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Guide to the CITYarts Inc. Records
 MS 3096

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Sydney Bebon and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 04, 2021
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Container List

Series III. General Program Administration Files, 1970s-2016. 13 Linear feet in 13 cartons + 1 flat file folder

Scope and Contents

The series includes records related to the general administration of the organization and its programs. These files primarily concern fundraising through annual benefit events and sponsorships of particular projects, and publicity and media coverage of CITYarts and its work. Some files concern administrative matters for particular projects, reference files dating from the 1970s about urban murals generally, financial data, and some Board level documents. The container list provides further detail of the content for each box.


The series is arranged roughly by subject matter.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 31 Benefit binders

Scope and Contents

Primarily photographs of the events, with some publicity materials and sponsor/financial-related information.

Offsite-Box: 32 Benefit binders

Scope and Contents

Includes primarily photographs of the events with publicity and related documents.

Offsite-Box: 33 Benefit binders

Scope and Contents

Primarily photos with some "process" and publicity

Offsite-Box: 34 Benefit binders
Offsite-Box: 34 Designing Brick Awards

Scope and Contents

Photographs of the annual award, identifying the artist and honoree.

Offsite-Box: 44 Anniversary benefit programs

Scope and Contents

Includes the program, invitations, and related documents from the award/benefit events from the 40th anniversary (2008) to the 48th (2016). Also includes the DVD for the 39th anniversary (2007) and a general CITYarts publicity DVD.

Offsite-Box: 35 Press clippings (binders)

Scope and Contents

4 binders of clippings and other publicity materials, 1977-2010.

Offsite-Box: 36 Publicity binders; publicity kits

Scope and Contents

Binder of press releases and event fliers, 1978-2002; binder of "Constant Contact" press updates, 2003-2009; binder of photocopies of letters of support from politicians, government officials, etc., 1983-2016, with packet of thank you letters from children, 2015; binder of publicity brochures, especially for awards and benefits; and six packets of publicity material, including for Pieces for Peace and related book, 1984-circa 2010.

Offsite-Box: 37 Publicity files

Scope and Contents

Folders of clippings and other press coverage of specific CITYarts projects or general coverage. Also includes a small set of files with results from a 1980 survey concerning public reactions to certain murals.

Offsite-Box: 38 Publicity files; Loose publicity cards, etc.

Scope and Contents

The box holds the continuation of publicity files from 1987-1999. It also holds packets of miscellaneous postcards and other publicity pieces from the 1990s-2000s found loose in the collection.

Offsite-Box: 39 Publicity files

Scope and Contents

Folders of clippings and other press coverage of specific CITYarts projects or general coverage.

Offsite-Box: 40 Subject reference files

Scope and Contents

Includes extensive files on various arts, community arts projects, especially murals, and organizations across the United States, including Baltimore, Chicago, Haight-Ashbury, and many others. These files do not appear to concern specific CITYarts projects, but seem more for reference about community murals generally.

Offsite-Box: 41 General project files

Scope and Contents

Includes a broad mix of files that generally appear to concern potential CITYarts projects (or project concepts), sponsors, funding, partnerships, and the like. Some files date to the 1970s; one of these is a field studies assessment of CITYarts done by Heriverto Alicea in 1976 in connection with his coursework for a fundraising workshop held by the Community Service Society.

Offsite-Box: 42 General project files

Scope and Contents

Includes administrative files on various projects, including, among others Harlem RBI, Grant's Tomb Bench Restoration, Celebrating Our Heroes, Polo Grounds, and Alice in Wall Street Land Restoration.

Offsite-Box: 43 General project files

Scope and Contents

Includes some publicity and press releases from the 1970s; newsletters, operating proposals, mural lists and other general files from the 1980s; volunteers information and forms, potential sites and partnerships, and other general information for 1990s-2000s.

Offsite-Box: 44 "State of murals in Manhattan"

Scope and Contents

Binder of photographs and brief descriptive assessments conducted in 1998 of the condition of murals sponsored by CITYarts in prior years.

Offsite-Box: 44 Board meeting documents
2001, 2005-2009
Offsite-Box: 44 Financial data (binder)
Folder: FF-1 Floor plans by architect Gene Kaufman for the CITYarts' offices at 525 Broadway (oversize flat file)

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