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Guide to the Ben Kabakow Photographic Slides
1958-1980
 PR 413

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


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Collection processed by Susan Kriete; revised by Marybeth Kavanagh

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 23, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kabakow, Ben, 1907-1985
Title: Ben Kabakow Photographic Slides
Dates [inclusive]: 1958-1980
Abstract: This collection contains 686 photographic slides taken by New York City resident Ben Kabakow (1907-1985). The slides span the period from 1958-1980 and are mainly of New York City, with just a few from Albany and other locations.
Quantity: .4 Linear feet in 1 box
Call Phrase: PR 413

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 686 photographic slides taken by New York City resident Ben Kabakow (1907-1985). The slides span the period from 1958 to 1980 and have been organized by subject matter.

Skyline and City Views includes many views of the power plant on 16th Street and Avenue C, just across the street from Stuyvesant Town where Kabakow lived for a time, as well as general views of the skyline from various vantage points.

Hudson and East Rivers includes many types of boats.

Neighborhoods includes Chinatown, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, East Village and the Lower East Side.

Street scenes includes 5th Avenue, 26th Street, 42nd Street, flea markets and stores, playgrounds, and other iconic city scenes (murals, pigeons, vagrants, old shack, tenement house, etc.).

Buildings and Sites includes City Hall, Municipal Building, Rockefeller Center, United Nations, World Trade Center, Met Life Building, Friend's School, New York Home for the Aged, Public Bath on 24th Street, churches, Little Red Light House, Grant's Tomb, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and South Ferry.

Museums and Public Sculpture includes the Museum of Modern Art (interior views), Guggenheim Museum (interior views), Floating Photography Museum, The Cloisters and Fort Tryon, and various public sculptures.

Transportation Stations includes Idlewild (later John F. Kennedy) Airport, Grand Central Station, and Pennsylvania Station under construction.

Events includes the 1965 Pulaski Parade and other unidentified parades, 1965 World's Fair, a 1970 rally in Union Square, and what appears to be the 1973 Korean Fair.

Brooklyn and the Bronx includes Coney Island, the Promenade, Our Lady of Lebanon church doors, general Brooklyn views, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden (Bronx), Bronx Zoo, Bronx River, curling on the Bronx River, Riverdale, and Bronx snow scenes.

Kabakow home includes a few interior shots of Kabakow's successive homes in the Bronx, in Stuyvesant Town, and at 271 Avenue C.

Unidentified and/or locations outside New York City includes a few shots of the State Capital in Albany and one shot of the Amir Center in Jerusalem.

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Access Points

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Ben Kabakow Photographic Slides, PR 413, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Separated Materials

This collection was separated from the New York City Photographic Slides Collection PR 278 in April 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ben Kabakow's daughter, Sunny Fischer, 2007.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Skyline and City Views
1959-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 2 East River and Hudson River
1959-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Neighborhoods

Scope and Contents

Includes Chinatown, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, East Village and Lower East Side.

1957-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Street scenes

Scope and Contents

Includes 5th Avenue, 26th Street, 42nd Street, flea markets and stores, playgrounds, and other city scenes (murals, pigeons, vagrants, old shack, tenement house, etc.)

1965-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Buildings and Sites

Scope and Contents

Includes City Hall, Municipal Building, Rockefeller Center, United Nations, World Trade Center, Met Life Building, Friend's School, New York Home for the Aged, Public Bath on 24th Street, churches, Little Red Light House, Grant's Tomb, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, South Ferry.

1959-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Central Park
1971-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Museums and Public Sculpture

Scope and Contents

Includes Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Floating Photography Museum, The Cloisters and Fort Tryon, and various public sculptures.

1959-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Bridges
1959-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Transportation Stations

Scope and Contents

Includes Idlewild (later John F. Kennedy) Airport, Grand Central Station, and construction of Pennsylvania Station.

1961-1966
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Events

Scope and Contents

Includes 1965 Pulaski Parade and other unidentified parades, 1965 World's Fair, 1970 rally in Union Square, and what appears to be the 1973 Korean Fair.

1963-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Brooklyn and the Bronx

Scope and Contents

Includes Coney Island, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Our Lady of Lebanon church doors, general Brooklyn views, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden (Bronx), Bronx Zoo, Bronx River, curling on the Bronx River, Riverdale, Bronx snow scenes.

1959-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Nature shots and winter scenes
1961-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Kabakow home

Scope and Contents

Interior shots of the photographer's home, located successively in the Bronx, in Stuyvesant Town, and at 271 Avenue C.

1960-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Unidentified and/or locations outside New York City

Scope and Contents

Includes New York State Capital in Albany and the Amir Center in Jerusalem.

1960s-1970s

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