Oral history interview with Barbara D. Finberg, 1998


Finberg, Barbara D (Interviewee)
Hearing, Brenda (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Barbara D. Finberg, 1998
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Barbara D. Finberg : oral history, 1998
Childhood: born 1929, Pueblo, Colorado; raised in a small town, parents' interest in education, conscious of limited economic circumstances; education: importance of high school education, Stanford University, B.A., International Relations, Rotary Foundation Fellowship at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, M.A., Near Eastern History and Politics; career: Washington D.C. State Departmen t internship, Institute of International Education, grant administration, Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie]: editor, program officer, vice president, retirement; challenging traditional expectations of women: discrimination, women in the workforce and childcare, working as a woman at Carnegie; Carnegie programs in child development and education: Lloyd N. Morrisett, conducting research, Carnegie Council on Children, reflections on childhood, development and launch of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney, experimentation and collaboration, Children's Television Workshop, improving quality of family life; Carnegie atmosphere and recollections of colleagues: Florence Anderson, Margaret Mahoney, Vivien Stewart; Carnegie presidents and transitions: John Gardner, Alan Pifer, David Hamburg, Vartan Gregorian; Carnegie's structure and operations: commissions and task forces, external and internal relations, grantmaking, program budgeting, evaluation, changing and developing public policy, taking risks, relationships with grantees, relationships with other foundations; culture of philanthropy; history of Carnegie Discrepancies exist between digital transcript and synchronized transcript segments in session 11 of interview. Digital transcript corresponds to audio recordings, and synchronized transcript segments correspond to video recordings. Audio recordings inverted sequence of side A and B, and inversion became reflected in transcript
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Endowments--United States; Early childhood education; Women--History--20th century.--United States; Women employees; Executives; Finberg, Barbara D; Hamburg, David A., 1925-; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Sesame Street (Television program)
oral histories
Physical Description
391 pages
Note (Biographical)
Foundation executive
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 Brenda Hearing, March 1997 through May 1998
Sound quality is poor in places
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
Digital audio recordings available for sessions 1-6, 14; videorecordings available for sessions 7-13;
Note (Provenance)
Gift of: Barbara D. Finberg
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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