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Guide to the Gordon Burris Photographs
 PR 333

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta, August 2017

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burris, Gordon Guild, 1903–1988
Title: Gordon Burris photographs
Dates: 1922–1935 (bulk, 1927–1935)
Abstract: Approximately 312 photographic prints by Gordon Guild Burris (1903–1988), a Canadian-born civil engineer employed by the Turner Construction Company in New York during the 1920s and 1930s. Burris photographed the construction projects to which he was assigned, such as the Hotel Lexington, Bloomingdale’s department store, and the Port of New York Authority Commerce Building / Union Inland Terminal No. 1 (all in Manhattan), Pilgrim State Hospital (Brentwood, Long Island), the New Jersey Bell Telephone Headquarters (Newark), and the Convention Hall at Asbury Park, New Jersey. He often took shots of the surrounding neighborhoods from upper floors of the incomplete structures. The collection also includes views of campgrounds, parks, beaches, boats, bridges, and waterways in the vicinity of greater New York City, as well as images of friends, coworkers, and of Burris himself. Some photographs document his native Nova Scotia in 1922–1923.
Quantity: 0.416 Linear feet (1 box)
Location Note: Negatives stored in N-YHS conservation lab freezer, shelf B2.
Call Phrase: PR 333