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Guide to the Herman N. Liberman, Jr. Photograph Albums
circa 1938-1973 (bulk 1966-1973)
 PR 36

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 26, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-15 "Houses of Worship: Manhattan." Album 1 (15 folders)

Scope and Contents

About 275 photographs. Ranges from Washington Street (Lower Manhattan/Financial District) to East 62nd Street (Midtown). Also includes some clippings dating from late 1960s-1973.

1966-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 16-23 "Houses of Worship: Manhattan." Album 2 (8 folders)

Scope and Contents

About 265 photographs. Ranges from East 62nd Street (Midtown) to East 119th Street (Harlem). Also includes some clippings and other documents from the late 1960s-early 1970s.

1968-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 24-33 "Houses of Worship: Manhattan." Album 3 (10 folders)

Scope and Contents

About 278 photographs. Ranges from West 119th Street (Harlem) to West 142nd Street (Hamilton Heights). Also includes some clippings from circa 1970.

1969-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 34-39 "Houses of Worship: Manhattan." Album 4 (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

About 131 photographs. Ranges from West 142nd Street (Hamilton Heights) to Vermilyea Avenue (Inwood), with one photo farther north at 228th Street at Marble Hill. Also includes three black and white photographs of Liberman with his camera and some 1973 letters to Liberman in response to the New York Times article of 22 June 1973 regarding the completion of Liberman's project.

1971-1973
Box: 2 "Houses of Worship: Manhattan." Original Album Binders (flat box)

Scope and Contents

These are the four original binders that held the photographs and related captions, which were removed to other enclosures for conservation.

1966-1973
Box: 3 Case : 1-3 "Houses of Worship: Manhattan." Negatives

Conditions Governing Access

In order to maintain their sequence, and for conservation of the individual small negatives, patrons will be given only one small bundle at a time from the boxes.

Scope and Contents

3 original containers of 35mm color negatives, arranged in small envelopes in sequence order and captioned. There are more negatives than prints in the albums.

1966-1973
Box: 4 "New York City." Album 1

Scope and Contents

Among other buildings, the photographs include demolition of building next to the New York Stock Exchange and construction of a new building (1955-57); construction of the Seaman's Bank for Savings at 30 Wall Street (1955); Blair Building and Commercial Cable Building, before and during demolition (1954); front of Stock Exchange, J.P Morgan and Company, and Sub-Treasury/Federal Hall (1930s-1940s); Baruch Houses, De Witt Memorial Church, Grand Street Settlement, Hotel Robert at Rivington and Chrystie streets, and related scenes (1940s-1950s); the Cloisters in 1938 and, with family (?), in 1957; Lincoln Center and Hotel Savoy Plaza (1965); apartment building at 549 West 113th Street, where Liberman was born; and Manhattan views from 53rd floor of 40 Wall Street (1952) and the Empire State Building (1965).

circa 1938-1965
Box: 4 "New York City." Album 2

Scope and Contents

Among other subjects, photographs include construction of the World Trade Center (about 65 from 1969-1973); buildings on Avenue of the Americas around 21st Street, such as former Adams Dry Goods, O'Neill's, and B. Altman, and Shearith Israel Third Cemetery (1967?); Jerome Mansion on Madison Square before demolition, with related clippings (1967); Abigail Adams Smith House on East 61st Street (1967); Hapsburg House at East 55th Street; Pomander Walk at West End Avenue at 94th and 95th Streets; various midtown buildings; American Stock Exchange (1969); and series of photographs and clippings of the renovation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's front steps and plaza (1969-1973).

1967-1973
Box: 5 "New York City." Album 3

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other subjects, photographs of the first cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue/Shearith Israel (1970); exterior of the closed Baroque restaurant (1972), with a letter to Liberman from the restauranteur Peter E. Bugoni discussing the closing; photo of a memorial with graffiti and related letter to Liberman from Mayor John V. Lindsay regarding such "defacement" (1972); and Bronx Zoo, including the World of Birds building (1972).

1970-1972
Box: 5 "Private Residences in New York City, 1942-1959"

Scope and Contents

Among other subjects includes 5th Avenue buildings (Shepard, Vanderbilt, Hartley Dodge, Sherman, White, Ryan, Rice, Whitney, Palmer, Mitchell, Wimpfheimer, Gould, Oelrichs, Feder, Biddle, Pratt, Miller, Hayward, Speyer, Kahn, Warburg, Williams, Bulkley, Porter, Murphy, Pyne, Brokaw); Park Avenue (Curtiss James, Tucker, Wiborg, Stillman, Morgan, De Koven); and many residences along streets numbering in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

circa 1942-1973