MCNY: Federal Art Project View Collection
The Work Projects Administration (WPA) was created in 1935 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, to provide work relief for the unemployed. Under the auspices of the WPA, the Federal Arts Project (FAP) was created specifically to aid visual artists by paying wages for their creative endeavors. In 1943, the Museum of the City of New York received a donation from the WPA/FAP of the negatives from twelve agency-sponsored photographic projects, many of which document the social situation of the ordinary people during the Great Depression. They include Arnold Eagle and David Robbins's "One Third of a Nation," documenting poverty in New York; Arnold Eagle's "Sabbath Studies"; Sid Grossman's Harlem project; several projects by Andrew Herman, including work on the garment industry, outdoor markets, Coney Island, the construction of the Sixth Avenue subway, and other New York scenes; a project on food in New York by Sol Libshon; David Robbins's study of the waterfront; and city scene projects by George Herlick and Mark Nadir.
MCNY: Byron Company View Collection
For half a century, the Byron Company (1892-1942) was one of New York City's preeminent commercial photography studios. Two major areas of specialization — stage and ship photography — provided steady work for the firm while it pursued thousands of other commissions. Important subjects include New York social elites, street scenes, sports, buildings, and workplaces.y and innovation.
MCNY: Wurts Brothers View Collection
The Wurts Brother Company (1894-1979) was among the first studios in New York City to specialize in architectural photography. Founded by brothers Norman and Lionel Wurts, the firm earned commissions from numerous New York City architects, developers, and contractors. They documented the construction of such landmarks as the Woolworth Building and Rockefeller Center. This collection of digital images includes all of the glass plate and flexible negatives housed at the Museum of the City of New York.
MCNY: Office of War Information View Collection
The collection was gathered by the U.S. Office of War Information's Overseas Branch in 1944 and used to form two traveling exhibitions on New York City highlighting the city's infrastructure and the quality of life of the average citizen. Subjects include such landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central, and Washington Square Park, as well the subway and bus systems, street life, educational facilities, and factory workers.
MCNY: George Miller View Collection
An inspiring body of work by an unknown New York talent.