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Guide to the John Penley Photographs and Papers TAM.501

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 Tamiment staff, 2009 (papers only). Photographic materials processed by Rachel Schimke, Rachel Searcy, and Nicole Greenhouse (incorporating description by Erika Gottfried, 2009) in March 2013.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 24, 2015
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Erika Gottfried in April 2013. Additional materials incorporated by Heather Mulliner in November 2013  , 11/19/2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Penley, John.
Title: John Penley Photographs and Papers
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1980-2013
Abstract: John Penley is a photographer and grassroots political activist associated with the squatters' rights movement and housing protests of the 1980s and 1990s in New York City's East Village and Lower East Side. The collection primarily consists of Penley's photographic materials (mainly prints and negatives) dating mostly from the 1990s that document gentrification and protests relating to housing rights in the Lower East Side and throughout New York City. Other social issues addressed by Penley's photographs include AIDS and gay rights activism and activism against police brutality, the death penalty, and racial hate crimes and discrimination.
Quantity: 15.5 linear feet in 6 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize flat box, 9 photograph boxes, and 10 negative boxes
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.501