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Reminiscences of Joan Ganz Cooney : oral history, 1998.

Creator: Cooney, Joan Ganz
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 2.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 77 leaves. sound recording : 2 sound cassettes (105 min.) sound recording : 1 sound cassette videorecording : 3 videocassettes (76 min.) : digital, betacam.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

President, Children's Television Workshop.

Scope and Contents

Early childhood and education: Phoenix, Arizona; influence of parochial schooling on philanthropic values; Dominican College of San Rafael, University of Arizona at Tucson, degree in early childhood education; desire to work in television, move to New York City: publicity work for soap operas and U.S. Steel Corporation; volunteer for Partisan Review; work for Public Broadcasting Service [PBS] Channel Thirteen: producer of cultural and political debates; work for weekly show Court of Reason; U.S. policy on Cuba, civil rights, communism, education for young children, documentaries, winning Emmy for documentary Poverty, Anti-Poverty and the Poor; funding problems at Channel Thirteen; interest in potential power of educational and public television; research on affective versus cognitive learning styles and impact on creation of television shows for children; colleagueship with Lloyd Morrisett; Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie] funding of 1966 three-month study of cognitive development, influence of psychologist Samuel Rabinowitz's research on how infants learn through sight; Children's Television Workshop: Sesame Street proposal, support from government, positive reception from Carnegie and the Ford Foundation, role of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in targeting middle-class and disadvantaged children, efforts to gain nationwide audience; work with Jim Henson with puppets and Joe Raposo with music, status as semi-autonomous arm of National Educational Television; influence of Head Start, work with Educational Testing Service on curriculum; changing standards in television; creation of Non-Broadcast Materials Division for income, end of government monetary support in early eighties, expansion of programs to other countries.


Access Conditions

Copyright for sessions 1 and 2 held by The Carnegie Corporation of New York. Copyright for session 3 held by The Trustees of Columbia University of New York, 2006.

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