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Guide to the Ruth Orkin Photograph Collection
ca. 1950-1981
 PR 190

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


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Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis

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

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Ruth Orkin Photograph Collection
Dates: ca. 1950-1981
Abstract: The Ruth Orkin Photograph Collection spans the period from ca. 1950 to 1981 and contains photographs of New York City, primarily Central Park and the surrounding areas.
Quantity: 3.83 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 190

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Biographical Note

Ruth Orkin is a photographer and filmmaker in New York City.

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Scope and Content Note

The Ruth Orkin Photograph Collection spans the period from ca. 1950 to 1981 and contains photographs of New York City, primarily Central Park and the surrounding areas.

Photographs in this collection are part of a series taken from the window of Orkin's fifteenth floor apartment at 65 Central Park West, between 66th and 67th Streets in Manhattan; most were published at her books "A World through my Window," and "More Pictures from my Window." They take as their focus Central Park, particularly the Sheep Meadow, and the bordering skylines of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue. The color photographs show the park and its surroundings in various dramatic light, weather, and seasonal conditions, from the Tavern on the Green decorated with Christmas lights in a night view, to a distant shot of sunbathers and roller skaters gathered in the meadow in the heat of a summer day.

Most of the photographs in this collection were included in the exhibit "Manhattan Observed: Fourteen Photographers look at New York, 1972-1981," at the New-York Historical Society, from July 1981 through April 1982. The photographs, which were printed by G.W. Color Lab, New York, are signed, captioned, and in most cases dated by Orkin on both the front and the verso.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Photographic prints

Subject Places

  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Ruth Orkin, 1982

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to thirty 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
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Ruth Orkin Photograph Collection, PR 190, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List


Unmatted

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Tavern-on-the-Green, Holiday lights and 5th Ave.
1976
Box: 1 Central Park South
1977
Box: 1 Sunlit Streets Over the East Sixties
1977
Box: 1 Moon Over August Concert, N.Y. Philharmonic in Sheep Meadow
1978
Box: 1 Peach Mist Over Sheep Meadow
1978
Box: 1 Rainbow Over 5th Ave.
1979
Box: 1 Rosy City at Christmas
1979
Box: 1 Autumn and the Plaza Area
1980
Box: 1 Sheep Meadow, Central Park
1980
Box: 1 White, Feathery Trees, Central Park South
1980

Matted

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Central Park South
Ca. 1950-1959
Box: 1 White Light Over Central Park South and 5th Ave.
1972
Box: 1 The Plaza With a Golden Roof
1976
Box: 2 The Plaza and Baseball in Summer
1979
Box: 2 Rainbow Over Hotel Carlyle
1979
Box: 2 Citycorp and the Plaza
1980
Box: 2 Black Glass Building at Sunset, E. 66th St.
[ca. 1980]
Box: 2 Blue Sunrise Over Sheep Meadow
[ca. 1980]
Box: 2 Sheep Meadow After Re-sodding
1981 May
Box: 2 Sunbathers and Roller-skaters, Sheep Meadow
1981

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