Studs Terkel papers and book interviews

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1950–1999
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

circa 65 linear feet (Papers), 800 sound recordings (original book interviews), and 1350 sound cassettes (original book interviews) consisting of typed transcripts of interviews by Studs Terkel that he used in writing his books Division Street, Hard Times, and Working. Also present are edited drafts of the manuscripts for these books, correspondence, press clippings, and other office files; and circa 2150 sound recordings of interviews excerpted in the books Division Street, Hard Times, Working, The Good War, American Dreams Lost and Found, and Coming of Age, and 2 boxes of clippings from newspapers and magazines about Studs Terkel. Interview subjects include some artists.

Biographical Historical Note

Studs Terkel was a Chicago actor, author, historian, and radio broadcast personality.

Additional Notes

Collection partially processed. No complete list of interview subjects is available. Many but not all interviews in this collection are individually catalogued in ARCHIE, the Chicago History Museum’s online catalogue. Artist interviews are also found in Studs Terkel/WFMT Oral History Archives, Chicago History Museum.

Artist interviews are also found in Studs Terkel / WFMT Oral History Archives, Chicago History Museum.