Subject Files, 1971 - 1996
10 linear feet (8 boxes)
Organization and Arrangement:
Arranged alphabetically by subject. Occasionally materials are grouped by record type (e.g. Memoranda, Correspondence) and these are interfiled with alphabetically.
Files were located among the unprocessed administrative records of WGBH, the majority of them being subject files created and maintained by Nancy Mason (Dance Coordinator, 1972-1980). Additional files of Dighton Spooner (Assistant Program Manager for National Productions) and Susan Dowling (New Television Workshop Director, 1982-1993) were identified. Dowling donated other files from her personal collection. Photographs and materials pertaining to individual programs were separated and placed with the Program Materials. Photocopies of relevant materials from Fred Barzyk's (New Television Workshop Director, 1974-1982) personal collection were donated and incorporated in June of 1997. Additional materials were acquired from David Atwood (Producer/Director) and Olivia Tappan (Producer/Associate Producer).
Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications authored by Workshop and WGBH staff, and project proposals from artists interested in working with the Workshop. The records were authored by Nancy Mason, Fred Barzyk, Susan Dowling, David Atwood, Rick Hauser (Producer/Director), Dighton Spooner, and other Workshop and WGBH personnel. New Television Workshop annual reports and newsletters provide a good overview of Workshop activities in the 1970's. Photocopies of clippings, correspondence, newsletters, and telegrams donated by Barzyk, Atwood, and Tappan are incorporated and indicated as such.
Relationships with major funders, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities (MCAH), and the Rockefeller Foundation, are detailed through correspondence, grant proposals, and activity reports. Press clippings, promotional materials, and items of correspondence document the work of dancers affiliated with early Workshop activities, including Louis Falco, Gus Solomons, Jr., Eliot Feld, and Rudy Perez. Photocopies of postcards and letters from Nam June Paik are among the materials donated by Fred Barzyk. Several files relate to the Dance Video Conference held by the Workshop in November of 1974. Programs, press releases, clippings and notes document both the activities of regional dance companies and of Dance Coordinator, Nancy Mason, who collected and notated these materials. The early work of the Contemporary Artists Television (CAT) Fund is represented through correspondence with the Institute for Contemporary Art, grant proposals, correspondence with funders, and notes and memoranda.
Equipment owned and housed by the Workshop, including the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, is inventoried and described. Various tape inventories exist. Histories and lists of artists compiled at different times provide an overview of the Workshop's activities. Some general promotional and documentary photographs are included.
To view a folder list of the Subject Files, see Appendix C.
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