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Guide to the Irwin Silver Photographs
1975-2002
 PR 209

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals (2003); revisions and additions by Marybeth Kavanagh (2017) and Larry Weimer (2019)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 21, 2019
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V. Central Park, 1991-1994

Scope and Contents

101 color 8x10 inch photographs of Central Park scenes. The photos are undated, but in his transmittal the donor/photographer noted that they dated from 1991-1994, with most taken in 1991-92. The photographs are of both the park's natural elements (foliage, rock formations (including detailed close-ups of rock textures and colors), lawns, waterfalls, lakes/ponds) and built environment (statuary (including Alice in Wonderland), bridges (including Bow Bridge), fountains (including Bethesda), lampposts, walkways, benches, roads, gazebos). Familiar sites (Bethesda, Alice in Wonderland, Bow Bride) are represented, but most of the views are of the more typical general views of park features. Certainly not typical of the park is that the photographs are notably devoid of people and animals, even at popular spots such as the Mall and Belvedere Castle), thereby focusing on the park itself. The photos also include several that include the buildings just outside the park, with the park's features as foreground. All four seasons of the year are represented so many photos capture the park in the white of snow and in autumn colors, as well as the lush green of summer and the color of spring blooms.

Processing Information

Processed by archivist Larry Weimer in August 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Irwin Silver, October 2018.

Credit line to be used for the photographs in this series: "Gift of the photographer in memory of Barbara Millstein."

Conditions Governing Use

In addition to the photographic prints, the series includes a CD with digital versions of the images. Access to the CD is restricted at the present time, pending New-York Historical establishing procedures to preserve the files without corrupting them.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 4 Central Park Photographs (Color prints)
1991-1994
Box: 4 Central Park Photographs (Digital files on CD). RESTRICTED
1991-1994

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