The New School Archives Digital Collections

Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project 2010

Collection, PC070104


The oral histories comprising this collection were conducted in the fall and winter of 2010 in preparation for the exhibit, Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955-1985, with the goal of recording a range of perspectives on the interior and environmental design departments at Parsons School of Design in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period, Parsons' longstanding and famous interior design program completely transformed, adopting a more experimental and socially engaged program of study in the newly-created Environmental Design Department.

Related Archival Materials Note

The Kellen Design Archives holds multiple collections that address the subject of the exhibition and interviews. These include the Environmental Design Department records in the record group, Academic departments, programs and schools; Environmental Design class projects taught by Jean McClintock; the Records of Dean David C. Levy; and the student work of Kathleen Madden, Marty Spiegel, Chuck Burleigh, and Casey Danson, among others. Other oral history interviews of interest may be found in the Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project, especially those with Stanley Barrows, Allen Tate, and David C. Levy. A digital video recording is also available of a panel discussion that took place in conjunction with the exhibition. Chuck Burleigh, Jean McClintock Gardner, Marty Spiegel, and David C. Levy were among those on the panel.

Related collections

Marty Spiegel student work
Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project

Collection Guide

Guide to the Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project

Related people/organizations

Charles K. Burleigh
Wid Chapman
Casey Coates Danson
Jean Gardner
David C. Levy
Parsons the New School for Design
Luis A. Rey
Marty Spiegel, 1948-
Peter M. Wheelwright

Subject Heading

Interior decoration firms [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh88003823]

There’s more! What you see here is only what is viewable online; in most cases it is only a small portion of what is available. Please visit the collection guide to find out more.