Studs Terkel / WFMT Oral History archives

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

More than 5,000 interviews, most on cassette tapes, some videotaped, some transcribed, of figures from the worlds of music, performing arts, politics, academe, and other fields, including visual artists. Interviews were conducted by Studs Terkel for the weekday radio program he hosted on Chicago radio station WFMT from 1952 to 1997. Subjects include muralists John Pitman Weber, Mark Rogovin and Justin Devan, political cartoonist Art Buchwald, painter Ivan Albright, and curator Lloyd Goodrich.

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.

Artist interviews are also found in Studs Terkel papers and book interviews [manuscript], ca. 1950-1999, Chicago History Museum.