State Historical Society of Wisconsin.Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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1 sound tape reel ; 1 hr., 3 min., 53 sec.
The twenty-third of twenty-four tapes of an interview Paul Vanderbilt. Interviewer is an unidentified woman, possibly a university student based on handwritten notes accompanying the collection. Approximate date based on life events described. Topics of discussion include the items in and the role of the museum at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, items worth collecting, interpretation, and the web of cultural institutions in Wisconsin. Identification on label on reel box (typewritten): Reel 23. Side 1: Conditions at SHSW museum. Art applications outside art field. Education. Museums as community enterprise. Folk art and ritual. Grinding up tradition and deriving re-evaluated folklore.; Side 2: Diversity of special activities at SHSW. Unconventional synthesis. What kind of picture collection? Early experiments in photo editing (Marines in Lebanon), film, continuity panels (Last of the Snow). Exploration of a different kind of history. Discussion of specific photos as examples.
Interview with Paul Vanderbilt reel 23, 196-?. Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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