INVENTORY OF THE INTERVIEWS WITH ART HISTORIANS, 1991-2002

Finding Aid prepared by J. Gibbs, Beth Guynn
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J. Paul Getty Trust

INVENTORY OF INTERVIEWS WITH ART HISTORIANS, 1991-2002

Accession no. 940109

Finding aid prepared by J. Gibbs and Beth Guynn
Getty Research Institute

Contact Information:

  • Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
J. Gibbs and Beth Guynn
Date Completed:
2003
Encoded by:
Aptara
©2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

Descriptive Summary

Title: Interviews with art historians
Dates: 1991-2002
Collection number: 940109
Collector: Getty Research Institute
Extent: 6 linear feet
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Research Libary
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: Transcripts, audio recordings, and computer disks preserve interviews with contemporary art historians, archaeologists, bibliographers, and selected key individuals from the J. Paul Getty Trust.
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Language: Collection material is in English.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers except the unreformatted sound recordings and selected transcripts and recordings that are temporarily sealed and restricted.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 940109

Acquisition Information

Produced by the repository in collaboration with the Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles.

Processing History

Processed by J. Gibbs and Beth Guynn. This collection of interviews with art historians was developed from 1991 through 2002. Tapes, discs, and transcripts have been added to the collection from the following acquisitions: 950033, 950067, 950087, 960010, 960041, 960073, 970050, 980051. J. Gibbs created this finding aid in June 1998. Beth Guynn processed additions and revised the finding aid.

Biographical / Historical Note

The Oral History Documentation project was begun in collaboration with the Oral History Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1991. Seventeen interviews were completed, most by interviewer and historian Richard Cándida Smith, in collaboration with UCLA. The Oral History Program owns the tapes and electronic versions and this collection includes only the transcripts of these interviews. Transcripts of those interviews jointly sponsored by the Getty and UCLA are also located at UCLA and in the Bancroft Library at Berkeley.
The project has been continued by the Getty Research Institute alone, and is an on-going effort to document and contribute to the history of the discipline of art history and closely related fields, particularly archaeology. Interviews, thus far, are with art and architectural historians, archaeologists, a bibliographer and historian of the book arts, a collector of artists’ papers, and leaders of art institutions, including the leadership of the Getty Trust.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of interviews with art historians includes bound transcripts and also, for those interviews conducted by the Getty Research Institute alone, audio cassette tapes of the interviews and computer disks for the transcripts. The project was begun in 1991, in collaboration with UCLA's Oral History Program, and continued by the Getty Research Institute when the collaboration ended. This was a multi-year project to document the history of the discipline of art history through the major contributors to art history and closely related fields.
The purpose of the project was to document the institutions, personalities, philosophical debates, pedagogical and field practice, the relationship of European and American scholarship, the impact of German émigré scholars, the role of women, post W.W.II collecting and connoisseurship, and the professionalization of the museum field.
Interviews in the field of classical archaeology are meant to explore the contributions of foreign archaeological schools in the Mediterranean, the changing politics of national archaeological superintendencies, the synthesis of classics, anthropology and art history, the impact of the “new archaeology” and other theoretical approaches, debates surrounding collecting and dealing in ancient art, and methods of interpretation.
Interviews document the professional, and sometimes the personal, lives of art and architectural historians (including Agnes Mongan, Julius Held, Manfredo Tafuri, George Kubler, James Ackerman, Otto von Simson, Otto Wittmann, Craig Smyth, among others) archaeologists (Phyllis W. Lehmann, Lane Faison, Griselda Pollock, Colin Renfrew, among others), a bibliographer and historian of the book arts (J. M. Edelstein), and a collector of Fluxus artists’ papers and works (Jean Brown). Interviews have been made with selected individuals at the J. Paul Getty Trust (J. M. Edelstein, Nancy Englander, Harold Williams). The interviews complement the archives of scholars’ papers held by the Getty Research Institute, Research Library.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Ackerman, James S
Argan, Giulio Carlo
Barocchi, Paola
Baxandall, Michael
Boardman, John, 1927-
Brown, Jean, 1911-
Buchthal, Hugo, 1909-1996
Coolidge, John, 1913-1995
Edelstein, J. M. (Jerome Melvin), 1924-1996.
Englander, Nancy
Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-2006.
Grabar, Oleg
Hamilton, George Heard
Harrison, Evelyn B. (Evelyn Byrd)
Haskell, Francis, 1928-
Heckscher, Roxanne
Heckscher, William S. (William Sebastian), 1904-
Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-
Herrmann, Wolfgang, 1899-
Himmelmann, Nikolaus, 1929-
Hoffmann, Herbert
Kitzinger, Ernst, 1912-
Kubler, Elizabeth
Kubler, George, 1912-1996
Lee, Sherman E.
Lehmann, Phyllis Williams, 1912-
Lewis, Samella S.
Mongan, Agnes
Nochlin, Linda
Pollock, Griselda
Proske, Beatrice Gilman, 1899-
Renfrew, Colin, 1937-
Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo, 1929-
Sekler, Eduard F. (Eduard Franz)
Simson, Otto Georg von, 1912-
Smyth, Craig Hugh
Steinberg, Leo, 1920-
Tafuri, Manfredo
Thompson, Homer A.
Vermeule, Cornelius Clarkson, 1925-
Von Bothmer, Dietrich, 1918-
Weitzmann, Kurt, 1904-1993
Williams, Harold Marvin, 1928-
Wittkower, Margot
Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001

Subjects - Topics

Art historians--United States--Interviews
Archaeologists--United States--Interviews
Art †x Historiography--Study and teaching.

Genres and Forms of Material

Floppy disks
Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)
Sound recordings
Transcripts

Contributors

Ackerman, James S
Argan, Giulio Carlo
Barocchi, Paola
Baxandall, Michael
Boardman, John, 1927-
Brown, Jean, 1911-
Buchthal, Hugo, 1909-1996
Cándida Smith, Richard
Coolidge, John, 1913-1995
Edelstein, J. M. (Jerome Melvin), 1924-1996.
Englander, Nancy
Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane), 1907-2006.
Grabar, Oleg
Hamilton, George Heard
Harrison, Evelyn B. (Evelyn Byrd)
Haskell, Francis, 1928-
Heckscher, Roxanne
Heckscher, William S. (William Sebastian), 1904-
Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-
Herrmann, Wolfgang, 1899-
Himmelmann, Nikolaus, 1929-
Hoffmann, Herbert
Kitzinger, Ernst, 1912-
Kubler, Elizabeth
Kubler, George, 1912-1996
Lee, Sherman E.
Lehmann, Phyllis Williams, 1912-
Lewis, Samella S.
Mongan, Agnes
Nochlin, Linda
Pollock, Griselda
Proske, Beatrice Gilman, 1899-
Renfrew, Colin, 1937-
Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo, 1929-
Sekler, Eduard F. (Eduard Franz)
Simson, Otto Georg von, 1912-
Smyth, Craig Hugh
Steinberg, Leo, 1920-
Tafuri, Manfredo
Thompson, Homer A.
Vermeule, Cornelius Clarkson, 1925-
Von Bothmer, Dietrich, 1918-
Weitzmann, Kurt, 1904-1993
Williams, Harold Marvin, 1928-
Wittkower, Margot
Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001
J. Paul Getty Trust.
University of California, Los Angeles. Oral History Program.


 

Series I.  Transcripts, 1991-2002

Scope and Content Note

Series contains typed transcripts of the taped interviews. Some transcripts are restricted. In some instances, the transcript is edited, with restricted information deleted until such time as the full interview may be released. Unless otherwise specified, each transcript consists of one bound volume. See Series II for sound cassettes, including use copies and reformats, and Series III for the computer discs, which are restricted.
Box I/1

Phyllis W. Lehmann

Box I/2

Agnes Mongan

Box I/3

Julius S. Held

Box I/4

William S. Hecksher

Box I/5

Lane Faison

Box I/6

Elizabeth Kubler

Box I/7

Giulio Carlo Argan

Box I/8

Manfredo Tafuri

Box I/9-10

Sherman E. Lee

Scope and Content Note

Restricted material is deleted from the GRI copy. Blank lines and pages show where material deleted; UCLA and Mr. Lee have complete copies of interview.
Box I/9

vol. I

Box I/10

vol. II

Box I/11

John Boardman

Box I/12

Jean Brown

Box I/13-14

George Kubler

Box I/13

vol. I

Box I/14

vol. II

Box I/15

George Heard Hamilton

Box I/16

Paola Barocchi

Box I/17

John Coolidge

Box I/18

James S. Ackerman

Box I/19

Margot Wittkower

Box I/20

Wolfgang Herrman

Scope and Content Note

Plus duplicate copy.
Box I/21

Otto von Simson

Box I/22

Beatrice G. Proske

Box I/23

Roxanne S. Heckscher

Box I/24

Francis Haskell

Scope and Content Note

Sealed until deaths of Francis and Larissa Haskell, or until Jan. 1, 2010, whichever is later.
Box I/25

Eduard F. Sekler

Box I/26

Otto Wittmann

Box I/27

Craig Hugh Smyth

Box I/28

Kurt Weitzmann

Box I/29

Nikolaus Himmelmann

Box I/30

Hugo Buchthal

Box I/31

Evelyn Harrison

Box I/32

Ernst Kitzinger

Box I/33

Deitrich von Bothmer

Scope and Content Note

Sealed until 10 years after his death.
Box I/34

J. M. Edelstein, full transcript

Box I/35

J. M. Edelstein, partial version of transcript, softcover

Scope and Content Note

Disk for partial version of transcript is in Series III.
Box I/36

Michael Baxandall

Box I/37

Griselda Pollock

Scope and Content Note

With errata sheets for title page
Box I/38

Cornelius Vermeule

Box I/39

Homer Thompson

Box I/40

Brunilde Ridgway, Classical archaeology: the Bryn Mawr tradition

Box I/41

Colin Renfrew, 2 vols.

Box I/42

Nancy Englander

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of her life.
Box I/43

Harold Williams vol. I

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box I/44

Harold Williams vol. II

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box I/45

Oleg Grabar: The Practice of Islamic art history, 1998

Box I/46

Herbert Hoffmann, 1998

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box I/47

Linda Nochlin: The Feminist turn in the social history of art

Box I/48

Leo Steinberg: The Gestural trace

Box I/49

Samella Lewis: Image and belief, 1999

 

Series II. Sound cassette tapes, 1991-2002

Scope and Content Note

Original sound cassettes, use copies and reformats. Some tapes still need to be reformatted. The repository has numbered the cassette tapes, C1-C45. The repository has reformatted some interviews. Archival masters and copy masters are noted below, but shelved elsewhere.

Scope and Content Note

NOTE: Duplicate audio cassettes came with the archive. These duplicates serve as use copies. Where duplicate cassettes are not present however, the sound cassettes must be reformatted before use.
Box II/1

James Ackerman C1

Physical Description: 13 sound cassettes of 13 ; original.
Box II/1

Giulio Carlo Argan C2

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; original.
Box II/1

Paola Barocchi C3

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; original.
Box II/1

Michael Baxendall C4

Physical Description: 8 sound cassettes of 8 ; original.
Box II/1

John Boardman C5

Physical Description: 5 sound cassettes of 5 ; original.
Box II/2

Jean Brown C6

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; original.
Box II/2

Hugo Buchtal C7

Physical Description: 3 sound cassettes of 3 ; original.
Box II/2

John Coolidge C8

Physical Description: 11 sound cassettes of 11 ; original..
Box II/2-3

J. M. (Jerome Melvin) Edelstein C9

Physical Description: 14 sound cassettes of 14 ; original.
Box II/3

Nancy Englander [tapes 1-2] C10

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; original.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of her life.
Box II/3

S. Lane Faison C11

Physical Description: 8 sound cassettes of 8 original.
Box II/3

Oleg Grabar C12

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 original.
Box II/3

George Herd Hamilton C13

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; original.
Box II/4

Evelyn B. Harrison C14

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; original.
Box II/4

Francis Haskell C15

Physical Description: 11 sound cassettes of 11 ; original.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed until deaths of Francis and Larissa Haskell, or until Jan. 1, 2010, whichever is later.
Box II/4

Roxamme Heckscher C16

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; original.
Box II/4

William S. Heckscher C17

Physical Description: 9 sound cassettes of 9 ; original.
Box II/4-5

Julius S. Held C18

Physical Description: 9 sound cassettes of 9 ; original.
Box II/5

Wolfgang Herrmann C19

Physical Description: 8 sound cassettes of 8 ; original.
Box II/5

Nikolaus Himmelmann C20

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; original.
Box II/5

Herbert Hoffmann C21

Physical Description: 5 sound cassettes of 5 ; original.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box II/5-6

Ernst Kitzinger C22

Physical Description: 13 sound cassettes of 13 ; original.
Box II/6

Elizabeth Kubler C23

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette of 1 ; original.
Box II/6

George Kubler C24

Physical Description: 16 sound cassettes of 16 ; original.
Box II/6-7

Sherman E. Lee C25

Physical Description: 14 sound cassettes of 14 ; original.

Scope and Content Note

N.B., lacking tape number 10.
Box II/7

Phyllis Williams Lehmann C26

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6.
Box II/7

Samella S. Lewis C27

Physical Description: 12 sound cassettes of 12 ; original.
Box II/7

Agnes Mongan C28

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; original.
Box II/8

Linda Nochlin C29

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; original.
Box II/8

Griselda Pollock C30

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; original.
Box II/8

Beatrice Gilman Proske C31

Physical Description: 3 sound cassettes of 3 ; original.
Box II/8

Colin Renfrew C32

Physical Description: 11 sound cassettes of 11.
Box II/8

Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway C33

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; original.
Box II/8

Edouard F. Sekler C34

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; original.
Box II/8

Otto Georg von Simson C35

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; original.
Box II/8

Craig Hugh Smyth C36

Physical Description: 10 sound cassettes of 10; original.
Box II/9

Leo Steinberg C37

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; original.
Box II/9

Manfredo Tafuri C38

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; original.
Box II/9

Homer A. Thompson C39

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; original.
Box II/9

Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule C40

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; original.
Box II/9

Dietrich Von Bothmer C41

Physical Description: 5 sound cassettes of 5 ; original.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed.
Box II/9

Kurt Weitzmann C42

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; original.
Box II/9

Harold Marvin Williams C43

Physical Description: 8 sound cassettes of 8 ; original.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box II/9

Margot Wittkower C44

Physical Description: 14 sound cassettes of 14 ; original.
Box II/10

Otto Wittman C45

Physical Description: 20 sound cassettes of 20 ; original.
Box Use copies

C4 Michael Baxendall

Physical Description: 8 sound cassettes of 8 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C5 John Boardman

Physical Description: 5 sound cassettes of 5 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C12 Oleg Grabar

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C14 Evelyn B. Harrison

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; use copy
Box Use copies

C16 Roxanne Heckscher

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; use copy
Box Use copies

C20 Nikolaus Himmelmann

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C22 Ernst Kitzinger

Physical Description: 13 sound cassettes of 13 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C27 Samella S. Lewis

Physical Description: 12 sound cassettes of 12 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C29 Linda Nochlin

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C30 Griselda Pollock

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C32 Colin Renfrew

Physical Description: 11 sound cassettes of 11 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C33 Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway

Physical Description: 6 sound cassettes of 6 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C37 Leo Steinberg

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C39 Homer A. Thompson

Physical Description: 7 sound cassettes of 7 ; use copy.
Box Use copies

C40 Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule

Physical Description: 4 sound cassettes of 4 ; use copy.
Box Sealed

C10 Nancy Englander

Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes of 2 ; use copy.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of her life.
Box Sealed

C15 Francis Haskell

Physical Description: 11 sound cassettes of 11 ; use copy.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed until death of Francis and Larissa Haskell, or until Jan. 1, 2010, whichever is later.
Box Sealed

C21 Herbert Hoffmann

Physical Description: 5 sound cassettes of 5 ; use copy.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box Sealed

C41 Dietrich Von Bothmer

Physical Description: 5 sound cassettes of 5 ; use copy.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed until 10 years after his death.
Box Sealed

C43 Harold Marvin Williams

Physical Description: 8 sound cassettes of 8 ; use copy.

Scope and Content Note

Sealed for the duration of his life.
Box Reformats

Reformatted sound cassettes

Scope and Content Note

These tapes, reformatted by the repository, have 4 generations: originals, archival and copy masters, and use copies. Use copies are available in the repostory for researchers.
Box Reformats

C7 Hugo Buchtal:

Scope and Content Note

1 sound tape reel (3 hr. 34 min.) : analog ; Archival master.
4 sound discs (cds) : digital; Copy Master.
4 sound discs (cds) : digital; Use copy.
Box Reformats

C42 Kurt Weitzmann

Scope and Content Note

1 sound tape reel (8 hr, 9 min.) : analog ; Archival master.
9 sound discs (cds) : digital ; Copy master.
9 sound discs (cds) : digital; Use copy.
 

Series III.  Computer discs of oral history transcripts, 1991-2002

Scope and Content Note

Computer discs exist for most transcripts. UCLA holds the discs for the transcripts completed under their aegis. The transcripts are in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word. The discs are restricted and may not be used or circulated.
Box III/1

Paolo Barocchi

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Michael Baxendall

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

John Boardman

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Hugo Buchthal

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

J.M. Edelstein

Physical Description: 2 disks

Scope and Content Note

1 disk for partial transcript, and 1 disk for full transcript; full transcript was sealed until April 1, 2001.
Box III/1

Oleg Grabar

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Evelyn Harrison

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

William S. Heckscher

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Roxanne Heckscher

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Nikolaus Himmelmann

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Ernst Kitzinger

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Samella Lewis

Physical Description: 2 disks
Box III/1

Linda Nochlin

Physical Description: 2 disks
Box III/1

Griselda Pollock

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Beatrice G. Proske

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Brunilde Ridgeway

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Eduard Sekler

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Leo Steinberg

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Cornelius Vermeule

Physical Description: 1 disk
Box III/1

Margot Wittkower

Physical Description: 3 disks
Box III/1

Otto Wittmann

Physical Description: 2 disks
Box III/2

Nancy Englander

Physical Description: 1 disk, sealed
Box III/2

Francis Haskell

Physical Description: 2 disks, sealed
Box III/2

Dietrich von Bothmer

Physical Description: 1 disk, sealed.
Box III/2

Harold Marvin Williams

Physical Description: 1 disk, sealed.