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Photographic views of New York City, 1870's-1970's, from the collections of the New York Public Library

Collection Data

Description
Approximately 54,000 New York City photographs (and their captioned versos), primarily of exterior building views and neighborhood scenes, from the 1870s-1970s, arranged by borough and street. Photographers whose work is represented in this collection include Alexander Alland, A. Tennyson Beals and his wife Jessie Tarbox Beals, Ewing Galloway, Samuel H. Gottscho, Fay Sturtevant Lincoln, Irving Underhill, as well as Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964), who produced nearly 30,000 of the collection's photographs. The work of photo agencies such as Brown Brothers, Culver Service, International Photos, Underwood and Underwood, and Wurtz Brothers is also included.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1870 - 1980 (Approximate)
Place: New York, NY.
Library locations
Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Shelf locator: AZ 12-2335
Topics
New York (N.Y.)
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Historic buildings
Genres
Photographs
Physical Description
Extent: 206 boxes (ca. 69,473 photographs) : b&w ; various sizes.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19806373
RLIN/OCLC: 839909840
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a301da20-c52e-012f-cc55-58d385a7bc34
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