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Guide to the Stephen Harmon Photographs
1942, 1968-2017
 PR 362

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 27, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series D.VI. Subway Life, 1980s-2017. 47.3 Megabytes (178 digital images in JPG format)

Scope and Contents

The series includes photographs primarily of people as passengers in the context of the New York City train transit system, which includes both underground and elevated stations and tracks. These images include people within the train cars and on station platforms. There are also many photos not centered on people, including images of signage, turnstiles, train exteriors, ticket booths, and other infrastructure.

Generally, the series holds images taken from within the transit system, not from outside it. Accordingly, most of the images are interior views, with few street level views. Street level views of stations and the like can more commonly be found in Series D.II and D.III (Buildings, Parks, Cityscapes). In the container list below, "interior" refers to images taken inside of train coaches; "station" refers to both platforms and to areas of the station and network of connecting tunnels leading to the platforms; and "passengers" refers to people anywhere in the system.

The general concept of the series was defined by Steve Harmon and he often, but not always, identified photographs that he considered part of it. Photographs not so identified by Harmon but clearly consistent with the theme were included by the processing archivist.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in rough chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Digital Folder: 20160714 Digital File : 2_1, email Interior, passengers (1 photo + 1 email)
1983 December
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 8_1, email Passengers, station (1 photo + 1 email)
1983 December
Digital Folder: 20160329 Digital File : 1_1-3, email Interiors, stations, passengers (3 photos + 1 email)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170713 Digital File : 2_1, email No. 7 train heading into Manhattan from Queens (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Lower Manhattan skyline in distance, including World Trade Center towers.

circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170404 Digital File : 2_1-2, email Interiors, passengers (2 photos + 1 email)
1980s
Digital Folder: 20160330 Digital File : 1_01-10, email Interiors, stations, passengers, signage (10 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

One photo, dating from the mid or early 1980s, was taken from the first car on a No. 7 line train coming from Queens into Manhattan and includes the Empire State Building in the background.

1980s, undated
Digital Folder: 20170621 Digital File : 7_1-2, email Brighton Beach subway entrance; Bleecker Street tiled signage (2 photos + 1 email)
1990s
Digital Folder: 20160328 Digital File : 1_1-9, email Interiors, stations, passengers (9 photos + 1 email)
circa 2000-2016 March
Digital Folder: 20160329 Digital File : 2_1-6, email Interiors, stations, passengers, signage (6 photos + 1 email)
undated
Digital Folder: 20170617 Digital File : 1_01-61, 4 emails Interiors, passengers, concession stands, buskers, stations, signage (61 photos + 4 emails)
2000-2017
Digital Folder: 20170619 Digital File : 4_1-4, email Passengers, stations (4 photos + 1 email)
2000-2017
Digital Folder: 20170512 Digital File : 2_1, email Station concession stand (1 photo + 1 email)
2006 July
Digital Folder: 20170510 Digital File : 2_1, email Vendor of winter garb in station (1 photo + 1 email)
2007 January
Digital Folder: 20170518 Digital File : 4_1-3, 2 emails Buskers, passengers in station (3 photos + 2 emails)
2007, 2017
Digital Folder: 20170703 Digital File : 1_1, email Interior, passengers
2014 August
Digital Folder: 20151126 Digital File : 2_1-6, email Interior, passengers (6 photos + 1 email)
2015 November 19
Digital Folder: 20160327 Digital File : 2_1-2, email Interior, passengers (2 photos + 1 email)
2016 March 25
Digital Folder: 20160405 Digital File : 1_01-15, email Interiors, stations, passengers, signage, street view of elevated tracks (15 photos + 1 email)
2016?
Digital Folder: 20160401 Digital File : 2_01-15, email Interiors, stations, passengers, signage (15 photos + 1 email)
2016?
Digital Folder: 20160426 Digital File : 1_1, email Station, passengers (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Platform for 1,2,3 line trains at 42nd Street

2016 April
Digital Folder: 20161103 Digital File : 1_1, email Interior, passengers (1 photo + 1 email)
2016 November?
Digital Folder: 20170114 Digital File : 1_1-2, email Couple kissing on 59th Street subway platform (2 photos + 1 email)
2017 January 14
Digital Folder: 20170324 Digital File : 1_1-3, email Interior, passengers (3 photos + 1 email)
2017 March 19
Digital Folder: 20170326 Digital File : 1_1-3, email Interiors, stations, passengers, tracks (3 photos + 1 email)
2017 March?
Digital Folder: 20170518 Digital File : 1_1-2, email Interiors, stations, passengers (2 photos + 1 email)
2017 May 17
Digital Folder: 20170614 Digital File : 1_1, email Interior, passengers (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 June 14
Digital Folder: 20170621 Digital File : 6_01-11, 3 emails Passengers, station, interiors (11 photos + 3 emails)
2017 June 21
Digital Folder: 20170712 Digital File : 1_1-4, email Interior, passengers (4 photos + 1 email)
2017 June
Digital Folder: 20170717 Digital File : 2_1-2, email 50th Street station turnstiles (2 photos + 1 photo)
2017 July 17
Digital Folder: 20170727 Digital File : 1_1-3, 2 emails Subway coach advertisements (3 photos + 2 emails)

Scope and Contents

Two images of "Subway Library" book downloads and one of "see something, say something" public safety ad.

2017 July 26
Digital Folder: 20170823 Digital File : 2_1, email Busker on keyboard in station (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 August 23
Digital Folder: 20171005 Digital File : 2_1, email Escalators at Lexington and 59th Street station (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 October 4

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