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Guide to the Lee Harris Pomeroy Papers on the Preservation of the Broadway Theatre District
1952-1994 (bulk 1981-1983)
 MS 3060

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Ariana Heinsdorf

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 10, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The overall collection contains records that convey Lee Harris Pomeroy's connection to the Broadway theater preservation movement in the early 1980s. The major topics covered are the alternate hotel plan devised by Pomeroy to preserve the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theatres, his work with the Save the Theatres Committee and his contributions to their 1983 study of the Broadway theatre district, and his participation in the Theatre Advisory Council.

Project #8109, titled Theatre District Study, contains news clippings, brochure material, presentation documents, study proposal drafts, project data, press releases, copies of building renderings printed on photographic paper, a few photographic prints of the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theatres's demolition, awards, programs from the Morosco Theatre's 65th birthday celebration, and a copy of a letter from the US Department of the Interior.

Project #8109P, titled Portman Hotel, contains news clippings, negatives and transparencies of drawings for the Portman hotel alternate plan, and copies of affidavits made by Pomeroy in the case of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., et al., against The City of New York, et al. under the jurisdiction of the United States District Court Southern District of New York.

Project #8204, titled Broadway Theatre District Study, contains Theatre Advisory Council letters, memos, and reports; Theatre District Study outline and draft; correspondence and documents from Jack Freeman, zoning consultant; contact lists, City Planning Department zoning and 42nd Street development; correspondence and drafts for grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; documents related to the sponsorship of the NY Shakespeare Festival, photos from slides of building renderings, a National Trust grant proposal, a file on Jack L. Goldstein of the Actors' Equity and Committee to Save the Theatres that includes a few photographic prints of the theater razing; minutes of meetings, a file on collaboration with the Harvard Business School, a file on the Landmarks Preservation Commission, legislation that was brought to the House of Representatives, and press on midtown zoning.


This collection was received in labelled folders with an organizational scheme that fit into the LHP firm's administrative record keeping system. Most of the folders included a project number associated with a particular topic, as well as a more specific folder subtopic. That organizational arrangement is preserved by ascending project numbers. The three project numbers represented are #8109 Theatre District Study, #8109P Portman Hotel, and #8204 Broadway Theatre District Study. The more specific folder subtopics within the firm's main project divisions can be found within the collection's scope and contents note. There were three folders that did not have an associated project number and these are listed on their own at the end of the collection inventory. Many of the original folders were in good condition, however due to their acidity they are rehoused within archival folders. The folder title labels were peeling and falling off, so the labels were reattached with staples. There were some original folders that were discarded due to poor condition. In these cases the contents of the original folders were rehoused in archival folders and the titles were transcribed. There are three loose booklets with plastic binding that are listed in box 1 as the first three volumes in the collection inventory. The contents of box 1 folder 1 were extracted from a binder that was not suitable to preserve and are rehoused in an archival folder.