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Guide to the June Rovenger Photograph Collection
1970's, 2000's
 PR 291

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Collection processed by Susan Kriete. Machine readable finding aid created by Susan Kriete.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 01, 2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rovenger, June, 1933-2012
Title: June Rovenger Photograph Collection
Dates: circa 1970's, 2000's
Abstract: This collection consists of photographs of Harlem, Greenwich Village, and street fairs and other events in New York City.
Quantity: 0.54 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 291

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Biographical note

June Rovenger (1933-2012) was a New York City theater director. She directed a number of off-Broadway productions from the 1960's to the 1990's, including Shakespeare's Richard III, Eugene O'Neil's  Beyond the Horizon, and  The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

Rovenger was also an amateur photographer, and in her later years took photography classes at the International Center for Photography (where Amy Arbus was one of her instructors) and the Education Alliance. From the 1960's until her death, she lived in a rent-controlled apartment on Commerce Street; her tiny bathroom could be converted into a darkroom where she developed her own prints. She photographed many actors and performers, as well as street scenes in Harlem and her own West Village neighborhood.

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Scope and Contents note

The June Rovenger Photograph Collection consists of approximately 300 black and white photographic prints, along with a few color photos, contact sheets and negatives. The photographs include portraits and street scenes in Harlem in the 1970's; street fairs, snow scenes and protests in the West Village in the 2000's; and portraits of children. A few of the contact sheets are marked with comments, presumably from one of Rovenger's photograph class instructors.

Arrangement note

This collection has been organized into the following two series:

Series I: Photographic prints (8 x 10 inches and smaller), contact sheets and negatives
Series II: Photographic prints (11 x 13 inches)

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Access Points

Subject Topics

  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Email: rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation note

This collection should be cited as: June Rovenger Photograph Collection, PR 291, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.


Gift of Micaela Walker, 2012

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Container List

Series I: Photographic prints (8 x 10 inches and smaller), contact sheets and negatives

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Harlem
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Snow scenes, Barrow Street
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bedford-Barrow-Commerce Street Fair
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Cherry Lane Theater
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Zito's Bakery
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Mermaid Parade
2007 June
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Puerto Rican Day parade
undated (circa 2000's)
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Protest of St. Vincent Hospital closing
2010 April
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Halloween
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Skateboarding
undated (circa 2000's)
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Children
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Bottles and trash
2005, 2007
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Photos of June Rovenger
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Views from Rovenger's Commerce Street apartment (color)
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Unidentified street fair (color)

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Series II: Photographic prints (11 by 13 inches)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Harlem (children)
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Harlem (adults)
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Harlem (dogs and trash)
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Children
undated (circa 2000's)
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Mermaid Parade
2007 June

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