item 8 - Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7

Identity area

Reference code

US NNFIT SC.FITA.3.20.4.9.12.8

Title

Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7

Date(s)

  • 1984 February 7 (Creation)

Level of description

item

Extent and medium

Context area

Name of creator

(1915-1991)

Biographical history

Shirley Goodman came to the college in 1949 to help draft the legislation making F.I.T. part of the SUNY system. She was a key figure in the college’s development and served for many years as the executive vice president of F.I.T. as well as the executive director of F.I.T.’s Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (now the F.I.T. Foundation) until her death in 1991.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This is an interview with Executive Vice President Emeritus and Executive Director of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries Shirley Goodman. She discusses her family history and first job in Washington D.C. This led her to a string of other opportunities including cooperating with Robert Moses to plan the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and participating in New York’s “Golden Anniversary,” in 1948. That year she was introduced to FIT; the start of a very long relationship. Goodman discusses having to learn quickly about the fashion industry, and describes the planning of FIT’s first building which was completed in 1959; with the subsequent building of their first dormitory in 1962 and second building in 1972. Goodman then delves into her activities during the Golden Anniversary, explaining vigorous twice-a-day fashion shows by Tom Lee and Eleanor Lambert at the Grand Central Palace. Goodman describes her involvement with the Moscow Expositions in both 1959 and 1967 and then goes into her personal life and family. Goodman describes how FIT started and how it has evolved over the years, including the acquisition of funding. Finally Goodman lists some of the major influences in her life.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places