In addition to family histories, Books & Lives has preserved print and video records of the accomplishments of almost one hundred Bay Area music, dance, and theater artists. Much of this work was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Performance & Design’s Legacy Oral History Program, founded by Jeff Friedman, PhD. These oral histories, many funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, have been placed in public, university, museum, and special interest libraries.
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Full-life oral history of a complex career in theater, psychotherapy, and hospice. Multiple interviewers. Jeff Friedman, PhD and Basya Petnick, senior editors.
Oral history consulting work for the production of a traveling museum exhibit created in conjunction with the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center and other experts.
Full-life oral history: Sergei Diaghilev and the Original Oakland Ballet. Video: Reconstructing the Oakland Ballet. Interviews by Jeff Friedman, PhD.
Producer: Basya Petnick, Books & Lives.
Full-life oral history funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Interviewer and senior editor, Basya Petnick.