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Sally Goodgold Papers, 1940-2011, bulk 1970-2011

Summary Information

Abstract

The Sally Goodgold Papers document the participation of a prominent citizen activist in Manhattan development and growth during the mid to late 20th century. The papers cover land use, environmental impact, law enforcement, women in politics, and New York history, particularly on the Upper West Side. The collection includes organizational records and reports, meeting notes and minutes, audio and videotapes, correspondence, speech drafts, personal notebooks, and commendations from elected officials.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1632
Bib ID 9614545 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Goodgold, Sally
Title Sally Goodgold Papers, 1940-2011, bulk 1970-2011
Physical Description 9 linear feet (9 linear feet 9 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Materialis arranged into 3 Series: Series I: New York City Organizations, 1970-2011, Series II: Personal Papers, 1940-2011, Series III: Audio and Videotapes, 1985-2004.

Description

Scope and Content

The Sally Goodgold Papers document citizen action and impact on several significant events in New York City development in the mid to late 20th century. The papers cover urban development, land use, environmental impact, law enforcement, women in politics, and New York history, particularly the Upper West Side. The collection consists of organizational records and reports, meeting notes and minutes, audio and videotapes, correspondence, speech drafts, personal notebooks, and commendations from notable officials such as President Bill Clinton, New York Governor Hugh Carey, Congressman Charles Rangel, Mayor Ed Koch, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and others.

Goodgold kept copies of reports from many of the City Planning Commission meetings she attended. These have been discarded, but are accessible at the Department of City Planning, City of New York website. Goodgold's reports were from 1978-2004.

  • Series I: Organizations, 1963-2011

    Series I consists of Goodgold's records from her service on numerous New York City citizen organizations. The City Club monitored city government actions on zoning, landmarks, financing, housing and transportation. It held luncheon meetings with prominent speakers, and each year sponsored a "Distinguished New Yorker" Award at a gala dinner. It also published a newsletter, The Gadfly. In describing her work at the City Club, Goodgold said, "I try to fill the potholes in government." Goodgold was chairperson of Community Board 7/Manhattan, as well as head of the transportation and steering committees. She was instrumental in securing Federal funds in the 1970s to repair the West Side Highway between 72nd and 82nd Streets. As a member of the Police Foundation's scholarship committee, she helped then-Capt. Ray Kelly to obtain a grant to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  • Series II: Personal Papers, 1940-2010

    Series II consists of Goodgold's personal papers, scrapbooks, family photos, and several spiral bound notebooks filled with names and contact information of various individuals and groups in New York City. Also included are personal correspondence files, Goodgold's curriculum vitae, curriculum vitae sent to Goodgold, speech drafts, and honors.

  • Series III: Audio and Videotapes, 1985-2004

    Series III consists of 8-track cassette tapes, VHS videotapes, and one broadcast-quality videotape. Cassette tapes record Goodgold's appearance in the 1990s on WNYC's radio show, "NY&Co," on which she discussed local issues and events. Videotapes include Queens College productions on politics and planning, City Club of New York and the Women's City Club events, and a Manhattan Cable TV production, "The People's Podium."

Using the Collection

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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.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Sally Goodgold Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Jacqueline Rider 10/30/2013.

Finding Aid written Jacqueline Rider October 2013.

Revision Description

2013-11-05 xml document instance created by Jacqueline Rider

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resolutions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Bloomberg, Michael Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
City Club of New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civic leaders Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Community Board 7 -- New York (State) -- Manhattan (New York) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goodgold, Sally Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kelly, Raymond W., 1941- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Land use Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). City Council Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). City Planning Commission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Department of Transportation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Police Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Police Foundation (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Urban planning and environment Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
West Side Highway Project (N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women civic leaders Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Known as the "Ethel Merman of land use," Sally Gottfried Goodgold was born in 1929 in New York. She grew up in the Plymouth Hotel on West 49th Street, which her father, J. Samuel Gottfried, managed. She received a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University in 1949 and volunteered at Beth Israel Hospital, where she met cardiologist Murray Goodgold, whom she married. They had two children. She was co-founder with urban planner Martin Gallent of G&G Partnerships, a consultancy focused on environmentally conscious development. Beginning in the 1970s, she held a number of positions on Community Board 7/Manhattan. In 1984, she became first woman president of the City Club, a good-government group founded in 1892. A regular attendee at City Planning Commission meetings, she was professor of urban planning at Queens College. She served on the board of the New York City Police Foundation and was a member of the Settlement Housing Fund, Jewish Community Relations Council, Park Avenue Synagogue, Civitas, and Citizens Union. Goodgold was known for her non-confrontational negotiating style, which she called "bagel diplomacy." She would have key players to her apartment on West 79th Street for breakfast to, as she said, "keep them talking for as long as it takes to chew through a whole bagel." To maintain her political independence, she never ran for office. Goodgold received numerous awards, including an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the City University of New York and an Outstanding Citizen Award from New York City. She died August 18, 2011, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan at age 82. She received a rare honor at her funeral where the casket was draped with New York City's flag.

Sources:

Dovere, Maxine. "Sally Goodgold, A Spirit of the City, Dead at 82." (New York: the algemeiner, August 22, 2011).

Dunlap, David W. "Sally Goodgold, Civic Advocate Who Practiced 'Bagel Diplomacy,' Dies at 82." (New York: The New York Times, August 28, 2011).

Leon, Masha. "The Unsinkable Sally Goodgold," (New York: The Jewish Daily Forward, September 2011).