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Guide to the REPOhistory Archive MSS.113

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Collection processed by Alan Moore, Jim Costanzo, and Koo Lee - 2001; Leif Sorensen, 2003. Updated by Nicholas Martin, 2012

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 13, 2017
Description is in English.

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to prepare artwork being sent to offsite art storage in December 2017  , December 2017

Container List

Series VIII: Artwork

Scope and Contents note

For the purposes of description, each sign is identified by the first sentence of text on the front of each sign.

Subseries A: Queer Spaces

Scope and Contents note

All signs are pink triangles featuring the words Queer Spacesacross the top and the words  Places of Struggle Places of Strengthrunning left to right on the other two edges of the triangle. On each sign the text ends with the REPOhistory logo and the sign number at the apex of the triangle.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 23 Sign 1: The first gay rights demonstration in New York City occurred on September 19, 1964 in front of the Whitehall Street Induction Center.
undated
Box: 22
Box: 23 Sign 2: On March 24, 1987, The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) held its first demonstration at this corner.
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Box: 23 Sign 3: New York City's Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill was introduced in the City Council on January 6, 1971.
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Box: 23 Sign 4: The Gay Activists Alliance occupied the former Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street from May 1971 until October 1974, when it was destroyed by arson.
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Box: 23 Sign 5: The Daughters of Bilitis, one of the earliest lesbian political organizations, had offices at 30 Charlton Street for several years, beginning in 1963.
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Box: 22
Box: 23 Sign 6: Bonnie and Clyde's, a lesbian bar, stood at 82 West 3rd Street from the early seventies through the mid-eighties.
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Box: 22
Box: 23 Sign 7: Marsha P. Johnson 1945-1992 born Malcolm Michaels Stonewall Veteran, performer, panhandler, prostitute, Warhol Model, on July 6, 1992, the body of this legendary drag queen was found floating in the river near this site.
undated
Box: 22
Box: 23 Sign 8: In 1966, the State Liquor Authority imposed a 30-day suspension on Julius', the landmark bar located at 159 West Tenth St., after an undercover policeman had reported that the bar permitted gay men to "consort themselves in an offensive and indecent manner contrary to good morals."
undated
Box: 22
Box: 23 Sign 9: In 1888, financier James Everard converted an old church at 28 W. 28th Street into a Turkish bathhouse.
undated
Box: 22

Subseries B: Lower Manhattan Sign Project

Scope and Contents note

All signs are printed on the front and back. In cases in which text appears on both sides it is noted in the transcription, otherwise the text appears only on the back. All signs end with one or two boxed questions in the lower left corner on the back with the sign number and the REPOhistory logo in the lower right corner. Note: For this project, the archive does not have a copy of sign number 35.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: VIII, 1 Object : MSS.113.cuid6230 Introduction: The Lower Manhattan Sign Project
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 74
Folder: VIII, 2 Object : MSS.113.cuid6231a-b Sign 1: What is all-inclusive history? (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 3 Object : MSS.113.cuid6232a-b Sign 2: Spirits of America (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 4 Object : MSS.113.cuid6233 Sign 3A: "They Died Very Stubbornly" wrote justice Daniel Horsmanden of those executed during the New York Conspiracy or "Great Negro Plot" of 1741
Information signs.
1992
Item: MSS.113.cuid6267 Sign 3B: The New York Conspiracy of 1741
Information signs.
1992
Item: MSS.113,cuid6266 Sign 3C: Rumors of revolt…fueled the inquest into the "Great Negro Plot" of 1741
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 5 Object : MSS.113.cuid6234a-c Sign 4: Leisler's Rebellion (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 6 Object : MSS.113.cuid6235a-b Sign 5: These are the remains of the gilded King George III equestrian statue after patriots pulled it from its pedestal here on July 9, 1775. (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 7 Object : MSS.113.cuid6236a-c Sign 6: On the fourth day of the month of March in the year nineteen ninety-one, three homeless Americans passed a very cold and bitter night on this spot in lower manhattan. (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 8 Object : MSS.113.cuid6237a-c Sign 7: Then, accidentally, due to a mistake in the filing system, the married father of three children was drafted, he lived a long time, maybe three months and killed several guerrillas, two by strangulation, two by being a crack shot, and one in self-defense. (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 9 Object : MSS.113.cuid6238a-b Sign 8: The shoreline of Nieuw Amsterdam began at Pearl Street. (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 10 Object : MSS.113.cuid6239a-c Sign 9: Summer 1990-Nelson Mandela visits New York (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 11 Object : MSS.113.cuid6240a-c Sign 10: "Esta gente viven endios" C.C. 1492 (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 12 Object : MSS.113.cuid6241a-c Sign 11: Manhattan before the Dutch exchanged it to the English in 1667 for Surinam, South America, after having only leased it from the Delaware Indians. (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 13 Object : MSS.113.cuid6242a-c Sign 12: Where is the fabulous wealth of India, the spices, silks and gems which Columbus sought? (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 14 Object : MSS.113.cuid6243a-b Sign 13: Exchange Place (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 15 Object : MSS.113.cuid6244a-c Sign 14: Advantages of an Unregulated Free Market Economy (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 16 Object : MSS.113.cuid6245a-c Sign 15: False Democracy (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 17 Object : MSS.113.cuid6246a-b Sign 16: How do things get explained away so easily (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 18 Object : MSS.113.cuid6247a-c Sign 17: Who owns your life? (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 19 Object : MSS.113.cuid6248 Sign 18: The Meal and Slave Market
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 20 Object : MSS.113.cuid6249a-c Sign 19: Women's Trade Union League (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 21 Object : MSS.113.cuid6250 Sign 20: The Earliest Chinese Community in New York
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 22 Object : MSS.113.cuid6251a-b Sign 21: Our blankets for your beaver (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: VIII, 23 Object : MSS.113.cuid6252a-b Sign 22: You are standing on landfill (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 24 Object : MSS.113.cuid6253a-c Sign 23A: "The evilest woman in New York!," screamed the headlines when Ann Lohman, alias Madame Restell, was arrested in 1878. (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Item: MSS.113.cuid6268a-b Sign 23B: Anthony J. Comstock (1844-1915), the nemesis of Madame Restell (see nearby sign), devoted most of his adult life to a crusade against obscenity which he defined to include birth control and abortion (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 25 Object : MSS.113.cuid6254a-c Sign 24: Office workers eat their lunch (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 26 Object : MSS.113.cuid6255a-b Sign 25: Sticks and stones may break her bones but names…? (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 27 Object : MSS.113.cuid6256a-c Sign 26: Welcome to Gotham City (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 28 Object : MSS.113.cuid6257a-b Sign 27: Public School Cholera Hospital (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 29 Object : MSS.113.cuid6258a-c Sign 28: Frances Wright (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 30 Object : MSS.113.cuid6259 Sign 29: Vito Marcantonio: The People's Congressman
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 31 Object : MSS.113.cuid6260a-c Sign 30: Nonviolent Protests Against Civil Defense Drills in NYC (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 32 Object : MSS.113.cuid6261 Sign 31: Fight Tonight
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 33 Object : MSS.113.cuid6262a-c Sign 32: Forlorn house (3 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 34 Object : MSS.113.cuid6263 Sign 33: No Where to Go
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 35 Object : MSS.113.cuid6264a-b Sign 34: "It was a desolate, unappropriated spot…" (2 copies)
Information signs.
1992
Folder: 36 Object : MSS.113.cuid6265 Sign 36: United Tailoresses' Society of New York
Information signs.
1992

Subseries C: Buttermilk Bottom

Scope and Contents note

All signs are printed on the front and back. In cases in which text appears on both sides it is noted in the transcription, otherwise the text appears only on the back. Each sign features the following text on the bottom of the back side with the REPOhistory logo and the Arts Festival of Atlanta logo on the left and right, respectively, of the first line: Entering Buttermilk Bottom. Despite harsh conditions imposed by segregation, Buttermilk Bottom was a vibrant community with African-American-run schools, churches and businesses. Its bulldozing under "urban renewal" during the 1960's damaged community structures throughout Atlanta.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 37 Object : MSS.113.cuid6207a-b Sign 1: Entering Buttermilk Bottom (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 38 Object : MSS.113.cuid6208 Sign 2: Urban Renewal
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 39 Object : MSS.113.cuid6209 Sign 3: Welcome to the Double Shotguns
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 40 Object : MSS.113.cuid6210a-b Sign 4: What is the effect of urban renewal on crime? (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 41 Object : MSS.113.cuid6211a-b Sign 5: Most hard-working men and women of that day usually sang... [Woodman / Coldman](2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 42 Object : MSS.113.cuid6212 Sign 6: Wash Lady, Scrub Lady
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 43 Object : MSS.113.cuid6213 Sign 7: House on Fire
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 44 Object : MSS.113.cuid6214 Sign 8: Mrs. Sara Lena Echols Malone raised her family on 267 Pine Place Apt. #3 in the early thirties.
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 45 Object : MSS.113.cuid6215a-c Sign 9: …I sing because I'm happy (3 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 46 Object : MSS.113.cuid6216 Sign 10: War is Hell
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 47 Object : MSS.113.cuid6217 Sign 11: Nearly every corner in Buttermilk Bottom boasted a beauty salon, shoe repair shop or restaurant, many owned by African-Americans
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 48 Object : MSS.113.cuid6218a-b Sign 12: Renewal (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 49 Object : MSS.113.cuid6219a-b Sign 13: "…we have caught the sunshine in the bricks and mortar of our homes and have builded therein not one ignoble prejudice or memory." (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 50 Object : MSS.113.cuid6220 Sign 14: Do you know where your neighborhood is?
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 51 Object : MSS.113.cuid6221 Sign 15: Alleyway on Felton
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 52 Object : MSS.113.cuid6222 Sign 16: Remember in this valley there was a neighborhood torn down
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 53 Object : MSS.113.cuid6223a-b Sign 17: Segregation on the map (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 54 Object : MSS.113.cuid6224a-b Sign 18: Welcome to Buttermilk Bottom (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 55 Object : MSS.113.cuid6225a-b Sign 19: Penny Candy (2 copies)
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 56 Object : MSS.113.cuid6226 Sign 20: [Untitled]
Information signs.
1995-1996
Folder: 75 Object : MSS.113.cuid6227 Sign: Entering Buttermilk Bottom, large
Direction signs.
Undated

Subseries D: Civil Disturbances

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 57 Object : MSS.113.cuid6269 [Bruno v. Codd - 1978 Legal victory for battered women] Civil Disturbances Sign #1
Information signs.
1998-1999

Subseries E: Circulations, Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 73 Object : MSS.113.cuid6228 St. Cloud State University sign [Racism interrupts]
Direction signs.
Undated

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