Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002.


Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002.

Transcripts, audio cassette tapes, and computer disks record interviews with contemporary art historians, archaeologists, bibliographers, and selected key individuals from the J. Paul Getty Trust. This collection was formed as the result of the Oral Documentation Project, begun in collaboration with UCLA's Oral History Program, later solely operated by the Getty Research Institute. Bound transcripts (with indexes) record the professional (and personal) lives of scholars of art history and archaeology, for the purpose of documenting a history of the discipline. Interviews are with: James Ackerman, Giulio C. Argan, Paola Barocchi, Michael Baxandall, John Boardman, Jean Brown, Hugo Buchthal, John Coolidge, J. M. Edelstein (partially sealed), Nancy Englander (sealed), Lane Faison, Oleg Grabar, George Heard Hamilton, Evelyn Harrison, Francis Haskell (sealed), William S. Heckscher, Roxanne Heckscher, Julius Held, Wolfgang Herrman, Nikolaus Himmelmann, Herbert Hoffmann (sealed), Ernst Kitzinger, George Kubler (2 vols.), Elizabeth Kubler, Sherman E. Lee (2 vols.), Phyllis W. Lehman, Samella Lewis, Agnes Mongan, Linda Nochlin, Griselda Pollock, Beatrice G. Proske, Eduard Sekler, Otto von Simson, Craig Smyth, Leo Steinberg, Manfredo Tafuri, Homer Thomson, Cornelius Vermeule, Dietrich von Bothmer (sealed until 10 years after his death), Kurt Weitzmann, Harold Williams (sealed), Margot Wittkower, Otto Wittmann. Many of these interviews were conducted by Richard Cándida Smith, some by Claire Lyons. Also included are audio cassette tapes and 3" computer disks which contain interviews and transcriptions of the interviews conducted by the Getty Research Institute.

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