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New York City Department of Records & Information Services (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Sylvia Kollar (Project Director: July 2016 to present)

New York City Health Commissioner Records, 1929-1991, Processing Project

Folder-level processing and description of 831 cubic feet of records created by successive commissioners of the New York City Department of Health from 1929 through 1991.

The Municipal Archives requests Endowment support for an implementation project to process and describe a significant series of records, totaling approximately 831 cubic feet, created by successive Commissioners of the New York City Department of Health, from 1929 through 1991.  The significance of the collection derives from the pre-eminence of the City's Health Department as it defined the role and scope of public health services, not only locally, but for the entire nation.  Although the records are in good condition and the original order is intact, there is not a useful inventory or content description, and the original containers are acidic and damaging to the materials.  The purpose of this application will consist of processing the materials, creating a finding guide and identification of documents for future digitization in a second phase.  The proposed work plan specifies that all project activities will be performed in-house.  The project timetable is twelve months.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$107,215 (approved)
$107,215 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 3/31/2019