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SFR/ALM
Interviewee: Andrew Heiskell
Interviewer: Jessica Holland
Date: 3/13/87
Place: 870 U.N. Plaza

Q:

Today is Friday the thirteenth of March, 1987. This is 870 U.N. Plaza. This is Jessica Holland. Would you state and spell your-and it's for the Columbia University Oral History Collection. Would you state and spell your full name?

Heiskell:

Andrew Heiskell. H-E-I-S-K-E-L-L.

Q:

We're going to talk about the New York Public Library today. Why don't you just begin with how you got involved?

Heiskell:

One day a fellow by the name of John Sargent, a large, portly gentleman with a beard and an en bon point called me and said that he would very much like me to meet a friend of his, Richard Salomon who was chairman of the New York Public Library. And I said, “John, that shouldn't be too difficult. A: I know Mr. Salomon, and B: He lives on the floor above me. So all we have to do is move one floor.” So I met with Dick and he made me a proposition that I should go on the board, this was, I think about 1978, on the board of the New York Public Library, with the thought that if it interested me I would succeed him as chairman. And if it didn't interest me, I could just quietly withdraw. So I joined the board and spent a lot



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