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At a Glance
The collection consists of nine series: Series I: Photographs; Series II: Printed Material; Series III: Stereoscopic Views; Series IV: Other Media
Scope and Content
The collection of historical photographs and lithographs of New York City consists of about 3,000 items dated from the 1850s until the 1980s. The collection is made up of color photographic prints, color negatives, black-and-white photographic prints, black-and-white negatives, copy prints, studio and cabinet cards, stereo cards, cyanotypes, albumen prints, gelatin silver prints, lantern slides, glass negatives, and Polaroid prints, lithographs, woodcuts, tear sheets, and engravings. The collection also includes official images, newspaper images, and candid images. Also included are images from the photo morgue of the New York Herald-Tribune newspaper, which ceased publication in 1966. Other images were purchased as copies from New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, WNYC-FM Radio, the Bettman Archive, and from collectors, private vendors, and other institutions. Photos by noted photographers are included.
Series I: Photographs is made up of color photographic prints, color negatives, black-and-white photographic prints, black-and-white negatives, copy prints, studio and cabinet cards, stereo cards, cyanotypes, albumen prints, gelatin silver prints. The photographs are arranged in this series by subject. For example, photographs of the Statue of Liberty are organized under "Monuments, Statue of Liberty." When known, the photographer's name has been included in the scope note.
Series II: Printed Material consists of lithographs, woodcuts, tear sheets, and engravings focusing on New York City themes. This series contains a significant holding of collected etchings originating from The Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York (also known as the Valentine's Manuals after its publisher David T. Valentine.) The Valentine views along with the other etchings in the series represent an earlier illustrated view of New York in comparison to photographs in Series I.
Series III: Stereoscopic Views presents a three-dimensional representation of early New York City architectural and social history.
Series IV: Other Media includes lantern slides, glass plate negatives, and negatives (photographs). These are likely purchased reference images.
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restrictions on Use
Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For additional guidance, see Columbia University Libraries' publication policy.
In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.
Seymour B. Durst Old York Library collection of photographs and lithographs, Avery Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
2015-04-25 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
The photographs consist of real estate developer Seymour B. Durst's personal collection, acquired over decades, in tandem with his collection of historical books and ephemera. The collection reflects his personal and business interests in the streets and buildings of commercial Manhattan, principally images of mid-town and lower Manhattan.