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PW-228185-15

New York City Department of Records & Information Services (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Michael Lorenzini (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

New York City Police Department Photograph Collection, 1914-1975, Preservation and Access Project

Rehousing, describing, and digitizing a collection of criminal justice photographs taken by the New York City Police Department from 1914 to 1975.

The Municipal Archives requests Endowment support for a project to re-house, describe, digitize, and make publicly accessible on the internet approximately 30,000 photographs (out of a collection totaling 187,000 images). The photographs constitute a substantial addition to the Archives’ collection of records pertaining to the administration of criminal justice. Their significance extends well beyond the simple documentation of criminal activity; they provide a unique visual perspective on numerous important themes in American history. The collection has been deemed a priority in order to prevent further deterioration from damaging storage materials and decaying negatives. There are four components to the proposed project: re-housing, description, digital re-formatting, and public access via the Internet. The proposed work plan specifies that all project activities will be performed in-house. The project timetable is twelve months, from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$124,992 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 3/31/2017