Oral Histories

Interview of James S. Ackerman

Art historian and professor at Harvard University with a focus in Italian Renaissance architecture history.
Art Historian
Art History - Oral Documentation Project
Gardner, Joel
Ackerman, James S.
Persons Present:
Ackerman and Gardner.
Place Conducted:
Tapes I-XI: Ackerman's apartment in New York City, New York; Tapes XII-XIII: Ackerman's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Joel Gardner, Oral Historian, Gardner and Associates; B.A., M.S., French, Tulane University; M.A., Journalism, UCLA. The interviewer prepared for the interview by consulting with Richard Candida Smith, the project director, about the goals and purpose of the project and possible lines of questioning. Gardner did background research by reviewing Ackerman's articles and books. Between taping sessions, Gardner and Smith surveyed the progress of the interview and modified the approach.
Processing of Interview:
Alex Cline, editor, edited the interview. He checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed. Ackerman reviewed the transcript. He verified proper names and made numerous corrections and additions. David P. Gist, editor, and Janet Shiban, editorial assistant, prepared the table of contents. Gist prepared the biographical summary, Shiban drafted the interview history, and Lisa Magee, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
14.35 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series, a cooperative venture between the Oral History Program and the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, documents a generation of scholars who developed and elaborated paradigms of art history established in the late nineteenth century to forge a twentieth-century discipline.