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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

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