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Guide to the Lida Moser Photograph Collection
1971, 1978
 PR 123

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Lida Moser Photograph Collection
Dates: 1971, 1978
Abstract: Photographs, taken by Lida Moser, documenting the Washington Market area of Lower Manhattan in 1971 and 1978.
Quantity: 0.92 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 123

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Biographical Note

After working in a motion picture studio, doing camera work, sound and film editing, Lida Moser was convinced by a colleague to try still photography. She immediately took to it, enjoying the total control she had over the process.

In 1947, Moser became an assistant in Berenice Abbott's studio, helping to organize a collection of Eugene Atget prints and negatives. After leaving Abbott's studio, Moser photographed for various magazines including Vogue,  Harper's Bazaar, and  Look. She worked as staff photographer for Playwright's Inc., a Broadway theatre production company, for two years. She worked with realist painter John Koch, photographing him, his work, exhibits and events, from 1954 to 1974. She also wrote several books on photography, created images for book cover art, and worked as photojournalist in several countries, taking photographs for over 60 years.

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Scope and Content Note

The Lida Moser Photograph Collection contains thirteen gelatin silver photographic prints, taken in 1971 and 1978 of the former Washington Market area of lower Manhattan, prior to and during the construction of the World Trade Center.

Photographs include views of demolition sites, individual streets, tenements and commercial buildings in the Washington Market district that were affected or demolished during the course of construction. A number of images include views of Greenwich, Washington, Harrison, and other streets, with the World Trade Center towers in various stages of construction in the background. Also included is a single photograph taken by Moser in 1978 from the top of the World Trade Center towers, facing northeast towards Brooklyn and Long Island.

Arrangement

Lida Moser assigned each photograph a number, which corresponded to a negative in her collection. The photographs are arranged by these assigned numbers.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Gelatin silver prints.

Subject Topics

  • Women photographers.
  • World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) -- Design and construction -- Photographs.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • TriBeCa (New York, N.Y.) -- Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from the photographer, 2002.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Lida Moser Photograph Collection, PR 123, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Additional images of the area can be found in the Geographic File (PR 020) and the Subway Construction Photograph Collection (PR 069).

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Container List


Scope and Contents note

Photographs are arranged by their negative numbers, listed in parentheses, which were assigned by the photographer. Descriptions, in brackets, were given by N-YHS staff.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [ Looking S.W. from 360 Greenwich Street] (574-1-0)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [ On Roof of 360 Greenwich Street, looking North] (574-1-1)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [ Bell Telephone Building, On Vesey Street] (574-1-17)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [ Washington and Harrison Streets, looking S.E.] (574-1-26)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [ From Washington Street] (574-1-28)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [ Sixty Greenwich Street looking S.W.] (574-3-11)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [ From Roof of 360 Greenwich Street, looking S.E.] (574-4-1)
3 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [ Washington Street looking East] (574-5-16)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [ Tenement Building, 360 Greenwich Street] (574-5-25)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [ Corner of Franklin and Greenwich Streets, looking South] (574-6-2)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [ North Moore and Greenwich Streets, looking North] (574-6-4)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [ Looking South from North Moore Street] (574-6-5)
28 March 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [ View from top of Twin Towers, looking N.E.] (893-3)
July 1978

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