Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Audiovisual Materials, 1956-2018 and undated, bulk 1950-2018
Using These Materials
- Many of the resources in this collection have been digitized for use, and are available via the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive on YouTube or, by request, on the Duke Digital...
- Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel is an advocate for the arts, interviewer, documentarian, teacher, political organizer, and resident of New York City. The Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Audiovisual Collection is primarily comprised of audio and video recordings of programs and interviews produced by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel for television and print, centering on the arts, architecture, and historic preservation, particularly in New York, from the mid-1970s to the present.
100 Linear Feet
1,337 analogue and digital audiovisual resources
- Materials in English
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- Scope and Content:
Spanning 1956 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1976 to 2018, the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Audiovisual Collection documents the programs produced by a pioneering advocate for art, architecture, historical preservation, and public policy. The collection is comprised of over 1,300 items, including analogue and digital audio and video resources, stemming from Diamonstein-Spielvogel's prolific output of books, educational programming, and interviews, as well as her work in historic preservation. Two hundred programs, including television interviews with notable artists, designers, and architects, and presentations by the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, have been digitized by Duke University Libraries and are available on the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive on YouTube. Topics covered by the materials in this collection include broad categories such as art and architecture in the 20th century; historic preservation and the protection of cultural property; media and society; social conditions; and women's rights. Where resources are available on YouTube, links have been provided to the specific video. Audio resources are available through the Duke Digital Repository on request. While all master recordings are represented in this guide, the collection contains both copies of master recordings and elements that went in to creating the master recordings. For an inventory of copies and elements, contact Research Services.
- Biographical / Historical:
Throughout her career, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel has served as a leading voice on some of the defining urban issues of our time, especially preservation of the historic built environment. She is a pioneering advocate of the arts, with interests in architecture, design and public policy. The first Director of Cultural Affairs for New York City, she brought the first public art to Bryant Park in 1967, and the first public performance by the Metropolitan Opera to Central Park. She was the longest-serving Landmarks Preservation Commissioner in the city's history, spanning the administrations of Mayors Lindsay, Beame, Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani from 1972 to 1987. She has also served as the Commissioner of the New York City Arts/Public Design Commission and of the New York City Cultural Commission, as the Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation (1987-1995), and since 1995 has been the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Diamonstein-Spielvogel has served under four presidential administrations. As part of the Johnson staff, she helped create the White House Fellows and Presidential House Scholars Programs, and the White House Festival of the Arts. She was appointed by President Reagan to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; and by President Clinton to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, where she was elected the first woman vice chair in its more than 100-year history. In 2010, President Obama appointed her a commissioner of the American Battle Monuments Commission. She was named the vice chair of the New York State Council on the Arts in 2008 and chair in 2016. In 2012, she was appointed to advise the Port Authority on the integration of public art and architecture into the World Trade Center site. Diamonstein-Spielvogel also has been active in many state and national Democratic campaigns.
Diamonstein-Spielvogel received her doctorate with honors from New York University, and honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Longwood University, Longwood, VA; and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY. She is the author of twenty books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has served as curator of seven international museum exhibitions; in 2013 an exhibit based on her latest book, Landmarks of New York, Vol. V, traveled to 14 cities throughout New York State.
She has served as interviewer/producer of nine television series for the Arts & Entertainment Network in addition to numerous programs for other national networks; many of her interviews with artists, architects, designers, and other notables have been digitized and made available on YouTube as part of the Duke University Video Archive. In October 2010, Duke initiated the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series to address contemporary issues of social, political, economic, and cultural urgency from a global perspective.
Diamonstein-Spielvogel has served on the boards of numerous national and local institutions and organizations, including recent service in support of the Fresh Air Fund, the Drawing Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Acquisitions Committee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the N.Y. Museum of Modern Art. She is a founding director of the Highline in New York City and the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. She has served on many boards including the American Council on the Arts, the White House Endowment Fund, the Municipal Art Society, the Landmarks Conservancy and B.A.M.
Diamonstein-Spielvogel has received numerous awards and honors, including an award from H.E.L.P. in 2001 and lifetime achievement awards from Partners for Livable Places in Washington, D.C. and the Citizens Committee of New York. She also received the "Legend" designation by the Pratt Institute, "Landmarks Lion" by the Historic Districts Council in 2010, and tje Elly Award honoring outstanding women leaders in 2012. In fall 2012 she was the recipient of the John Jay Heritage Award.
She is married to international business executive and former U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, Carl Spielvogel, whose papers are housed in the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History at Duke University, and she resides in New York City.
- Acquisition Information:
- The Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift from 1988 to 2018.
- Processing information:
Original video accession processed and encoded by Jackie Dean, Allison Gluvna, and Shayna Pekala, 1997; updated by Noah Huffman, 2009.
Processed by Ruth Cody, Levi Crews, Lawrence Giffin, Kristi Krueger, Paula Jeannet, and Caroline Muglia, August 2013 and May 2014.
Encoded by Craig Breaden, Ruth Cody, Levi Crews, Kristi Krueger, Paula Jeannet, and Caroline Muglia, February 2014 and May 2014, revised and re-encoded by Craig Breaden, September 2018.
Re-processed and re-encoded by Craig Breaden, November 2019.
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1988 and 1997; 2011-0058; 2013-0010, -0118, 0119, -0160; 2014-0003 and -0052; 2015-0102, -0170; 2016-0022, -0039, -0053, -0113, -0127. 2017-0107, -0149, -0221; 2018-0008, 0071.
Series are arranged alphabetically by title. Within series, subseries are predominantly arranged alphabetically, with some subseries and files arranged chronologically.
- Rules or Conventions:
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Related Material:
In addition to the YouTube links accompanying many of the interviews and programs described in this collection guide, the videos can be accessed as a group here: Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive on YouTube
For the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Papers, see Guide to the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Collection, 1876-2018 and undated, bulk 1950-2018
For the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series at the National Gallery of Art, see The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series.
Oral histories Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel conducted with the Columbia Center for Oral History Program's series Inside New York's Art World are also available through the Columbia University Libraries' Oral History Portal. The portal also provides access to interviews with Kitty Carlisle Hart, Mary Bass Gibson, and Phyllis Cerf Wagner.
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Artists -- United States -- Interviews
Arts and society -- United States
Architecture -- United States.
Oral histories (document genre)
New York (N.Y.). Landmarks Preservation Commission.
United States -- Cultural policy
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs
New York (N.Y.) -- History
Using These Materials
Many of the resources in this collection have been digitized for use, and are available via the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive on YouTube or, by request, on the Duke Digital Repository. Original audiovisual and electronic media are closed to use without written permission from the Donor -- for further information contact Research Services. All researchers requesting copies of audiovisual materials from the collection for purposes other than private study and research are required to present written permission from the donor approving the request. While all master recordings are represented in this guide, the collection contains both copies of master recordings and elements that went in to creating the master recordings. For an inventory of the copies and elements, contact Research Services.
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