Oral history interview with Joan Ganz Cooney 1998


Cooney, Joan Ganz (Interviewee)
Zane, Sharon (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Joan Ganz Cooney 1998
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Joan Ganz Cooney : oral history, 1998
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] Chan nel 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.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Executives--United States; Public television--United States; Television in education; Television in preschool education; Television and children; Cooney, Joan Ganz; Children's Television Workshop; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Sesame Street (Television program)
oral histories
Physical Description
80 pages
Note (Biographical)
President, Children's Television Workshop.
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010.
Interviewed by Sharon Zane, Jan. 14, April 9, and July 13, 1998.
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of: Joan Ganz Cooney
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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