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Series I: Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, 1977-2016
Series II: East Brooklyn Congregations, 1978-2006
Series III: Brooklyn Interfaith for Action, 1982-2001
Series IV: Queens Citizens Organization, 1977-2004
Series V: Manhattan Together, 1990-2011
At a Glance
Material is arranged into six series and further divided into subseries within each series.
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.
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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.
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
Ownership and Custodial History
The Industrial Area Foundation Records were the gift of Michael Gecan to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in 2011.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
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.
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.