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Guide to the Film Location Scouts Photograph Collection
circa 1980-2000
 PR 293

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Megan Dolan

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 14, 2015
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Film Location Scouts Photograph Collection
Dates: circa 1980-2000
Abstract: Collection of color snapshots taken by film location scouts between the 1980's – 2000's depicting a variety of locations in New York City (primarily Manhattan).
Quantity: 198.0 Linear feet (198 bankers boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections OFFSITE
Call Phrase: PR 293

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Biographical/Historical note

Location scouting is a vital process in the pre-production stage of the film and television industry. Once writers and producers have decided on the style of scenery and locations they require, they turn to location scouts to provide them with suitable locations that meet these requirements.

Typically, location scouts and/or managers meet with production teams to discuss their needs and will scout for locations based on their requirements. They also generally have portfolios put together of certain locations that they have deemed interesting beforehand in order to have a database of locations in case of requests. The role of location managers encompasses multiple responsibilites, including: having an understanding of the production to ensure that appropriate locations are being researched and scouted; negotiating legal access to filming locations; negotiating prices, terms and conditions with location owners; and creating written agreements between the production company and venue owner and organizing any permits necessary.

A location scout is expected to take descriptive, panoramic photographs that depict a particular location's possibilities. Before the advent of digital photography, panoramas were created by pasting multiple photographic prints into a manilla folder. This practice continued into the time period of this collection, which includes separate donations of location scout photos by two New York-based location managers, Steve Horn and Lyn Pinezich. The collection reflects the beginning of the revitalization of the film industry in New York City that was later to become a hallmark of Mayor Bloomberg's administration.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection spans the time period between the 1980s to the 2000s and contains an extensive range of images of locations in New York, primarily Manhattan, created for two New York-based location scout managers (Lyn Pinezich and Steve Horn).

Each location is represented by multiple color snapshots, which were then glued into file folders. All folders contain numerous photographs of each location including both exterior and interior shots. The photographs depict a broad range of locations such as abandoned buildings, offices and office spaces, famous landmarks, streets of New York, and residences. It essentially provides a snapshot of New York City during this time period. Many of the locations within the collection are not in existence anymore.

The photographs have been rehoused into 198 bankers boxes but remain organized in the categories originally assigned by the location scouts (for example; bars, residences, streets, buildings, etc). The folders within each category are arranged either alphabetically or by neighborhood.

Arrangement note

This collection has been organized by donor into two series. The photographs retain their original organization into the categories assigned by each location scout manager. Both series cover the same time period and there is considerable overlap in the location categories. Categories within each series have been listed alphabetically, which means that box numbers do not appear in chronological order in the finding aid.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org. 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.)

Use Restrictions

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194
rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org
212-485-9228

Permission to reproduce or quote text from this collection in a publication must be requested from and granted in writing by the Library Director, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194.

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation note

This collection should be cited as: Film Location Scouts Photograph Collection, PR 293, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

The Brooklyn Historical Society holds an additional collection of Lyn Pinezich's location scout photographs depicting locations in Brooklyn.

Provenance

Gift of Steve Horn and Christopher Gray, 2012 (Series I); gift of Lyn Pinezich, 2011 (Series II).

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Container List

Series I: Location Scout Photographs (Steve Horn)

Scope and Contents note

Series I contains location scout photographs taken by the staff of director Steve Horn. The photographs depict a broad range of locations, including many that are no longer in existence. The original arrangement of the photographs into categories (for example, bakeries, churches, warehouses, etc.) has been retained. Categories are listed in alpabetical order below.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 87 Bakeries
Box: 72 Ballrooms
Box: 64-65 Banks
Box: 71-72 Bars
Box: 44-47, 91-92 Beaches

Scope and Contents note

Includes beaches from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Box: 47 Beach House
Box: 72 Billiard and Pool Halls
Box: 72 Boats and Ships
Box: 87 BOC (Industrial gas company)
Box: 73 Bowling Alleys
Box: 93-94 Bridges

Scope and Contents note

Includes bridges from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and unlabelled locations.

Box: 47-49 Buildings -- Apartment
Box: 49-50 Buildings -- Brownstones
Box: 50-51 Buildings -- Government
Box: 87 Buildings -- Government
Box: 51-53 Buildings -- Industrial
Box: 53-58 Buildings -- Office
Box: 58 Bus Stations
Box: 58 Cabins
Box: 59 Cafes
Box: 16-18 Churches

Related Archival Materials note

See synagogues

Box: 20 Churches
Box: 65 Churches
Box: 87 City Steps
Box: 28-36 City Streets
Box: 66 Clocks and Clock Towers
Box: 66 Clubs and Clubrooms
Box: 87 General Motors- Linden Plant
Box: 86 Home Depot
Box: 73 Ice-scating Rinks
Box: 73 Islands
Box: 74 Islands (Roosevelt Island)
Box: 87 Jails
Box: 74 Kennels
Box: 74 Labs -- Medical
Box: 74 Labs -- Miscellaneous
Box: 74 Lakes
Box: 74 Parks and Gardens (Liberty State Park)
Box: 75-76 Parks and Gardens
Box: 76 Parking Garage
Box: 76 Parking Lots
Box: 76 Pedestrian Overpass
Box: 77-78 Piers and Waterfronts
Box: 78-80 Playgrounds
Box: 80 Playgrounds- Interior
Box: 80 Plaza
Box: 80-81 Police Stations
Box: 87 Police Stations
Box: 81 Ponds
Box: 81 Public Fountains
Box: 81 Quarries
Box: 81-82 Racetracks
Box: 87 Racquet Clubs
Box: 87 Radio Stations
Box: 66 Railroad Stations (Grand Central)
Box: 67 Railroad Stations
Box: 82 Railroad Stations (see box 67)
Box: 68 Railroad Tracks
Box: 58 Realty
Box: 59-61 Restaurants -- General
Box: 61 Restaurants -- Chinese
Box: 61 Restaurants -- Exteriors
Box: 62-63 Restaurants -- Fastfood
Box: 86 Restaurants -- Fastfood (Wendy's)
Box: 61 Restaurants -- Indian
Box: 61 Restaurants -- Japanese
Box: 78 Restaurants -- Pizza Shop
Box: 61 Restaurants -- Spanish/Mexican
Box: 61 Restaurants -- Spanish/Mexican
Box: 63 Restaurants -- Waterside
Box: 44 Restorations
Box: 63-64 Restorations
Box: 87 Revolving Doors
Box: 43-44 Rivers and Streams
Box: 43 Rodeos
Box: 41-43 Rooftops
Box: 1 Schools -- Colleges A-C

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: American Institute of Banking, Adelphi University, Barnard College, Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York

Box: 2 Schools -- Colleges C-E

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Columbia University, Cooper Union, C.W. Post, Elizabeth Seton College

Box: 3 Schools -- Colleges F-H

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Farleigh- Dickenson University, FDU Madison, Farmingdale, State College, FIT, Fordham University, The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, Hofstra University

Box: 4 Schools -- Colleges H-M

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Hunter College, Immaculate Conception Center, Iona College, Jewish Theological Seminary, John Jay College, King’s College, LaGuardia University, Lehman College, Long Island University, Manhattan College

Box: 5 Schools -- Colleges M-N

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Manhattan School of Music, Manhattanville College, Mannes College of Music, Mary Mount College, Mount Saint Vincent, Nassau Community College, The College of New Rochelle

Box: 6 Schools -- Colleges N-W

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: New York Institute of Technology, NYU, Pace University, Polytechnic University, Pratt Institute, Queens Borough Community, Queens College, Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester Community College

Box: 87 Schools -- Collegs -- Union Theological Seminary
Box: 7-8 Schools -- Colleges -- other boroughs and states

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College, Concordia College, Drew University, Kean University, Livingston College, Mallinckrodt Convent Sisters of Charity, Montclair State College, Morris County College, Princeton University, Ramapo College, Rutgers, Saint Peter’s College, SUNY College at Old Westbury, SUNY Purchase College, Teachers College Columbia University, The College of Insurance, Trenton State College, Union Theological Seminary, Vassar College, Wagner College, Walt Whitman College

Box: 14 Schools -- Elementary Schools
Box: 19 Schools -- Elementary Schools
Box: 8 Schools -- Elementary and Middle Schools

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: A.C. Morris School, Assumption all Saints School, Bede School, Bedford Hills Elementary, The Birch Wathen Lenox School, Blessed Sacrament, Buckley Country Day School, Cleveland School, Dobbs Ferry Middle School, East View Middle School, FE Bellow’s School, Hawthorn Public School, Hilltop School, Holy Cross Grammar School, Holy Name of Jesus, Hounanian Armenian School, Mackay School, Maugham School, Montclair Wachung School, Murray Ave School, Oak Street Elementary School, Our Lady of Good Council, Our Lady of Miracles School, Pennington School, P.S. # 4, Queen of Peace, Roosevelt School, Rutherford Parish House, Sacred Heart, Saint Annes, Saint Bernard’s Parrish School, Saint Cecilia’s Grammar School, Saint Hilda’s School, Saint Joseph’s Grammar School

Box: 10 Schools -- High Schools
Box: 11 Schools -- High Schools
Box: 19 Schools -- High Schools
Box: 9 Schools -- Various

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Saint Judes, Saint Mary of the Sea, Saint Theresa’s School, Saint Thomas Choir School, South Cliff School, Staten Island Academy, The Willard School, Washington School, Various High Schools, and Nursery Schools

Box: 12 Schools -- Various

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Packer Collegiate Inst., Ho-Ho-kus Public School, Adelphi Academy, St. Luke’s School, Various Elementary Schools, High Schools, Military Schools, and Seminaries

Box: 13 Schools -- Various

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: Marymount School, Saint Joseph’s Grammar School, Saint Joseph’s School, Other Various Elementary Schools, and High Schools

Box: 68 Shopping Center
Box: 68 Showroom -- Appliance
Box: 68 Showroom -- Auto
Box: 82 Showroom -- Designer
Box: 82 Showroom -- Furniture
Box: 82 Showroom -- Furs
Box: 82 Showroom -- Jewelry
Box: 82 Showroom -- Piano
Box: 83 Stables and Ranches
Box: 84 Stadiums and Arenas -- Shea Stadium
Box: 85 Stadiums and Arenas -- Yankee Stadium
Box: 88 Streets -- City -- Brooklyn
Box: 88 Streets -- City -- Park
Box: 37-39 Streets -- Country Roads
Box: 39-40 Streets -- Dirt Roads
Box: 40-41 Streets -- Highways/Roads
Box: 35-36 Streets -- Industrial
Box: 25-28, 30 Streets -- Suburban
Box: 88 Streets -- Vendors
Box: 69 Studio -- Artist
Box: 69 Studio -- Dance
Box: 69 Studio -- Design
Box: 70 Studio -- Recording
Box: 70 Studio -- TV
Box: 68-69 Subway Entrances
Box: 88 Supermarkets
Box: 85 Swimming Pools
Box: 88 Synagogues
Box: 85 Tennis Courts
Box: 86 Theatres
Box: 14-16 Theatres/Movie Theatres
Box: 19 Theatres/Movie Theatres
Box: 88 Trailer Park
Box: 88 Tunnels
Box: 88 Union Halls
Box: 87 University Hospital, North Shore
Box: 89 Views -- New York City
Box: 89 Views -- River
Box: 21-24 Villages and Towns
Box: 89 Walls
Box: 89 Warehouses
Box: 90 Waterfalls
Box: 90 Windmills
Box: 90 Wine Cellar
Box: 90 Winery
Box: 90 Zoo

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Series II: Location Scout Photographs (Lyn Pinezich)

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains additional location scout photographs donated by Lyn Pinezich, a New York-based location scout/manager who has worked in the film industry since the late 1980's.

The photographs depict a wide range of locations, and retain their original organization into categories, including; restaurants, bars, offices, parks, offices buildings and spaces, streets, residences, and clothing stores. There are also boxes relating to other boroughs and states such as the Bronx, Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Upstate New York, and New Jersey. There are some cross referencing between the various files; these are highlighted in the container list where appropriate.

Below are descriptions of some of the highlights within the collection. Additional categories will be found in the box list.

Bars Includes a variety of different types of bars such as dive bars, bar & grills, sports bars, Irish bars, nightclubs, strip clubs, and supper clubs. There is some overlap between bars and restaurants as some venues are ‘bar and grills’. This file has been arranged alphabetically.

The Bronx: Includes bars, buildings, colleges, funeral homes, hospitals, lots and warehouses, parks, residences, and streets.

Buildings: Includes building fronts and exteriors, hallways and stairwells, atriums, foyers, lobbies, function rooms, and warehouses. Buildings are mainly residential buildings. Also includes some office buildings, store fronts, and armories. Includes some buildings which are not in existence anymore, such as the World Trade Center.

Note that some of the office buildings folders have been organized alphabetically by name of building, and others are arranged alphabetically by neighborhood, as indicated in the box list.

Court Houses: Includes court rooms, judge’s chambers, and a jail cell.

Derelict buildings and empty spaces: Includes derelict and abandoned buildings, empty spaces, and empty lots. Contains a variety of different kinds of buildings including residential, corporate, and commercial buildings. This file contains some portfolios of apartment buildings and foyers.

Hospitals: Also includes a variety of medical institutions such as nursing homes, pediatric institutions. This file has been arranged alphabetically.

Hotels Some of these hotels are not in operation anymore and others are derelict spaces. This file has been arranged alphabetically.

Long Island: Small collection including hospitals, apartments, and streets.

New Jersey: Includes airports, bars and restaurants, buildings, hospitals, hallways and corridors, funeral homes, parks, residential buildings, streets, warehouses, factories, yards, and docks.

Parks: Includes a number of parks and outdoor spaces in Manhattan, most notably central park, of which there is a large collection. Some of these parks are not in operation anymore. This category has been arranged by neighborhood.

Queens: Includes bars, buildings, derelict spaces, hospitals, parks, residences, restaurants, streets, and warehouses.

Residences Includes a variety of different types of residence buildings in Manhattan such as apartments, lofts, brownstones, and townhouses. This category also contains portfolios of apartment building exteriors and foyers. This file has been arranged by neighborhood. Note that there are additional residence related folders in the ‘Building’ file.

Restaurants: Includes cafes, delicatessans, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, casual eating establishments and more upscale eateries. Includes numerous portfolios of Tavern on the Green in Central Park, and a number of restaurants that were being scouted as a potential location for a restaurant set in Washington DC. There is some overlap between restaurants and bars as some venues are ‘bar and grills’. This file has been arranged alphabetically.

Staten Island: Small collection including parks, buildings, residences, and streets.

Upstate New York: Includes streets and residences, parks and outdoor spaces, and a variety of different kinds of buildings such as restaurants, gas stations, storefronts, churches, and laundromats.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 95 Adult Shops
Box: 95 Airports
Box: 96 Bars A-B
Box: 97 Bars C-E
Box: 98 Bars F-k
Box: 99 Bars L-M
Box: 100 Bars M-P
Box: 101 Bars R-S
Box: 102 Bars S-Y
Box: 95 Bathrooms
Box: 95 Bookstores
Box: 103 Buildings C-E
Box: 104 Buildings F-G
Box: 105 Buildings H-L
Box: 106 Buildings L-M
Box: 107 Buildings M
Box: 108 Buildings M-T
Box: 109 Buildings U
Box: 110 Buildings U-W
Box: 116 Buildings -- Abandoned Buildings and Empty Spaces C-F
Box: 117 Buildings -- Abandoned Buildings and Empty Spaces H
Box: 118 Buildings --Abandoned Buildings and Empty Spaces L-N
Box: 119 Buildings -- Abandoned Buildings and Empty Spaces R-W
Box: 131 Buildings -- Landmarks
Box: 133 Buildings -- Offices A-C

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 134 Buildings -- Offices C-D

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 135 Buildings -- Offices D-G

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 136 Buildings -- Offices H-L

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 137 Buildings -- Offices M-N

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 138 Buildings -- Offices N-P

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 139 Buildings -- Offices Q-S

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 140 Buildings -- Offices S-T

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 141 Buildings -- Offices U-Z

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the name of office building or company.

Box: 142 Buildings -- Offices C-H

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the neighborhood in which the office building or space resides.

Box: 143 Buildings -- Offices M

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the neighborhood in which the office building or space resides.

Box: 144 Buildings -- Offices N-U

Arrangement note

This file has been arranged alphabetically according to the neighborhood in which the office building or space resides.

Box: 95 Cafeterias
Box: 95 Catering Halls
Box: 113 Churches
Box: 113 Clocks
Box: 113 Clothing and Shoe Stores A-C

Note

See also ‘Fashion Showrooms’ and ‘Buildings’.

Box: 114 Clothing and Shoe Stores C-V

Note

See also ‘Fashion Showrooms’ and ‘Buildings’.

Box: 111-112 Colleges, Schools, and Libraries
Box: 112 Construction Sites
Box: 112 Court Houses
Box: 114 Dance Studios and Cultural Arts Centers A-O
Box: 115 Dance Studios and Cultural Arts Centers O-V
Box: 115 Fashion Showrooms

Related Archival Materials note

For interest in ‘Fashion Showrooms’, please also see ‘Clothing Stores’ and ‘Buildings’.

Box: 115 Flower Shops
Box: 120 Funeral Homes
Box: 120 Gyms and Locker Rooms
Box: 121 Hospitals A-B
Box: 122 Hospitals B-H
Box: 123 Hospitals H-O
Box: 124 Hospitals P-W
Box: 125 Hotels A-D
Box: 126 Hotels E-K
Box: 127 Hotels L-P
Box: 128 Hotels P
Box: 129 Hotels P-S
Box: 130 Hotels S-Y
Box: 132 Laundromats
Box: 145 Parks A-C
Box: 146 Parks C
Box: 147 Parks C
Box: 148 Parks C-E
Box: 149 Parks F-M
Box: 150 Parks N-S
Box: 151 Parks S-Z
Box: 132 Pet Shops
Box: 152 Residences C
Box: 153 Residences C-E
Box: 154 Residences E-F
Box: 155 Residences F-K
Box: 156 Residences L-M
Box: 157 Residences M-R
Box: 158 Residences S
Box: 159 Residences S-T
Box: 160 Residences U
Box: 161 Residences U
Box: 162 Residences U
Box: 163 Residences U
Box: 164 Residences U-W
Box: 165 Restaurants A-B
Box: 166 Restaurants B-C
Box: 167 Restaurants C
Box: 168 Restaurants D-F
Box: 169 Restaurants F-I
Box: 170 Restaurants J-L
Box: 171 Restaurants L-M
Box: 172 Restaurants M-N
Box: 173 Restaurants O-Q
Box: 174 Restaurants R-S
Box: 175 Restaurants S-T
Box: 176 Restaurants T-Z
Box: 177 Rooftops C-M
Box: 178 Rooftops M-U
Box: 179 Rooftops U-W
Box: 179 Shipyards and Docks
Box: 180 Streets C-F
Box: 181 Streets F-L
Box: 182 Streets L-M
Box: 183 Streets M-N
Box: 184 Streets R-U
Box: 185 Streets U-W
Box: 179 Toy Stores
Box: 186-187 Bronx
Box: 188 Long Island
Box: 189-192 New Jersey
Box: 193-196 Queens
Box: 188 Staten Island
Box: 197 Upstate New York
Box: 188 Unaddress from other boroughs
Box: 198 Other states and countries
Box: 198 Miscellaneous

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