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Notable New Yorkers from CUL’s Oral History Research Office

Looking for audio recordings and interview transcripts of some influential New Yorkers?  Look no further than the unique digital collection of Notable New Yorkers at the Oral History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries, collected from 1955-2001.  This special collection includes interviews with influential figures such as Frances Perkins, Kenneth Clark, and Ed Koch. 

The New York Real Estate Brochure Collection

News from Avery!

The New York Real Estate Brochure Collection was donated to Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library by Yale Robbins, Henry Robbins, and David Magier in 1986. The collection consists of over 9,200 advertising brochures, floor plans, price lists, and related materials that document residential and commercial real estate development in the five boroughs of New York and outlying vicinities from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Columbia University Libraries is in the process of digitizing the entire collection. Brooklyn is now complete with over 3,000 images for approximately 800 buildings.

Digitized images for Manhattan are scheduled to be released in early 2010. The remaining boroughs will be made available on a borough-by-borough basis.