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Guide to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance Records WAG.319

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Margaret Fraser in 2013

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 18, 2023
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect additional administrative information and added archived websites  , January 2023

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The following types of records are closed until January 1, 2026: active campaign documents, internal industry analysis, and organizational planning documents.

Some material in Series II: Legal, relating to legal advocacy cases in support of individual members, have been redacted to ensure the privacy of these individuals. Names, addresses, phone numbers, hack numbers, and other information which might identify individuals have been blacked out.

The remainder of the collection is open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; New York Taxi Workers Alliance Records; WAG 319; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

To cite the archived website in this collection: Identification of item, date; New York Taxi Workers Alliance Records; WAG 319; Wayback URL; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Taxi Rank and File Coalition Oral History Collection OH 013
New York City Taxi Drivers' Union Oral History Collection OH 028
United Taxi Workers Organizing Committee Records WAG 005
Taxi Rank and File Coalition Records WAG 139

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access CDs for audiovisual materials in the collection are available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, 2011. The accession number associated with this gift is 2011.037. Another small donation of recent NYTWA publications was made in 2013. was initially selected by curators and captured through the use of The California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service in 2009 as part of the Labor Unions and Organizations (U.S.) Web Archive. In November 2015, the archived website was migrated to Archive-It. Archive-It uses web crawling technology to capture websites at a scheduled time and displays only an archived copy, from the resulting WARC file, of the website. In December 2022, was added. The accession number associated with this website is 2023.004.

Processing Information

Due to the nature of the NYTWA office, many of the records came to the archive loose or in unlabeled folders. The original order did show some grouping based on NYTWA campaigns and organizing efforts, and the collection was organized and given folder titles by the archivist with these groupings in mind. The collection was rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Photographs were removed from albums and developing envelopes and placed in protective sleeves in the same order. Descriptive information on post-it notes were photocopied and replaced.

Some of the folders in this collection contained personal information such as names, license numbers, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and hack numbers. This information was redacted with permanent marker in instances where this could be easily done without compromising the information contained in the records.

In 2014, the archived website was added as Series IV. Additional website was added in 2023.

Appraisal Note

Personnel materials and membership lists with identifying information have been removed from the collection and returned to the NYTWA. Book titles already housed in the Tamiment Library collection were also returned.

Take Down Policy

Archived websites are made accessible for purposes of education and research. NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information.

If you hold the rights to materials in our archived websites that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to the

Please include the following in your notice: Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury; and your physical or electronic signature. Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.


Fine, Janice. Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2006.

Hodges, Graham Russell. Taxi!: A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Mathew, Biju. Taxi!: Cabs and Capitalism in New York City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Schaller Consulting. The New York City Taxicab Fact Book. Brooklyn, NY: Schaller Consulting, 2006.