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Guide to the East Side Tenants Council Records TAM.253

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by David A. Olson

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 30, 2015
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Amato, Francesca
Creator: East Side Tenants Council.
Title: East Side Tenants Council Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-1975
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1955-1970
Abstract: The East Side Tenants Council was a community organization founded to advocate for tenants' rights on the Lower East Side of New York City in the mid-20th century. A local affiliate of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, its roots could be traced to 1930s tenant activism and 1950s-1960s neighborhood opposition to Robert Moses' reimagining of New York City. The council fought to hold or lower rent rates and improve the physical condition of buildings. This meant both building-level organization of tenants and navigating the bureaucratic paperwork of government agencies on behalf of individuals. The majority of the collection's documents were generated by the advocacy of tenants' representative Francesca Amato. Most these materials are filings, supporting work product, and correspondence with landlords and government housing agencies. As a part of her process, Amato took extensive notes on buildings' residents and the physical condition of their apartments, which document housing conditions in the Lower East Side during the 1950s-1970s. The collections also contains housing-related publications from government entities and other tenants' groups and one folder of photographs of buildings.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet in one record carton and one manuscript box
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.253