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Guide to the REPOhistory Archive
1911-1999 (Bulk 1989-1999)
 MSS 113

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© 2012 Fales Library and Special Collections

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 the Archivists' Toolkit on July 15, 2013
Description is in English.

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. All are stored in the map case in drawers 7-10.

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 Container 2   Title Date
Box: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 1 Sign 1: The first gay rights demonstration in New York City occurred on September 19, 1964 in front of the Whitehall Street Induction Center. (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 2 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: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 3 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: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 4 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: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 5 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. (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 6 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: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 7 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. (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 8 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." (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 7 Folder : 9 Sign 9: In 1888, financier James Everard converted an old church at 28 W. 28th Street into a Turkish bathhouse. (2 copies)
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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
Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 1 Introduction: The Lower Manhattan Sign Project
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 2 Sign 1: What is all-inclusive history? (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 3 Sign 2: Spirits of America (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 4 Sign 3A: "They Died Very Stubbornly" wrote justice Daniel Horsmanden of those executed during the New York Conspiracy or "Great Negro Plot" of 1741.; Sign 3B: The New York Conspiracy of 1741; Sign 3C: Rumors of revolt…fueled the inquest into the "Great Negro Plot" of 1741.
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 5 Sign 4: Leisler's Rebellion (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 6 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)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 7 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)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 8 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)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 9 Sign 8: The shoreline of Nieuw Amsterdam began at Pearl Street. (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 8 Folder : 10 Sign 9: Summer 1990-Nelson Mandela visits New York (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 11 Sign 10: "Esta gente viven endios" C.C. 1492 (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 12 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)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 13 Sign 12: Where is the fabulous wealth of India, the spices, silks and gems which Columbus sought? (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 14 Sign 13: Exchange Place (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 15 Sign 14: Advantages of an Unregulated Free Market Economy (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 16 Sign 15: False Democracy (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 17 Sign 16: How do things get explained away so easily (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 18 Sign 17: Who owns your life? (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 19 Sign 18: The Meal and Slave Market
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 20 Sign 19: Women's Trade Union League (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 21 Sign 20: The Earliest Chinese Community in New York
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 22 Sign 21: Our blankets for your beaver (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 23 Sign 22: You are standing on landfill. (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 24 Sign 23A: "The evilest woman in New York!," screamed the headlines when Ann Lohman, alias Madame Restell, was arrested in 1878. (3 copies); 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)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 25 Sign 24: Office workers eat their lunch (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 26 Sign 25: Sticks and stones may break her bones but names…? (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 27 Sign 26: Welcome to Gotham City (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 28 Sign 27: Public School Cholera Hospital (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 29 Sign 28: Frances Wright (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 30 Sign 29: Vito Marcantonio: The People's Congressman
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 31 Sign 30: Nonviolent Protests Against Civil Defense Drills in NYC (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 32 Sign 31: Fight Tonight
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 33 Sign 32: Forlorn house (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 34 Sign 33: No Where to Go
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 35 Sign 34: "It was a desolate, unappropriated spot…" (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 9 Folder : 36 Sign 36: United Tailoresses' Society of New York
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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
Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 1 Sign 1: Entering Buttermilk Bottom (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 2 Sign 2: Urban Renewal
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 3 Sign 3: Welcome to the Double Shotguns
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 4 Sign 4: What is the effect of urban renewal on crime? (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 5 Sign 5: Woodman / Coldman (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 6 Sign 6: Wash Lady, Scrub Lady
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 7 Sign 7: House on Fire
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 8 Sign 8: Mrs. Sara Lena Echols Malone raised her family on 267 Pine Place Apt. #3 in the early thirties.
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 9 Sign 9: …I sing because I'm happy (3 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 10 Sign 10: War is Hell
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 11 Sign 11: Nearly every corner in Buttermilk Bottom boasted a beauty salon, shoe repair shop or restaurant, many owned by African-Americans.
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 12 Sign 12: Renewal (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 13 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)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 14 Sign 14: Do you know where your neighborhood is?
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 15 Sign 15: Alleyway on Felton
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 16 Sign 16: Remember in this valley there was a neighborhood torn down
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 17 Sign 17: Segregation on the map (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 18 Sign 18: Welcome to Buttermilk Bottom (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 19 Sign 19: Penny Candy (2 copies)
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Box: map case, drawer 10 Folder : 20 Sign 20: [Untitled]
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