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Guide to the Kathryn Greenberg Papers
1991-2021
 MS 3215

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer and Margo Padilla

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 17, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Greenberg, Kathryn O.
Title: Kathryn Greenberg papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1991-2021
Abstract: The Kathryn Greenberg papers hold publicity materials, annual reports, photographs, news articles, letters, and other documents related to Greenberg's philanthropic and leadership connections with the Cardozo School of Law, New York Legal Assistance Group, Hospital for Special Surgery, Center on Aging at New York Presbyterian, and other institutions.
Quantity: 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton
Quantity: 678 Megabytes (3 files)
Location: Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit www.nyhistory.org/library/visit.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3215
Sponsor: The acquisition of the Greenberg papers was an initiative of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute.

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Biographical / Historical

Kathryn Adele (Olson) Greenberg was born in Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1968, majoring in Art History. She went to Los Angeles for graduate school, then moved to New York City to work on Wall Street.

In 1979, Olson entered Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, graduating cum laude in 1982. She worked for Shea & Gould as a trusts and estates lawyer. In 1987, she married Alan C. ("Ace") Greenberg, the head of the financial firm, Bear Stearns.

In 1988, Kathryn returned to Cardozo Law School as a Supervising Attorney at the Bet Tzedeck Clinic, which provided student lawyers to help low-income people with legal assistance. Seeking to move beyond the resource constraints inherent at Bet Tzedeck, Greenberg left in 1990 to start New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to provide free legal services for low-income New Yorkers. She remained Chair of the organization until about 2001 when she stepped down.

Greenberg was a member of Cardozo's Board of Directors from 1998-2000 and 2003-2010. She was Chair of the Board from 2004 until she left the position in 2010, becoming Board Chair Emerita. That same year she received Cardozo's Award for Extraordinary Leadership. Along with her husband, Alan (who died in 2014), Greenberg was a philanthropist, donating substantial time and funds to the Cardozo Law School, other educational institutions, medical facilities, and other institutions.

(The above note was based on documents in the collection.)

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Scope and Contents

The Kathryn Greenberg papers hold publicity materials, annual reports, photographs, news articles, letters, and other documents related to Greenberg's philanthropic and leadership connections with the Cardozo School of Law, New York Legal Assistance Group, Hospital for Special Surgery, Center on Aging at New York Presbyterian, and other institutions. The container list provides a complete list of the institutions and initiatives involved with a further sense of the content.

Arrangement

The files retain the labeling from the original accordion files delivered to N-YHS by Kathryn Greenberg, though the contents have been rehoused into archival folders. The files are arranged roughly by type of institution/philanthropic matter: legal (especially Cardozo Law School), educational (other than Cardozo), and medical/aging.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Annual reports.
  • Brochures.
  • Files (digital files)
  • Photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Cornell University. Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College. Center on Aging
  • Hospital for Special Surgery. Center for Skeletal Dysplasias
  • University of Minnesota -- Funds and scholarships.

Subject Topics

  • Legal services.
  • Philanthropists.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit www.nyhistory.org/library/visit.

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Kathryn Greenberg papers, MS 3215, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

New-York Historical also holds the Alan C. Greenberg scrapbooks and related material, donated by Kathryn Greenberg in 2018 and 2021. Though the scrapbooks center on Alan, Kathryn appears extensively, including in connection with their joint philanthropic endeavors.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kathryn Greenberg, 2022. The acquisition of the Greenberg papers was an initiative of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute.

Processing Information

The overall collection was processed by archivist Larry Weimer, and the digital files by archivist Margo Padilla, in 2022.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1-4 Cardozo School of Law (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Holds annual reports, etc. reflecting Greenberg's chairmanship of the Board of the School of Law and other financial support/initiatives, including the establishment of a scholarship fund, the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, and the Kathryn O. and Alan Greenberg Center for Student Life. There are several publicity materials, press articles, and other documents about the immigrant justice clinic and its social importance. There is one DVD of 'Welcome to Cardozo,' a video of orientation activities for Fall 2007 students; the DVD is restricted, but the transcoded MP4 digital file is available for viewing.

2004-2021
Digital Folder: MS3215 "Welcome to Cardozo" MP4 digital file

Scope and Contents

Digital files preserved from the DVD in the above Cardozo files.

2007
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Medal. Cardozo School of Law, Board of Directors Chairman.
2004 March 3
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 Photograph album. Opening of Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life (Cardozo School of Law)
2007 March 7
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 Yeshiva University. Honorary doctorate

Scope and Contents

Convocation program, congratulatory letters, photograph album, and related documents re: Greenberg's honorary doctorate from Yeshiva, 2005. The file also holds a CD of the convocation that is restricted, but the transcoded MP4 digital file is available for viewing.

2005
Digital Folder: MS3215 Yeshiva Convocation MP4 digital file

Scope and Contents

Digital files preserved from the CD in the above Yeshiva University/Honorary Doctorate folder.

2005
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Roy Lantigua

Scope and Contents

Articles, court decisions and other documents concerning Roy Lantigua, a New York Times "Neediest Case" for whom Greenberg was appointed co-property guardian. Also some documents for Cardozo Law's Guardianship Clinic, which developed from Greenberg's exposure to Lantigua's case.

2007-2012
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9-10 New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Annual reports, articles, publicity pieces, and other documents about NYLAG. Includes a 3 page reflection by Greenberg on the beginnings of the organization she founded.

2000-2022
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 11 Brown University

Scope and Contents

Two letters re: the endowed Kathryn Greenberg Fund and related Lecture.

1997, 2004
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 University of Minnesota

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the establishment by Greenberg of the Herbert E. Olson Memorial Fund to provide scholarships to students from Bemidji (Minn.) High School attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Also includes fund financial data, publicity material, some thank you letters, etc.

2012-2021
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13 Carnegie Library Renovation, Bemidji Minnesota

Scope and Contents

Pictorial booklet related to the renovation, funded by Greenberg, and history of the library.

circa 2019
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 14-15 Hospital of Special Surgery (HSS) (3 folders)

Scope and Contents

Publicity, reports, proposals and other documents related to the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A DVD about the Center is in the folder and is restricted, but the transcoded MP4 digital file is available for viewing. A 7:26 videocassette about the Center is in the file and is restricted because of the fragility of the media.

1994, 2005-2021
Digital Folder: MS3215 Hospital of Special Surgery MP4 digital file

Scope and Contents

Digital files preserved from the DVD in the above HSS folder.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 17 Council of Senior Centers

Scope and Contents

Documents about the Greenbergs receiving the Good Citizen Award.

1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 18-19 New York-Presbyterian Center on Aging

Scope and Contents

Photos of the new Center on Aging, the pre-construction space, and the former Wright Center. Also publicity material about the new Center, which was funded by the Greenbergs.

2017

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