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Oral history interview with Jon Shirley, 2018 August 7-8

Interviewee:
Shirley, Jon, 1938-  Search this
Shirley, Jon, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Close, Chuck  Search this
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.)  Search this
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17598
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)396438
AAA_collcode_shirle18
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_396438
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jon Shirley

Interviewee:
Shirley, Jon, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Names:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.)  Search this
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Close, Chuck, 1940-  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (sound files (4 hr., 35 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
75 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2018 August 7-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Jon Shirley conducted 2018 August 7-8, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Shirley's home in Medina, Washington.
Mr. Shirley recalls hiring architect George Suyama to design a 23,000-square-foot home to house the art collection Shirley was assembling with his wife, Mary; growing up in Honolulu, Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico as his father was in the military; an influential humanities class at the Hill School; discovering Alexander Calder while still in high school; studying at MIT; his 25-year tenure with Radio Shack and Tandy International Electronics stores; a five-year period in Brussels that expanded his knowledge of art; his and Mary's move to Seattle and subsequent engagement with art glass and Pilchuck; becoming president of Microsoft and taking the company public; the evolution of his Alexander Calder collection to 40+ works (what has been called the best privately held Calder collection in the U.S.); his 30+ year friendship with Chuck Close, collecting more than 30 of his works, and financing "The Portrait Speaks;" his long-term engagement with the Seattle Art Museum and in particular the founding and endowing of the Olympic Sculpture Park; Mary's death in 2013 and Shirley's subsequent remarriage to Kim Richter; and endeavoring to restore Calder's only posthumously made work, "Mountain and Clouds," in the Hart Senate Office Building. Shirley also recalls working with Robert Mnuchin, Anthony Grant, Sandy Rower, Tobias Meyer, Robert Storr, Patterson Sims, Arne Glimcher, Jinny Wright, Barney Ebsworth and the Pace Gallery; acquiring works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jesús Moroles, Marino Marini, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, David Smith, Joan Mitchell, Korean Dansaekhwa artists, Constantin Brancusi ("Bird in Space") and Alberto Giacometti ("Dog"); and building a collection of 350+ works of sculpture and post-WWI paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Jon Shirley (1938- ) is a retired president, chief operating officer, and director of the Microsoft corporation, and a collector of Modern art, in Medina, Washington. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a writer and editor in San Francisco, California.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.shirle18
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shirle18
Online Media:

Microsoft Corporation

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Computerworld Magazine.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Computers, Information and Society  Search this
Container:
Box 20 (Series 13), Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright held by donor and/or heirs. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.] .
Collection Citation:
The Computer World Smithsonian Awards, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Computer World Smithsonian Awards
Computer World Smithsonian Awards / Series 13: Awards / 13.4: Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0425-ref4869

Microsoft Corporation

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Computerworld Magazine.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Computers, Information and Society  Search this
Container:
Box 24 (Series 13), Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright held by donor and/or heirs. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.] .
Collection Citation:
The Computer World Smithsonian Awards, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Computer World Smithsonian Awards
Computer World Smithsonian Awards / Series 13: Awards / 13.5: Non-Profit and Government
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0425-ref4910

Microsoft Corporation

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Computerworld Magazine.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Computers, Information and Society  Search this
Container:
Box 6 (Series 11)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1998
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright held by donor and/or heirs. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.] .
Collection Citation:
The Computer World Smithsonian Awards, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Computer World Smithsonian Awards
Computer World Smithsonian Awards / Series 11: Awards / 11.1: Business and Related Services
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0425-ref5812

López Negrete Communications Advertising Collection

Creator:
Lopez Negrete Communications (Houston, Texas)  Search this
Names:
Bank of America  Search this
Circle K Corporation  Search this
Fiesta Mart  Search this
Goya Foods, Inc.  Search this
Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority  Search this
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Nationsbank  Search this
Tyson (Firm)  Search this
Wal-Mart (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
14 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Posters
Born digital
Oral history
Print advertising
Place:
Texas -- 20th century
Date:
1988 - 2015
Summary:
The López Negrete Communications Advertising Collection showcases the successful print advertising campaigns the communications agency undertook with major clients like Goya Foods, NationsBank, and Walmart. The advertising posters in this collection exemplify the agency's creativity in building on U.S. Latinos' everyday experiences to market American products and services. Alex and Cathy López Negrete, the founders of López Negrete Communications, made it their mission to use ethnographic approaches to better understand the U.S. Latino market which led to their success as the largest independently-owned Latino advertising agency in the country.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is made up of López Negrete Communications' large posters created as part of the print advertising campaigns for major American corporations and oral history interviews with Javier Gonzalez Herba, Alex López Negrete, and Cathy López Negrete. Transcripts for oral history interviews with Javier Gonzalez Herba and Alex López Negrete are available.

López Negrete Communications' clients include Fiesta Mart, Goya Foods, NationsBank (and its successor, Bank of America), Tyson Foods, and Walmart. The content of the posters serves as an example of the advertising agency's efforts to better understand the U.S. Latino market by engaging with Latinos' everyday experiences through ethnography and direct communication.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into ten series.

Series 1: Background Materials, 2016

Series 2: Bank of America, 2000-2007

Series 3: Circle K, Totally Bueno, 2003

Series 4: Fiesta Mart, Inc., 2002-2003

Series 5: Goya Foods, Inc., 2003

Series 6: Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), El camino a su destino/The Road to Your Destiny, 1988

Series 7: Microsoft, Nosotros vemos/We See, 2002

Series 8: NationsBank, 1994-1998

Series 9: Tyson Foods, 2001-2006

Series 10: Walmart, Inc. 1998-2015
Biographical / Historical:
Originally named Third Coast Marketing, López Negrete Communications was founded in 1985 by Alex and Cathy López Negrete. The advertising agency has been based in Houston, Texas since the beginning but has additional offices in Los Angeles and New York. López Negrete Communications is currently the largest independently-owned Latino advertising agency in the United States. It is known for drawing on the everyday lives and experiences of US Latino consumers in order to work with major corporate clients to market their products through effective communication and empowerment.
Separated Materials:
The Division of Work and Industry holds the following artifacts related to this collection:

Coin, Accession #: 2015.0305.01

Paperweight, Accession #: 2015.0305.02
Provenance:
Collection donated by López Negrete Communications, 2016.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
advertising -- Department stores  Search this
Hispanic American business enterprises  Search this
Latinos in American society and culture  Search this
advertising -- Banks  Search this
mexican Americans and mass media  Search this
Advertising agencies -- 20th century  Search this
advertising -- Computers  Search this
Advertising campaigns  Search this
Advertising history  Search this
Minorities in advertising  Search this
Mexican American business enterprises  Search this
advertising -- Food  Search this
advertising -- Transportation  Search this
Advertising agencies -- 21st century  Search this
Minorities in advertising -- 1950-2000  Search this
Hispanic Americans and mass media  Search this
Hispanic American consumers  Search this
Hispanic American mass media  Search this
Hispanic American businesswomen  Search this
Hispanic American capitalists and financiers  Search this
advertising -- Groceries  Search this
Hispanic Americans -- 1950-2000  Search this
Hispanic American businesspeople  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters -- 1980-2010
Born digital
Oral history -- 2010-2020
Posters -- 20th century
Print advertising
Citation:
López Negrete Communications Advertising Collection, 1988-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1413
See more items in:
López Negrete Communications Advertising Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1413

Enable: People with Disabilities and Computers: With the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Microsoft Corporation

Extent:
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
Container:
Box 69, Item OV1319-0002
Type:
Archival materials
Videocassettes (vhs)
Date:
1999 - 1999
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
See more items in:
Division of Medicine and Science Disability Reference Collection
Division of Medicine and Science Disability Reference Collection / Series 17: Audio Visual Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref1052

Bill Gates

Artist:
Gregory Heisler, born 1954  Search this
Sitter:
William Henry Gates III, born 28 Oct 1955  Search this
Medium:
Chromogenic print on polyester base (Ilfochrome)
Dimensions:
Image: 31.1 x 24.8cm (12 1/4 x 9 3/4")
Sheet: 35.6 x 27.9cm (14 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1997
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Male  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Humanitarian  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Computer software  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Information technology\Computer  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Entrepreneur\Technology  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Business magnate  Search this
William Henry Gates III: Science and Technology\Software developer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.2002.TC1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4bf606682-e071-45d0-82a0-561f52c4e0be
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2002.TC1

IBM DOS Software with Reference Manual

Maker:
IBM  Search this
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
cardboard (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 8 in x 2 in; 24.13 cm x 20.32 cm x 5.08 cm
Object Name:
software with documentation
documentation
Place made:
United States: Florida, Boca Raton
Date made:
1981 - 1982
Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Deutsch
ID Number:
2016.3085.01
Catalog number:
2016.3085.01
Nonaccession number:
2016.3085
Serial number:
6024001
6025144
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-a07e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1813449
Online Media:

Philips Velo 1 Software

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Philips  Search this
Philips  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 12.5 cm; 19/32 in x 5 23/32 in x 4 29/32 in
Object Name:
software
Date made:
ca 1997
Subject:
Computers  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Harold Dorwin
ID Number:
2016.3194.01
Nonaccession number:
2016.3194
Catalog number:
2016.3194.01
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-1557-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1829884

Clifford the Big Red Dog Learning Activities CD-ROM

Software creator:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Maker:
Scholastic Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
plastic (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 8 in x 1 3/4 in; 24.13 cm x 20.32 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
CD-ROM
CD-ROM set
Object Type:
compact discs
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
2001
Subject:
Education  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Norma E. H. Bridwell
ID Number:
2016.0241.16
Accession number:
2016.0241
Catalog number:
2016.0241.16
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Education
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-c269-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1815234
Online Media:

Software on CD, New Windows NT Workstation 3.5 and New Windows NT Server 3.5 Seminar

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1/16 in x 4 3/4 in; .15875 cm x 12.065 cm
Object Name:
software
Date made:
ca 1994
ID Number:
2015.3167.05
Catalog number:
2015.3167.05
Nonaccession number:
2015.3167
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-65b1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1801969

Documentation, FORTRAN Reference Guide

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in x 7 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 25.4 cm x 19.685 cm x 4.1275 cm
Object Name:
documentation
Place made:
United States: Washington, Bellevue
Date made:
1981
ID Number:
2015.3167.12
Catalog number:
2015.3167.12
Nonaccession number:
2015.3167
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-9784-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1802267

Software and Documentation, PS DOS v2.10 by IBM

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
IBM  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
metal (binder rings material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 8 in x 2 1/4 in; 24.13 cm x 20.32 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
software
software and documentation
Date made:
1983
ID Number:
2012.3098.026
Catalog number:
2012.3098.026
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-c690-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695396
Online Media:

Software with Documentation, muMath

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 6 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 20.32 cm x 15.5575 cm x 3.4925 cm
Object Name:
software with documentation
Date made:
1980
ID Number:
2012.3098.029
Catalog number:
2012.3098.029
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-c881-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695399
Online Media:

Documentation, Windows Paint User’s Guide by Microsoft

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/2 in x 6 7/8 in x 1/8 in; 21.59 cm x 17.4625 cm x .3175 cm
Object Name:
documentation
Date made:
1985
ID Number:
2012.3098.030
Catalog number:
2012.3098.030
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-c825-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695400
Online Media:

Documentation, Windows Operating Environment, Desktop Applications User's Guide by Microsoft

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/2 in x 6 7/8 in x 1/8 in; 21.59 cm x 17.4625 cm x .3175 cm
Object Name:
documentation
Date made:
1985
ID Number:
2012.3098.031
Catalog number:
2012.3098.031
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-cb6b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695414
Online Media:

Documentation, Windows Write User's Guide by Microsoft

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
plastici (ring spiral material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 5/8 in x 7 3/8 in x 5/8 in; 21.9075 cm x 18.7325 cm x 1.5875 cm
Object Name:
documentation
Date made:
1985
ID Number:
2012.3098.032
Catalog number:
2012.3098.032
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-cb6c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695415
Online Media:

Software, Basic-80 by Microsoft

Maker:
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in x 1/16 in; 13.335 cm x 14.2875 cm x .15875 cm
Object Name:
software
Date made:
1981
ID Number:
2012.3098.033
Catalog number:
2012.3098.033
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-cb6d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695416

Documentation, Windows User's Guide by Microsoft

Maker:
Wang Laboratories  Search this
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in; 23.1775 cm x 19.05 cm x 3.175 cm
Object Name:
documentation
Date made:
1988
ID Number:
2012.3098.034
Catalog number:
2012.3098.034
Nonaccession number:
2012.3098
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-c692-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1695417

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