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Guide to the Jessica Burstein Photographs and Memorabilia
1940s-2017 (bulk 1970s-2012)
 PR 361

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burstein, Jessica
Title: Jessica Burstein photographs and memorabilia
Dates [inclusive]: 1940s-2017 (bulk 1970s-2012)
Abstract: The collection consists principally of photographs taken by Jessica Burstein over the course of her career, which began in the mid-1970s at NBC-TV. Three primary subject areas are the construction of the new Yankee Stadium (2006-2009), patrons of Elaine's Restaurant (circa 1990-2011), and still shots from the set of the "Law & Order" television series (1992-circa 2008), including photographs of staged crime scenes she took for a 2003 book. Other subjects include photographs from the set of the "New York Undercover" television series and individual and group portraits from an array of political, entertainment, sports, and literary figures. The collection also holds an assortment of tee shirts, pins and other memorabilia related to the photographic subjects.
Quantity: 43.5 Linear Feet in 32 boxes of various sizes and three flat files
Call Phrase: PR 361

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Biographical / Historical

Jessica Burstein, born in Nassau County on Long Island, was educated in Switzerland and New York. From an early age she developed an interest in photography, having a dark room by age 11. She began her career in 1974 as the first female staff photographer for the NBC television network. She remained at NBC for about four years taking pictures of everything from news events, such as the 1976 Democratic National Convention, to television shows and movies, such as "Saturday Night Live" and the miniseries "King," about Martin Luther King, Jr. After leaving NBC, Burstein worked freelance on various projects and commissions.

Burstein is a member of an accomplished family, notably in the field of law. Both of her parents were lawyers; her mother, Beatrice S. Burstein, was a judge in the New York state system, becoming a member of the state Supreme Court in 1972. Burstein had four siblings, some of whom also entered the legal profession; these included her older sister, Karen Burstein, who has held positions in all three branches of New York state's government over the course of her career. So it is perhaps not surprising that, by the early 1990s, Jessica considered a switch to law when her photography career hit a dry spell. However, when she mentioned this to Elaine Kaufman, the owner of Elaine's Restaurant on New York's Upper East Side urged her to stay with photography and gave Burstein permission to take photographs in the restaurant, which Kaufman displayed on a wall there. Burstein continued to do so through the closing of the restaurant in 2011.

Burstein had been a regular at Elaine's since the 1970s as her photography career led her into the celebrity circles that frequented that place. Still, it was only in 1990 when Kaufman attended an exhibition of Burstein's work and acquired a triptych of her Truman Capote photographs that Kaufman began to engage with Burstein as a serious photographer and advocated for her work. It was through this connection with Kaufman and Burstein's exposure at the restaurant, that Dick Wolf, the executive producer of the Law & Order television series, asked Burstein to photograph the crime scenes staged for the show in anticipation of a book he visualized on the subject. Burstein took these pictures over the course of the next decade, which eventually led to the publication of "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" in 2003. Along the way, Burstein's role expanded to become the official photographer for Law & Order and its spin-offs through the 1990s and into the 2000s. Burstein was also the photographer for another Dick Wolf television production, New York Undercover.

Burstein's connection with Kaufman also led her to the commission to document a historic New York event: the construction of the new Yankee Stadium from 2006 to 2009. At Elaine's restaurant, Burstein had met George Steinbrenner, principal owner of the Yankees, and Randy Levine, the organization's president. On Burstein's occasional visits to the Steinbrenner suite, she would take photos that Steinbrenner liked. Consequently, Levine suggested that Burstein submit a proposal to get the commission to photograph the stadium construction project, which Burstein won.

Burstein's career includes other publications, exhibitions, and awards. The above items are emphasized in this note because they are the most relevant to the collection held by New-York Historical Society. In 2017, Burstein left New York to live in Camden, Maine. At that time, she donated to N-YHS that part of her work most related to New York City.

(The above note was based on various sources, including her biography on photoshelter.com; a 2015 interview with Straus Media; Burstein's reminiscences in Amy Philip Penn's "Elaine's: The Rise of One of New York's Most Legendary Restaurants"; a 2017 New York Times article ; and others.)

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists principally of photographs taken by Jessica Burstein over the course of her career. Three primary subject areas are the construction of the new Yankee Stadium (2006-2009), patrons of Elaine's Restaurant (circa 1990-2011), and still shots from the set of the "Law & Order" television series (1992-circa 2008), including photographs of "Law & Order" staged crime scenes she took for a 2003 book.

Other subject areas dating from before, during and after her tenure with NBC include individual and group portraits of figures from politics, movies and television entertainment, music, sports, literature and journalism, business, and others. Her portfolio of images from the Sunny Atlantic Beach Club on Long Island and photographs from the television show "New York Undercover" are also in the collection.

In addition to photographs, the collection includes memorabilia related to the photographic subjects. Some of this is text-based, such as cast calls and other documents for "Law & Order" and other TV and movie sets. Other memorabilia includes tee shirts, caps, pins, and other items.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in six series:

I. Yankee Stadium Construction

II. Elaine's Restaurant

III. Law & Order

IV. New York Undercover

V. Sunny Atlantic Beach Club / Atlantic Beach Book

VI. Various Subjects

These series generally follow the subject categories as defined by the photographer, Jessica Burstein. For the first five series, with minor exception, the photographs remain in the boxes as presented to N-YHS by Burstein. There was no particular arrangement of the photographs in the original boxes; some slight rearrangement was done during processing.

The sixth series was a "mix" of subjects. The subject or context of some of these photos was identified by Burstein, but not for most. Accordingly, the processing archivist arranged much of this series.

Burstein's notes and captions are found on many of the photographs and on the boxes themselves. In April 2018, after the collection had been donated to N-YHS, Burstein went through many of the photographs to add identifying information where it was lacking; many of these added notes were written in blue pencil and are identifiable in that way.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Buttons (information artifacts)
  • Photographs.
  • T-shirts.

Subject Organizations

  • Elaine's Restaurant (New York, N.Y.) -- Photographs.
  • Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y. : 2009- ) -- Photographs.

Subject Topics

  • Anti-war demonstrations.
  • Authors -- Photographs.
  • Construction workers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.
  • Entertainers -- United States -- Photographs.
  • Musicians -- United States -- Photographs.
  • Political candidates.
  • Television actors and actresses -- Photographs.

Subject Places

  • Atlantic Beach (N.Y.) -- Photographs.

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Law & order (Television program)
  • New York undercover (Television program)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only.

Conditions Governing Use

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

This collection should be cited as: Jessica Burstein Photographs and Memorabilia, PR 361, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Separated Materials

A portfolio by Bert Stern titled Levis in America was included by Burstein in her gift. Burstein told the processing archivist that this was given to her by Stern as an in-lieu payment for work done. The portfolio was separated and cataloged individually (PR 376).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the photographer, Jessica Burstein, in December 2017.

Credit line: Gift of Jessica Burstein.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by archivist Larry Weimer in December 2018.

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Container List

Series I. Yankee Stadium Construction, 2007-2010. 16.6 Linear feet

Biographical / Historical

The New York Yankees, under the leadership of principal owner George M. Steinbrenner III (often referred to as "The Boss"), constructed a new stadium for the baseball team from 2006-2009. Groundbreaking was on 16 August 2006. During construction, which ran through the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the Yankees continued to play in the old stadium, which was just a block or so away. The 2009 season was the first played in the new stadium, starting with Opening Day on 16 April 2009. The Yankees had a successful year, winning the World Series (their 27th championship) in their first year in the new ballpark. The Yankees' opponent in the Series were the Philadelphia Phillies; the final, clinching game of the Series was played at the new stadium. Among the Yankees' leading players on that team were the "Core Four" of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettite, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada, as well as Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and others.

Scope and Contents

The series primarily consists of 1000 color photographs, principally of the construction of the new Yankee Stadium from 2007-2009 (most of the photographs are undated so it is not clear if any date from the earliest construction in 2006). The bulk are 11x14 inches, though there are several larger and smaller in size. The construction photos provide both panoramic views of the work's progress, as well as detailed views of particular aspects of the work, such as placing the signage in the outfield, laying the turf, unboxing the memorials moved from Monument Park, and doing ironwork. Close-ups of construction workers appear frequently. While the crews consisted mostly of men, several women crew members are found in the images as well.

In addition to the construction, there are photographs from the Yankees' opening season at the new park, as well as some final photos of the last days in the old Yankee Stadium. Shots from the Yankees' World Series appearance are in the series. Derek Jeter appears in many of these photos, and other then-current players appear as well. Former players, including Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson, appear in some photos, as do other notables, such as George Steinbrenner, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Michael Bloomberg.

In addition to photographs, the series holds some memorabilia, including a poster, pins, a tee shirt, and some documents.

Arrangement

Most of the photographs remain in the boxes as received from the photographer. There is no particular order to them within boxes or across them. There are multiple prints of the same image, often found in various boxes and sizes. During processing, photographs signed by Burstein or annotated were placed at the front of the boxes. Also pulled together in this way were photos of game action, players, notable people, crowds at games, and other such photos not related to the construction process.

In the inventory below, the first nine boxes hold the 11x14 (and some 8x10) prints. These are followed by a box and a flat file of larger prints, and memorabilia.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 1 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 2 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 2 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 3 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 3 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 4 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 4 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 5 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 5 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 6 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 6 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 7 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 7 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 8 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 8 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 9 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Box 9 of 9)
2007-2009
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Yankee Stadium Construction Photographs (Flat box)
2007-2009
Folder: FF-1 Yankee Stadium Photographs

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five color photographs on foamcore. Unframed by Alan Balicki, April 2018.

32 x 53 inch: Image of letter Y being lowered to complete the stadium signage for the word "Yankee."

36 x 24 inch: 1) Monuments on the move: Gehrig monument shrinkwrapped and boxed, Ruth monument on pallet; 2) rooftop workers lowering the "A" in Yankee Stadium signage into place.

25 x 18 inch: 1) "A.J. Burnett practise [warm-up] pitch, World Series Game 2." Signed. Dated 2009; and 2) "Dugout, Yankee Stadium, 2009" signed [Includes players Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Mariano Rivera, among others].

2007-2009
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Poster: "I was a flusher at 'The Big Flush' The New Yankee Stadium, February 28, 2009" (Flat box)

Scope and Contents Note

Caption on back provided by Burstein in April 2018: "Yankee Stadium, Day all toilets were tested by flushing at once." Autographed by the flushers, including Plumbers Local Union No. 1. approx 22x17.

2009
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Miscellaneous Documents

Scope and Contents

Two documents: press kit for the new stadium's groundbreaking ceremony (2006) and "The Yankees Magazine" (October 2010). The press kit is still sealed, but the press release and program that were inside the kit were removed by the processing archivist and are in the folder as well.

2006, 2010
Box: 30 Tee Shirt

Scope and Contents

Long sleeve T-shirt celebrating the Ironworkers Local 580 work on the new stadium, 2006-2009.with Yankees logo

2009
Box: 26 Pins

Scope and Contents

5 pins, commemorating: the construction completion date of 17 February 2009 (2 pins); All-Star Game (2008); Postseason (2010); and Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry (2007).

2007-2010

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Series II. Elaine's Restaurant, circa 1990-2008. 5.2 Linear feet

Biographical / Historical

"Elaine's" was a bar and restaurant on New York City's Upper East Side, at 2nd Avenue and East 88th Street. It was named after its owner, Elaine Kaufman (1929-2010). Begun by Kaufman in 1963, the restaurant was a favorite spot of celebrities. Kaufman died in December 2010, and the restaurant closed a few months later.

Scope and Contents

The series holds several hundred photographs (though many are duplicate prints) taken by Burstein at Elaine's during the 1990s and 2000s. The bulk are black and white, though there are some color photographs.

These are primarily casual posed shots of the restaurant's patrons. Burstein identified the subjects for many of the photos, which include authors/literary figures/journalists (e.g., Truman Capote, William Styron, George Plimpton, Graydon Carter, Salman Rusdie, David Halberstam, Walter Mosley, Molly Ivins, etc.), sports figures (e.g., Keith Hernandez, Chuck Daly, George Steinbrenner, etc.), actors/entertainers (e.g., Ben Kingsley, Chris Noth, Clint Eastwood, Forest Whitaker, Michael Caine, Henry Mancini, Don Rickles, Sigourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons, Helen Mirrer, etc.), TV personalities (e.g., Joan Rivers, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Geraldo Rivera, etc.), entertainment executives/producers/directors/agents (e.g., Harvey Weinstein, Roger Altman, Sydney Pollack, James Woods, etc.), politicians/government figures (e.g., Robert Morgenthau, John McCain, Michael Bloomberg, David Dinkins, etc.), among others.

Although the bulk of the photographs focus on the patrons, some do capture views of the interior of the bar and restaurant itself. Elaine appears in many of the photographs. Staff members also appear in some. The series also holds some memorabilia.

Arrangement

The series opens with three boxes of photographs that are primarily 11x14 inches in size; most of the photographs remain in the boxes as received from the photographer. These are followed by photographs of somewhat larger size and by memorabilia.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Photographs at Elaine's (Box 1 of 3)

Scope and Contents

In addition to the black and white photos found in all the boxes, this box holds several color photographs. There is also one photo autographed by Gay Talese and inscribed/autographed by Nan Talese.

1990s-2000s
Box: 11 Photographs at Elaine's (Box 2 of 3)
1990s-2000s
Box: 12 Photographs at Elaine's (Box 3 of 3)
1990s-2000s
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Photographs at Elaine's (Flat box)

Scope and Contents Note

Holds several photographs:

* 3 photographs, labeled by Burstein as "Capote triptych. Fiber prints (silver) on wall at Elaine's." Each signed and dated (1990). Each noted as "1/2 AP" and location within triptych identified. Approx. 24x10. Unframed by Alan Balicki April 2018. A portion of the original backing, with caption, is in the box. Also, a color photograph of the wall at Elaine's showing the original triptych is included with the three photographs.

* Labeled by Burstein as "Truman Capote & Jake Snake. Fiber portrait (silver) on wall at Elaine's." Signed and dated (1990). Noted as "1/2 AP". Approx 20x24. Unframed by Alan Balicki April 2018. A portion of the original backing, with caption, is in the box.

* Color photo of Elaine with George Steinbrenner (2005), inscribed and signed by Elaine.

* Color photo of Elaine holding photo of Clint Eastwood at entrance to Elaine's (2005). The Eastwood photo and a portion of its original backing, with caption, is also in the box.

* 3 other prints of photographs found in other boxes.

1990-2005
Box: 32 Folder : 5 Photographs at Elaine's (Flat box)

Scope and Contents Note

Holds six black and white 20x16 photographs, on boards, signed and captioned by Burstein:. Warren Hinckle, with dog Melman; George Plimpton; Ben Kingsley; Vince Curatola, Jessie Joyner, John Miller; Dr. Ruth with Joan Rivers; and Dabney Coleman.

undated
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Posters (3)

Scope and Contents

Posters publicizing New Year's Eve at Elaine's (2005 or 2006, and 2007) and poster for Elaine's 45th anniversary event (2008).

2005(?), 2007, 2008
Folder: FF-2 Poster: "Elaine's 30th Anniversary"

Scope and Contents Note

Inscribed and autographed by Elaine. Approximately 30x23 inches.

1994 May
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Table Check Stubs; Cafe Tallulah Publicity
undated
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Books

Scope and Contents

Two books: "Everyone comes to Elaine's" by A.E. Hotchner and "Elaine's: the rise of one of New York's most legendary restaurants from those who were there" by Amy Phillips Penn. The Hotchner book is inscribed to Hal by Elaine. Both books include photographs by Burstein; the Penn book includes two articles written by Burstein. Both books are also held in N-YHS's main collection.

2004, 2015
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Solicitation Brochure and Program Booklet. Table 4 Writers Foundation First Annual Awards Gala
2013
Box: 30 Tee Shirt

Scope and Contents

T-shirt with saying "I closed Elaine's, 1963-2011"

2011
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Sign (from Elaine's?)

Scope and Contents

Small metal sign "We are not responsible for personal property -- The Mgt."

2011?

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Series III. Law & Order, 1993-circa 2008. 10.6 Linear feet

Biographical / Historical

The television show "Law & Order" premiered on the NBC network on 13 September 1990. It would run for 20 seasons, until 2010, totalling 456 episodes, making it one of the longest running primetime TV series in American history. The one hour episodes would open with the discovery of a crime (typically a murder), with the balance of the time split between the police investigation and arrest of a suspect and the ensuing prosecution and trial. The show was so successful that it became a "brand" with spin-offs: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001-2011), "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (2005-2006), "Law & Order: LA" (2010-2011), and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which began in 1999 and remains on the air as of 2018. There was also a 1998 movie "Exiled: A Law & Order Movie," starring Chris Noth, who appeared on the TV show for its first five seasons.

Over the years, the show's cast constantly evolved. Some of its major longstanding stars, who appear in Burstein's photographs here, include S. Epatha Merkerson (17 seasons), Sam Waterson (16 seasons), Jerry Orbach (12 seasons), Steven Hill (10 seasons), and Jesse L. Martin (9 seasons).

In 1993, the producer of "Law & Order,"'s producer, Dick Wolf, approached Jessica Burstein to photograph the show's crime scenes, which she did over the course of the next several years. These were eventually formed into a book by Wolf and Burstein: "Law & Order: Crime Scenes," published by Barnes & Noble Books in 2003. In addition to her crime scene assignment, Burstein's role was also expanded to be a unit photographer for the show.

(The above note was based primarily on information from NBC's website and the introduction to Dick Wolf's crime scenes book.)

Scope and Contents

The series includes photographs, documents and memorabilia related to the show and spin-offs.

A large number of the photographs are of the show's set, cast, and crew. Individuals represented are, among others, cast members Steven Hill, Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston, Ben Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Dann Florek, Jill Hennessy, Jesse L. Martin, Carey Lowell, Angie Harmon, Bebe Neuwirth, Elisabeth Rohm, and Fred Thompson; guest stars William Kunstler, Fran Lebowitz, Laura Linney, and Elizabeth Ashley; producer Dick Wolf; and others. Some of the photographs are in color. Holds both 8x11 and 14x11 inch photographs.

Other photographs are of the crime scenes from various shows. These photographs depict the victim as presented in the show itself, along with images concerning the creation of the scene (make-up being applied, positioning and framing of the body, etc.). Book drafts, mock-ups, proposal, as well as the final published version of "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" are in the series.

The series holds a few documents including crew lists, a script and others. Some of these relate to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." And the series holds some memorabilia. The documents and memorabilia are identified in the container list below.

Arrangement

The series is arranged by format, beginning with photographs, then documents and memorabilia.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Photographs. Law & Order

Scope and Contents

Includes both 8x11 and 14x11 inch photographs of the show's set, cast, and crew. Some color.

Box: 14 Photographs. Law & Order

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes photographs of the set, cast and crew, with some crime scene photographs. Includes both 8x11 and 14x11, with some color. One color photograph of actor Christopher Lloyd as a magician (2008) is inscribed to Burstein and autographed.

Box: 32 Folder : 4 Photograph. Law & Order Cast on Jill Hennessy's Last Day (Flat box)
1996
Folder: FF-3 Photographs. Law & Order. "The last goodbye. Jerry Orbach leaves Law & Order, May 2004."

Scope and Contents Note

Diptych, approximately 26x17 inches, on foamcore. Color photographs with Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin and S. Epatha Merkerson. Unframed by Alan Balicki, April 2018.

2004
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Photographs. Law & Order: Criminal Intent. (Flat box)

Scope and Contents

Two large color photographs: "Set in Rain" (2005) and a pitbull arena/crime scene (undated).

circa 2005
Box: 15 Photographs. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes."

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes photographs, mock-ups, proofs, and other material related to the book "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" written by Dick Wolf, with photos by Burstein. Also a tear sheet and a publicity piece for an exhibition (2005) related to the book at George Eastman House. Some general cast shots are in this box as well.

Box: 23 Photographs. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" (8x10)

Scope and Contents Note

Holds the final book prints, used and not used.

Box: 22 Photographs. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" (8x10)

Scope and Contents

Holds photos of crime scenes, not necessarily used in the book.

Box: 32 Folder : 1 Photographs. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" (Flat box)

Scope and Contents

Diptych of color photographs of bloodied faces for crime scenes.

circa 2003
Folder: FF-2 Photographs. "Law & Order Crime Scenes." Oversize Photo Proof Sheets

Scope and Contents

Two large sheets with multiple photographs from the book.

2003
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Documents. "Play Dead: The Law & Order Crime Scene Book"

Scope and Contents

Proposal for the crime scenes book.

circa 2003
Box: 27 Folder : 2-3 Documents. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" Text Drafts (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Holds various drafts of the text (circa 2003) and a partial list from NBC of summaries of shows shown in 1997.

1997, 2003
Box: 16 Documents. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes." Mock-up for Chapter 2
2003
Box: 16 Documents. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes."

Scope and Contents

Book as published, but without covers.

2003
Box: 16 Documents. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes"

Scope and Contents

A copy of the book as published.

2003
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Documents. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes" Photo Logs
2003
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Documents. "Law & Order: Crime Scenes." Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Three documents: a full page ad for the book in the New York Times; photocopy of a 1988 police report; reproduction of the script for the opening teaser of the episode "Oxymoron" of 2002; and publicity for a related exhibition at the Hudson River Museum (2005).

2003, 2005
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Documents. Law & Order. Cast, Crew and Set

Scope and Contents

Four documents: Season 15 2nd Yellow Final Crew List (2005); Pre-production schedule (13 September 2007); memo from Fred Berner re: "Season 18: The Revolutionary Evolution of Law & Order" (2008?); and crew call, signed by Sam Waterston (12 March 2009).

2005-2009
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Documents. Law & Order Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Five documents: a holiday party invitation (2004); a holiday card from Wolf Films (with a photo by Burstein) signed by Dick Wolf; a Special Collector's Issue of TV Guide on the occasion of Law & Order's 20th anniversary, with photos by Burstein and a specific section about her work on the set (2009); an Art Department Master List (undated); and an envelope with Law & Order/Wolf Films mailing label.

2004, 2009
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Documents. Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Crew and Set

Scope and Contents

Five documents: Display permit(?) from New York City Mayor's Office for Season 5 filming; Yellow crew lists (Seasons 7 and 10); and Pink crew lists (Seasons 7 and 8).

2006-2009
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Documents. Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Still Photo Shoot Requirements
2007 February-April
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Documents. Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Full Pink Script for Episode "Trophy Wine"
2011 March 6
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Documents. Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Book: "Last Looks: Season Ten"

Scope and Contents

Book with photographs and text by Burstein memorializing the cast and crew of Season 10. Signed by Burstein.

2011
Folder: FF-2 Poster: Exiled: A Law & Order Movie

Scope and Contents Note

Burstein captioned on back "My poster for Exiled (N.Y. shots)" April 2018. Approx 24x30. Flattened by Alan Balicki, April 2018.

[1999]
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Memorabilia. "Hot Set" Sign

Scope and Contents

Painted cardboard sign, presumably from the show set.

undated
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Memorabilia. Stage crew safety sign from set (Flat box)
undated
Box: 29 Memorabilia. Tee Shirts & Caps

Scope and Contents

Six tee shirts (three related to Criminal Intent, one from the movie  Exiled, two others related to the  Law & Order crew); nine caps (two commemorating the 250th and 300th episodes; five labeled for the  Special Victims Unit seasons 1999-2000 through 2002-2003, and the 100th episode in 2003-2004; two labeled for the  Criminal Intent show); and a throw pillow. One of the caps has a thank you tag signed by executive producer Dick Wolf and others.

circa 1999-2005
Box: 29 Memorabilia. Police Tape

Scope and Contents

One roll of yellow crime scene tape made for the exhibition at George Eastman House.

circa 2005
Box: 26 Memorabilia. ID cards

Scope and Contents

Two of Burstein's ID cards for the "Law & Order" set.

2000s

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Series IV. New York Undercover, 1994-1997. 1.3 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series includes cast and set photographs from the Fox network TV show New York Undercover, which ran from 1994-1999 and, like "Law & Order," was produced by Dick Wolf. Cast members and guest stars found in this collection include, among others, Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, Clarence Williams III, Gladys Knight, Erykah Badu, Teddy Pendergrass, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, George Benson, Ben Vereen. The bulk are 11x14 inches, with some 8x10. A small number are in color. There are many duplicate prints. Most are uncaptioned. Identified, dated, or otherwise annotated photographs are at front of box.

Arrangement

The photographs are held in one box in no particular order, generally as received from the photographer.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 17 New York Undercover Photographs
1994-1997

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Series V. Sunny Atlantic Beach Club / Atlantic Beach Book, 2006, 2012. 1.8 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series consists of a portfolio of color 11x14 photographs taken at the club in Atlantic Beach, Long Island (one photo dated 2006, the others are undated), a self-published book that includes images of the club and other beach scenes (2012), and a few loose, related images found elsewhere in the collection during processing.

Arrangement

The portfolio, book and some loose photos are held in one box, with a few larger size photos held in a separate box.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 18 Sunny Atlantic Beach Club / Atlantic Beach Book
2006, 2012
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Beach Club Photographs (Flat box)

Scope and Contents

Four copies of the above photographs, size 22x17 inches.

circa 2006

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Series VI. Various Subjects, 1940s-2017 (bulk 1970s-1990s). 8.1 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series holds primarily black and white photographs across a range of subject matter. To a large degree it appears that these photographs date from the 1970s and were likely taken by Burstein in connection with her work as a photographer for NBC. In this context, much of the content includes NBC television sports and news announcers, talk show hosts, TV show actors and actresses, as well as musicians, political figures and events, and others.

The series also holds some photos from before Burstein's time at NBC, including anti-war demonstrations of about 1971. More photos date from the late 1970s and up to 2017, and include various celebrities from the sports, entertainment and literary worlds. There are also sets of photographs of business families, likely done by Burstein on a commission basis. Most of the photographs center on people, but there are a few New York City views. It also seems likely that there are some photographs here from the New York Undercover television series and from Elaine's Restaurant that were not boxed separately by the photographer and were not recognizable as such by the processing archivist.

Because of the broad range of subjects, the container list below includes more specifics as to the content.

In addition to photographs the series includes a few documents, mostly related to Burstein's photo assignments. These include a small number of NBC call sheets and cast lists; similar documents related to the filming of John Cassavetes's movie "Gloria"; and teletypes reporting the resignation of Richard Nixon from the presidency.

Finally, the series holds various items of memorabilia, including tee shirts and political and other pins.

Arrangement

The series is arranged first by format: photographs, followed by documents and memorabilia.

The photographs are arranged by subject matter. When presented to N-YHS most of the photographs in this series were in no particular order. The processing archivist arranged them into categories and particular subjects. The sequence as see in the container list below is roughly as follows: NBC photographs specifically identified as such by Burstein; NBC telecasts and on-air personalities; political matters (demonstrations, conventions, activists, politicians); sports figures; entertainers; business, literary and other figures; and miscellaneous portraits, street scenes, etc.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 NBC Studios Photographs (8x10)

Scope and Contents

7 historical photos from NBC: the National Broadcasting Company Election Chart of 1948, showing Dewey conceding at 11:12 AM, with NBC tabulators; John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate of 1960 (2); Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on a NBC radio broadcast; Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra on a NBC radio broadcast; Howdy Doody puppet and show, circa 1957 (2).

1940s-1960
Box: 24 NBC Studios Photographs (8x10)

Scope and Contents

Photos released by NBC dating from the 1970s, which were presumably taken by Burstein. Information from the NBC Press Department is included with each photo, which relate to upcoming NBC-TV shows. All are 7x9 inches, black and white. Shows represented include:

1974: actress Audrey Landers of "Somerset"; Rita Moreno at Nathan's of Coney Island for a "Go" segment; Freddie Prinze of "Chico and the Man" in Washington Heights; birth of a baby for a "Go" segment; several photos related to the 3-hour news special "Of Women and Men" dealing with the transformation in their social and cultural relationships.

1975: Lee Richardson as Jonathan Edwards in "A Gathering of One"; announcers Bobby Riggs and Julie Heldman and women tennis players in connection with the Family Circle Cup; Iman for a "Weekend" segment.

1976: Richard Chamberlain in "The Man in the Iron Mask."

1977: Annette O'Toole and Richard Crenna in "The War Between the Tates"; Paul Simon for a music special; Shirley Jo Finney and Cicely Tyson in "Wilma"; Robert Powell and others in "The Four Feathers."

1978: Various scenes from "Black Beauty"; Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield portraying Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr., in "King."

1979: Louis Gossett Jr. and others in "Lawman Without a Gun."

1974-1979
Box: 19 NBC-TV Miniseries "King"

Scope and Contents

Photos of Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and others on set of film concerning Martin Luther King, Jr.

circa 1978
Box: 19 NBC-TV News & Sports Announcers & Guests

Scope and Contents

Ed Newman, John Chancellor, David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, Chuck Scarborough, Joe Garagiola, Tim Ryan, Tom Snyder (including one on top of "30 Rock"), and others, with guests Henry Kissinger and others.

1970s
Box: 19 Frank Field (meteorologist) & Winston the Weather Dog
circa 1976
Box: 19 Johnny Carson
circa 1970s
Box: 19 Jimmy Carter & Barbara Walters

Scope and Contents

Mostly behind the scenes shots of Carter sitting on floor chatting with Walters and her daughter. Also a photo of Carter's wife, Rosalynn, with Cornelia Wallace.

1976?
Box: 19 Anti-War Protests (including Vietnam)
circa 1971
Box: 25 Anti-Nuclear Arms/Disarmament Rally, New York City
1982
Box: 19 Protests & Political Statements (other than anti-war)

Scope and Contents

Photographs of various demonstrations on political matters (against Rockefeller drug laws, for George Wallace for president, March on Hunger, free political prisoners, against George W. Bush, and others). Some images appear to be related to political protest though this is not explicit nor certain.

1970s-2000s
Box: 19 Activists

Scope and Contents

Julian Bond*, Ralph Abernathy*, Ramsey Clark*, Jane Fonda, Betty Friedan, Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Ralph Nader*, Gloria Steinem. *Some of these photos appear to have been taken in the context of NBC programs, specifically the miniseries "King" and "Saturday Night Live" (SNL).

1970s
Box: 19 Democratic Conventions

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of individual delegates, general convention floor shots, candidates/political figures, and candidate or protest signage.

1968-1992
Box: 19 New York Political Figures

Scope and Contents

Karen Burstein (photographer's sister, running for office), Beatrice Burstein (photographer's mother and NY Supreme Court Justice), Shirley Chisholm, Abe Beame, Mario Cuomo, Basil Patterson, Herman Badillo, John Lindsay (at Earl Wilson birthday party), Ed Koch, Bella Abzug, and other local judges and officials.

1972-1990s
Box: 19 Political Figures Other than New York

Scope and Contents

Edmund Muskie, John Tunney, George McGovern, Lloyd Bentsen, Bill Bradley, Tip O'Neill (one with Hugh Carey), Scoop Jackson, John Lewis, Gene McCarthy, George Wallace, Richard Daley, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Sandra Day O'Connor, Yitzhak Rabin.

1968-1990s?
Box: 20 Sports Figures: Baseball, Boxing

Scope and Contents

Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays (with Mets), Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Jose Torres, Muhammad Ali (and with Bill White).

circa 1980s-2000s
Box: 20 Sports Figures: Basketball

Scope and Contents

Wilt Chamberlain, Patrick Ewing

circa 1990s
Box: 20 Sports Figures: Tennis

Scope and Contents

Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe

circa 1970s
Box: 20 Marlon Brando
circa 1979
Folder: FF-3 Marlon Brando

Scope and Contents Note

Approx 20x22, signed, on foamcore. Unframed by Alan Balicki, April 2018.

1979
Box: 20 Red Buttons
circa 1970s
Box: 20 Cast Photographs: "Saturday Night Live" (SNL)

Scope and Contents

John Belushi, Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, Ralph Nader, Julian Bond, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, George Carlin, Paul Simon

circa 1970s
Box: 20 Cast Photographs: Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Lou Gossett ("Lawman without a Gun)?; Tony Bennett & Cicely Tyson (("King"?); Dean Martin Comedy Hour; Aida Turturro & Tom Conti ("Wright Verdicts", 1995); Meryl Streep & James Woods ("Holocaust" miniseries, 1978).

circa 1978-1995
Box: 20 Bill Cosby
circa 1970s
Box: 20 Jacques D'Amboise

Scope and Contents

Dancing poses with unidentified woman.

circa 1970s?
Box: 25 Senta Driver
circa 1980
Box: 20 Doug Henning & Julie Newmar
1975
Box: 20 Gladys Knight & Tom T. Hall
1974?
Box: 20 Jerry Lewis
circa 1970s
Folder: FF-2 Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie") Montage
circa 1970s
Box: 25 Hugh O'Brian Hosting "Model of the Year" Contest
1973
Box: 20 Bert Parks & Phyllis George

Scope and Contents

Miss America Pageant co-hosts

1970s
Box: 20 Freddie Prinze
circa 1976
Box: 25 Don Rickles (and others). Award Ceremony (8x10)
1970s
Box: 20 Paul Simon and others

Scope and Contents

Photographs of Paul Simon taken over time. Also includes Simon with Art Garfunkel, and Garfunkel alone; with Chevy Chase; with George Harrison; and with Phoebe Snow.

Box: 25 Tommy Tune
1980s?
Box: 20 Harry Winston. 80th Birthday Party
1977?
Box: 20 Wolfman Jack
circa 1970s
Box: 20 Entertainers/Entertainment Industry. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

One or two photographs of: Desi Arnaz, Pierce Brosnan, James Brown (singer), Tony Bennett, George Benson, Roscoe Lee Brown, Scatman Crothers, Paddy Chayefsky, Mariska Hargitay, Faye Dunaway, Leon Fleicher, Rosemary Harris, James Earl Jones (1983), Alan King, Rich Little, Keb Mo, Randy Newman, Chris Noth, Billy Preston, Tony Roberts, Nipsey Russell, Brooke Shields, Sissy Spacek, Abe Vigoda, Jon Voight, Forrest Whitaker (1999).

1970s-1999
Box: 25 Entertainers/Entertainment Industry. Miscellaneous (8x10)

Scope and Contents

Tom T. Hall, George Edwards (game show host), The Four Tops, Al Green, Sue Lyon, Donny and Marie Osmond, Rita Moreno, Melvin Van Peebles, cast of TV-show "Muggsy"

circa 1970s
Box: 20 Publicity Pieces. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Stri-Dex ad; 4 stills from a video about baseball (fans); demo montage of portraits for Harry Walker Agency.

circa 1970s-2000s
Box: 25 Publicity Pieces. Miscellaneous (8x10)

Scope and Contents

Montage for celebration for benefit chairwoman Kitty Ault (1987), cast of "How to Pick Up Girls" (1979); Marsha Mason and Neil Simon in "Only When I Laugh": Frederick's of Hollywood (1970s).

1970s-1987
Folder: FF-3 John Cage

Scope and Contents Note

Approx 18x25, signed, on foamcore. Unframed by Alan Balicki, April 2018.

1982
Box: 21 Truman Capote
circa 1979
Box: 21 Tom Carvel (ice cream franchise business)
1978
Box: 21 Nicholas D'Agostino and Sons (supermarket business)
1980s?
Box: 21 Eileen Ford & Family (Ford Modeling Agency)
circa 1980s?
Box: 21 Sam Goody & Sons (music retail business)
circa 1980s
Box: 25 Ironworkers on Park Avenue Waiting for Jobs
1973
Box: 25 Kennedy Airport Chaplain
1980s
Box: 20 Norman Mailer. 50th Birthday Party
1973?
Box: 21 Ned Moran & Son (Moran Towing)

Scope and Contents

On company tugboat

circa 1980s
Box: 21 LeRoy Neiman
circa 1970s-1994
Box: 25 Paris Review Party
1973
Box: 21 Sardi Family (restaurateurs)
1980s
Box: 21 Charles Scribner & Son (publishing business)
circa 1970s
Box: 21 Identified Portraits. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

One or two photographs of: Douglas Adams (author), Sarah Bone? (Lakota Sioux), Kofi Annan, Bartholomew I (Archbishop of Constantinople), Art Buchwald, Judd Burstein (photographer's brother), Barbara Gordon (author), Elizabeth Griffin, Billy Graham, Pete Hamill, Charles Kipps (producer), Lewis Lapham, J.W. Marriott, Marsha Norman, Tillie Sobel (photographer's grandmother), John Sculley, Paul Stewart family (clothiers), Rex Reed, Salman Rusdie, William Styron, Gay and Nan Talese walking outside Donohue's Steak House (autographed by both, 2017), Taki Theodoracopulos (journalist, 1995),Donald Trump (2, color, one at desk, one at new Yankee Stadium?, circa 2000s), Carl Bernstein (journalist, 1980).

circa 1970s-2017
Box: 21 Unidentified Portraits

Scope and Contents

Includes several photographs of individuals that were not identified during processing, but seem likely to be identifiable.

circa 1970s-1990s
Box: 21 New York City Street Scenes

Scope and Contents

General views of people, buildings, views. Those that are particularly identifiable or captioned are: view from upper floor of New Yorker Hotel; South Bronx man; Pan Am building; corner of Madison avenue and East 65th street; Coney Island giant lollipop vendor; two Central Park in winter (color), including one of ice skating with Christo's Gates in background; buildings at corner of Amsterdam avenue and West 72nd street.

1970s-2005
Box: 21 Portraits and Views. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Several photographs of people, objects, views, etc. that are not identifiable or that appear to be from outside New York City.

Box: 21 Animals
circa 1970s?-2000s
Box: 32 Folder : 2-3 Various Subjects (Flat box, 2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Two matted photographs: Jessica Burstein self-portrait with Arthur Ashe (1975), and Wilt Chamberlain (1997); both unframed by Alan Balicki, April 2018. Other photographs 22x17 inches, generally identical or similar to those in smaller sizes above. SPORTS: Wilt Chamberlain (1997); POLITICAL: Sandra Day O'Connor; ENTERTAINMENT: Tony Bennett, Marlon Brando, James Brown, Faye Dunaway, Jon Secada; WRITERS: Truman Capote, Norman Mailer Party, William Styron, Gay & Nan Talese; ANIMALS: Dog in blanket on Madison avenue (2006); NYC Scenes: Sculpture at World Trade Center (1980s), ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Christo's "Gates" in background (2005).

1975-2006
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Poster: "Judge Karen Burstein for Attorney General"

Scope and Contents Note

From Democratic primary campaign. Approx 18x23.

1994
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Document. "Stop the Draft" Rally Flyer
1971?
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Documents. President Richard Nixon Resignation

Scope and Contents

Photographs of television screens with the broadcast of Nixon's resignation and Gerald Ford and wife after swearing-in ceremony. Also teletype reports of resignation from Helen Thomas (UPI), Janet Staihar (AP), Gene Carlson, and others unattributed.

1972
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Documents. NBC Films. Call Sheets & Cast/Crew Info

Scope and Contents

Call sheet and set scene summary for "Lawman Without a Gun"; Call sheet and crew/cast lists for "The Four Feathers"; call sheet for "Black Beauty"; and notes from a meeting that appear to be related to union contract negotiations.

1976-1977
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Documents. Film "Gloria" / "One Summer Night"

Scope and Contents

Call sheets, publicity images, final cast list, staff & crew list, "American Film" magazine with related article, and newsletter for Local 644 of the International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industries. Film was released as "Gloria," but working title was "One Summer Night."

1979-1980
Box: 30 Memorabilia. Tee Shirts & Skull Cap

Scope and Contents

17 T-shirts: 4 related to the NBC network (Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack; union strikers' shirt; NBC sports/Jets; NBC logo). 6 related to political matters (Bobby Sands, 1954-81, "I have the spirit of freedom"; Solidarnosc/Solidarity; Karen Burstein for Congress; Carol Bellamy for Council President; anti-nuclear bombs (12 June 1982); "The Arkansas Party 1992" [Bill Clinton campaign]). 7 others ("New York Undercover"; Fire Department; "Have Fun with People" [magazine]; page from real estate section of New York Post (12 June 1987); Hands Across America (25 May 1986); American Bicentennial; International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600). 1 skullcap labeled "Obama '08"

1970s-2008
Box: 26 Memorabilia. Pins, ID Cards, etc.

Scope and Contents

About 25 campaign pins for Beatrice Burstein for judicial positions and Karen Burstein for state senator and Congress (many duplicates).

Jessica Burstein NBC employee ID card (1975); cigarette lighter with NBC sports logo; National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pin and luggage tag.

About 17 Presidential campaign pins (JFK, LBJ, McCarthy, McGovern, Carter, anti-George H.W. Bush, Dukakis, Kerry, Obama).

About 18 pins related to other political campaigns from New York City and state (Lowenstein, Abzug, Goodell, O'Dwyer, Bellamy, others). 3 pins related to political campaigns generally (1980, 1992, undated).

About 12 pins concerning anti-war (some refer to or imply Vietnam) and disarmament/anti-nuclear weapons.

4 pins concerning women's rights.

6 pins concerning various issues, some obscure: "Free Joe Doherty," March on Hunger; first Earth Day (1970); "Enough," "Where is Ken Starr when you need him?" "I love a clean New York"

10 pins on various subjects: Nashville souvenir; "Godzilla vs. Megalon"; "Z: He lives"; "Do it in Kentucky"; ICP exhibition; "Chico and the Man" TV show; NBC 1973; movie "Silver City"; "Meet the Press"; World's Fair key chain tag.

4 Shell Oil Company lapel pins/tie tacks.

circa 1960-2010
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Memorabilia. Adlai Stevenson Campaign Pin
1950s

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