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Guide to the Anthony Robins Research Files
circa 1946-2010 (bulk, 1960-1974)
 MS 3053

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Collection processed by Aleksandr Gelfand

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 19, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Robins, Anthony
Title: Anthony Robins research files
Dates: circa 1946-2010 (bulk, 1960-1974)
Abstract: The collection consists of materials assembled by Anthony W. Robins for his 1987 book World Trade Center. Most of the documents are copies made from the Port Authority Archives; the original archives were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Records include press releases; feasibility, planning, and other studies; fact sheets; artist renderings, maps, overview, schematic, and other illustrations; correspondence and memoranda; timelines and historical background on the project; and promotional materials. There are also transcripts of interviews with Richard Adler, Richard C. Sullivan, Robert Lin, and Minoru Yamasaki; and original brochures advertising the WTC observation deck, building maps and shopping guides, and giving a general background of the building.
Quantity: 0.82 Linear feet in two document boxes and one oversize folder.
Call Phrase: MS 3053

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Biographical/Historical Note

Anthony W. Robins (b. 1950) is a historian, lecturer, tour guide, and writer specializing in the architecture of New York City. He received an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and has worked for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

(The above note is based on the Robins' personal website: http://anthonywrobins.com/about/).

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of materials assembled by Anthony W. Robins for his 1987 book World Trade Center. Most of the documents are copies made from the Port Authority Archives; the original archives were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Research materials include press releases; feasibility, planning, and other studies; evaluation of architectural firms; preliminary outline specification scheme; fact sheets; background and statements from Minoru Yamasaki; briefing materials and plans; artist renderings, maps, overview, schematic, and other illustrations; correspondence and memoranda; timelines and historical background on the project; and promotional materials. There are also original promotional materials from the Wool Bureau regarding carpets at the World Trade Center.

Reference materials consist of copies of book excerpts, periodicals, and other publications regarding the site, construction, and the World Trade Center itself. In addition there are transcripts of interviews with the architect Richard Adler, director of port development for the Port of New York Authority Richard C. Sullivan, the architect? Robert Lin, and the architect Minoru Yamasaki; and original brochures advertising the WTC observation deck, building maps and shopping guides, and giving a general background of the building.

Arrangement Note

Collection arranged roughly by format in original order.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Research notes

Subject Places

  • World Trade Center (New York, N.Y. : 1970-2001)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Anthony Robins Research Files, MS 3053, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anthony Robins, December 2017.

Processing Information Note

Collection processed by Archivist Aleksandr Gelfand.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-5 Research Materials (5 folders)
1946-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 1-3 Reference Materials (3 folders)
1959-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Interview Transcripts

Scope and Contents Note

Interviews deal with the early history of the World Trade Center.

1984-1985
Box: 2 Folder : 5 World Trade Center Brochures
circa 1973-2001
Box: 2 Folder : 6 "Westsider" Magazine Article Copy

Scope and Contents Note

Contains a long article by S. Sloan Colt from the fall 1964 issue of the magazine.

1964
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Post September 11, 2001 Miscellaneous
circa 2005-2010
Box: OS-Small Printed Materials - oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Contains a booklet-brochure “WTC Is Now," a guide in newspaper form for the '"Immovable Objects Exhibition," and the New York Times advertisement section with the image of the World Trade Center on the cover. All items are original.

1971-1975

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