Changing New York [graphic] / Berenice Abbott, 1936-1938
Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991
Federal Art Project (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
214 photographic prints
Arranged by negative number.
Access Note / Rights:
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Photographs of New York City taken by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration and sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York. Included are exterior and occasional interior views of churches, business areas, stores, docks, bridges, public houses, residences, and theaters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. A list of titles, giving exact sites, accompanies the collection. The resulting Changing New York project contains 305 photographs supported by historical data compiled by her staff of researchers. In April 1939, E. P. Dutton & Co. published Changing New York, a guidebook aimed at visitors to the New York World's Fair, which included ninety-seven of Abbott's photographs with captions written by Elizabeth McCausland, an esteemed art critic and Abbott's companion.
Changing New York [graphic] / Berenice Abbott, 1936-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The photographs and list of titles are available on microfilm reel 376 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Also in the Archives of American Art are the papers of Elizabeth McCausland which contain an additional set of photographic prints relating to Changing New York.
Abbott was a photographer of New York, N.Y, born in 1898 in Springfield, Ohio; died Dec. 9, 1991.
Donated anonymously 1957.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001