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Guide to the CITYarts Inc. Records
 MS 3096

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

Collection processed by Sydney Bebon and Larry Weimer

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Container List

Series IV. Audiovisual (RESTRICTED), 1974-2009. 8 Linear feet in 8 cartons

Scope and Contents

The series primarily includes about 207 videocassettes, primarily from the 1990s into the very early 2000s, with some earlier and later. Most of these are labeled and dated. Generally, the content includes benefits, opening events, publicity pieces, clips from news reports and other television segments about CITYarts or particular projects (some are from overseas media), program activities, celebrity visits, interviews, and the like.

The videocassettes are in multiple formats, including both VHS and Betamax, as well as others. Many of the videos have multiple versions (e.g., master, edited, etc.). Most of the videocassettes are ordered with an alphabetical sequence code, which is roughly chronological. For example, the video beginning the sequence with "A" is "Community Murals" from 1978 and the latest in the sequence is "TTT" from an event in 2007. The code also serves in most cases to link related cassettes together; for example, all 12 cassettes with code "AA" relate to the "A dream grows in Red Hook" project.

The series also holds a small number of other formats, specifically film reels (including CITYarts' educational film "How to do a mural"), a videotape, and an audiotape.


Most of the series is arranged following the alphabetical sequence coding given the videocassettes by CITYarts, which is roughly chronological. Cassettes without a sequence code, and other formats, are at the end of the series. This arrangement is modified at points to account for storage needs of media of different sizes.

Conditions Governing Use

The videocassettes and other media in the series are restricted because of their fragility and because N-YHS has no equipment on which to play them. Please contact the curator of manuscripts at for further information.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 45 Videocassettes

Scope and Contents

Includes 31 tapes coded E-Y (some gaps). Tapes include, among several others, those that relate to "Making a difference through the arts"; overseas TV coverage of "The nature of this flower is to bloom," including opening with Alice Walker; and pool mural at Fort Hamilton High School.

Offsite-Box: 46 Videocassettes

Scope and Contents

Includes 33 tapes coded AA, BB, LL, MM , and one not coded. Among several other topics, these concern "A dream grows in Red Hook" and "Young minds build bridges." About 10 tapes appear to have been coded BB retroactively to fit a chronological sequence, but relate to various benefits, public service announcements, etc.

Offsite-Box: 47 Videocassettes

Scope and Contents

Includes 34 tapes coded CC, OO, QQ, RR, TT, UU, and one not coded. Among several other topics, these concern "Young minds build bridges" and "Kids for justice."

Offsite-Box: 48 Videocassettes

Scope and Contents

Includes 31 tapes coded SS-ZZ (with gaps) and AAA-EEE. Among several other topics, these concern"Kids for peace"; "Kids for justice"; "Living on Mars"; and "Forever Tall."

Offsite-Box: 49 Videocassettes; Film reel

Scope and Contents

Includes 32 tapes coded FFF-TTT, with gaps, and several not coded. Among several other topics, these concern "Celebrating the heroes of our city"; "Alice on Wall Street"; a "Pieces for peace" exhibition; and several benefits. Also one unidentified reel of film.

Offsite-Box: 50 Videocassettes; Videotape; Audiotape; Film reels

Scope and Contents

Includes 22 tapes, mostly from 2002, including "Alice on Wall Street" and "Celebrating the heroes of our city"; several are unidentified. Also, a videotape of "Community Murals" by Eva Cockcroft and Daniel del Solar; a reel-to-reel audiotape (of guitar music by Heitor Villa-Lobos?), 1974; and 3 film reels in box labeled "How to do a mural."

1974, 2002
Offsite-Box: 51 Videocassettes (oversize cartridges); Film reel

Scope and Contents

Includes 12 tapes with oversize cartridges. Includes codes A,C,D,N,R,X, and CC. Among other topics includes "Young minds build bridges" and "Community murals." Also includes 1 film reel titled "Great Wall of LA."

Offsite-Box: 52 Videocassettes (oversize cartridges)

Scope and Contents

Includes 12 tapes in oversize cartridges. Includes codes B (a tape from Fuji TV "Story on Avenue C") and CC ("Young minds build bridges"). Other uncoded tapes relate to benefits or are not well identified.


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