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Guide to the John Zuccotti Papers
 MS 3018

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

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 19, 2021
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Container List

Series I. Biographical and Photograph Files, 1960-2015. 2.63 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes documents from John Zuccotti's early life and career and those that provide a general biographical perspective. The series includes biographical sketches written about Zuccotti from the 1970s to 2014, awards and other recognitions he received, photographs of him, especially from the 1970s, and newspaper and magazine clippings.

Zuccotti's months in 1962 as an intern for U.S. senator Jacob Javits are reflected in the series with Javits position papers, re-election campaign materials and a photograph of Zuccotti with the senator and other interns. Other New York Republican campaign material from this period is also in the series. Zuccotti's student years at Yale Law School are documented with moot court material, his review of Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and other documents.

The series holds several folders of correspondence, including some relating to his years as Chair of the City Planning Commission and as Deputy Mayor. Much of the correspondence in the series includes congratulations on one of Zuccotti's career moves and expressions of thanks for donations, speaking appearances, or other matters.

Arrangement Note

The series is organized roughly by document type and subject matter.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Biographical Sketches

Scope and Contents Note

Includes biographical notes used over the course of the 1970s to 2014 for Zuccotti, and some resumes, applications, and other related material.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 Memberships

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to Zuccotti, then Chairman of the City Planning Commission, becoming a trustee of the City Club of New York (1973) and of the non-profit Suburban Action (1975). Also includes a provisional confirmation from Long Island University of Zuccotti's appointment to an adjunct professor position in Urban Studies (1975).

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 Awards & Recognition (Folder 1 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Best of New York Award (1982) program; Ubi Caritas Award from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brooklyn (1984) program and Zuccotti's draft remarks; Certificate of Appreciation from Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Commission (1983-84); and American Jewish Congress Man of the Year (1984) program, photograph, remarks by Mayor Edward I. Koch, and other documents.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 Awards & Recognition (Folder 2 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law's Distinguished Public Service Award (1983) program, publicity, and contact sheets and other photographs of Zuccotti in his office for consideration for use in publicity.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Awards & Recognition (Folder 3 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Brooklyn Democrats Annual Award (1990) program and Eye-Bank's Man of Vision (1999) article in its newsletter.

1990, 1999
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 Awards & Recognition (Folder 4 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes recipient of honor from Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden as part of ceremony honoring achievements of Italian-Americans; news release and photographs.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 Awards & Recognition (Folder 5 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a DVD with tribute video to Zuccotti presented at the Notes of Hope Dinner at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. Digital item is currently restricted.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Awards & Recognition (Folder 6 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes farewell presentation to Zuccotti as he left the Board of Wellpoint, Inc. (2010) and Leadership Award from the New York Building Congress (2014) program and seating chart.

2010, 2014
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9-10 Yale Law School (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Zuccotti's certificate of initiation into the international legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi; two invitations from the Lep and Lace Society for cocktails at the Fence Club; rules for the Yale Moot Court of Appeals (1960); Zuccotti's brief for respondent in the 1961 Moot Court of Appeals; 1961 Fall Term exam for Property II; the text of a lecture by Professor P.E. Nedbailo titled "Political Organization of the Society of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in Our Time"; a carbon copy of Zuccotti's "Dead or Alive: A Review of The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs," written for the  Saturday Review in connection with the Law & Public Opinion course (1962); and notes on mortgages.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 11 Foreign Area Fellowship Program Study Proposal

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Zuccotti's grant proposal to study housing policy in Latin America.

1962 November
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Internship with U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a portrait photograph of Javits and a photograph of Zuccotti and other interns with Javits and related press releases.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13 Javits. Congressional Record Remarks

Scope and Contents Note

Includes tear sheets from the Record of various Javits remarks, with related drafts.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 14 Javits. Position Papers

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Javits position paper against Communism and his related voting record for 1957-61, and a position paper on business and the economy. Also includes a promotional brochure "Sen. Jacob K. Javits Welcomes You to Your Nation's Capital."

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 15-17 Javits. Re-election Campaign Speakers Kit (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a complete kit with brochures, statement of acceptance of renomination, policy statement on Cuba, a "model Speech" on Javits, and several fact sheets on his various policy positions.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 18 Javits. Other Re-Election Campaign Material

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two brochures, stationery, and three addresses: "Why I Am a Republican" (delivered at Fordham and NYU); "Health, Education, and the National Interest" (delivered at University of Buffalo); and "The American Economy" (delivered at a luncheon of Long Island business, labor and civic leaders, and at Hofstra).

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 19 Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Legislative Accomplishments

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents related to Rockefeller's achievements as governor, likely produced mostly in connection with his 1962 re-election campaign. Among the documents are "The Four Year Record of Republican Accomplishments: A Preliminary Report," "The Rockefeller Republican Record," "New York State - New York City: Fiscal Relations," "New York City Finances," Rockefeller's remarks at the opening of the Republican campaign headquarters at Hotel Roosevelt in New York City, an admission ticket and dinner invitation for the election night events at headquarters, and an outline of material for use by John Wells in a speech before the Women's Professional Club. A Javits campaign lapel button is attached to one of the documents.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 20 John V. Lindsay Election Campaign Materials

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two Lindsay for Mayor bumper stickers, a handbill, and a pamphlet "The Myth of Beame's Record."

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 21 Miscellaneous Documents

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents including a test booklet from Zuccotti's coursework in Economics 308 at Princeton; a clipping announcing Zuccotti's engagement to Susan Sessions; a NAACP membership card (1964); membership cards for the Yale Co-Operative Corp; a bank statement dating from Zuccotti's time at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (June 1960); a menu from a Zuccotti event held at Ristorante Il Cortile on Mulberry Street, autographed by proprietor(?) Antonio Morello; a Missionaries of St. Charles card holder with prayer cards and medallion (1987); name badge from Olympia & York; invitation and program for the inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush (2005); a statement "John J. [Jack] Gilhooley: Republican Candidate for City Comptroller" (circa 1962); and a few other documents.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 22-28 Photographs. Stock Portraits (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes various headshots of Zuccotti, likely dating from his tenure as Chair of the City Planning Commission and/or Deputy Mayor. Images include Zuccotti speaking, speaking on the phone, and at his desk. There are several copies of many of the images. Prints are 5x7 inches and 8x10 inches, all black-and-white. There are some negatives of the prints.

circa 1973-1977
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 29 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs dated or identifiable to Zuccotti's years on the City Planning Commission. Includes his swearing-in by Mayor John V. Lindsay; Zuccotti, Lindsay and other Commission members presenting a Community Planning Handbook; a Commission group portrait; and a press conference with President Giovanni Leone of Italy.

circa 1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 30 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Zuccotti with Ralph Nader and others, and an unidentified event involving a mayoral proclamation.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 31 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photo of Zuccotti being sworn in as Deputy Mayor by Mayor Abraham Beame (inscribed by Beame) and a photo with Zuccotti's family at the event; an event labeled "Italians from Genoa in April"; and with music awards honorees.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 32 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes snapshots taken at a ceremony in Battery Park in honor of Verrazzano; with Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; and at Mayor Beame's State of the City address.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 33 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph of Zuccotti at a black tie event shaking hands with U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Abe Beame and others also in the photo.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 34 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various unidentified and/or undated photographs, though they all appear to date from the 1970s. A few include references: one refers to a "salute to Carnegie Hall" and "Happy Birthday to Isaac Stern"; another is inscribed from "Mary"; and one is a snapshot taken at an Inner Circle event.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 35 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Zuccotti with Jack Bigel at a United Cerebral Palsy of Queens award event for Bigel (1980); Zuccotti and other Real Estate Division members on a UJA-Federation Mission to Israel (1981); and at the Port Authority's Harbor Festival dinner (1985).

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 36 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the closing on the 320 Park Avenue property (Zuccotti then President & CEO of Olympia & York) (1992); at the opening of the World Bridge Market at the World Financial Center (1995); with Paul Reichmann and John McGillicuddy at the signing of Chemical Bank's lease at Canary Wharf (1996); and at two unidentified black tie dinner events (1995, 1996).

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 37 Photographs. Groups & Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Zuccotti with Phil Rosen of Weil (2002); at an awards dinner (2003); and with Robert Morgenthau and others.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence, 1961-1963

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters from a possibly incomplete set of A-Z files. Correspondents and subjects include the law firm Davis, Polk, Wardwell, Sunderland & Kiendl concerning Zuccotti joining the firm; an invitation to join the Book and Gavel Society and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity; and an invitation to join the Waite Inn of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity; correspondence concerning Waite Inn's financial status; arrangements for Zuccotti's internship in the office of U.S. Senator Jacob Javits; Zuccotti's requests for support in acquiring a Ford Foundation fellowship; and various certifications of character and health in connection with Zuccotti's anticipated work in Venezuela.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence, 1970-1971

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents concerning potential home purchases in northwestern New Jersey and the financial disclosure form submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for year 1970.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence, 1973

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters relating to Zuccotti's position as Chair of the City Planning Commission. Includes, among others, requests for meetings from the Civil Service Technical Guild, the Board of Standards and Appeals, Tishman Realty & Construction, Brooklyn's Planning Board 13, Flushing Council of Women's Organizations, Sucsy Inner-City Developments, and others; the text of remarks by architect Max Wechsler opposing a zoning amendment in relation to nursing home construction; developer Robert V. Tishman's "A New Concept for Subsidized Housing"; Bay Ridge resident Lily Lang's opposition to the proposed construction of a high rise building (Shore Hill) by Lutheran Medical Center; Bronx resident Rev. J.J. Cronin concerning the shortage of apartments for the average New Yorker; and the program and list of attendees at Chase Manhattan Bank's Public Officials Outing at Pocantico Hills.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4-11 Correspondence, Congratulations (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters of congratulations for Zuccotti's appointment as First Deputy Mayor of New York City. The correspondents include a broad range of city and state politicians, city agency staff, unions, business interests, academics, lawyers, neighborhood associations, religious figures, non-profits, and many others. Notable names include Donald Trump (folder 2), Mario Cuomo (folder 3), and Consul General of Italy Vieri Trexler (folder 5). Includes material about the activist organization Independent City in the City of New York (folder 1).

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence, 1975-1977

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a small number of documents dating from Zuccotti's tenure as Deputy Mayor. Among these are a transcript of WINS radio's editorial support for the appointment of Zuccotti; a copy of the 1 January 1976 edition of The Wave newspaper of Rockaway Beach with an article concerning Zuccotti installing officers of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways; a press release regarding a private initiative by graphic artist Ralph Fasanella to sell posters with profits going to New York City; the resignation letter of Director of the Budget Melvin N. Lechner, and its acceptance by Mayor Beame; a letter to President-elect Jimmy Carter from Congressman Thomas L. Ashley recommending Zuccotti as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and an endorsement of same from Richard R. Shinn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, to Bert Lance, nominee for head of the Office of Management and Budget.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 13-15 Correspondence, Congratulations (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes of congratulations from law firms, city and state politicians, and others to Zuccotti on his departure from the Deputy Mayor position to return to private law practice in the firm of Tufo, Johnston, Zuccotti & Allegaert. The third folder includes a small number of documents from 1977 not directly related to his departure, including reflections by former City Planning Commission member Alexander D. Garvin on Zuccotti's contributions.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 16 Correspondence, 1978-1983

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters, mostly thanks for donations and other matters, from Mayor Edward I. Koch, U.S. Senator Jacob Javits, Rabbi Morris Sherer supporting Zuccotti's efforts to save Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, Hugh Carey's acknowledgement and thanks concerning Zuccotti's Chairmanship of the World Trade Center Task Force (1981), City Council President Carol Bellamy's thanks for Zuccotti's counsel, Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Gary Hart, and others.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 17 Correspondence, 1984

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mostly thanks for donations or other help, or forwarding contributions to Zuccotti in connection with his award from Catholic Charities. Correspondents include Edward Koch, Mario Cuomo, and Bishop of Brooklyn Francis J. Mugavero. Also a letter from developer Robert A. Rosen concerning Tufo & Zuccotti's services in connection with 48 Old Slip and several outgoing letters from Zuccotti acknowledging good wishes sent him in connection with a surgery.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 18 Correspondence, 1985-1989

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters, mostly thanks for donations, speaking appearances, and other matters, as well as other courtesies, from Edward Koch, Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, John V. Lindsay, and others.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 19 Correspondence, 1990-2015

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an excerpt from John V. Lindsay's remarks at the New York Leadership Conference, forwarded by Lindsay to Zuccotti (1990). Includes thanks from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for Zuccotti's work on the Airport Advisory Panel and thanks from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for Zuccotti's contribution to the Republican National Convention Host Committee (2004).

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 20 Clippings, 1973-1975
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 21 Clippings, Daily News

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two issues of the Daily News, with headlines related to the Rockfest crowd at Watkins Glen.

1973 July 29-30
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 22 Clippings, 1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 23 Clippings, New York News Magazine Cover Article
1976 May 9
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 24A-24B Clippings, 1980s (2 folders)
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 25 Clippings, 1990s-2000s
Offsite-Box: 16 Clippings, Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the New York Times Magazine of 11 November 1990, with an advertising supplement regarding Downtown Manhattan (Zuccotti on page 8A); real estate business magazine  Grid of October 2001 (Zuccotti-related article on page 20);  Real Estate Weekly of 12 June 2002 (Zuccotti on page 1 and S6-7);  Real Estate Weekly, 50th Anniversary Edition of August 2005 (Zuccotti in Industry Titans section, pages 1 and 22).

1990, 2001-2005

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