Guide to the Records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts

Collection Title: Records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts
Dates: 1986-1995
Identification: 5/7
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) was conceived in the spring of 1986 to enhance and support cross-disciplinary research and scholarship in the arts. As a "force in empirical investigation in the arts," the Center's objective is to foster research and works on the cutting edge of the arts without the usual academic constraints. The President, the Provost, and a faculty committee consisting of representatives from the Schools of Speech and Music and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences administer the Center. Projects are proposed and pursued by cross-disciplinary workgroups, which meet for biweekly discussions focused on members' papers or works in progress.
Acquisition Information: These records were transferred to the University Archives by Michelle Citron on September 29, 1998 as Accession 98-129.
Processing Information: Kathy Bruner; April 1999
Separated Materials: A small amount of duplicate materials was discarded. A few items were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives' General Files.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Scope and Content

The records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts fill three boxes, spanning the years 1986 to 1995. Records pertain to the formation, administration, and output of CIRA, and are divided into three subseries: administrative files, proposals, and conferences.

The administrative records span the years 1986-1995, and are arranged in chronological order. Included in this subseries are the records of Chairs Susan Lee and Dwight Conquergood, meeting and workgroup papers, correspondence, publicity, brochures and flyers. Susan Lee's records document CIRA's formation. The meeting and workgroup records include sign-up sheets, schedules, and lists of topics discussed during meetings. Correspondence includes letters to and from President Weber, and letters to members and fellows. Publicity-related files include press releases, flyers, and the CIRA brochure.

The proposals, spanning the years 1987-1990, include fellowship applications and requests for research support; follow-up records; and proposals by CIRA for grants from the MacArthur, Mellon, and Rockefeller Foundations. Requests for support from prospective fellows describe proposed projects. Follow-up files include both reports from CIRA fellows and reports on the Center's activities. CIRA's grant proposals detail the need for interdisciplinary research in the arts. Materials within the folders are arranged in chronological order by date.

The conferences and publications subseries contains records pertaining to and resulting from seminars and conferences funded through CIRA between the years 1986 and 1992. Records of conference organizers Howard Becker, Rainer Rumbold, Marco Diani, and Chuck Kleinhans are included. The records, arranged chronologically by the date of the conference, typically consist of proposals, schedules, and papers presented at conferences. This subseries also contains publications produced by CIRA during this time.


Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts


Arts--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston

Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge

interdisciplinary research--Illinois--Evanston

Container List / Contents

  • Administrative Files, 1986-1989
    • Records of Susan Lee, Chair, 1986Box 1, Folder 1
    • First Biweekly Meeting, 1986-1989Box 1, Folder 2
    • Workgroups, 1988-1989Box 1, Folder 3
    • Correspondence: General, 1989-1990Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence: General, 1989-1990Box 1, Folder 5
    • General Administrative Records, 1990-1991Box 1, Folder 6
    • Records of Dwight Conquergood, Chair, 1990Box 1, Folder 7
    • Correspondence, 1986-1995Box 1, Folder 8
    • CIRA Brochures and Flyers, 1989-1990Box 1, Folder 9
    • CIRA PublicityBox 1, Folder 10
  • Proposals
    • Requests for Research Support, 1987Box 1, Folder 11
    • Requests for Research Support, 1988Box 1, Folder 12
    • Requests for Research Support, 1989-1990Box 1, Folder 13
    • Requests for Research Support, 1990-1991Box 1, Folder 14
    • CIRA Fellowship Applications, A-R, 1988Box 1, Folder 15
    • CIRA Fellowship Applications, S-Z, 1988Box 1, Folder 16
    • CIRA Fellowship Applications, A-J, 1989Box 2, Folder 1
    • CIRA Fellowship Applications, K-Z, 1989Box 2, Folder 2
    • Graduate Fellowship Applications, 1987-1990Box 2, Folder 3
    • Music Proposals, 1988-1989Box 2, Folder 4
    • MacArthur Foundation, 1988Box 2, Folder 5
    • Mellon Foundation, 1988-1989Box 2, Folder 6
    • Rockefeller Foundation, 1988-1989Box 2, Folder 7
    • Award Follow-up, 1988-1990Box 2, Folder 8
  • Conferences and Publications
    • Howard Becker, "Further Thoughts on Art Worlds", 1986-1987Box 2, Folder 9
    • Rainer Rumbold "German Expressionism", 1986-1988Box 2, Folder 10
    • "German Expressionism" Conference Participants, 1988-1989Box 2, Folder 11
    • Design, Technology and the Future of Postindustrial Society, 1987Box 2, Folder 12
    • Marco Diani "Power of Place", 1987-1989Box 2, Folder 13
    • Chuck Kleinhans "Mass Culture Theory", 1987-1988Box 3, Folder 1
    • "Mass Culture Theory", 1988-1989Box 3, Folder 2
    • "Nuclear Weapons and American Culture", 1988-1989Box 3, Folder 3
    • "Good Taste/Bad Taste", 1989-1990Box 3, Folder 4
    • Graduate Student Monograph "Communitas", 1989Box 3, Folder 5
    • Cultural Studies Working Group, 1990Box 3, Folder 6
    • Performing Social Science Monograph/Original Papers, 1990-1991Box 3, Folder 7
    • Working Papers Series, 1990-1992Box 3, Folder 8