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Records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts

Identifier: 5/7

Scope and Contents

The records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) 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 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.

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 typically consist of proposals, schedules, and papers presented at conferences. This subseries also contains publications produced by CIRA during this time.


  • 1986-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


3.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) at Northwestern University 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. The Center's records, for the years 1986 to 1995, consist of administrative files, proposals, and conferences.


The records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts are organized into: administrative files; proposals; conferences. Each group is in chronological order.

Method of Acquisition

These records were transferred to the University Archives by Michelle Citron on September 29, 1998 as Accession 98-179.

Separated Materials

A small amount of duplicate materials was discarded. A few items were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives' General Files.

Processing Information

Kathy Bruner; April 1999

Guide to the Records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts
Kathy Bruner
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US