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Guide to the Winston Weisman Soho Historic District Collection
circa 1950-1973
depicting structures circa 1850 - 1970
 PR 73

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Ricky Hunter

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 20, 2022
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II. Negatives

Scope and Contents note

Series II consists of 3,800 film negatives, measuring 4 x 5 inches. They contain much the same images as the mounted copy prints, with only a few exceptions, notably Rockefeller Center images, used by Dr. Weisman for his dissertation and subsequent lectures and articles on the genesis of Rockefeller Center. These images include those of Rockefeller Center original designs and models when it was to be Metropolitan Square, housing three tall office buildings and a new Metropolitan Opera House around a plaza. The fall of the stock market ended these particular plans after the Opera could no longer afford to move.

Series II is arranged according to Weisman's own arrangement and reflects his particular interest in the area. This series is divided into five subseries: Soho, Manhattan, George P. Post, United States, and International.


Scope and Contents note

This subseries is negatives of copy prints of Soho arranged alphabetically by street address. Included here are only those streets that Weisman considered part of Soho for his project and that subsequently became the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District. The boundaries for this district are West Houston Street in the north, West Broadway in the west, Crosby Street in the east and Canal Street in the south. Broadway appears in both subseries one and two but there is no overlap of addresses. This first subseries ends with miscellaneous Soho buildings and maps of Soho.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 47 423 -- 600 Broadway
429 --500 Broome Street
305 -- 375 Canal Street
60 -- 131 Grand Street

Box: 48 14 -- 148 Greene Street
27 -- 50 Howard Street
7 -- 169 Mercer Street

Box: 49 88 -- 143 Prince Street
79 -- 157 Spring Street
307 -- 465 West Broadway
12 -- 155 Wooster Street
miscellaneous building plans


Scope and Contents note

This subseries begins with named streets filed alphabetically, thereunder by avenues and numbered streets numerically, and concludes with a large section of miscellaneous unidentified buildings. At the end of the subseries are two significant sets of negatives that were important to Weisman's research, Rockefeller Center and Laing Stores. This subseries ends with views and maps of Manhattan.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 50 Battery Park -- 299 Broadway
Box: 51 300 Broadway -- Nassau Street
Box: 52 Park Avenue -- Fourth Avenue
Box: 53 Fifth Avenue -- West 125th Street; miscellaneous buildings
Box: 54 Rockefeller Center
Box: 55 Laing Stores 258 -- 262 Washington Street
views of Manhattan


Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of negatives of copy prints of miscellaneous buildings by George P. Post among the negative series. George Post (1837 -- 1913) was an important figure in the development of the skyscraper and a particular point of interest for Weisman as Post used innovative building techniques to create ever-taller buildings and large interior spaces for public use. Significant buildings of George Post within the collection are St. Paul's Building, Produce Exchange, Cotton Exchange, Union Trust Building, Mortimer Building, Equitable Building, Dry Dock Savings Bank, Mills Building, and the Western Union Building, among many others. This subseries includes a portrait of George Post.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 55 miscellaneous buildings; portrait


Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains negatives of copy prints of buildings in the United States arranged alphabetically by state and thereunder by city.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 56 California. Los Angeles; San Francisco
Box: 56 Colorado. Denver
Box: 56 District of Columbia
Box: 56 Illinois. Chicago
Box: 57 Indiana. Fort Wayne
Box: 57 Iowa. Mason City
Box: 57 Louisiana. New Orleans
Box: 57 Maryland. Baltimore
Box: 57 Massachusetts. Boston; Lowell; Worcester
Box: 58 Michigan. Detroit
Box: 58 Minnesota. Duluth; Minneapolis; St. Paul
Box: 58 Missouri. Kansas City; St. Louis
Box: 58 New Jersey. Newark
Box: 58 New York. Albany; Brooklyn; Buffalo; Elmira
Box: 58 North Carolina. Asheville
Box: 59 Ohio. Canton; Cleveland; Columbus
Box: 59 Oklahoma. Bartlesville
Box: 59 Oregon. Portland
Box: 59 Pennsylvania. Bear-Run; Erie; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh
Box: 59 Rhode Island. Providence
Box: 59 Tennessee. Nashville
Box: 59 Utah. Salt Lake City
Box: 59 Washington. Seattle; Tacoma


Scope and Contents note

This subseries is negatives of copy prints of international cities arranged alphabetically by the name of the country.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 60 Austria
Dominican Republic
United Kingdom

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