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Guide to the Records of Chapel Farm
1911-2008 (bulk 2000-2003)
 MS 108

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Processed by Tiffany Schureman.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 21, 2018

Scope and Content Note

The records of Chapel Farm mainly consist of records to fight the development of the area by John Fitzgerald. There are limited records of previous fights against development. The issues covered in these papers include tree removal, erosion control, access/roads, blasting, and construction progress. The types of materials included in this collection are correspondence, maps, survey maps, environmental information, reports, statements of individuals and community groups, and legal information. Also included are two books, one about New York birds written by Ludlow Griscom and another about Ludlow Griscom. There is a gap in information from 1927 to 1955; the materials from 1911 to 1927 are maps and one book.

Materials added to the collection in 2008 are predominantly from Hilary Kitasei and Barbara Michael, and many are annotated in pencil in Ms. Michael's hand.


This collection is arranged into four series. Within each series the materials are arranged chronologically.

  1. Series I: Chapel Farm Real Estate Development
  2. Series II: John Fitzgerald/ Chapel Farm Estates, Inc./ Villanova Estates
  3. Series III: Opposition to Development
  4. Series IV: Environmental Information Not About Chapel Farm