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Industrial Areas Foundation records, 1977-2011

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1603
Bib ID 9186030 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Industrial Areas Foundation
Title Industrial Areas Foundation records, 1977-2011
Physical Description 25.5 linear feet (25.5 linear feet (25 records cartons))
Language(s) English .

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Boxes 21 and 22, which contain LaGuardia Public Life Training Center Applications from 1990, are restricted.



Material is arranged into six series and further divided into subseries within each series. Series I: Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, 1977-2016 Subseries I.1: Administrative Files, 1987-2006; Subseries I.2: Projects and Issues, 1983-2016; Subseries I.3: Financial Records, 1994-2013; Subseries I.4: Clippings and Published Materials, 1990-2010; Subseries I.5: Michael Gecan (Director) Files, 1977-1995; Series II: East Brooklyn Congregations, 1978-2006 Subseries II.1: Administrative Files, 1978-2006; Subseries II.2: Projects and Issues, 1980-2006; Subseries II.3: Financial Records, 1981-2005; Subseries II.4: Clippings and Published Material, 1995; Series III: Brooklyn Interfaith for Action, 1982-2001 Subseries III.1: Administrative Files, 1992-1999; Subseries III.2: Projects and Issues, 1995-1996; Subseries III.3: Financial Records, 1982-2001; Series IV: Queens Citizens Organization, 1977-2004 Subseries IV.1: Administrative Files, 1980-2000; Subseries IV.2: Projects and Issues, 1988-2004; Subseries IV.3: Financial Records, 1978-2000; Subseries IV.4: Publications and Miscellaneous, 1977-2000; Series V: Manhattan Together, 1990-2011 Subseries V.1: Administrative Files, 1998-2010; Subseries V.2: Projects and Issues, 2000-2011; Subseries V.3: Published Material 1990-2008; Series VI: South Bronx Churches, 1984-2010 Subseries VI.1: Administrative Files, 1987-2010; Subseries VI.2: Projects and Issues, 1987-2004; Subseries VI.3: Published Material and Photographs, 1984-2007



The Industrial Areas Foundation has been working in the northeast and New York metropolitan area for 35 years. The collection documents the organization's relationship with four mayors, five governors, environmental commissioners and several governors in New Jersey, numerous public and private sector leaders. Included in the collection are correspondence, op-eds, editorials, articles, and other press items, strategy documents and internal reports describing the workings of our citizens organizations in four boroughs, northern New Jersey, Long Island, and beyond. The organization has been deeply involved in many of the central issues and initiatives of the region over those years including, the rebuilding of East Brooklyn and the South Bronx, the start of the new small schools movement, the start of the living wage movement, the charter revisions that ended the old Board of Estimates and expanded the City Council, the fight to establish and preserve mayoral control of the schools, the ongoing struggles to preserve public housing, and many other matters.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Boxes 21 and 22, which contain LaGuardia Public Life Training Center Applications from 1990, are restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Industrial Areas Foundation records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed 2014-2015 Jean Park [Teachers College] under supervision of Adrien Hilton

Finding aid written by Adrien Hilton, September 2015.

In August, 2018 the addition of boxes 24 and 25 was processed by Rachel Klepper. The files were integrated into the existing series and subseries and the finding aid was updated.

Revision Description

2015-10-01 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton

2018-08-06 Conditions Governing Access statement updated to clarify the nature of the materials that are restricted. CLB

2018-08-20 Finding aid updated to incorporate two additional boxes of materials which were transferred to RBML on March 27, 2018, by Mike Gecan and processed by Rachel Klepper. CLB

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Community organization Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Low-income housing -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Occupational training Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Religion and justice Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social action Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social problems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) is a network of affiliates involved in variety of initiatives and issues concerning the New York metropolitan region since 1977. Metro IAF and its affiliates in New York have been involved in various initiatives and issues including: housing, community rebuilding, public education, voter mobilization, health care, immigration and naturalization services, and job training.