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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.
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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); Sally Goodgold Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2012.2013.M032: Source of acquisition--[source of acquisition]. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--date.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed Jacqueline Rider 10/30/2013.
Finding Aid written Jacqueline Rider October 2013.
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.
History / Biographical 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.
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).