Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project

In an effort to preserve the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life and work, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, has undertaken the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. This collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist’s family, friends, and many collaborators, is housed on the foundation website. Transcripts will also be available on the Columbia University website and in its Rare Books and Manuscript Library.

We will continue to roll out more as transcripts are finalized. An illustrated pdf of the entire transcript is provided for each oral history. Select oral histories also include a short biography of the narrator, an excerpt from the interview transcript, documentary photography, and a short video or audio clip.

Preferred Citation
The Reminiscences of PERSON, DATE.  Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. Conducted in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research. Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives.

In 2010, a preliminary oral history project, Interviews with Rauschenberg Friends and Associates, was undertaken by Karen Thomas of Film Odyssey at the request of the Robert Rauschenberg Revocable Trust. More information on this earlier project, including how to make an appointment to view transcripts, can be found on our archives collection page.

While the collaboration with Columbia is a formal approach that the foundation has undertaken to preserve many recollections about the artist and his time, we recognize that there are a number of Rauschenberg storytellers who we may as yet not know and whose stories we are eager to hear. If you have a noteworthy Rauschenberg story that you would like to share with us, and which relates to the life and times of the artist, we would welcome hearing from you. Please write or record your story in a format that you prefer and send it to archives@rauschenbergfoundation.org.

Rauschenberg in his Broadway studio, New York, 1965. Photo: Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. www.ugomulas.org

Rauschenberg in his Broadway studio, New York, 1965. Photo: Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. www.ugomulas.org

Oral Histories

Laurie Anderson

Janet Begneaud

Lynda Benglis

Thomas Buehler

Susan Davidson

Virginia Dwan

Ken Elliott

Sidney Felsen

Simone Forti

Laurence Getford

Arne Glimcher

Agnes Gund

Deborah Hay

Alex Hay

Harold Hodges

Eric Holt

Fredericka Hunter

Mary Lynn Kotz

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Brice Marden

Julie Martin

Robert Petersen

Yvonne Rainer

Christopher Rauschenberg

Donald Saff

Asha and Suhrid Sarabhai

Hisachika Takahashi

Mayo Thompson

Calvin Tomkins

Lawrence Voytek

Susan Weil

David White

Robert Whitman

Larry Wright

Transcripts Only

Download full transcripts of oral histories by Rauschenberg's friends, family, and associates from the Rauschenberg Oral History Project conducted in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research.