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Guide to the Washington Square Park Redevelopment Collection
 MS 678

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Tiffany Schureman

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 21, 2022
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of materials relating to Washington Square Park's history from 1952 to 1966. The issues that these papers cover are the traffic through the square, New York University's new library and housing project, parkland and park use. The collection consists of letters and statements of opposition, community organizations' records opposing the redevelopment, government documents and New York University publications. Also included are letters to Shirley Hayes, a local community leader who was instrumental in getting the park closed to traffic.


Most of the collection is arranged by organization. The letters from individuals and to Shirley Hayes are arranged chronologically. The papers are arranged into the following series:

Series I: Community Organizations

Series II: New York University Publications

Series III: Government Documents

Series IV: Letters and Statements of Opposition

Series V: Other Material