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Guide to the Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group Records TAM.630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596
special.collections@nyu.edu


Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Megan O'Shea

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 07, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate artwork being sent to offsite art storage in September 2017 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate collection description and processed materials Updated by Megan O'Shea to reflect housing of posters Updated by Megan O'Shea to reflect incorporation of posters found in repository Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect January 2019 accretion Edited by Amy C. Vo to include item-level description of materials  , August 2017 , September 2017 , July 2018 , March 2019 , July 2019 , August 2021

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were collected by Amy Roberts of the Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group in 2011 and transferred to the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in 2013 and 2017. Materials associated with collection were found in the repository in April 2014 and were accessioned at that time.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to users without restriction, with the exception of textiles, select artwork, and signs larger than 24" x 36".

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group, the creator of this collection, were relinquished and transferred to the public domain in 2013 by Amy Roberts. These materials are governed by a Creative Commons CC0 license, which permits publication and reproduction of materials accompanied by full attribution. See, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group Records; TAM 630; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Textiles, select artwork, and signs larger than 24" x 36" require conservation treatment before they can be made available to researchers.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. An access terminal for born-digital materials in the collection is available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only. Researchers may view an item's original container and/or carrier, but the physical carriers themselves are not available for use because of preservation concerns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Amy Roberts of the Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group, 2013, 2017, and 2019. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2013.010, 2013.022, 2017.048, 2017.077, and 2019.079. Materials associated with the collection were found in repository in April 2014. The accession number associated with this material is 2014.096.

Processing Information

In August 2017, 17 items were prepared to be moved to offsite art storage in September 2017.

In September 2017, the ephemera, letters of support, diary, organizational documents, periodicals, and some posters were housed in archival folders and boxes. Materials were kept in the broad categories in which they were arranged when received from the donor.

In December 2017, the placards, signs, drums, and textiles were surveyed. In May 2018, this material was cleaned by staff from the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department. In July 2018, materials were kept intellectually in the broad categories in which they were arranged when received from the donor and incorporated into the existing arrangement. Materials were housed in archival folders and boxes, and housed together according to material type and size.

In January 2018, additional ephemera, letters of support, diaries, organizational documents, periodicals, and posters were housed in archival folders and boxes. Materials were kept in the broad categories in which they were arranged when received from the donor and incorporated into the existing arrangement.

One CD-R was forensically imaged and mounted to local storage. A directory was created for one collection of graphics files.

New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

In August 2021, item-level description of 54 items was added to the finding aid.

Appraisal

In 2017, duplicate fliers and periodicals were deaccessioned.

In May 2018, the following materials were deaccessioned from the collection: foam letters, clothing, drums and drumsticks, candles, markers, heat blankets, and zip-tie handcuffs. Also removed were posters with duplicative, general, or personal messages; abstract artwork; blank cardboard; and extremely dirty or damaged posters.