Collection of photographs of New York City, 1931-1942

Collection Data

Collection of views by Percy Loomis Sperr depicting the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, capturing New York City during the Great Depression until just after American entry into World War II. Sperr specialized in streetscapes, focusing on buildings and infrastructure, though passersby make occasional appearances in his compositions. Physical change in the city's appearance was of great interest to Sperr, and this collection features views of the dismantling of the Second Avenue and Fulton Street Elevated train tracks, and the construction of the Belt Parkway. The collection contains 335 photographs in four volumes, housed in 3-ring binder boxes with table of contents.
Sperr, Percy Loomis, 1890-1964 (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1931 - 1942
Library locations
Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Shelf locator: AZ 02-5361
New York (N.Y.)
Streetscapes (Urban design)
Physical Description
Gelatin silver prints
Extent: 335 photographs : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm.-11 x 17 cm
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15457267
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 36bd8b70-c60e-012f-f701-58d385a7bc34
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