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Guide to the Mendez Mural Community Garden Archive
1996-2000
 MSS 100

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Collection processed by Marvin Taylor/Alyssa Shirley in May 2000. Accretion processed by Luke Martin, 2009.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 06, 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Mendez Mural Community Garden Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1996-2000
Abstract: The East Village's Mendez Mural Community Garden grew outside of city support but became a fixture in the community and was widely utilized. In 1997, the city decided to sell the land to real-estate developers creating a community uproar and protest. On New Years Eve, 1997 the land was bulldozed for condominiums. The collection documents the struggle to save the garden.
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 100

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Historical Note

The East Village's Mendez Mural Community Garden(11th Street between Avenues A and B), which had been a vacant lot since the early 1970's, was brought into existence in the early 1990's partly through the work of sculptor, Ken Hiratsuka, and muralist, 'Chico' who brought trees, plants and art to the space. The park grew outside of city support in a neighborhood that had suffered in previous years from drug-crime and violence. It became a fixture in the community and was widely utilized. In 1997, the city exercised their claim of ownership on the land, and when then Mayor Guiliani decided to sell the land to real-estate developers, a community uproar and protest followed. In the end, the bid to save the garden was unsuccessful, and on New Years Eve, 1997 the land was bulldozed for condominiums.

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Scope and Content Note

The Mendez Mural Community Garden Archive documents the lawsuit brought by several artists involved in the creation of the Mendez Mural Garden against the Partnership Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. of the City of New York. It also contains articles, correspondence, 'zines, photos, maps, flyers, and posters relating to the Mendez controversy and other battles over garden space on the Lower East Side, dating from 1996 through 2000.

SERIES DESCRIPTION

Series 1: Legal Materials: contains one box of materials relating to the legal case over the Mendez Mural Community Garden, including legal documents and supporting materials such as petitions, photos, and letters of support from the community.

Series 2: Materials relating to Mendez Garden and other Lower East Side garden controversies: contains articles, correspondence, zines, photos, maps, flyers and posters relating to the Mendez controversy and other battles over garden space on the Lower East Side, dating from 1996 through 2000. Folders 9-9d contain miscellaneous materials removed from their original non-archival 3-ring binders; they have been stored in their original order.

Accretions 2008: includes material related to Jeffrey Wright's community garden activism from 1997-2000. The bulk of material pertains to the activity and events of the 11th Street Garden (Chico West). Photographs, legal documents, press clippings, and other records are contained within this accretion.

Arrangement

Materials are organized by subject and document type.

The files are grouped into two series.

  1. Series I: Legal Materials
  2. Series II: Mendez Garden and Other Lower East Side Garden Controversies

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Chico
  • Hiratsuka, Ken

Document Type

  • Briefs (legal documents)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Petitions.
  • Photographs.

Subject Topics

  • Community development, Urban.
  • Community gardens -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Urban renewal -- Citizen participation.
  • Vacant lands.

Subject Places

  • Lower East Side (New York, N.Y.)
  • Mendez Mural Community Garden (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Mendez Mural Community Garden Archive was a gift of Jeff Wright, given to Fales Library in May 2000.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival materials.

Series II has been digitized and files are available to view by clicking on links in this finding aid - please click on Series II on the sidebar to see the links. If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material while University Counsel looks into your claim. You can read more about our Take Down Policy here.

Use Restrictions

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Mendez Mural Community Garden Collection; MSS 100; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Container List

Series I: Legal Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Form letters sent
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Box: 1 Folder : 2 Form letters sent, have ribbons
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Box: 1 Folder : 3 Original letters, ribbons done
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Box: 1 Folder : 4 Copies of postcard backs
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Box: 1 Folder : 4a. Copies of postcard backs, cont'd.
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Box: 1 Folder : 5 Petitions
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Box: 1 Folder : 6 Legal statements, info re: Mendez Garden
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Box: 1 Folder : 7 Legal photos
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Box: 1 Folder : 8 Trial documents
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Box: 1 Folder : 8a. Trial documents, cont'd.
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Box: 1 Folder : 8b. Trial documents, cont'd.
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Box: 1 Folder : 8c. Trial documents, cont'd.
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Box: 1 Folder : 8d. Trial documents, cont'd.
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Box: 1 Folder : 8e. Trial documents, cont'd.
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Box: 1 Folder : 8f. Trial documents, cont'd.
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Series II: Mendez Garden and other Lower East Side garden controversies

Conditions Governing Access

Most of Series II has been digitized and files are available to view by clicking on links in this finding aid. If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material while University Counsel looks into your claim. You can read more about our Take Down Policy here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Letters about uses of public space for gardens (some relating to legal case)

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Box: 2 Folder : 2 Garden monographs & zines

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Box: 2 Folder : 3 Photos & slides: general

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Box: 2 Folder : 4 Garden maps & government documents
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Box: 2 Folder : 5 Press packets

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Box: 2 Folder : 6 Press tearsheets

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Box: 2 Folder : 6a. Press tearsheets cont'd.

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Box: 2 Folder : 7 Flyers & announcements

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Box: 2 Folder : 8 Internet information

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Box: 2 Folder : 9 Materials previously contained in 3-ring binders (binder 1)-Binders contained articles, correspondence, flyers, photos, and other printed materials relating to the Mendez garden and other garden controversies; these materials have been kept in their original order.

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Box: 2 Folder : 9a. Materials previously contained in 3-ring binders (binder 1 cont'd.)

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Box: 2 Folder : 9b. Materials previously contained in 3-ring binders (binder 1 cont'd.)

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Box: 2 Folder : 9c. Materials previously contained in 3-ring binders (binder 2)

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Box: 2 Folder : 9d. Materials previously contained in 3-ring binders (binder 2 cont'd.)

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Box: 2 Folder : 10 Printed ephemera

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Box: 3 (flat) Folder : 11 Newspapers re: N.Y.C.
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Box: 3 (flat) Folder : 12 Posters
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2008 Accretion

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Community gardens

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1997-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Community gardens

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1999-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Community gardens

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1999-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Community gardens
1999-2000

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