Sunday, May 08, 2005

Laguardia and Wagner Archives

Check out the New York City Housing Authority archives (you need to click on the NYCHA collection first) - the photos are incredible, they also have oral histories but for some reason they require a password...

The Archives is the repository of the New York City Housing Authority. The first housing authority in the United States, NYCHA built and manages projects housing about 418,000 people, more than the populations of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, or Oakland and about the same size as Atlanta. The collection covers the period from the late 1920s to late 1980s. It documents the creation of New York's public housing projects and provides information about the lives of low income residents. Most major themes in the social history of 20th century New York can be studied through the collection. The 1,600-box collection contains correspondence, reports, news clips, testimony and surveys of neighborhoods and tenant populations. It also has 3,700 photographs, including many rare images of neighborhoods before they were razed to build projects, and oral histories. The New York City Housing Authority Collection has been computer-indexed.