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Staten Island Historical Society (New York, NY 10301)
Maxine Friedman (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Herbert A. Flamm Photograph Collection Rehousing Project

The purchase of storage shelving and rehousing of approximately 7,300 original acetate film negatives and 2,910 vintage photographs from the Herbert Flamm Collection into archival-quality sleeves and boxes. A lifelong resident of Staten Island, Flamm was a community leader as well as a prolific commercial photographer, whose clients included the Office of the Borough President; the Board of Transportation; and the Bethlehem Steel Company. Flamm specialized in marine photography and documented marine collisions in the New York Harbor as well as the activities of destroyers, aircraft carriers and other military vessels during World War II. His work spans such milestones as the building and completion of the Brooklyn Bridge; the completion of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the first physical connection between Staten Island and the rest of New York City; and the growth of warehouses at the Free Port in Stapleton, the nation's first Foreign Trade Zone.

Staten Island Historical Society will rehouse the 10,000 prints and negatives in its Herbert Flamm photograph collection. Flamm's meticulously detailed photos chronicle notable changes in mid-20th-century Staten Island. Development pressures from other New York City boroughs dramatically altered Staten Island's landscape as well as the size and diversity of its population. Flamm's photos capture these changes, providing a study of a community in flux: the contrast of old farms with the new built environment; the emergence of car culture; the community meeting places, commercial establishments, and popular amusements that served the growing population; and the Island's changing demographic makeup. Nearly all of the negatives are in their original sleeves with Flamm's date and location notes, providing an unparalleled documentary collection. Specific project activities will be to place the prints and negatives into archival-quality sleeves and boxes and place the boxes on new shelving.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015