Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 455
National Museum of American Art. Office of Public Programs
Audiovisual Records, circa 1979-1985
The Office of Public Programs was created in 1983 as part of the Division of Museum Programs (previously the Department of Education and later the Office of Educational Programs) established during the general reorganization of 1982 under Director Charles C. Eldredge. Alison R. Abelson served as Audiovisual Specialist in the Office of Education, 1980-1981. In 1982 she became Media Program Head; and in 1983 her title changed to Producer, Art Documentaries, where she served, 1983- .
This record unit consists of audiotaped and videotaped interviews primarily conducted by Alison R. Abelson. In addition to extensive interviews with sculptor Reuben Nakian, the records also include interviews with former curator Jacob Kainen by Joshua C. Taylor, as well as various tapes on other art subjects, some produced by groups outside the Museum. Also included are a few edit notes and logs.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Abelson, Alison
- Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986
- Kainen, Jacob
- Taylor, Joshua C. (Joshua Charles), 1917-1981
- Eldredge, Charles C.
- National Museum of American Art (U.S.). Office of Educational Programs
- National Museum of American Art (U.S.). Office of Museum Programs
- National Museum of American Art (U.S.). Department of Education
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 455, National Museum of American Art. Office of Public Programs, Audiovisual Records