Berenice Abbott’s Changing New York papers, 1935-1938

Extent: Seven boxes (8.75 linear feet)
Berenice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photographs of New York City architecture and urban design in the 1930s. Abbott’s Changing New York papers document a portion of the Changing New York photography project, funded by the Federal Art Project, including research notes collected from 1935-1938 to provide context for the photography, and documentation from 1938-1939 of the editing process for the captions of the Changing New York publication.

Scope and Content:
This collection contains research notes from 1935-1938 which support photographs taken for the Changing New York project, and documentation from 1938-1939 on the editing process of the Changing New York book. Abbott devoted half of her photographs to lower Manhattan, particularly the financial district, the waterfront, the lower East Side, and Greenwich Village. Abbott also photographed areas of Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens. The collection provides insight into one artist’s vision to depict the changing nature of New York City during the 1930s.

Click here to view the full Berenice Abbott Changing New York papers finding aid.

Click here to view Berenice Abbott’s photographs from the Changing New York project.

Related material within the Museum’s collection:
Grace M. Mayer papers, 1891-1960 (bulk 1932-1958)