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Guide to the New York University Archives Photograph Collection PHOTO.00001

New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2641

New York University Archives

Collection processed by Collection processed by David O'Neill and Lisa Darms.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 27, 2018
Description is in English.

 Finding aid updated by John Zarrillo  , February 2018

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains images of Washington Square Park (New York, N.Y.), the Washington Square area (below 14th Street, above Houston St.) and the old University Building (1832-1894) from the New York University Archives photography collection. Almost all of the images are black and white gelatin silver prints, although a few are Polaroid photographs, color c-prints, or drawings. A number of the photographs are prints made from copy-negatives of original photographs, drawings or art prints. Many of the photographs were created by the New York University's Photo Bureau to document the University's geography and cultural life, and they provide evidence of the history of the Park and the surrounding area from the early 1800s through the 1990s.

In addition to the photographs described in this finding aid, the collection also contains photographs that document various aspects of New York University, including schools and departments, student life, athletics, commencements, the University Heights campus, and more. For more information on the collection, please contact the University Archives at


The photographs in Series I and II are arranged chronologically and by subject. The photographs in Series III are arranged by type of view. Exterior views are arranged chronologically. Interior views are arranged by subject (type of room).

The files are grouped into four series:

  1. Washington Square Park (New York, N.Y.)
  2. Washington Square Area
  3. University Building
  4. Washington Square Campus Buildings