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

Oral History Landing Robert Rauschenberg

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

Oral Histories

Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson
Blonde Woman in Yellow Shirt Headshot
Janet Begneaud
Thomas Buehler
Susan Davidson | Headshot
Susan Davidson
Virginia Dwan
Virginia Dwan
Ken Elliott
Ken Elliott
Felsen Portrait
Sidney Felsen
Simone Forti
Simone Forti
Laurence Getford
Laurence Getford
Ronald James Portrait
Arne Glimcher
Agnes Gund Greenfield Sanders
Agnes Gund
Portrait of Man in Blue Shirt
Alex Hay
Deborah Hay Headshot
Deborah Hay
Harold Hodges at work
Harold Hodges
Eric Holt
Eric Holt
Mapplethorpe Portrait
Fredericka Hunter
Dorothy Lichenstein Oral History
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Brice Headshot Crop
Brice Marden
Woman Swimming with Umbrella
Julie Martin
Robert Petersen headshot
Robert Petersen
Yvonne Rainer
Yvonne Rainer
Christopher Rauschenberg
Christopher Rauschenberg
Man's Headshot for Carousel 8
Donald Saff
Headshot Asha Suhrid Sarabhai
Asha and Suhrid Sarabhai
Hisachika Takahashi headshot
Hisachika Takahashi
Mayo Thompson Rauschenberg Oral History Headshot
Mayo Thompson
Calvin Tomkins
Calvin Tomkins
Lawrence Voytek
Lawrence Voytek
Should Love Come First?, ca. 1951
Susan Weil
DW Headshot
David White
Robert Whitman
Robert Whitman
Larry Wright Oral History
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.