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MoMA History Interviews

in The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
© 2007
The Museum of Modern Art Museum Archives
Finding aid prepared by the Museum Archives.
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-10-13 11:56:31 -0400.Description is inEnglish.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: David Hoffman
Title: MoMA History Interviews
Inclusive Dates: 1986
Quantity: 28 standard audio cassettes
28 standard audio cassettes


Names of the interviewees are listed alphabetically with the relevant tape number. Titles are those held by these individuals in 1986.

Historical Note

David Hoffman and his writing staff conducted interviews in 1986 with individuals either directly associated or intimately familiar with The Museum of Modern Art. The interviews were conducted in preparation for a television special to mark the Museum's 50th anniversary.

The program was canceled prior to completion.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 47 taped interviews (contained on 28 standard audio cassettes). Many of the tapes contain interviews with multiple individuals. They are physically arranged alphabetically, by the last name of the first person interviewed on the tape. The cassettes have been numbered.


Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The MoMA History Interviews are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
David Hoffman

Administrative Information


Mr. Hoffman has signed all rights in the recordings over to the Museum.

Preferred Citation

MoMA History Interviews, [tape #]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.


All recordings in this collection are on poor quality audio cassettes. Access may be denied to particular recordings due to their condition. Some recordings have been transferred to audio compact disks; they are noted in the item listing.

Container List

List of Recordings

Names of the interviewees are listed alphabetically with the relevant tape number. Titles are those held by these individuals in 1986.

Tape Title
1 Margareta Ackermark
12 Lawrence Alloway
2 Mary Lea Bandy, Director, Department of Film, MoMA

Transferred to CD

3 Eileen Bowser, Curator, Department of Film, MoMA
23 Mary Campbell
7 Tom Carroll
4 Leo Castelli, Art Dealer
5 Riva Castleman, Director, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, MoMA
26 Ivan Chermayeff

Transferred to CD

13 Eliza Bliss Parkinson Cobb, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, MoMA
20 Arthur Drexler, Director, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
25 John Elderfield, Director, Department of Drawings, MoMA
9 Lillian Gish, Honorary Trustee, Board of Trustees, MoMA
6 Paul Goldberger
7 Paul Gottlieb, Trustee, Board of Trustees, MoMA
18 Al Held

Transferred to CD

5 Robert Hughes
8 Sidney Janis, Art Dealer
9 Peter Johnson, Rockefeller Family Historian
10 Philip Johnson, Trustee, MoMA
19 Richard Koch
11 Alicia Legg, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA

Transferred to CD

12 Jay Leyda
13 William Lieberman
14 Jack Limpert, Director, Development, MoMA
1 Donald Marron, President, Board of Trustees, MoMA
13 Pierre Matisse, Art Dealer
15 Grace Mayer, Steichen Archive, Department of Film, MoMA
16 Dorothy Miller
3 Beaumont Newhall
17 Richard Oldenburg, Director, MoMA
21 William Paley

Transferred to CD

18 John Parkinson
19 Waldo Rasmussen, Director, International Program, MoMA
6 Blanchette Rockefeller, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, MoMA
21 David Rockefeller

Transferred to CD

20 David Rockefeller, Jr.
22 William S. Rubin, Director, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA

Transferred to CD

23 Robert Ryman, Artist
24 Elizabeth Shaw
25 Mark Stevens, Newsweek
26 Elizabeth Strauss

Transferred to CD

11 John Szarkowski, Director, Department of Photography, MoMA

Transferred to CD

10 Walter Thayer
22 Marcia Tucker
27 Edward M.M. Warburg
28 Monroe Wheeler

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