Patronage for the theater in America
NamesDe Mille, Agnes (Speaker)
General Audio Collection
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1964-12-06
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *MGZT 7-106 (former)
TopicsDe Mille, AgnesRose, Billy, 1899-1966Art patronageFederal aid to dancePerforming arts sponsorship -- United States -- HistoryFederal aid to the arts
NotesContent: Speech given by Agnes de Mille (approximately one hour), followed by a question and answer period (approximately 15 minutes), at the Women's Music Club, Columbus, Ohio, on December 6, 1964. (The remaining approximate 21 minutes of the streaming file are blank.) For a speech by De Mille on the same topic see the recording entitled: Appreciation and support for the theater in America, in streaming file format, accessible only on site at NYPL research libraries.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded for the the Women's Music Club 1964 Columbus (Ohio)Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 36 min.) : acetate, half-track, 3.75 ips. ; 7 in.Sound quality is good except for the questions from the audience, which are difficult to understand. However, the speaker, Agnes de Mille more often than not repeats the gist of the question. The recording is marred by slight "tape hiss."
DescriptionStreaming file (approximately one hour and 36 minutes). [Introductory remarks about Agnes de Mille's background and career.] Agnes de Mille speaks about the nature of arts patronage including an anecdote about Billy Rose; the necessity for arts patronage and the European tradition of patronage; the American attitude toward the theater and the concept of patronage; [charitable] foundations including their inherent conservatism and the 1964 Ford Foundation grant to George Balanchine; typical American attitudes towards the arts including Congressman [John James] Rooney's opposition to federal financial aid; the background of American attitudes toward the arts and arts patronage; the state of the theater in America including the economic lottery of Broadway productions and the typically precarious state of opera, dance, and theatrical repertory companies; more on opposition in the United States to government patronage of the arts including the spuriousness of the reasons typically given for this opposition; the growth of regional theaters and theaters in colleges and universities; the development of support for the arts in state legislatures, notably in New York and North Carolina; recently-enacted federal financial support for the arts; the role of the theatrical arts in society, in particular as a means of communication. [De Mille's lecture ends at approximately 1:02 minutes; it is followed by applause and a question and answer period that ends at approximately 1:15. The remaining approximate 21 minutes of the recording are blank.]
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 84121344NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117216Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 057054c0-c353-0133-f1a3-60f81dd2b63c
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