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Guide to the Friends of City Hall Park Papers
1992-2009
 MS 1335

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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Christine George with additions by Catherine Newton

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 30, 2012
Finding Aid is written in English.
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I: Friends of City Hall Park, 1996-2009

Scope and Content

Within this series there is a wide variety of material from the Friends of City Hall Park, dating back to its formation. These materials consist of correspondence, newspaper articles, information handouts, notes, and ephemera.

Subseries A: Correspondence, 1996-2008, undated

Scope and Content

This subseries contains correspondence both to and from the Friends of City Hall Park. Within the correspondence from the Friends of City Hall Park, the correspondence is both to New York City officials and to other organizations. Many of the letters to the Friends of City Hall Park are from civic officials, responding to letters that had been sent to them. Many of the aforementioned correspondence was either signed by or written to Skip Blumberg, president of Friends of City Hall Park. Of particular interest is the correspondence from letter writing campaigns. New Yorkers wrote to officials, letting them know what City Hall Park means to them. In one instance, a woman wrote to George Steinbrenner, former owner of the New York Yankees, urging him to support City Hall Park.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence to Friends of City Hall Park
1996-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence to Friends of City Hall Park
2001-2008, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence from Friends of City Hall Park
1997-2001
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence from Friends of City Hall Park
2002-2007, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Legal Correspondence and Memos
1998-2008, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letter Campaigns
1997-2000, undated

Subseries B: Administrative and Promotional Materials, 1996-2009, undated

Scope and Content

Within this subseries are materials that the Friends of City Hall Park utilized in its everyday operations. The bulk of this subseries is made up of information materials that outline the Friends’ campaign to better City Hall Park and the various issues that the park faced.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Corporate Organization Papers
1999, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Friends of City Hall Park Information Materials
1996-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Friends of City Hall Park Information Materials
1999-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Friends of City Hall Park Information Materials
2001-2008
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Friends of City Hall Park Information Materials
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Portions of Speeches, Articles, and other Promotional Material
1997-1999, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Administrative and Event Notes
1997-2009, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Fundraising Information and Notes
1998-1999, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Letterhead
undated

Subseries C: Multimedia Materials, 1996-2004, undated

Scope and Content

There are a wide variety of materials within this subseries, all of which document the Friends of City Hall Park. There are DVDs of appearances made by Skip Blumberg, president of the Friends of City Hall Park. There are also many photographs of the members of the organization as well as others who partook in various events at City Hall Park. The bulk of the photographs were taken in 1997. There are also two VHS tapes, one of which is the 1996 major motion picture City Hall, starring Al Pacino, John Cusack, and Bridget Fonda. The other VHS is of a more personal nature, entitled  Skip…The Best Friend of City Hall Park. There is also an autographed copy of the 1997 book,  Sleeping with the Mayor, which tells the story of protesters in City Hall Park.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 16 CDs, DVDs, and Zip Disks
2007, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Photographs
1997
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Photographs
1997
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Photographs
1997
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Photographs
1998-1999
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Photographs
2003-2004
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Photographs
undated
Box: 3 City Hall [VHS]
1996
Box: 3 Skip…The Best Friend of City Hall Park [VHS]
1997
Box: 3 Sleeping with the Mayor [book]
1997

Subseries D: Newspaper Coverage, 1996-2008, undated

Scope and Content

These articles, taken from a variety of New York City newspapers, follow any and all coverage of City Hall Park from 1996 through 2008.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Newspaper Articles
1996-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Newspaper Articles
1998
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Newspaper Articles
January-May 1999
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Newspaper Articles
June-December, 1999
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Newspaper Articles
2000
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Newspaper Articles
2001
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Newspaper Articles
2002-2003
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Newspaper Articles
2005-2006
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Newspaper Articles
February-March 2007
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Newspaper Articles
July-November 2007
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Newspaper Articles
2008-2009
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Newspaper Articles
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Newspaper Articles
undated

Subseries E: Notes and Ephemera, 1997-1999, undated

Scope and Content

Within this subseries are a variety of ephemera. There are membership forms and fliers for events from the Friends of City Hall Park. Of note is a Friends of City Hall Park t-shirt.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Friends of City Hall Park Membership Forms
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Fliers
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Handwritten Notes
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Ephemera
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Folders and Envelopes
1997-1999, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Folders and Envelopes
undated
Box: 5 Friends of City Hall Park T-Shirt
undated

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