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Guide to the Everett and Evelyn Ortner papers and photographs ARC.306

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 02, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo Revised by Maggie Schreiner to include link to digitized AV material.  , May 2017 , July 2019

Container List

Series 1: Evelyn G. Ortner personal papers, 1911-2002

Scope and Contents

The series contains records relating to Evelyn G. Ortner (EGO), dating from 1911 to 2002. It documents her education, interior design career, employment at the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, curation of the Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit, and her role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts. Additional files related to EGO's work as a board member and volunteer at other Brooklyn cultural institutions (Brooklyn Museum, Long Island Historical Society, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, etc.) can be found in Series 3: EHO and EGO personal and  Series 6: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation general files.

Arrangement

The series is organized into five sub-series:

Sub-series 1.1: EGO school papers

Sub-series 1.2: Interior Design

Sub-series 1.3: New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Sub-series 1.4: Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit

Sub-series 1.5: St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts

Sub-series 1.1: EGO school papers, 1938-1978. 0.3 Linear Feet in six folders

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains files relating to EGO's time as a student at Washington Irving High School, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, dating from 1938 to 1978. It includes course work, ephemera (commencement programs and song books), correspondence, transcripts, and administrative records. She studied romance languages at Hunter College, design at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute, and historic preservation at Columbia University.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 EGO school documents

General

Includes Washington Irving High School and PS 80 (Bronx)

1938-1942
Box: 1 Folder : 2 EGO school work, resumes, correspondence, and ephemera

General

Includes resumes

1945-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 3 EGO Hunter College
1952
Box: 1 Folder : 4 EGO Theory Visual Form class work
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 5 EGO Columbia Graduate School
1974-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 6 EGO Columbia paper
1975-1976

Sub-series 1.2: Interior Design, 1959-1993. 7 Linear Feet in twelve folders, four oversize folders, one slide box, and one small box

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains records relating to EGO's career as an interior designer, dating from 1959 to 1993. It includes design plans, business correspondence, clippings, photographs, and samples of fabric, tile, and wood.

She authored two decorating columns, one titled "The Decorating Workshop" in the Brooklyn Heights Press from 1961 to 1962, and one titled "Decorating Your Home" in the  Homeowners How To Handbook from 1976 to 1980. Clippings and typescripts of these articles are available in the sub-series.

Of note are files relating to the design of apartments at 116 Central Park South and 45 Gramercy Park North, and one box of fabric, tile, and wood samples for the apartment at 45 Gramercy Park North.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Joseph Freitag Interiors - Frigidaire Colonnade Kitchen (1 of 2)

General

Includes photographic prints and transparencies

1959
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Joseph Freitag Interiors - Frigidaire Colonnade Kitchen (2 of 2)

General

Oversize folder containing drawings and designs for the following: Dr. Rosa Lenz (15 West 12th Street), Miles Davis (230 East 125th Street), Mr. and Mrs. T. Newhouse, and the National Home Furnishings Show (Kitchen - Model House)

1959
Box: 73 Folder : - Joseph Freitag Interiors - 116 Central Park South (1 of 2)

General

Includes photograph

1959-1962
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Joseph Freitag Interiors - 116 Central Park South (2 of 2)

General

Oversize folder containing blueprints and designs

1959-1962
Box: 51 Folder : 4 Interior design negatives and slide
circa 1960s
Box: 1 Folder : 8-9 Brooklyn Heights Press "The Decorating Workshop" articles and ideas (2 folders)

General

Includes photographs, full issues of Brooklyn Heights Press, and lecture notecards

1961
Box: 73 Folder : - Brooklyn Heights Press - Full issues featuring EGO's "The Decorating Workshop" column

General

Oversize

1961-1962
Box: 67 Folder : 9-11 Kitchens, etc. designed by EGO slides
1963-1975
Box: 2 Folder : 1-4 Lindenauer Apartment - 45 Gramercy Park North (folders 1-4 of 5)

General

See also box 4, which contains samples of fabric, tile, and wood

1974-1993
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Lindenauer Apartment - 45 Gramercy Park North (5 of 5)

General

Oversize folder containing architectural drawings and wallpaper samples

1974-1993
Box: 4 Item : - Lindenauer Apartment - 45 Gramercy Park North - Fabric, tile, and wood samples
circa 1974-1985
Box: 39 Folder : 13-14 Homeowners How To Handbook articles by EGO (2 folders)
1976-1980

Sub-series 1.3: New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1918-1985. 2.25 Linear Feet in fifteen folders and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents

The sub-series documents EGO's employment as Director of Facilities and Collections of the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she was employed from about 1979 to 1984. It includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, photographs, and ephemera dating from 1918 to 1985. EGO managed the sale of portions of the Chamber's art collection.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York - Bulletins and reports
1918, 1932, 1947
Box: 2 Folder : 6 New York Chamber of Commerce - Civic Group Conference on Increased Subway Fare
1947
Box: 2 Folder : 7 New York Chamber of Commerce organizational report and merger clipping
1947, 1972
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York - Tribute to John D. Rockefeller program and photographs
1950
Box: 2 Folder : 9-10 Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York - Miscellaneous (two folders)
1960s-1980s
Box: 3 Folder : 1 New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry - 65 Liberty Street sale
1966, 1984-1985
Box: 3 Folder : 2 New York Chamber of Commerce ephemera
1968-1980s
Box: 3 Folder : 3 EGO Chamber of Commerce business cards, name plate, and badge
circa 1980
Box: 3 Folder : 4-5 New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Notes, correspondence, and clippings (2 folders)
1979-1981
Box: 3 Folder : 6 New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry
1979-1984
Box: 3 Folder : 7 New York Chamber of Commerce - A. Carmelita correspondence
1980-1981
Box: 72 Folder : - New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Chamber orientation program and photographs of Pan Am Building and Manhattan waterfront

General

Oversize

1982
Box: 3 Folder : 8 New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry event and building photographs
1982
Box: 3 Folder : 9 New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry building - Great Hall photographs and negatives
circa 1982

Sub-series 1.4: Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit, 1911-1976. 2.9 Linear Feet in two folders and one oversize folder

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains files relating to the Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit that was produced by EGO in 1976. It includes exhibition planning files, early 20th century city reports on the waterfront, copy prints of the waterfront, and ephemera, dating from 1911 to 1976. The copy prints were derived from negatives produced by the Department of Ports and Terminals from circa 1890 to 1913. Related copy prints, negatives, and slides can be found in Series 4: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit (1 of 2)
1911-1976
Box: 75 Folder : - Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit (2 of 2)

General

Oversize

1911-1976
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit

General

Includes set of reproduction photographs of Fulton Ferry and Brooklyn waterfront

1975

Sub-series 1.5: St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, 1977-2002. 3.4 Linear Feet in ten folders, one oversize folder, and one audio cassette

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series documents EGO's work as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts. It includes Board of Directors files, ephemera, photographs, and clippings, dating from 1977 to 2002. Of note are reports and other files on the restoration of the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity building and its stained glass windows.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 2-4 Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity restoration and The St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts (1-3 of 4 folders)
1977-1999
Box: 75 Folder : - Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity restoration and The St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts (4 of 4 folders)

General

Oversize. Window restoration plans.

1997
Box: 5 Folder : 5-6 St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts - Board of Directors files (1-2 of 4 folders)

General

Includes photographs

1980-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts - Board of Directors files (3-4 of 4 folders)
1980-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 3 St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts and the Brooklyn Stained Glass Conservation Center
1980-2002
Box: 23 Folder : 12 The Arts at St. Ann's ephemera
1983-1985
Box: 52 Folder : - WOR interview with EGO on St. Ann's audio cassette
1985
Box: 6 Folder : 4 St. Ann and the Holy Trinity - William Jay Bolton Community Award to EGO

General

Includes photograph

1998

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