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Changing New York / Berenice Abbott, 1936-1938

Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991



Collection Information

Size: 214 Items, photographic prints

Summary: Photographs of New York City taken by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration and sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York. Included are exterior and occasional interior views of churches, business areas, stores, docks, bridges, public houses, residences, and theaters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. A list of titles, giving exact sites, accompanies the collection. The resulting Changing New York project contains 305 photographs supported by historical data compiled by her staff of researchers. In April 1939, E. P. Dutton & Co. published Changing New York, a guidebook aimed at visitors to the New York World's Fair, which included ninety-seven of Abbott's photographs with captions written by Elizabeth McCausland, an esteemed art critic and Abbott's companion.

Biographical/Historical Note

Abbott was a photographer of New York, N.Y, born in 1898 in Springfield, Ohio; died Dec. 9, 1991.


Donated anonymously 1957.

Related Materials

Also in the Archives of American Art are the papers of Elizabeth McCausland which contain an additional set of photographic prints relating to Changing New York.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

The photographs and list of titles are available on 35mm microfilm reel 376 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Changing New York / Berenice Abbott, 1936-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.