Oral history interview with Eleanor Lerman, 2012


Lerman, Eleanor, 1952- (Interviewee)
Grele, Ronald J (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Eleanor Lerman, 2012
Childhood in Bronx and Rockaway, New York: discussion of personal writing and goal to become a writer; first job at Carnegie Corporation of New York as editorial assistant; leaving Carnegie Corporation in 1985; return in 1999; carryover of technical skills from Carnegie Corporation to other organizations and companies; professional development; supportive environment at Carnegie Corporation; mentor ship of Avery B. Russell; importance of precision in writing; work at American Lung Association: early use of computers, discussion of change in technology; legacy of Andrew Carnegie; impact of McKinsey & Company report; work as ghostwriter for Vartan Gregorian; support for individual scholarship; impressions of dedication of staff; leadership of Susan R. King; national influence of Carnegie Corporation: integrity of organization, incubation of ideas; evaluation of success in philanthropy; role of public affairs department at Carnegie Corporation: range of publications, purposes and readership; trustee activities; influence of events on corporation work: September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, 2008 recession; centennial celebration; institutional memory and identity; work with writers at Carnegie Corporation; importance of Carnegie Corporation to personal and professional life.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Ghostwriters; Authors; Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--Political activity; Endowments; Public relations; Gregorian, Vartan; Lerman, Eleanor, 1952-; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
73 pages. + index; 1 digital audio file (69 min.); 1 digital audio file (71 min.)
Note (Biographical)
Director of Public Affairs and Publications, Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Interviewed by Thomas G. Weiss on June 8, 2012.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Eleanor Lerman
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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