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Guide to the Historic Photographs and Drawings Collection Photo.002

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2641

New York University Archives

Collection processed by Keara Duggan and Kerry Heimer.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 21, 2014 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Historical Note

This collection contains photographs, drawings, glass plate negatives, and other documentary materials depicting student life and activities, campus architecture, city maps, faculty portraits, and other aspects of New York University culture from 1800-1980. The bulk of the collection is oversized materials that have been separated from their original locations due to their size and preservation needs. These materials focus primarily on the early to mid-20th century with some materials dating back to the mid to late-19th century.

Included in this collection is a group of 161 glass plate negatives representing a period of NYU history from approximately 1890-1910. These glass plates were transferred to the University Archives, presumably from the historic collection at the former University Heights campus. This collection was maintained by Dr. Theodore Francis Jones, who published a centennial history of the University in 1933. The University Heights campus was opened by NYU in the Bronx in 1894 and was sold in 1973. It is now the campus of the Bronx Community College. Many of the glass plate negatives are images of the University Heights campus and some of its well-known architecture, including the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, which was built in 1900.