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

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 Margaret Fraser in 2013

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 10, 2015
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect updated administrative information  , Aug 2015

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

All materials in the collection are open for researcher use without restriction. 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.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for the materials in the collection is held by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be obtained in writing from the copyright holder. For further information, contact the repository at:

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.

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Records of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) were donated to the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive by the NYTWA in February, 2011. The accession number associated with this gift is 2011.037. Another small donation of recent NYTWA publications was made in 2013.

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.

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.


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.