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Guide to the Richard M. Pieronek Photographic Slides of New York City
 PR 327

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 10, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pieronek, Richard M.
Title: Richard M. Pieronek photographic slides of New York City
Dates [inclusive]: 1950s-1976
Abstract: Richard M. Pieronek (1926-2002) was a photographer based in Hamtramck, Michigan. The collection includes about 1200 color photographic slides taken by Pieronek in New York City at various times from the 1950s to the 1970s. Principal subjects include the July 1976 U.S. bicentennial celebrations and the 1964 World's Fair. There are also images of ships, buildings, street scenes, Times Square, Greenwich Village, San Gennaro Festival, the Statue of Liberty, and other subjects.
Quantity: 0.83 Linear feet in two document boxes
Call Phrase: PR 327

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Biographical/Historical Note

Richard M. Pieronek (1926-2002) was born in Hamtramck, Michigan. He was a World War II veteran and a 1951 graduate of the University of Detroit. He worked for over fifty years as a photographer in the Hamtramck-based family business, Pieronek Studios, which was founded by his father, Paul. Richard Pieronek traveled widely in the United States, including on multiple occasions to New York City. Among these trips was one in 1976 in which Pieronek vacationed with his family in connection with the Bicentennial celebrations.

(The above note is based principally on Pieronek's obituary in the on-line version of the Grosse Point News of 29 November 2002 and the donor's covering letter of 13 March 2017 with the gift.)

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection includes about 1200 color slide transparencies of New York City scenes taken by photographer Dick Pieronek. Almost half of the collection includes scenes from the U.S. bicentennial celebrations in July 1976, including the tall ships in New York Harbor, naval parades, and the visit of England's Queen Elizabeth. Another sizable set includes images from the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing, Queens. Other slides, dating from the 1950s-1960s, depict buildings, street scenes, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Broadway (including photos of scenes from plays taken from a distance in the audience), Greenwich Village, the San Gennaro Festival, ships at the city docks, and other subject matter. Some slides are "aerial" views taken from the observatory roof of the World Trade Center in 1976 and the RCA Building in 1962. The collection includes a cd of the slides.

Arrangement Note

The collection is in the original order as presented by the donor. The slides are held in eight chronologically-arranged cases. Within the cases, the slides are arranged by subject as defined by the photographer.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Slides (photographs)

Subject Organizations

  • New York World’s Fair (1964-1965 : New York, N.Y.). -- Photographs

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)--Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024 Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270 Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as the Richard M. Pieronek photographic slides of New York City, PR 327, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Richard Pieronek's daughter, Patty Pieronek Frost, 2017.

Processing Information Note

The collection was processed in May 2017 by archivist Larry Weimer.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Slide-Case : 1 Slide Case 1

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various New York City scenes from the 1950s, including ships, tugboats, piers, harbor, Statue of Liberty, Broadway and scenes from plays (Happy Hunting, Boy Friend, My Fair Lady, Lil Abner), Rockettes, Times Square, subway platforms, and various buildings and street scenes.

Box: 1 Slide-Case : 2 Slide Case 2

Scope and Contents Note

Includes New York City scenes from 1962 including Lincoln Center, Greenwich Village, Greenwich Nursery, skyline from RCA Building, ships (Queen Mary, Constitution, Spanish sailing vessel, others).

Box: 1 Slide-Case : 3 Slide Case 3

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Prometheus at Rockefeller Center (1963), street scenes, and San Gennaro Festival.

Box: 1 Slide-Case : 4 Slide Case 4. World's Fair
Box: 2 Slide-Case : 5 Slide Case 5

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ship RMS Queen Elizabeth and New York Harbor (September 1964), Herald Square statue (1965), and street scenes, buildings, etc. (1969).

1964-1965, 1969
Box: 2 Slide-Case : 6-8 Slide Cases 6, 7, 8

Scope and Contents Note

Includes street scenes and buildings, World Trade Center (including views at and from the roof observatory) and bicentennial event celebrations, including the tall ships parade, naval personnel and ships parade, Queen Elizabeth parade, and ships, including the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2).

1976 July
Box: 1 Disk : 1 CD of Slides

Scope and Contents Note

The CD is labeled as "Courtesy of Pieronek Studios, Detroit, Michigan."


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