Washington Square Park Redevelopment collection
Language of Materials
This is a collection of records of various community organizations fighting the redevelopment of Washington Square Park and the surrounding area. Their efforts included closing the park to traffic, fighting the construction of NYU's library and university housing, and the creation of more parkland. The collection contains letters and statements of opposition from local community groups and individuals. Also included are government documents and New York University publications relating to the potential redevelopment.
Most of the collection is arranged by organization. The letters from individuals and to Shirley Hayes are arranged chronologically. The papers are arranged into the following series:
Series I: Community Organizations
Series II: New York University Publications
Series III: Government Documents
Series IV: Letters and Statements of Opposition
Series V: Other Material
Scope and Content Note
This collection is comprised of materials relating to Washington Square Park's history from 1952 to 1966. The issues that these papers cover are the traffic through the square, New York University's new library and housing project, parkland and park use. The collection consists of letters and statements of opposition, community organizations' records opposing the redevelopment, government documents and New York University publications. Also included are letters to Shirley Hayes, a local community leader who was instrumental in getting the park closed to traffic.
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This collection should be cited as the Washington Square Park Redevelopment Collection, MS 678, New-York Historical Society.
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About this Guide
Processed by Tiffany Schureman, before 2011.