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Guide to the Drive to Protect the Ladies' Mile Historic District Papers
1896-2013
 MS 2964

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Sophie Glidden-Lyon

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 11, 2015
Description is in English

Scope and Contents note

This collection was acquired from the New York Preservation Archives Project (NYPAP), a non-profit dedicated to archiving the historic preservation movement in New York. While it is not a repository itself, NYPAP works to funnel material relevant to the preservation movement to appropriate archives. As a result, this collection pertains to the 20th century effort to preserve the Ladies’ Mile, rather than the history of the buildings themselves.

It contains a cross-section of the research done and the campaigns organized by the Drive to Protect Ladies’ Mile. There are hundreds of letters of support from New Yorkers living both within and outside the proposed district, as well as letters from former New Yorkers, and preservation enthusiasts. The Drive to Protect Ladies’ Mile also asked for and received support from representatives for New York institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Conde Nast Publishing. There are press clippings spanning decades, tracking the progress of the Drive, as well as the opposition from a few Real Estate groups. There is a large amount of research done in support of the designation, including bound volumes of that work which were presented to the Landmarks Commission. This also includes swaths of statistics relating to the buildings themselves. Relatedly, there is a copy of Margaret and Truman Moore’s book End of the Road for Ladies’ Mile? as well as an unbound manuscript, many of Truman’s photographs, and the slides from the traveling lecture they created to raise awareness. The Drive also put together an archive to pass along to NYPAP. This contains press and letters of support held in binders, as well a couple artifacts discovered in the course of their research; a set of Siegel-Cooper playing cards, and the 1896 guidebook  Bird’s Eye View of New York and its Most Magnificent Store. Lastly, there is a small amount of administrative material concerning the Drive's budget, steering committee and interpersonal correspondence.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into the following three series:

I. Research and Submissions
II. Publications and Articles
III. Administration and Archives

Within each series, material is arranged by format.