Oral history interview with Helene Kaplan, 1999


Kaplan, Helene, 1933- (Interviewee)
Zane, Sharon (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Helene Kaplan, 1999
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Helene Kaplan : oral history, 1999
Background: born 1933, Brooklyn, New York, move to Florida as adolescent; education: Barnard College, B.A., importance of women role models, New York University, LLD; career: establishment of corporate law practice, representation of wealthy individuals, foundations and nonprofits; participation in nonprofit activities and boards of trustees: Barnard College, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Academ y of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie]: trustee for more than two decades, reminiscences of other board members, chair of search committee for new president, hiring of David A. Hamburg, The Judicial Regulatory Committee, role as first woman to chair major private foundation, Second Inquiry on Poverty and Development in Southern Africa, visit to South Africa in 1984 and Carnegie's continued activities in South Africa; David A. Hamburg's tenure: interests in avoidance of nuclear war, conflict resolution, nexus between education and health, impact on public policy, Council on Adolescent Development; reminiscences of Carnegie presidents Alan Pifer; Vartan Gregorian; Carnegie board interaction with staff, changes in board over the years, commissions, subcommittees; foundations: questions of program evaluation, self-evaluation and accountability, government regulations, relationship with grantees, risk-taking; member of Secretary of State George P. Shultz's Commission on South Africa. There is no digital audio associated with session 3 of the interview, as tapes could not be located at the time of digitization
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Lawyers; Trusts and trustees; Nonprofit organizations--Management; Kaplan, Helene, 1933-; Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa Cape Town, South Africa) 1984 : (2nd
oral histories
Physical Description
94 pages
Note (Biographical)
Lawyer, foundation chair
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, April 28, June 9, July 22, October 13, 1998; April 13, 1999
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: Helene Kaplan
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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