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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
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Silver, Irwin, 1945-
Title: Irwin Silver photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1975-2002
Abstract: The collection includes four series of photographs taken by Irwin Silver from 1975-2002. These include memorials related to firefighters and other victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers; New York City at night; Central Park in all four seasons; and a portfolio of images taken on Sundays.
Quantity: 4.84 Linear feet in 4 boxes
Call Phrase: PR 209

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes four series of photographs taken by Irwin Silver from 1975-2002, with a few other of his photographs. One series concerns memorials related to firefighters and other victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers. Another series includes images of New York City at night. The third series includes various subjects unified under the subject of images taken on Sundays. Most of the photographs were taken in Manhattan, with some in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Hoboken. The fourth series is of Central Park, with photographs of its natural elements and built environment taken in all four seasons.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in five series:

Series I. New York City September 11 Memorials, 2001-2002

Series II. General Photographs, 1977-2002

Series III. Portfolio I: Sundays, 1975-1979

Series IV. Nightwalks, 1979-1990

Series V. Central Park, 1991-1994

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • New York (N.Y.). Fire Department. Vulcan Society

Subject Topics

  • Fire fighters -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Memorials -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.

Subject Places

  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, 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 Irwin Silver Photographs, PR 209, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Credit line: Unless noted differently for particular series or photographs, the credit line is "Gift of the photographer."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the photographer, Irwin Silver, 1994, 2003, 2017, and 2018.

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Container List

Series I: New York City September 11 Memorials, 2001-2002

Scope and Contents note

Series I contains the thirty-six images comprising the photographer's series Memorial Wall. The photographs are all black and white, silver gelatin 11x14" prints, and show memorials for people who died during the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001. Many show public and private memorials to firefighters. Others show more public memorials, such as a fence where memorial tiles were hung. All the photographs were taken in 2001-2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The 18 photographs in folders 1-3 were donated by Irwin Silver in 2003; the 18 photographs in folders 4-6 were donated in 2017.

Processing Information

The initial donation of 18 photographs were processed by archivist Jenny Gotwals in 2003. The additional 18 photographs donated in 2017 were processed in November 2017 by archivist Marybeth Kavanagh.

Related Materials

Other photographs of the World Trade Center and the aftermath of its destruction can be found in PR 169, the World Trade Center Photograph Collection.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Memorial sheet, St. Paul's Chapel Gate
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Nereida De Jesus, memorial wall, St. Paul's Church
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Snowman and memorial wall, St. Paul's Chapel Gate
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Memorial wall, St. Paul's Chapel Gate
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Family on Church and Park Place on "viewing platform" line
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Rescue 1, NYFD, Memorial
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Transit Police District Four, NYPD, Memorial, Union Square Subway Station
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Children's art, Victim's Assistance Center, 51 Chambers Street
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Firefighter Reuben David Correa, Engine 74, W. 83rd Street
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Engine Company 3, Ladder Company 12, 7th Battalion, NYFD, Memorial
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Art Aid memorial with portrait of Captain Patrick J. Brown, Union Square Subway Station
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Art Aid memorial with portrait of James Francis Quinn, Union Square Subway Station
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Court Officers Memorial, New York State Supreme Court, 111 Centre Street (copy 1)
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Tiles on fence, Greenwich House Project, 7th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Tiles on fence (long shot), Greenwich House Project, 7th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Interior, Rescue 2
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Fire Engine Door (salvaged from World Trade Center) memorial, Rescue 2, NYFD
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 3 African-American Firefighters Memorial, Vulcan Hall, Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn
2002 September
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Wreath with woman's portrait on fence at Broadway and Cedar
2001 December
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Wreath with Charlie Heeran's portrait on fence at Broadway and Cedar
2001 December
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Facade with flag salvaged from World Trade Center, Engine 6, FDNY
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Memorial wall (with portrait of Firefighter Raymond York) St. Paul's Chapel gate
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Memorial wall in snow, St. Paul's Chapel gate
2002 January
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Children's art, Union Square subway station
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Memorial, Engine 8 and Ladder 2 Firehouse, FDNY
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Art Aid memorial wall with angel and Jeffrey Coale's name, Union Square subway station
2002 March
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Shamrock in sidewalk for Jimmy Riches, Firefighter, Engine 18, Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
2002
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Mural, Red Hook, Brooklyn
2002 April
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Memorial, Ladder Company 131, Engine Company 279, FDNY
2002 April
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Art Aid memorial with portrait of Firefighter William Wren, Union Square subway station
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Court Officers Memorial, New York State Supreme Court, 111 Centre Street (copy 2)
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Children's art, Court Officers Memorial Wall, New York State Supreme Court, 111 Centre Street
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Interior Memorial, Sixth Precinct House, NYPD
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Tile angels on fence, Greenwich House Project, 7th and Greenwich Avenues
2002, May
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Firefighter John Bergin, Engine Company 9, Ladder Company 6, Chinatown, FDNY
2002 May
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Interior Memorial, Engine Company 9, Ladder Company 6, Chinatown, FDNY
2002 May

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Series II: General Photographs, 1977-2002

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains three photographs of New York City, which date from 1977 to 2002. Two black and white images from 1977 and 1990 show New York street scenes from the Lower East Side. A color chromogenic type C print, taken in 2002, shows a replica of the Statue of Liberty being transported from the roof of the Liberty Storage Warehouse on West 64th Street to the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Hanover Street and Orchard Street photographs were gifts of the photographer in 1994. The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the photographer in 2003.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Replica of Statue of Liberty
2002 February
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Hanover Street, NYC, Autumn 1977
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Orchard Street New York City, June 5, 1990
1990

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Series III. Portfolio I: Sundays, 1975-1979. 1.5 Linear feet in one portfolio box

Scope and Contents

The series holds a portfolio, in its original case, of 10 gelatin silver prints, all numbered as 12/20 and signed by the photographer, Irwin Silver. Includes opening text with titles and dates of the works, with a statement of the project's background and purpose. The photographs were taken from 1975-1978, and the text written and portfolio produced in 1979. The container list includes the titles as documented in the portfolio.

Arrangement

The photographs are in the sequence as numbered by the photographer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the photographer, Irwin Silver, April 2018.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Item : 1 Rusted iron, West Side Highway, New York, New York, Spring 1977
1977
Box: 3 Item : 2 Sandstone, Hoboken, New Jersey, Spring 1978
1978
Box: 3 Item : 3 Sandstone, Hoboken, New Jersey, Summer 1978
1978
Box: 3 Item : 4 Jetty rocks, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, Fall 1975
1975
Box: 3 Item : 5 Trees and foliage, Brooklyn, New York, Summer 1978
1978
Box: 3 Item : 6 Flour warehouse, Hoboken, New Jersey, Spring 1978
1978
Box: 3 Item : 7 Hanover Street, New York, New York, Fall 1977
1977
Box: 3 Item : 8 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, New York, Winter 1976
1976
Box: 3 Item : 9 Sunset, Hudson, New York, Fall 1978
1978
Box: 3 Item : 10 Skyline, New York Harbor and environs, Summer 1976
1976

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Series IV. Nightwalks, 1979-1990

Scope and Contents

The series includes 57 gelatin silver photographs from Irwin Silver's project Nightwalks. These black and white photographs from 1979 to 1990 are of subway entrances, storefronts, entrances to corporate buildings, street scenes, and other images of New York City (mostly Manhattan, but some Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens) as they appeared to the photographer in the late night and early morning hours. The container list identifies all the photographs in the series with the photographer's description. The series also includes a document written by Irwin Silver in which he reflects on the project generally and on the context of some of the specific photographs.

Arrangement

The container list below lists the descriptions of the photographs as given by Irwin Silver, in chronological order. The photographs themselves are arranged roughly by size in two folders: Folder 7 holds photographs that are approximately 7 x 9 inches, or smaller. Folder 8 holds photographs that are approximately 11 x 14 inches, or somewhat smaller. Irwin's reflections on the project and his list of the photographs are in a third folder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Irwin Silver, June 2018.

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

Processing Information

Processed by archivist Larry Weimer, April 2019.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Moonset at Dawn, Brooklyn, New York, February 14, 1979, 6:40 AM
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Subway Entrance, AT&T Building, NYC, October 7, 1979, 4:45 AM
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Subway Entrance, Grand Central, NYC, April 13, 1980, 8 PM
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Subway Kiosk, Bowling Green, NYC, June 20, 1980, 7:30 PM
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 8 El Station at Dusk, Woodside, New York, September 28, 1980, 6:45 PM
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Eagle Restaurant, NYC, September 19, 1981,1:30 AM
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Municipal Building, Brooklyn, New York, September 26, 1981, 9 PM
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, NYC, October 2, 1981, 11:45 PM
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Doyers Street, NYC, January 15, 1982, 4:30 AM
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Square Diner, NYC, February 21, 1982, 4 AM
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Municipal Building, NYC, April 4, 1982, 5 AM
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Chrysler Building, NYC, April 4, 1982, 5:45 AM
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Delmonico's, NYC, February 5, 1983, 8 PM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 8 El Station, Bronx, New York, May 28, 1983, 1:30 AM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Federal Hall National Monument, NYC, July 23, 1983, 11 PM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Macy's Herald Square, NYC, August 6, 1983, 1:45 PM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Fulton Fish Market, South Street, NYC, August 24, 1983, 11:50 PM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Street Clock, Fifth Avenue & 44th Street, NYC, October 13, 1983, 1 AM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Plaza Street, Brooklyn, New York, October 13, 1983, 3 AM
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Crosby & Prince Streets, NYC, May 26, 1985, 12:30 AM
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 M. Citarella Fish Market, NYC, June 2, 1985, 1:30 AM
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Radio City Music Hall, NYC, June 10, 1985, 1 AM
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Royal Machinery Exchange, NYC, July 2, 1985, 1 AM
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Harry Chong Laundry, NYC, August 22, 1985, 3:45 AM
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Jimmy's Fruit Store, NYC, August 28, 1985, 2:45 AM
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Gallery, Spring & Mercer Streets, NYC, April 13, 1986, 3:15 AM
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Fretta Bros. Sausage Shop, NYC, June 1, 1986, 5 AM
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Mott Street, NYC, June 1, 1986, 5 AM
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Newsstand, Brooklyn, New York, October 24, 1986, 7 PM
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Broadway Barber Shop, NYC, April 5, 1987, 2:15 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Entrance, A. Lewis Thread Company Building, NYC, May 10, 1987, 3 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Revolving Door, Rockefeller Center, NYC, May 16, 1987, 1:40 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Clock, Rockefeller Center, NYC, May 23, 1987, 12:20 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Associated Press Building with Isamu Noguchi Sculpture "News," Rockefeller Center, NYC, May 24, 1987, 12:15 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Windsor Florist, NYC, June 14, 1987, 1:50 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Seagram Building, NYC, June 28, 1987, 1 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Entrance, International Telephone Building, NYC, July 18, 1987, 2 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Vesuvio Bakery, NYC, July 24, 1987, 11;40 PM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Parking Lot, West 31st Street, NYC, August 1, 1987, 12:40 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Approach, Queensboro Bridge, NYC, August 8, 1987, 3 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Entrance, the French Building, NYC, August 16, 1987, 12:55 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Entrance, Directors Guild of America Building, NYC, August 30, 1987, 12:50 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 East 41st Street & Third Avenue, NYC, September 6, 1987, 3:05 AM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 8 West 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenues, NYC, November 1, 1987, 9 PM
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Subway Entrance, Bowery Savings Bank Building, NYC, May 7, 1988, 11:30 PM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Storefronts, Madison Avenue and 67th Street, NYC, May 7, 1988, 2:50 AM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Hybrid Flowers, NYC, May 9, 1988, 1 AM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen's Club, NYC, May 28, 1988, 2 AM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, New York, August 2, 1988, 12:20 AM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Gramercy Park South & Irving Place, NYC, September 5, 1988, 4:30 AM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 7 La Marionetta, NYC, October 10, 1988, 3 AM
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Church of the Transfiguration, NYC, July 1, 1989, 10 PM
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Entrance, MONY Building, NYC, July 3, 1989, 2:25 AM
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Entrance, 3 West 57th Street, NYC, July 3, 1989, 3:40 AM
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 8 West Side Highway, Pier 99, NYC, July 9, 1989, 4 AM
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Hanover Street, NYC, July 19, 1989, 1 AM
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Park Avenue Viaduct at 33rd Street, NYC, May 28, 1990, 8 PM
1990
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Background Text for Nightwalks
undated

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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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