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Guide to the Bob Adelman Photographs
1960s-1980s
 PR 340

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 16, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Coney Island (7)
1976, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Copague Motel [Copiague?] (9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mostly interior images of the living quarters of an African-American family.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Born Again Christians (10)

Scope and Contents note

Includes, among others, Walter Hoving in two photographs and a member of Cops for Christ.

1978, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Boring N.Y. (6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes images of bored people or "boring" settings, with whimsical outlook, such as the front entrance to the Broadway musical "Oh! Calcutta!"

1979, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Bowery (1 of 2 folders) (41)

Scope and Contents note

Photographs for magazine piece, including among others: architect of 329 Bowery and wife, traffic on Bowery, artist Tom Wesselman, Tin Palace, Bowery Residents Committee, Amato Opera, WPA, Social Services Building, Bowery "derelicts", also includes photograph of "Street Junkie 8th Avenue 8/10/77" and Dave Healey photograph of "Alcoholics; Bowery NY City Spring 1972"

1972, 1977, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Bowery (2 of 2 folders) (6)
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Blackout (1 of 2 folders) (7)

Scope and Contents note

Some photographs are noted on back as having been taken in the Brunswick [Bushwick?] section of Brooklyn, post looting 8/16 or post-rioting.

1978, 1979, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Blackout (2 of 2 folders) (3)
[1978]
Box: 1 Folder : New York City Housing Authority (?) (1 of 2 folders) (36)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes uncaptioned and undated photographs of people of various ages, races, ethnicities, gender, and walks of life, including children in playgrounds (Brooklyn Bridge in background), elderly playing Bingo, city planning staff (?), facilities maintenance staff (?), payment windows, residents in their rooms, etc. One somewhat outlier is a street scene of men playing dominoes in Spanish Harlem (114th St.).

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3 New York City Housing Authority (?) (2 of 2 folders) (1)

Scope and Contents Note

Photograph is captioned "Housing. NYC Poor" and shows an African-American resident and the poor condition of her bathroom.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 New York Police Department (1 of 2 folders) (34)

Scope and Contents note

Many of the photographs are of Dave Greenberg and Bob Hantz known in Bedford-Stuyvesant as "Batman & Robin" from book Super Cops by L.H. Whittemore

circa 1973
Box: 3 Folder : 4 New York Police Department (2 of 2 folders) (2)
circa 1973
Box: 1 Folder : 9 David Frost (13)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Frost working at his Smith-Corona typewriter, in discussions over meals, in production meetings, and in the studio.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Michael Harrington (21)

Scope and Contents note

Includes Harrington speaking in public settings (campuses, classrooms, at a podium in front of a Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee banner) and to individuals, at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, and other settings. One photograph includes wife (Stephanie Gervis, writer for Village Voice) and family.

circa 1976-1986, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11-12 14th Street (2 folders) (95)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of storefronts (Hammer's restaurant, Star Sewing Machine Co., most unnamed), marquees (Jefferson Theatre), buildings (Consolidated Edison), street performers, people working on 14th Street (vendors, bakers, meatpackers, newstands, women by peep shows, locksmiths, boxer in gym), band and table setting at Luchow's(?) restaurant, and street life in general.

1983, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Newark (NJ) Residents (1 of 2 folders) (9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of both white and black residents of Newark. Images of white residents are at least in part from Newark's North Ward and its Italian-American population. Includes celebrating high school seniors (Class of 1972) and students at an entrance to Barringer High School.

1972, 1978, 1979, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Newark (NJ) Residents (2 of 2 folders) (6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph of the storefront of Melograno's Italian Bakery.

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Newark Post Riot (12)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes images of destroyed storefronts, littered streets, and residents. Two photographs include military personnel and a State Police car, with rifles and bayonets.

1967?
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Harlem (1 of 2 folders) (37)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes street level views of buildings (Apollo marquee, Lenox Terrace, Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2937 8th Ave.), an abandoned building used by children as the "Funky Bridge Clubhouse," and scenes of street life.

1979, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Harlem (2 of 2 folders) (2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of "dope drops" at 126th Street & 8th Ave. and at 128th Street and 8th Ave. (Frederick Douglass Blvd.).

1973, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Bedford-Stuyvesant (1 of 2 folders) (61)

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of townhouse restoration, $11 million IBM plant near completion, Lerner Shops, storefronts, church fronts (West Baptist, St. Mary Evangelical Christian), townhouse rows, residents on porches, and general street life.

1978, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Bedford-Stuyvesant (2 of 2 folders) (16)

Scope and Contents note

Folder includes photograph of Harlem street corner (119th & 7th Avenue 8/8/77)

1963, 1978, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Civil Rights (1 of 3 folders) (28)

Scope and Contents note

Includes, among others, Malcolm X, March on Washington, Freedom Riders, Martin Luther King, Jr., waterhoses used on protesters, funeral of Malcolm X, protests by Brooklyn CORE against discrimination at Midwood Homes.

1960s, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Civil Rights (2 of 3 folders) (18)

Scope and Contents note

Includes, among others, Mary, a Freedom Rider; CORE (Brooklyn?) protest at White Castle; water hoses; Selma; Birmingham; March on Washington, Malcolm X; street protests.

1960s, 1979, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Civil Rights (3 of 3 folders) (7)

Scope and Contents note

Includes "The Rev. Joe Carter, expecting a visit from the Ku Klux Klan after he dared to register to vote, stood guard on his front porch. West Feliciana Parish, La. 1964" (caption from the image as used in a New York Times on-line "Lens" article of 21 March 2016); water hoses used on protesters; Wilcox County candidate poster; Malcolm X; and funeral of Malcolm X.

1960s, undated