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Oral history interview with Barbara D. Finberg [electronic resource], 1997-1998.

Creator: Finberg, Barbara D.
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 2.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :transcript: 391 pages video file : digital preservation master, mxf files sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Foundation executive.

Scope and Contents

Childhood: born 1929, Pueblo, Colorado; raised in a small town, parents' interest in education, conscious of limited economic circumstances; education: importance of high school education, Stanford University, B.A., International Relations, Rotary Foundation Fellowship at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, M.A., Near Eastern History and Politics; career: Washington D.C. State Department internship, Institute of International Education, grant administration, Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie]: editor, program officer, vice president, retirement; challenging traditional expectations of women: discrimination, women in the workforce and childcare, working as a woman at Carnegie; Carnegie programs in child development and education: Lloyd N. Morrisett, conducting research, Carnegie Council on Children, reflections on childhood, development and launch of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney, experimentation and collaboration, Children's Television Workshop, improving quality of family life; Carnegie atmosphere and recollections of colleagues: Florence Anderson, Margaret Mahoney, Vivien Stewart; Carnegie presidents and transitions: John Gardner, Alan Pifer, David Hamburg, Vartan Gregorian; Carnegie's structure and operations: commissions and task forces, external and internal relations, grantmaking, program budgeting, evaluation, changing and developing public policy, taking risks, relationships with grantees, relationships with other foundations; culture of philanthropy; history of Carnegie. Discrepancies exist between digital transcript and synchronized transcript segments in session 11 of interview. Digital transcript corresponds to audio recordings, and synchronized transcript segments correspond to video recordings. Audio recordings inverted sequence of side A and B, and inversion became reflected in transcript.


Access Conditions

Copyright for sessions 1-6 & 14 held by The Carnegie Corporation of New York. Copyright for sessions 7-13 held by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.

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