Oral History Program

Adele Balkan
Adele Balkan Owen Crump William FrakerRobert Vogel

The Oral History Program documents the lives and careers of individuals who have worked in various areas of the motion picture industry. To date, our interviewers have conducted more than 70 in-depth oral histories on subjects ranging from art direction and film editing to censorship and Academy history. A number of interviewees were also questioned in detail about their contribution to the filmmaking effort during World War II.

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The interviews, averaging more than 15 hours each, are recorded on audio tape and then transcribed, edited and indexed. Completed transcripts are available for use in the library.

Interviewees include:

  • Robert Boyle, production designer
  • Marc Davis, animator
  • Karl Malden, actor
  • Hans J. Salter, composer
  • Daniel Taradash, screenwriter
  • Ralph Winters, film editor

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Access to Oral Histories

Oral histories are listed in the Library Catalog. A master index database can be accessed at the library's computer terminals.

Limited photocopying is available; photocopy release forms are available from reference staff.

All rights in the oral histories and audio tapes, including the right to publish, are reserved by the Academy Foundation.

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