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A Finding Aid to the Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

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5.1: Environmental Projects,

Series includes documentation from Ryan's environmentally-focused projects including "Nature in New York City," "New York City Eco-channel for a Sustainable Tomorrow (NEST)," the publication
Talking Wood
, the video project Tapping on Water, other unidentified projects involving the Earthscore Notational System, and many proposals for similar projects.
Video recordings found in this series for "Nature in New York City," all U-matic videocassettes, include nine camera original videocassettes documenting the Bronx River waterfall, one videocassette documenting views of NYC shot from the World Trade Center, and one videocassette containing an early edited version of the piece. Notebooks for this project contain shotlists for video shot at Staten Island Clay Pit Ponds State Park, the Bronx River waterfall, the World Trade Center tapes, and saplings at Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan.
Although most of the other environmental projects documented in this series involved the use of video, apart from "Nature in New York City," their documentation does not include video recordings. Records for NEST include correspondence, notes, a petition, and other records documenting an advocacy movement to dedicate a cable access channel to the environment. Records for
Talking Wood
include notes and photographs used in the publication. Tapping on Water is documented with a proposal, an artist statement, and a shotlist.
Note that the "Nature in New York City" videocassettes are arranged chronologically, which resulted in tape numbers listed being slightly out of sequence. The publication
Talking Wood
is found in series 7, Printed Materials.

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