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Morris Huberland Photograph Collection

Call Number

PR 194


1940's - 1950's, inclusive



1.25 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English .


Consisting of 50 photographs taken by Morris Huberland, the images herein depict various neighborhoods in New York City during the 1940's and 1950's.

Biographical Note

Morris Huberland was born in Poland in 1909. His father, a rabbi, immigrated to New York City in 1920 by way of Le Havre. His mother, who departed Bremen in 1924 with Morris and the rest of their family, arrived in Philadelphia before settling in New York City's Lower East Side with her husband shortly thereafter.

Following in his father's footsteps, Morris spent some time studying at rabbinical school, but eventually turned his professional interests toward photography. In 1940, he joined the Photo League, citing Eliot Elisofon's lectures on photojournalism as influential to his artistic approach. From 1943 to 1945, Morris fought in World War II and continued to photograph throughout his service. Upon his return, some of these images were exhibited by the Photo League, and the artist deepened his involvement with the League by serving on its exhibition committee.

Morris continued to exhibit work into the 20th- and 21st-centuries at various New York City institutions, including: the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Jewish Museum. Additionally, his photographs often accompanied articles published in The New York Times.


Photographs are arranged by print size, and are further grouped by geographic location.

Scope and Content Note

The photographs within this collection depict the social aspects of New York City street life during and after World War II. Huberland's subjects include children, workers, women, African-Americans, and social gatherings.

The collection is arranged by size and the finding aid is grouped by geographic area. These areas include: Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village, Harlem, the Upper East and West Sides, and the Lower East Side. Photographs with unidentified locations comprise a separate group.

Titles surrounded by quotes are taken from the back of each photograph, which are handwritten in pencil and pen. A visual description of each photograph appears in brackets following the title.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194

Permission to reproduce or quote text from this collection in a publication must be requested from and granted in writing by the Library Director, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194.

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.


This collection should be cited as: The Morris Huberland Photograph Collection, PR 194, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections


Gift of artist, 1982-84; Purchase, 1992.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Photographs of New York City street life from a similar time period can be found in the John Albok Photograph Collection (PR 001), the Geographic File (PR 020), the Subject File (PR 068), and the Andreas Feininger Collection (PR 207). Images by other Photo League members can be found in the Photographer File (PR50), the Erika Stone Photograph Collection (PR267), and the Rebecca Lepkoff Photograph Collection (PR295).

Collection processed by

Joe Festa

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:47:56 -0400.
Language: Description is in English


New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024