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Guide to the Bayonne Bridge Historic Preservation Documentation
2007-2021
 PR 443

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Margo Padilla and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 29, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Title: Bayonne Bridge historic preservation documentation
Dates [inclusive]: 2007-2021
Abstract: The collection includes documentation prepared by the Port Authority for the purpose of complying with certain legal requirements related to the alteration of a historic structure. This includes images of documents from the 1920s-1930s concerning the original construction of the Bayonne Bridge and other material about the history of the bridge. The bulk of the collection is in digital form. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html
Quantity: .21 Linear feet in one box
Quantity: 2.92 Gigabytes (153 Files, 6 Folders)
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: PR 443

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Biographical / Historical

The Bayonne Bridge, referred to originally as the Kill Van Kull Bridge after the waterway it spans, reaches from Bayonne, New Jersey, across to Staten Island, New York. It is an arch bridge that carries vehicular traffic. Designed by Othmar Ammann and Cass Gilbert, construction began in 1928 and was completed in 1931. At the time, it was the world's longest arch bridge.

In 2019, the Bayonne Bridge underwent a Navigational Clearance Program that raised its roadway 64 feet. This enabled the current, and much larger, generation of container ships to pass underneath, and the Port of New York and New Jersey to remain competitive. It also retained the bridge's principal structural feature – its iconic parabolic arch. It had been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and in association with both New York and New Jersey Offices of Historic Preservation, the Port Authority developed a plan to mitigate the alterations to the bridge's appearance. Part of this mitigation plan included the preparation of the materials in this collection. The Port Authority engaged Richard Grubb & Associates, a cultural resource consulting firm, to produce or distribute this documentation, which was posted on Port Authority's website and distributed to New-York Historical Society and other repositories in the metropolitan area.

(The above note was based on information from Wikipedia, the Port Authority's website, and the transmittal letter in the collection.)

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes documentation prepared by the Port Authority for the purpose of complying with certain legal requirements related to the alteration of a historic structure. This includes images of documents from the 1920s-1930s concerning the original construction of the Bayonne Bridge and other material about the history of the bridge. The bulk of the collection is in digital form. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by format.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Digital images.
  • Digital media.
  • Files (digital files)

Subject Topics

  • Bridges -- Design and construction.
  • Bridges -- New Jersey -- Bayonne.
  • Bridges -- New York (N.Y.) -- Staten Island.
  • Historic preservation.

Subject Places

  • Bayonne Bridge (N.J. and N.Y.)
  • Kill Van Kull (N.J. and N.Y.)

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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: Bayonne Bridge historic preservation documentation, PR 443, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

N-YHS holds several other items regarding the Kill Van Kull / Bayonne Bridge that can be found with a keyword search in the on-line catalog, Bobcat, and in the discovery portal for full-text searches of all N-YHS finding aids. Included in the latter is N-YHS's collection of Cass Gilbert papers and architectural drawings (PR 21), which has the architect's drawings for the bridge (under the name Kill Van Kull Bridge, not Bayonne Bridge).

Existence and Location of Copies

All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, May 2021.

Processing Information

The overall collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by archivist Larry Weimer. The digital files from the CDs and DVDs were preserved by archivist Margo Padilla. Digital files were transferred off CDs and DVDs using IsoBuster. 'The Beautiful Arch' was transcoded from ISO to MP4 using HandBrake. A virus scan using ClamWin and Malwarebytes was performed with no results.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Collection transmittal letter with contextual information
2021 May 25
Box: 1 Folder : 2 "The Beautiful Arch: The Bayonne Bridge Story" (1 of 2). DVD (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

Documentary video about the history of the bridge. Approximately 24 minutes in length. Produced by Stokes Creative Group and Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc., 2014-2019. The DVD was retained for context and back-up and the object packaging may be viewed, but the files on the discs may not be accessed. Patrons may only use the preserved digital files from the DVD noted next.

2020 May 5
Digital Folder: PR 443 "The Beautiful Arch: The Bayonne Bridge Story" (2 of 2). Digital files

Existence and Location of Copies

All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

2020 May 5
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "The Bayonne Bridge: The Beautiful Arch" (1 of 2), DVD (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

School lesson plan for 4th grade. Prepared by Richard Grubb & Associates, 2020. The DVD was retained for context and back-up and the object packaging may be viewed, but the file on the disc may not be accessed. Patrons may only use the preserved digital file from the DVDs noted next.

2020 May 5
Digital Folder: PR 443 "The Bayonne Bridge: The Beautiful Arch" (2 of 2), Digital files

Existence and Location of Copies

One PDF of lesson plan to accompany above DVD documentary history. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

2020
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Archival documentation (1 of 2). CD (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

From a contextual note on the DVD: "This DVD contains materials produced in 2020 as required by the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program Programmatic Agreement. It contains historic photographs, historic engineering drawings, and booklets. The photograph folder contains 49 photographs, each 8 x 10" with a caption describing the image, the date, camera angle and source. The engineering drawings folder contains high quality scans of the original engineering drawings of the Bayonne Bridge. The booklets folder contains a digital version of three booklets documenting the construction of the Bayonne Bridge and a scan of the original bridge permit. The booklets are the first and second progress report and a report published by the American Bridge Company of its role in the bridge's construction."

The DVD was retained for context and back-up and the object packaging may be viewed, but the file on the disc may not be accessed. Patrons may only use the preserved digital files from the DVD noted next.

2020
Digital Folder: PR 443 Archival documentation, 1920s-1930s (2 of 2). Digital files

Existence and Location of Copies

All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

2020
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Time lapse video of bridge reconstruction, 2013-2019 (1 of 2). CD (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

The CD was retained for context and back-up and the object packaging may be viewed, but the file on the disc may not be accessed. Patrons may only use the preserved digital file from the CD noted next.

2021
Digital Folder: PR 443 Time lapse video of bridge reconstruction, 2013-2019 (2 of 2). Digital file

Existence and Location of Copies

One mp4 file, approximately 3 minutes in length. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

2021
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), NJ-66 (1 of 2). CD (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

The CD was retained for context and back-up and the object packaging may be viewed, but the files on the disc may not be accessed. Patrons may only use the preserved digital files from the CD noted next.

2014
Digital Folder: PR 443 Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), NJ-66 (2 of 2). Digital files

Existence and Location of Copies

3 PDFs of HAER-related letters and report, with 10 photographs. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 7 "Bayonne Bridge: A landmark by land, sea, and air"

Scope and Contents

Book by Darl Rastorfer, published by the Port Authority for the 75th anniversary of the bridge. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

2007
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "Bayonne Bridge: The Beautiful Arch"

Scope and Contents

3 copies of an information pamphlet about the bridge, the reconstruction project, and statistics. All the content of the collection can be found on-line on the Port Authority's website: https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/en/bayonne-bridge/history.html

circa 2019

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