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Irma Jaffe interviews, 1965-1977

Jaffe, Irma B.

Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot

Summary: The records of art historian Irma Jaffe date from 1965-1977, measure 1 linear foot, and contain interviews, some transcripts, and a letter. The recordings include interviews conducted by Jaffe for her book The Sculpture of Leonard Baskin (1980), and recordings made for the radio program "Art News and Interviews," WFMU radio, Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irma Jaffe (1917-2018) was an art historian in New York, New York, who wrote about European Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th and 20th century American art. She received her PhD from Columbia University, and then served as a research curator for the Whitney Museum. She later became a professor at Fordham University, and was founder and first chair of the university's Music and Art History Department.


The Irma Jaffe interviews were donated in two separate installments. The Hans Hoffman, Max Kozloff, and "Alienation and Commitment" panel discussion recordings and transcripts were donated in 1967 by Sam Jaffe, Irma Jaffe's husband. The remainder of the collection was donated by Irma Jaffe in 1985.

Language Note

English .


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.