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Guide to the Brooklyn Friends School Post-It Mural Collection
2016-2017
 MS 3026

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 10, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brooklyn Friends School
Title: Brooklyn Friends School Post-It Mural collection
Dates [inclusive]: 2016-2017
Abstract: The collection includes several hundred sticky notes (i.e., Post-its) posted by third grade students at the Brooklyn Friends School to a wall in the Lower School Library from December 2016 to February 2017. Inspired in part by artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez's work Subway Therapy, the students' project was a response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet in one flat box
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: .
Mixed Materials [10170000021192] [Offsite-Box]: 1
Call Phrase: MS 3026

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Biographical/Historical Note

Beginning in December 2016 and continuing through February 2017, the third grade at Brooklyn Friends School created a mural of sticky notes (i.e., Post-its). They were inspired in part by Subway Therapy, which was created by artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez following the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. From the day after the election in November until 16 December, Chavez invited passersby at Manhattan's Union Square subway station to express their emotions about the election on sticky notes and post them to the station wall. By the time Chavez's work was taken down, approximately 20,000 total notes had been posted. The Friends School students were further inspired by the book  Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, which they had studied in their Caldecott Medal Unit. Similar to Chavez's subway work, the Brooklyn Friends School third graders' mural was a response to the election. The mural was created on the third floor Lower School Library by the students under the guidance of the librarians.

(The above is based largely on a description of the project, which is included in the box with the collection, provided by Brooklyn Friends School.)

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection includes several hundred sticky notes (i.e., Post-its) posted by third grade students at the Brooklyn Friends School to a wall in the Lower School Library from December 2016 to February 2017 in response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Arrangement Note

There is no particular arrangement to the sticky notes, that is, how they are found in the container does not necessarily reflect their original relationship to one another on the wall at Brooklyn Friends School.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Friends School

Subject Topics

  • Public opinion
  • Sticky notes
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2016.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. N-YHS also holds two other, similar collections of sticky notes (see Related Materials Note); to ensure that the contents are not accidentally mixed, only one of the collections may be presented to a patron at any one time.

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Brooklyn Friends School Post-It Mural Collection, MS 3026, New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

The artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez donated a portion of his work Subway Therapy, which was an inspiring concept for the Brooklyn Friends School project, to New-York Historical. See call number MS 3025.

Also in connection with Subway Therapy, New-York Historical implemented a similar project on its front glass wall, titled  Messages for the President-Elect. Those sticky notes are available; see call number MS 3027.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Donated by the Brooklyn Friends School, 2017.

Processing Information Note

The individual sticky notes/Post-its that make up the collection were housed on plastic sheets by conservator Alan Balicki in April 2017. The descriptive finding aid was prepared by archivist Larry Weimer in May 2017.

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