Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

The Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Photograph and Lithograph collection, bulk 1850-1980

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 11078341 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Durst, Seymour B., 1913-1995 ; Durst Organization
Title The Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Photograph and Lithograph collection, bulk 1850-1980
Physical Description 3000 photographs
Language(s) English .
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 avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection consists of nine series: Series I: Photographs; Series II: Printed Material; Series III: Stereoscopic Views; Series IV: Other Media

Description

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.

Publication Date

ca. 1850s-1980s

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 avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Revision Description

2015-04-25 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Bridges -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
City and town life -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.) -- Aerial photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Streetscapes (Urban design) -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

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.