museum and the original audiotapes.

For lecture titles, locations, and dates, both the inventories created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1980s and the archival material housed in Series III: Professional papers, Subseries: III.3: Lectures were used against each other to fact check annotations found on the audiotape reels. The data used in this subseries reflects a systemization that incorporates elements from all primary sources and remains consistent with descriptive data relating to lectures found in Series III. For instances where the sound recording is the only record in the collection, titles were supplied from actual boxes holding the audio tape reels.

All sound recordings in this subseries that contain archival material in Series III are indicated after the lecture's title and are also cross-referenced with lecture material in Series III.

Preservation notes following the title of the recordings were retrieved from the inventories and condition reports the Metropolitan Museum of Art created in the 1980s. Unless otherwise noted, all sound tape reels are the standard ¼ inch width and sound cassettes are 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 inch.


Leonardo: the scientist and artist -- Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art --, 1952 August

(Quality of recording is poor, with echoes and noises. Reels 415 through 417 are copies of reels 413 through 414. Reels 415 through 417 are in very poor condition. Sound quality is fair. There is an echo in the introductory sections, but it clears up for the lecture. Professor is off microphone sometimes.)



Box 413-414 2 sound tape reels, 103 minute, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 415-417 3 sound tape reels, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second and 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 2 sound cassettes, 103 minutes, analogue, mono


Three poems, Sarah Jackson to Meyer Schapiro, 1956

(Reel begins with introduction on abstract art, but abruptly is replaced by poems by Sarah Jackson.)



Box 418 1 sound tape reel, 22 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 22 minutes,analogue, mono


Abstract art -- Houston, Texas -- Unidentified art convention --, 1957 April

(Good sound quality throughout.)



Box 419-420 2 sound tape reels -- 58 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 58 minutes, analogue, mono


Theory of expression -- Warburg Institute, 1957 June

(The lecture is incomplete; the sound disappears at the end. Some sections at the beginning are recorded in fast forward, but this clears up as the tape continues.)



Box 421 1 sound tape reel, 53 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 53 minutes, analogue, mono


Monet and Impressionism -- Minneapolis School of Art, 1957 November 14

(Sound quality is good, although professor occasionally off microphone.)



Box 422 1 sound tape reel, 70 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track)



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 70 minutes, analogue, mono


From pagan to Early Christian art -- Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),, 1958 January 9-30

(Lecture I is incomplete, sound fades out. Sound quality of lectures II through IV is good)


Lecture I: symbols



Box 423 1 sound tape reels, 32 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 2 sound cassettes, 32 minutes each, analogue, mono


Lecture II: figure/image of man



Box 424-425 2 sound tape reels, 66 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 66 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III: light and color



Box 426-428 2 sound tape reels, 75 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 75 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture IV: word



Box 428-429 2 sound tape reels, 95 minutes analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 75 minutes, analogue, mono


Abstract art : abstraction -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale,, 1958 February 3

(Some distortion occurs throughout the lecture, there is a lot of audience and static noise. The end of the lecture is cut off.)



Box 430 1 sound tape reel, 32 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 32 minutes, analogue, mono


Philosophy in painting -- Baltimore, Maryland, 1958 April

(At the beginning, Schapiro's voice seems extremely high pitched. It then becomes more natural, but still higher pitched than normal.)



Box 431 1 sound tape reel, 74 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 74 minutes, analogue, mono


Philosophy in painting -- University of Texas --, 1960

(These reels contain programs number 2 and 3 of the lecture, program number 1 is missing. Beginning is cut off, and the professor is often off microphone. There is a slight high-pitched whine present throughout the tape.)



Box 432-433 2 sound tape reels, 40 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 1 track



Box 397 1 sound cassette, 40 minutes, analogue, mono


Abstract art -- Cornell University --, 1960 April 21-28

(Sound quality overall for series is good, however small parts of the lectures are missing when reels were being changed. Lectures where given April 21-28, 1960. Lecture IV was not recorded. There is a small part of lecture V between parts b and c that is not recorded)


Lecture I: Concept of abstraction in art



Box 434-435 2 sound tape reels, 64 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 398 2 sound cassettes, 64 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II: Post-World War II abstraction



Box 436-437 2 sound tape reels, 66 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 398 2 sound cassettes, 66 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III: Cubist painting and its development (Picasso, Braque, Gris)



Box 438-440 3 sound tape reels, 72 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 398 3 sound cassettes, 72 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture V: Art and contemporary science



Box 441-443 3 sound tape reels, 86 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 398 3 sound cassettes, 86 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture VI: Social roots of abstract art



Box 444-447 4 sound tape reels, 63 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 398 3 sound cassettes, 63 minutes, analogue, mono


Romanesque sculpture (Fine Arts 154a) -- Columbia University -- 1960 February - March, 1960 February

(Lectures are complete, but overall sound quality is mixed. Professor is often off microphone, and there is audience noise)



Box 448-452, 648 6 sound tape reels, 534 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 398 9 sound cassettes, 534 minutes, analogue, mono


Impressionism -- Patten lectures -- Indiana University --, 1961 March 1-27

(All lectures are complete and overall sound quality is good. There is some noise at beginning of lecture I, but it clears up fairly quickly. There is some difficulty with lecture V which has a hum sound throughout the lecture, the voice is audible but the sound is poor)


Lecture I: the Impressionist eye



Box 453-455 3 sound tape reels, 61 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 61 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II: the concept of Impressionism



Box 456-458 3 sound tape reels, 100 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 100 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III: the Impressionist aesthetic and method



Box 459-462 4 sound tape reels, 81 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 81 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture IV: Impressionism and science



Box 463-465 4 sound tape reels, 88 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 88 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture V: Monet's development



Box 466-468 3 sound tape reels, 72 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 72 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture VI: Impressionism in history



Box 469-473 5 sound tape reels, 137 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 399 2 sound cassettes, 137 minutes, analogue, mono


Theories and methods of investigation of art (Art History G6001x) -- Lecture on "Style" -- Columbia University,, 1961 November 14

(The beginning and end of the lecture are cut off. There is a lot of audience noise with an echo effect throughout the tape.)



Box 474 1 sound, 101 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 399 2 sound cassettes, 101 minutes, analogue, mono


The mark and image of the individual in modern art -- Rutgers University --, 1962 March 13

(The lecture is complete. There is some distortion, with varied sound levels, the voice is often off microphone, and there is a slight echo effect. Questions from the audience are hard to hear)



Box 475 1 sound tape reel, 89 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 89 minutes, analogue, mono


Russian art in the twentieth century -- Columbia University --, 1962 May 2



Box 476 1 sound tape reel, 66 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 399 1 sound cassette, 66 minutes, analogue, mono


Early Medieval painting (Art History G4330x) -- Columbia University -- 1963 October - 1963 January, 1963 October, 1963 January

(Only reel found in Box 477 is recorded at normal speed, the others were recorded at a slow speed and are in very poor condition. Reformatted duplicates of reels found in Boxes 478 through 483 were produced at normal speed, and are now housed in Boxes 484 through 493. The sound quality of this series is very poor.)



Box 477-483 7 sound tape reels, 1257 minutes, analogue, 4.75 centimeters per second



Box 484-493 10 sound tape reel, 1257 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 399-400 16 sound cassettes, 1257 minutes, analogue, mono


Impressionism (Art History G4630) -- Columbia University, 1964 May 18-25

(The beginning of all three lectures are complete, but the endings of lectures II and III are cut off. Sound quality is decent, but the professor is sometimes off microphone, and there is some audience noise. Questions from the audience are not audible.)


Lecture I



Box 494 1 sound, 70 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 400 1 sound cassette, 70 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II



Box 82 1 sound tape reel, 106 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 4 2 sound cassettes, 106 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III



Box 496 1 sound tape reel, 65 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 400 1 sound cassette, 65 minutes, analogue, mono


Early Christian art -- Hebrew Union College --, 1965 January

(Beginning and ending of all lectures are complete. All cassettes have slight hum sound, and sound level varies. lecture III has a slight echo effect in some places. Extra lecture given at end of series on The Synagogue. Only the first four lectures were recorded)


Lecture I: symbol, the meanings of early Christian imagery



Box 497 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 400 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II: figure, the image of the sacred person



Box 498 1 sound, 121 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 400 2 sound cassettes, 121 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III: order, structure of the image



Box 499 1 sound tape reel, 87 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 400 2 sound cassettes, 87 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture IV: light, light and color in late classic and early Christian art



Box 500 1 sound tape reel, 80 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 400 2 sound cassettes, 80 minutes, analogue, mono


Modern painting since 1900 (Art History G4640y) -- Columbia University -- 1965 February - April, 1900, 1965 February

(Annotations on reel Boxes identify these lectures as "Twentieth Century Painting." The course title used here was identified from Columbia Univeristy course material found in Series III, Subseries: III.2, Sub-Subseries: III.2.1. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's inventory, several lectures are recorded on the same reel. As a result, reels are organized according to lecture. Beginnings of all lectures are intact except lecture V and IV. The ending of lecture IV is also cut off. Sound quality is poor on lectures II, III, V, VIII, andXIII. The sound quality is mixed on lectures IV and XIV. Sound disappears midway through side b of lectures IX and XIV. Some of the lectures in this series were on the following topics: The art of the 1880s and 1890s ; The art of the 1890s ; Themes of self-color-portraiture ; Marquet-Matisse ; Matisse continued ; Picasso and Cubism.)


Lecture I and XIII



Box 501 1 sound tape reel, 107 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, 4 track



Box 401 2 sound cassettes, 107 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II and XII



Box 502 1 sound tape reel, 107 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 401 2 sound cassettes, 107 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III and XI



Box 503 1 sound tape reel, 107 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, 4 track



Box 401 1 sound cassettes, 107 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV and X



Box 504 1 sound tape reel, 113 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 401 2 sound cassettes, 113 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V



Box 505 1 sound tape reel, 54 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 401 1 sound cassette, 54 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture VI and VII



Box 506 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 4.75 centimeters per second



Box 401 2 sound cassette, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII



Box 507 1 sound tape reel, 59 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 401 1 sound cassettes, 59 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IX



Box 508 1 sound tape reel, 57 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 401 1 sound cassettes, 57 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIV



Box 509 1 sound tape reel, 52 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 401 1 sound cassettes, 52 minutes, analogue,


Carolingian manuscripts -- Columbia University, 1966 January 3

(There is a hum on the tape, making it difficult to hear the lecture. Sound quality is poor)



Box 510 1 sound tape reel, 56 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 402 2 sound cassettes, 56 minutes, analogue,


Guernica -- Harvard University, Carpenter Design Center --, 1966 December 15

(Reels in Boxes 512 through 514 are duplicates of of the reel in Box 511. The lecture is complete. The voice is audible and clear but the sound level varies.)



Box 511-514 4 sound tape reels, 83 minutes analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 402 1 sound cassettes, 83 minutes, analogue,


The unity of Picasso's art -- Brandeis University --, 1967 April 11

(Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library is not in the possession of original sound tape reels. Sound quality is good. Film of the lecture was made by The Metroplican Museum of Art in association with Gittelman Film Associates in 1985)


Box 402 2 sound cassettes, 98 minutes, analogue, mono


Romanesque architectural sculpture -- Charles Eliot Norton lectures -- Harvard University -- 1967 February 8 - March 28, 1967 February 8

(For consistency, lecture titles correspond to those in the posthumous publicationRomanesque architectural sculpture: The Charles Eliot Norton lectures.Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. Lecture titles as they appeared in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's inventory: Lecture I: Rebirth of monumental sculpture in the West-disappearance and return ; Lecture II: Field, figure and frame (1) ; Lecture III: Field, figure and frame (2) ; Lecture IV: Programs of imagery-theemes of action and themes of state ; Lecture V: Programs of imagery-tradition, new reality and nature ; Lecture VI: The human figure ; Lecture VII: Romanesque animal imagery.)


Lecture I: the rebirth of monumental sculpture in the west: disappearance and rebirth,, 1967 February 8



Box 515 1 sound tape reel, 72 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 1 sound cassettes, 72 minutes, analogue,


Lecture II: field, figure, and frame, 1967 February 15



Box 516 1 sound tape reel, 63 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 peb1 sound cassette, 63 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III: field, figure, and frame, 1967 March 8



Box 517 1 sound tape reel, 88 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 1 sound cassettes, 88 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV: programs of imagery (i), 1967 March 11



Box 518 1 sound tape reel, 79 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 1 sound cassettes, 79 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V: programs of imagery (ii), 1967 March 15



Box 519 1 sound tape reel, 82 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 1 sound cassettes, 82 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI: the human figure, 1967 March 22



Box 520 1 sound tape reel, 91 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 2 sound cassettes, 91 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII: animal imagery in Romanesque sculpture, 1967 March



Box 521 1 sound tape reel, 82 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 1 sound cassettes, 82 minutes, analogue,


On drawing from the figure -- New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture --, 1967 May 26



Box 522 1 sound tape reel, 110 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, mono



Box 402 5 sound cassettes, 110 minutes, analogue,


Abstract painting (Art History G4641x) -- Columbia University -- 1967 October - December, 1968 January, 1967 October, 1968 January

(All the lectures are complete except for lecture II where the second half of the lecture was not recorded, and lecture XII where the sound disappears. Sound quality of these lectures is mixed)


Lecture I: introduction, 1967 October 4



Box 523 1 sound tape reel, 70 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 1 sound cassettes, 70 minutes, analogue,


Lecture II: meaning of "abstract" preconditions for Abstract painting,, 1967 October 11



Box 524 1 sound tape reel, 50 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 1 sound cassettes, 50 minutes, analogue,


Lecture III: Preconditions for Abstract painting continued and art preceding abstraction -- Annotated typescript and outlines,, 1967 October 18



Box 525 1 sound tape reel, 42 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 1 sound cassettes, 42 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV: themes in art preceding abstraction (1870-1910), 1967 October 25



Box 526 1 sound tape reel, 94 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 94 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V: role of photography and introduction to Cubism, 1967 November 1



Box 527 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI: Picasso before Cubism, the Fauves, 1967 November 8



Box 528 1 sound tape reel, 99 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 99 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII: Cubism, Picasso and Braque, 1967 November 15



Box 529 1 sound, 93 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 93 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII: Cubism, 1967 November 22



Box 530 1 sound tape reel, 100 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 100 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IX: developments from Cubism, simultaneity, and the concept of time in painting,, 1967 November 29



Box 531-532 2 sound tape reels, 108 minutes each, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue,


Lecture X: development of Cubism: France and Italy, 1967 December 6



Box 533-534 2 sound tape reels, 103 minutes each, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 103 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XI: Futurism, Russia, and Suprematism, 1967 December 13



Box 535 1 sound tape reel, 106 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 106 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XII: Suprematism and German Expressionism, 1967 December 20



Box 536 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIII: Kandinsky and Mondrian, 1968 January 10



Box 537-538 2 sound tape reels, 136 minutes each, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 3 sound cassettes, 136 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIV: developments from Cubism in America, 1968 January 17



Box 539-540 2 sound tape reels, 109 minutes each, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 403 2 sound cassettes, 109 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XV: American Abstract art -- Annotated typescript, 1968 January 24



Box 541-542 2 sound tape reels, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second


Abstract art -- Slade Lectures in the Fine Arts -- Oxford University -- 1968 Spring, 1968

(Sound quality for this entire series is poor. Only lectures III, VI, and VII are complete. The beginnings and endings are cut off on lectures I and II. The endings are cut off on lectures VI through VI.)


Lecture I: modern Abstract art: its continuity with preceding realistic art,, 1968 May 3



Box 543 1 sound tape reel, 7 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 7 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II: Cubism (i), 1968 May 8

(Annotations indicate that Lecture I is included in this reel even though the Metropolitan Museum of Art inventory does not)



Box 544 1 sound tape reel, 130 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 67 minutes, analogue,


Lecture III: Cubism (ii), 1968 May 15



Box 544 1 sound tape reel, 130 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 63 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV: Cubism and science, 1968 May 22



Box 545 1 sound tape reel, 114 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 76 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V: Cubism and technology, 1968 May 22



Box 545 1 sound tape reel, 114 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track)



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 38 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI: Abstract painting: Malevich and Mondrian, 1968 May 24



Box 546 1 sound tape reel, 34 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 547 1 sound tape reel, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 34 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII: Abstract painting: Kandinsky, 1968 May



Box 548 1 sound tape reel, 62 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 549 1 sound, analogue, 9.5centimeters per second



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 62 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII: Abstract painting in America: Pollock, Rothko, and others,, 1968 May 29



Box 550 1 sound tape reel, 74 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 74 minutes, analogue,


Philosophy and worldview in painting -- Oxford University --, 1968 June 4



Box 551-552 2 sound tape reels, 129 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second



Box 404 2 sound cassettes, 219 minutes, analogue,


Insular manuscript art -- Franklin Jasper Walls lectures -- Pierpont Morgan library --, 1968 March

(Schapiro referred to these lectures as "Hiberno-Saxon manuscripts," the title reflects that used in Series III, Subseries: III.3: Lectures, Sub-Subseries: III.3.4: 1960s)


Lecture I: frame, field, and figure, 1968 March 4



Box 553 1 sound tape reel, 273 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 70 minutes, analogue,


Lecture II: the carpet page and the giant initial, 1968 March 11



Box 553 1 sound tape reel, 273 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 84 minutes, analogue,


Lecture III: image and ornament, 1968 March 18



Box 553 1 sound tape reel, 273 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 2 sound cassettes, 97 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV: the models and their transformation (i), 1968 March 20



Box 554 1 sound tape reel, 273 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 88 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V: the models and their transformation (ii), 1968 March 25



Box 554 1 sound tape reel, 273 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 1 sound cassettes, 75 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI: the religious and secular grounds of Hiberno-Saxon art,, 1968 March 27



Box 554 1 sound tape reel, 273 minutes, analogue, 19 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 404 2 sound cassettes, 110 minutes, analogue,


Baudelaire between the imaginary and the real -- Queens College (New York, N.Y.) --, 1969 April 22



Box 555 1 sound tape reel, 86 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 405 1 sound cassettes, 86 minutes, analogue,


Beatus manuscripts of the apocalypse -- New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture,, 1969 May 2



Box 556 1 sound tape reel, 120 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 405 4 sound cassettes, 120 minutes, analogue, mono

(Accompanied by administrative notes by Lillian Milgram Schapiro)


The present state of art history -- Queens College (New York, N.Y.) -- Annotated outlines, transcript, and notes,, 1969 June 5



Box 557 1 sound tape reel, 98 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 405 2 sound cassettes, 98 minutes, analogue,


E.A. (Elias Avery) Lowe memorial -- Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.) --, 1969 October 15



Box 558 1 sound tape reel, 72 minutes, analogue



Box 405 2 sound cassettes, 72 minutes, analogue,


Theory and methods of art history (Art History G6001x) -- Columbia University -- 1969 October - 1970 January, 1969 October, 1970 January

(All lectures are complete except for the beginning of lecture I, and the endings of lectures V and VII. The sound quality of the series is poor. There is a hiss on all the recordings, with the voice audible but not good. Questions from the audience are difficult to hear, and sometimes inaudible.)


Lecture I, 1969 October 1



Box 559 1 sound tape reel, 41 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 405 1 sound cassettes, 41 minutes, analogue,


Lecture II, 1969 October 8



Box 560 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 405 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture III, 1969 October 22



Box 561 1 sound tape reel, 109 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 405 2 sound cassettes, 109 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture IV, 1969 October 29



Box 562 1 sound tape reel, 103 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 103 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V, 1969 November 5



Box 563 1 sound tape reel, 107 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 107 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI, 1969 November 12



Box 564 1 sound tape reel, 105 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 105 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII, 1969 November 19



Box 565 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII, 1969 November 26



Box 566 1 sound tape reel, 113 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 113 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IX, 1969 December 3



Box 567 1 sound tape reel, 111 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 111 minutes, analogue,


Lecture X, 1969 December 10



Box 568 1 sound tape reel, 111 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 111 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XI, 1969 December 17



Box 569 1 sound tape reel, 110 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 110 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XII, 1970 January 7



Box 570 1 sound tape reel, 114 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 114 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIII, 1970 January 14



Box 571 1 sound tape reel, 147 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 406 2 sound cassettes, 147 minutes, analogue,


Three texts by Lichtenberg, Diderot and Galiani -- New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture --, 1970 April 10



Box 407 3 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue, mono


Early Christian painting (Art History G4320x) -- Columbia University -- 1970 Fall, 1970

(The sound quality of these lectures is mixed. The beginnings of lectures I-IV, VI, VIII, and XII are cut off. The sound is good on lectures IV-VIII, XI, and XIII. On other lectures the recordings have static and hum sounds, audience noise, and the professor is sometimes off microphone. Annotations indicate the title as "Early Christian art," but Columbia University class bulletins list the course as Early Christian painting)


Lecture I, 1970 September 30



Box 572 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture II, 1970 October 7



Box 573 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture III, 1970 October 14



Box 574 1 sound tape reel, 98 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 98 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV, 1970 October 21



Box 575 1 sound tape reel, 113 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 113 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V, 1970 October 28



Box 576 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 102 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI, 1970 November 4



Box 577 1 sound tape reel, 112 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 112 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII, 1970 November 11



Box 578 1 sound tape reel, 102 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 112 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII, 1970 November 18



Box 579 1 sound tape reel, 108 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IX, 1970 November 25



Box 580 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 407 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture X, 1970 December 2



Box 581 1 sound tape reel, 107 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 2 sound cassettes, 107 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XI, 1970 December 9



Box 582 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XII, 1970 December 16



Box 583 1 sound tape reel, 100 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 2 sound cassettes, 100 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIII, 1971 January 6



Box 584 1 sound tape reel, 116 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 2 sound cassettes, 116 minutes, analogue,


Men with ideas: Alexander, Daedalus, Icarus: legends of the invention of flying -- Carnegie Institute of Technology --, 1971 January 27

(The original audiotape was torn and needed to be repaired before the cassette copy was recorded. The lecture is complete with good sound. The voice is clear and audible.)



Box 585 1 sound tape reel, 87 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 1 sound cassettes, 87 minutes, analogue,


Ornament and painting -- New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture --, 1971 April 23

(The sound quality is poor, with echoes and muffling of the voice.)



Box 586 1 sound tape reel, 170 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second, 2 track



Box 408 2 sound cassettes, 170 minutes, analogue,


Mondrian's forms and their relation to preceding styles of representation -- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum --, 1971 October 9

(The lecture is complete, but the sound quality is mixed. The voice is clear and audible, but the sound level varies. There is audience noise and the professor taps on the podium and is occasionally off microphone.)



Box 587 1 sound tape reel, 38 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 1 sound cassette, 38 minutes, analogue, mono


Graphic analysis of structure -- University of Virginia --, 1972 April 11

(The lecture is complete, but the sound quality is poor. The voice is high-pitched, and there is audience noise and varied sound levels.)



Box 588 1 sound tape reel, 53 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 1 sound cassettes, 53 minutes, analogue,


An experiment with forms in art -- Columbia University --, 1973 April 2

(The lecture is complete, but the sound quality is poor. There is a hiss on the recording, and an echo effect.)



Box 589 1 sound tape reel, 66 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 1 sound cassettes, 66 minutes, analogue,


The south tower of the cathedral of Chartres -- Columbia University. School of Architecture --, 1973 October 3

(The lecture is complete with voice audible. The quality of the sound is mixed, with audience noise, echo sound, and the professor is occasionally off microphone)



Box 590 1 sound tape reel, 83 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 408 1 sound cassettes, 83 minutes, analogue,


The use of the Old Testament in the art of the middle ages -- Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.) --, 1973 October 22

(All three sound tape reels are incomplete and do not have the end of the lecture recorded. The sound quality is poor with a great deal of audience noise, although the voice itself is clear.)



Box 591-593 3 sound tape reels, 129 minutes each, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 4 sound cassettes, 129 minutes, analogue,


The unity of Picasso's art -- Albright-Knox Art Gallery --, 1973 December 5

(The lecture is complete with good sound quality, the voice is clear and audible. Film of this lecture was made in 1985 by The Metropolitan Museum and Gittelman Film Associates)


Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 94 minutes, analogue, mono


Theories and methods of investigation of art (Art History G6001x) -- Columbia University, 1974 Fall, 1974

(Lectures I and II were not recorded. All the recorded lectures are complete. The sound quality of this series is mixed. In most recordings the voice is clear and audible, but there is a lot of audience noise and some sounds from a construction site nearby are noticeable on lectures III through VI. The sound is very poor for lectures IV and XI.)


Lecture III, 1974 October 2



Box 594 1 sound tape reel, 108 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV, 1974 October 9



Box 595 1 sound tape reel, 106 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 106 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V, 1974 October 16



Box 596 1 sound tape reel, 107 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 107 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture VI, 1974 October 23



Box 597 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII, 1974 October 30



Box 598 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII, 1974 November 6



Box 599 1 sound tape reel, 106 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 106 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IX, 1974 November 13



Box 600 1 sound tape reel, 105 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 409 2 sound cassettes, 105 minutes, analogue,


Lecture X, 1974 November 20



Box 601 1 sound tape reel, 151 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 151 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XI, 1974 November 27



Box 602 1 sound tape reel, 101 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 101 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XII, 1974 December 4



Box 603 1 sound tape reel, 108 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIII, 1974 December 11



Box 604 1 sound tape reel, 99 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 99 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIV, 1974 December 12



Box 605 1 sound tape reel, 130 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 130 minutes, analogue,


The south tower of the cathedral of Chartres -- University of California, Los Angeles --, 1974 January 10

(Cassettes were not made of this lecture because the quality of the recording was too poor)



Box 606-607 2 sound tape reels


Theory and methods of investigation of art (Art History G6021x) -- Columbia University, 1975 Fall, 1975

(All recorded lectures are complete. Lectures I, XI, and XII were not recorded. The sound quality of this series is mixed. The recording of lecture VI has audience noise and a hiss sound on the tape, and the sound of lecture VII is very poor, with audience noise and a buzz sound at the beginning, echo noise throughout, and occasional ringing sound. The voice is best for recordings of lectures IV, V, IX, XIII and XIV. The question periods for all the lectures are hard to hear.)


Lecture II, 1975 September 17



Box 608 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture III, 1975 September 24



Box 609 1 sound tape reel, 108 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV, 1975 October 1



Box 610 1 sound tape reel, 112 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 112 minutes, analogue,


Lecture V, 1975 October 8



Box 611 1 sound tape reel, 105 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 410 2 sound cassettes, 105 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VI, 1975 October 15



Box 612 1 sound tape reel, 101 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 101 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VII, 1975 Oct6ober 22, 1975



Box 613 1 sound tape reel, 119 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 119 minutes, analogue,


Lecture VIII, 1975 October 29



Box 614 1 sound tape reel, 108 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 108 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IX, 1975 November 5



Box 615 1 sound tape reel, 104 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 104 minutes, analogue,


Lecture X, 1975 November 12



Box 616 1 sound tape reel, 116 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 116 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIII, 1975 December 3



Box 617 1 sound tape reel, 113 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 113 minutes, analogue,


Lecture XIV, 1975 December 10



Box 618 1 sound tape reel, 123 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 123 minutes, analogue, mono


Perspective and script: the reader and the viewer in medieval representations -- University of Pittsburgh --, 1976 November



Box 619-620 2 sound tape reels, 74 minutes each, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 1 sound cassettes, 74 minutes, analogue, mono


Cézanne and the philosophers -- Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) --, 1977 October 11

(The lecture is complete. The sound quality is good, but has a little audience noise and noise from professor moving around.)



Box 621 1 sound tape reel, 139 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 411 2 sound cassettes, 139 minutes, analogue,


On logic and method in art history: from classification to explanation -- New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) --, 1979 November 17

(Reel in Box 623 is a duplicate of the reel in Box 622. The lecture is complete but the sound quality is not good. The sound level varies, there is a hiss noise on the tape and the voice is muffled.)



Box 622-623 2 sound tape reels, 57 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 412 1 sound cassettes, 57 minutes, analogue,


The unity of Picasso's art -- Columbia University --, 1980 April


Lecture I


Box 412 2 sound cassettes, 93 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture II


Box 412 2 sound cassettes, 100 minutes, analogue, mono


Lecture III



Box 624-625 2 sound tape reels, 99 minutes, analogue, 9.5 centimeters per second



Box 412 2 sound cassettes, 99 minutes, analogue,


Lecture IV


Box 412 2 sound cassettes, 30 minutes, analogue, mono


On the life and work of Arthur Kingsley Porter -- Harvard University --, 1983 April 10


Box 412 3 sound cassettes, 55 minutes, analogue, mono


Meyer Schapiro interview with Ann Newsmith -- Vermont Council on the Arts --, 1982 August


Box 412 1 sound cassette


Meyer Schapiro: Art News [Interview ?] --, 1982 October 28


Box 412 1 sound cassette


Meyer Schapiro: film track, reel one and two


Box 412 1 sound cassette


Unidentified sound recordings



Box 626-631 6 sound tape reels



Box 412 8 sound cassette



Box 396 Oral History with Miriam Schapiro Grosof (Schapiro's daughter)


Subseries: VII.3: Videocassettes, 1988

Subseries VII.3 contains three copies of a program titled "The unity of Picasso's art." The program features audio from two lectures with images from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The video was created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Gittelman Film Associates and produced and directed by Philip Gittelman.


The unity of Picasso's art [videorecording] : a master lecture / by Meyer Schapiro ; Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Gittelman Film Associates ; produced and directed by Philip Gittelman -- [New York, N.Y.] : Office of Film and Television of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [1988 ?]

(Credits: Animation camera, Fred Armstrong and Betsy Baker; film editing, Araness Communication ; video editing, Tapepower. Lecture presented at Brandeis University on April 11, 1967 and at Albright Knox Art Gallery on December 5, 1973)



Box 632 3 videocassettes-- 92 minutes each, sound, color; 1/2 inch