Arnold Michaelis Library of Living History

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Collection Details

Collection Dates: 1950 – 1990
Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of hundreds of hours of Arnold Michaelis' audio, film, and video interviews with the world's leading political and cultural personalities recorded since 1958. Martin Luther King, Jr., Adlai Stevenson, Dean Rusk, Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Indira Gandhi are just a few of the men and women interviewed by Mr. Michaelis in their own homes. Arnold Michaelis sought "to record for today and posterity, the flavor of the thinking and the essence of the ideas of the men and women whose lives will be studied by future generations." The bulk of the collection is made up of films, television programs, and radio programs that Michaelis produced, and elements used in those productions. The majority of the audiotapes in the collection consist of interviews, edited and unedited, with celebrities and political figures.
Biographical Note: Arnold Michaelis was an executive with Columbia Records, served as host-writer-producer of 'Music Magazine' over WQXR, radio station of The New York Times, and has produced, in addition to many commercial radio and television programs, such shows as CBS 'Invitation To Learning' and 'Of Men and Books'. He has taught and lectured at New York University (Arnold Michaelis, Inc.).
Extent: [ca. 176] sound tape reels : analog ; 1/4 in.;212 film reels : sd., b&w. and col. ; 16 mm.;5 videocassettes : sd., b&w and col. ; 2 in.;21 videocassettes : sd., b&w and col. ; 1 in.;1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Genre: Interview
Related External Collections: Related collections held by the University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Arnold Michaelis papers, 1950-1992.
Provenance: Tapes recorded and collected by Arnold Michaelis. Deposited at the Walter J. Brown Media Archives by Arnold Michaelis.
Cite Collection As: Arnold Michaelis library of living history, 1950-1990. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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