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Guide to the Downtown Flyers and Invitations Collection
ca. 1980-1990
 MSS 119

Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Collection processed by Thomas Beachdel,2001. Collection materials added by Robert Feldman in January 2004 and Lisa Darms in July 2008. Johan Kugelberg donation processed by Colin Wells in March 2009.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on September 16, 2014
Description is in English.

Scope and Content

The Downtown Flyers and Invitations Collection is a part of the Downtown Collection at Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing over 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel. The Downtown Collection comprises printed materials, archives, audio and video materials, manuscripts, and other materials related to the downtown New York City art, literary, and performance art "scenes" from the 1970s through the 1990s.

The bulk of the Downtown Flyers and Invitations Collection consists of material relating to downtown galleries, alternative art spaces, performance spaces, and nightclubs. The collection is particularly strong with regard to material from Performing Space 122, The Alternative Space at the West Broadway Gallery, The Kitchen, and La Mama. Also, there is a sparse, but nice, collection of nightclub flyers from the Limelight, the Palladium, and Area.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by venue and then chronologically within each heading.

The files are grouped into three manuscript boxes and one oversize box.

  1. Flyers and Invitations
  2. Oversize Materials