Oral History Projects and Interviews
Oral History Association. Resources for the practice of oral history.
Oral History in the Digital Age. Resources for the practice of digital oral history.
The Internet Archive. Access to historical collections that exist in digital format, including transcripts as well as video and audio recordings of interviews. Contains The Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office's projects on architects, landscape architects, and artists.
The Nanette l. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Extensive collection of oral history interviews of artists, craftspeople, designers, educators, museum directors, and institution builders. Many transcripts online; untranscribed audio recordings on site.
Craft in America. Profiles of craft artists, past and present, as well as teaching and research resources.
American Craftspeople Project: Oral History, 1984-1988, Columbia Center for Oral History. Interviews with craftspeople in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood. Transcripts are not digitized.
The Quilter’s S.O.S (Save Our Stories) at the Quilt Alliance. Extensive collection of oral history interviews and a downloadable manual for conducting interviews. Transcripts and photgraphs online.
The American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress. Resources for the study of American folklife, including photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images as well as guidelines for conducting oral histories. Collections onsite.
Voices in the Visual Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, and the Design History Society. Interviews with design and architectural historians, curators, publishers, designers, craftspeople, and artists. Annotated audio excerpts online; full audio recordings on site. Oral history resources and links.
Chicago Architects Oral History Project, Art Institute of Chicago. Interviews with architects who have contributed to Chicago’s built environment. Transcripts and documents online.
Pioneers of American Landscape Design Oral History Project, The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Videos with clips of interviews with landscape designers.
Contemporary and Historical Research
The American Craft Council Library. Comprised of physical and digital collections and resources, including archives documenting all American Craft Council conferences, fairs and activities (1941-present), and exhibitions held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum from 1956 to 1990. Also features links to national, regional craft organizations, state arts and craft councils, craft museums, and craft education programs.
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Features teaching and research resources.
Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, a project of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. A comprehensive history of the American studio craft movement.
The Journal of Modern Craft online. Covers all aspects of craft as it exists within the condition of modernity without geographical or disciplinary bounds.
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Collaborative research, presentation, conservation, and continuity of traditional knowledge and artistry in the United States and internationally. Resources include exhibitions, documentary films and videos, symposia, publications, and educational materials.
The Design History Society. Resources for the study of design history, past and present.
Society of Architectural Historians. Resources for the study of architectural history.
The Decorative Arts Society. Resources for the study of decorative arts and design, past and present.
The Textile Society of America. Resources for the study of textiles worldwide.
Costume Society of America. Resources for global understanding of dress and appearance.
The Costume Society. Resources for the study and preservation of historic and contemporary dress.
Practice and Study
Craft Resources, American Craft Council Library. Links to professional organizations in ceramics, glass, enameling, mosaics, metalsmithing, furniture making, woodturning, woodcarving, fiber, textiles, weaving, tapestry, quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, lacemaking, basketmaking, papermaking, and bookmaking.
Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.
The Industrial Designers Society of America. Features interviews with and profiles of industrial designers, past and present.
International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. The ICSID Design Index features research resources.
Human Factors and Ergonomic Society. Resources for the practice of human factors and ergonomic design.
International Ergonomics Association. Resources for the practice of ergonomic design.
American Institute of Graphic Arts. Features interviews with and profiles of graphic designers.
International Council of Communication Design. Resources for the practice and study of communication design.
Council of Fashion Designers in America. Resources for the practice of contemporary fashion design.
International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives. Resources for the practice of clothing design.
The American Institute of Architects. Resources for architectural practice. The AIA has also sponsored oral history projects in Cleveland, Ohio, and Dallas and Houston, Texas.
American Society of Interior Designers. Resources for the practice and study of interior design.
American Society of Landscape Architects. Resources for the practice and study of landscape design.
Bard Graduate Center
The Bard Graduate Center degree programs lead to the MA and PhD in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture studies.
As a multi-faceted Research Institute, the BGC encompasses the Bard Graduate Center Library, Digital Media Lab, Focus Gallery exhibitions, weekly seminars and lectures, symposia, fellowship programs, publication of the journal West 86th and the series Cultural Histories of the Material World, and research projects on the material culture of New York City, Franz Boas, and conservation science and materiality.
The Bard Graduate Center Library. A non-circulating collection of 50,000 volumes for advanced studies in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Open to researchers by appointment.
West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture. Available online and in print, the journal focuses on scholarship in material culture, design history, and the decorative arts.
The Bard Graduate Center Seminar Series and Lectures. Topics inlcude modern design history, New York and American material culture, cultural history, conservation and museums, indigenous arts, silver, glass, 18th-and 19th-century French decorative arts, Renaissance and Early Modern material culture, and medieval material culture in China, Europe, and the Islamic world.
The Bard Graduate Center Gallery. The Main Gallery presents two exhibitions annually, curated by faculty members, staff, curatorial consultants, or with New York City museums. Focus Gallery exhibitions are curated by faculty members in collaboration with BGC students. Exhibitions are accompanied scholarly publications and public programs.