Collection consists of correspondence, speeches, memoranda,press releases, reports, plans, photographs, clippings, and other printed matter documenting the career of Robert Moses. Personal Correspondence and "Library" (personal copy) files make up the bulk of the collection and include materials relating to topics such as the creation of parks and roads, Moses's political activities, regulation of banks, depression relief, the World's Fairs of 1939-1940 and 1964-1965, the United Nations headquarters, the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, and personal and family matters. Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority papers concern projects to build bridges, tunnels and highways as well as Moses's appointment as chairman. Emergency Public Works Commission and Office of the City Construction Coordinator series pertain to depression relief efforts and publicly funded building activities in New York City. Gubernatorial Campaign materials consist mainly of speeches, press releases, correspondence, and background information on the issues of the election of 1934. Department of Parks files concern the improvement of New York City parks and the expansion of parks and playgrounds. Constitutional Convention series contains correspondence on the administrative, legal and personal issues of New York governmental reform in the 1930s. Long Island State Park Commission and New York State Council of Parks materials relate to the development, maintenance and improvement of parks.
Content: Committee for Slum Clearance series reflects Moses's activities in the area of urban housing and redevelopment.Correspondence regarding the New York State Power Authority concerns the development of power generating facilities on the Niagara and Saint Lawrence rivers. The 1964-1965 World's Fairs files consist of correspondence and memoranda about the soliciting and construction of exhibits and facilities at the fair and the administrationof the fair after its opening. Also, a selection of the many speeches and addresses Moses made throughout his career; letters, reports and press releases concerning housing; printed matter including reports, speeches, magazines, and clippings on a variety of subjects of interest to Moses; and publicity and news service photographs of Moses.
Biographical/historical: Robert Moses (1888-1981) was a public official in New York from 1919 to the mid-1970s. He held many offices, of which the most notable among them were: President, Long Island State Park Commission; Chairman, New York State Council of Parks; Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks; New York City Planning Commissioner and Construction Coordinator; and Chairman, New York State Power and Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authorities. He was responsible for the construction of many major public projects in the state and city of New York, including the Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Throg's Neck Bridge, and Verrazano Narrows Bridge, as well as Jones Beach State Park, Robert Moses State Park, and Robert Moses Power Plant and Power Dam on the Saint Lawrence and Niagara Rivers. Moses also was responsible for the construction of much public housing in New York City.
Acquisition: December 1953-January 1986, Received from Robert Moses and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel