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Records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts

 Collection
Identifier: 5/7
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.

Dates

  • 1986-1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

3.00 Boxes

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.

Method of Acquisition

These records were transferred to the University Archives by Michelle Citron on September 29, 1998 as Accession 98-129.

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
Title
Guide to the Records of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts
Author
Kathy Bruner
Date
01/04/1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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