item 4 - Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21

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Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21


  • 1984 November 13 and 21 (Creation)

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This is an interview with Marvin Feldman, the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)’s longest-serving president, whose term ran from 1971 to 1992. The interview begins with a summary of Feldman’s military background and education, followed by his early work experience for the Ford Foundation and United States government agencies. He then explains his search for college presidencies in both the private and public sectors, and how he ended up at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). He describes the administration, faculty, and physical plant when he joined as president, and the Institute’s evolution from a two-year community college to an institution offering a four-year baccalaureate. Feldman then delves into the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)’s interfacing with both the New York State government and various industry groups. He describes the hierarchy of the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)’s administration and its management style. Feldman goes on to explain how departments grow and develop into viable courses and majors, and gives a detailed description of the Marketing program. He discusses the growth of international fashion merchandising, and then introduces two new Master’s programs. Finally, Feldman discusses the industry’s need for trained workers and how the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.) will function in the years ahead.

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  • Legacy audio file ID: AOH42
  • Legacy transcript file ID: T60

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2019 August: Of the three original audio files, legacy audio ID AOH42_02 starts out with an interview with Marvin Feldman, but cuts in with an interview of an unidentified woman. Interviewer Mildred Finger notes in the recording to a Valerie Davisson (sp?) that this interview of the unnamed subject should not be transcribed. This portion of the recording was removed for the public copy of this interview. - Samantha Levin

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2019 October: The floppy disk referenced in the extent and medium field of this record has not been located. - Samantha Levin

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