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Riverton Houses collection

Collection Data

The Riverton Houses Collection consists of a variety of material and do not constitute records of the Riverton. These files came from the Administration offices at 2156 Madison Avenue. Included is a file for Clifford L. Alexander, Sr., the first resident manager (1947-1964) of the complex. There are also miscellaneous files dealing with the management of the Riverton, including the position description for the resident manager, descriptive information regarding the Riverton, and letters regarding street lights, parking signs and traffic conditions affecting the residents of the RivertonOf interest is a file concerning the article "Fifth Avenue Uptown" written by James Baldwin for the July 1960 issue of "Esquire." Residents of upper Fifth Avenue, including Riverton tenants, took exception to Baldwin 's characterization of the neighborhood. Clippings about housing issues, Harlem and Alexander round out this collection, as do various publications dealing with development of the Riverton-Harlem River Park area during the 1960s.
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1947 - 1982
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc MG 462
Alexander, Clifford L.(Clifford Leopold), 1897-1989
Riverton Houses (New York, N.Y.)
Housing -- New York (State) -- New York
African Americans -- Housing -- New York (State) -- New York
African Americans -- Segregation
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc
Public housing -- New York (State) -- New York
Community development, Urban -- New York (State) -- New York
Community organization -- New York (State) -- New York
Social service and race relations -- New York (State) -- New York
Urban renewal -- New York (State) -- New York
Community centers -- New York (State) -- New York
Social settlements -- New York (State) -- New York
Tenement houses -- New York (State) -- New York
Apartment houses -- New York (State) -- New York
Recreation centers -- New York (State) -- New York
Day care centers -- New York (State) -- New York
Harlem River Park (New York, N.Y.)
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social conditions
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Archival resources
New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Acquisition: Arlene Bunn Gift 1992 SCM 92-26
Biographical/historical: The Riverton was a seven-building complex built by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1947, one of four complexes they built during the 1940s. The complex is bounded by 135th and 138th Streets, Fifth Avenue and Harlem River Drive.
Preliminary finding aid available.
Physical Description
Extent: 1.4 lin. ft. (1 a.b. and 1 large flat box)
Type of Resource
RLIN/OCLC: 879874614
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20203384
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 63924150-306b-0136-70f1-0d9dc8095160
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