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Guide to the Harold Roth Photograph Collection
1937-1950
 PR 195

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


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Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis and Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 04, 2019
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Harold Roth Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-1950
Abstract: Collection consists of 25 gelatin silver photographic prints, documenting New York City street life.

The photographs are digitized and available in the  Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
Quantity: 1 Linear feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: PR 195

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Biographical Note

Born in 1918, New York photographer Harold Roth received his first camera in 1930, as a gift from Kodak to half a million children who turned twelve in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of George Eastman's first patent. By the late 1930s, Roth had graduated to a Graflex camera and begun to extensively document the city around him. He is best known for his photographs of 1940s and 1950s New York City street life.

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Scope and Content Note

The Harold Roth Photograph Collection spans the period from 1937-1950 and consists of 25 black and white gelatin silver photographic prints, all 11 x 14 inches.

Photographs in this collection show New York City street life, and range from a group of children playing in the spray of an open fire hydrant in the waning sunlight to a view of foot traffic in Madison Square Park against the hazy backdrop of the Flatiron Building. Other views include the interior of Grand Central Terminal, a hot dog vendor at work, the Parachute Jump at Coney Island, and an aerial view of a stickball game. Several photographs of circuses and sideshows are also included.

The photographs in this collection were printed by Harold Roth from his vintage negatives between 1991 and 1995. Prints are numbered, captioned, and in most cases signed on the verso by Roth.

Arrangement

Photographs are arranged chronologically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Gelatin silver prints.

Subject Topics

  • Street life -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Photographs

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchase, 1991, 1996, and 1998.

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 10024Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Harold Roth Photograph Collection, PR 195, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies are available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.

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Container List

unspecified

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Forest Avenue - the Bronx
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Big Snakes - 1939 World's Fair
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Circus Elephants
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Luna Park
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Parachute Jump - Coney Island
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Times Square
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Circus Side Show - Albany, N.Y.
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Grand Central Station
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bowery and Houston St.
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Flatiron Building
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Greenwich Village Antique Store
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Lower East Side Stable - Mangin Street
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Stick Ball Game
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Street Beach
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 3 3rd Ave. at 14th St.
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Hot Dog Vendor
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Lamppost - Bowery and Canal St.
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Williamsburg Bridge
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Boys on East River Pier - Manhattan Bridge
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Perrier Vintage 1948 South Street (2 copies)
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 5 6th Ave. at 44th St.
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 5 South St.
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Water St.
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 5 East River Drivers
1950

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