Institute of Design photography oral history project

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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

4 DVDs (2 copies of each) of oral history interviews made in 2011 of alumni of the Institute of Design photography program who graduated between 1958 and 1984. Subjects (with graduation dates) include John Grimes, 1974; Barbara Crane, 1966; Bob Mosher, 1972; Debbie Sterling (wife of Joe Sterling, 1962; deceased 2010); Judith Michael, 1964; Judy Langston, Marcia Palazollo, 1970; Richard Burd, 1970; Mark Krastof, 1971; Bob Tanner, 1967; Charles Swedlund, 1958; Charlotte Trollinger, 1973; Monte Gerlach, 1975; Tom Hocker, 1969; Alan Cohen, 1972; Anita Douthat, 1972; Don Bulocos, 1967; Lew Kostiner, 1974; Steffens Leinwohl, 1963; Brian Franczyk, 1979; Cal Cowal, 1971; Don Krejci, 1974; Glen Hansen, 1984; Ken Josephson, 1960; Michael Lutch, 1974; Russell Phillips, 1984. Interviews may be downloaded from the website (address below).

Biographical Historical Note

As a degreed program, photography was one of the Institute of Design’s most significant programs from the early 1950s through the 1970s. This seminal program was taught by four key faculty members whose tenure spanned the years 1941-1971: Nathan Lerner, Aaron Siskind, Arthur Siegel, and Harry Callahan. Their pedagogy shaped the first professional graduate program in photography to be taught in the United States.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Institute of Design Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; Visual materials from the Institute of Design, Lyle Mayer photograph collection, Larry Janiak teaching at the Institute of Design and Larry Janiak papers, Arthur Siegel photograph collection and supplements, Eugene Dana collection of visual materials, Gordon Coster photograph collection, Chicago School of Design film out-takes, Eugene Dana collection of visual materials, Ray Pearson collection of visual materials, Ray Pearson papers, and Ray Pearson's Institute of Design collection of visual materials, Chicago History Museum; Institute of Design Records, Institute of Design Records, Institute of Design Photography Oral History Project, Janet Nickle Collection, William Kessler Papers, Alain Findeli Papers, Allen Porter Collection, Roundtable discussion “Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler and Sullivan Project” and Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler & Sullivan Project Collection, F. Peter Weil Photographs, Beatrice Takeuchi Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology; Elizabeth H. Paepcke Papers, University of Chicago Library; Institute of Design collection, John E. Walley Papers, Leonard S. Rubenstein Design collection, Myron Kozman papers, Larry Janiak papers, Jack Weiss Associates collection, Lillian E. Hall papers, Robert Delson Papers,University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago; When Aaron Met Harry Exhibition Files, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.