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Guide to the New York Building Congress Records WAG.167

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

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Collection processed by Collection processed by Collection processed by Daniel Michelson, Rachel Menyuk, Ted Casselman, Maggie Schreiner and Gail Malmgreen (2010-2011); 2012 addendum by Rachel Schimke.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 28, 2015
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description, to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials, and to update administrative information  , 11/13/2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New York Building Congress.
Title: New York Building Congress Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1918-2011
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1960-2000
Abstract: The New York Building Congress (NYBC) is an association that brings together employers, labor unions, government agencies, engineers, architects, financiers, suppliers and others engaged in the construction industry in New York City. Founded in 1921, it now represents ca. 400 organizations, with a combined membership of over 250,000 skilled workers and professionals. The Congress engages in educational and lobbying activity, hosts public programs, and disseminates information on issues of concern to the industry. Additionally, the organization focuses on supporting sound public policy, promoting productive capital spending, encouraging public/private partnerships, and evaluating the implementation of major government projects in the construction sector. The collection consists of the administrative, general, and event files of the NYBC, as well as publications, photographs, and audio-visual materials produced by or for the organization. It documents the organization's role in establishing standards for construction through the Building Industry Practices Committee, as well as its important role in New York City legislative issues. The event files cover a variety of activities, from the lavishly produced Christmas shows and "Fun and Frolic" celebrations held from the 1930s through 1980s, to the conferences and issue-oriented forums that became a prominent feature of Congress activity in the 1990s and beyond.
Quantity: 47.5 linear feet in 47 record cartons, 1 manuscript box and 2 shared folders.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.167