ARTstor is collaborating with the Museum of the City of New York to share approximately 55,000 images of New York City in the Digital Library. The images have been digitized from the Museum’s Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Collection, which documents the built environment of New York City and its changing cultural, political, and social landscape from its earliest days to the present. Highlights from the more than 500,000 views of the city and its people that make up the collection will be shared through the Digital Library, providing a comprehensive visual record of the history of New York City from the late 19th century through the late 20th century. Through this partnership, the Museum and ARTstor will make this important material more broadly available for non-commercial scholarly and educational purposes. Susan Henshaw Jones, the Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York, commented: “The Museum’s collection of photographs is one of the great resources for images of New York City throughout its history, and it is essential to our mission that they be viewed by broad audiences. Partnering with ARTstor is a perfect strategy for reaching this goal.”
The Museum of the City of New York presents and interprets the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrates its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, non-profit corporation, the Museum serves the people of New York and visitors from across the country and around the world through exhibitions, collections, publications, and school and public programs. Exhibitions of photographs at the Museum, and related publications, including The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940, Only in New York, and Willing to be Lucky: Ambitious New Yorkers in the Pages of Look Magazine, among others, have received critical acclaim from the press and the public alike.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Museum of the City of New York collection page.