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Guide to the Harry Tarzian Photograph Collection
(Bulk 2000-2001)
  PR 255

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

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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 28, 2017
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Harry Tarzian Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1976-2003 (Bulk 2000-2001)
Abstract: The collection contains 40 photographs of the World Trade Center and World Trade Center site, taken by Harry Tarzian.
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 255

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Biographical Note

Harry Tarzian is an amateur photographer who has lived in Brooklyn, Maryland, and New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

The Harry Tarzian Photograph Collection spans the period from 1976 to 2003 and contains 40 photographs of the World Trade Center in New York. Nineteen of the photographs are silver gelatin prints. The remaining 21 are inkjet prints made from scanned negatives. They were printed on an Epson Inkjet Printer in 2006.

The photographs of the towers were taken from the New Jersey waterfront, the Brooklyn waterfront, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Others show the towers more close up; several series of images were taken on the vast plaza that surrounded the Trade Center. There are several night views, but most images are daytime views. The earliest photograph was taken on July 4, 1976, during the Bicentennial celebration. A photograph of the plaza from 2000 shows large three-dimensional letters that spell out "Peace on Earth." Several photographs were taken inside the Trade Center. Two of these highlight the large windows in the lobby areas. One photograph shows the shopping mall and entrance to the Path train below the towers. Another shows a newsstand in the New York City subway E train World Trade Center station.

Tarzian was living on a houseboat that was docked in Jersey City when the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 occurred. Nine photographs show the World Trade Center both after the first tower had been hit by an airplane, after the second tower had been hit, and as the towers collapsed.

One photograph dated 2004 revisits the site of the newsstand in the subway; it has been closed. An undated photograph shows St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was demolished when the Trade Center collapsed.


Photographs are arranged chronologically. The number of photographs for each year is in parentheses.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Photographic prints

Subject Topics

  • New York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001--Pictorial works.
  • World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)--History--Pictorial works.
  • World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)--Pictorial works.

Subject Places

  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information


Gift of Harry Tarzian, 2006.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty 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
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Harry Tarzian Photograph Collection, PR 255, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Other photographs of the World Trade Center can be found in the World Trade Center Photograph Collection (PR 169), the Geographic File (PR 020), and the Thomas Airviews (PR 106).

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 1976 (1)
1976 Jul. 4
Box: 1 Folder : 2 1980, Exteriors (4)
Box: 1 Folder : 3 1980, Interiors (2)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 1992 (2)
Box: 1 Folder : 5 1998 (4)
Box: 1 Folder : 6-7 2000 (11)
Box: 1 Folder : 8 2001 (5)
Box: 1 Folder : 9 September 11, 2001 (9)
2001 Sep. 11
Box: 1 Folder : 10 2003, shuttered newstand (1)
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Undated (before September, 2001)
ca. 1980-2001

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