Queens Memory Project Collection

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Descriptive summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Description and Container list

Series I: Corona 2011

Series II: Flushing 1938-2011

Series III: Hollis 1935-2012

Series IV: Jamaica 2011

Series V: Queens Village 1931-2010

Series VI: Woodside 2010

Queens Memory Project Collection


Finding aid prepared by Processed by Lori A. Wallach, approved by Natalie Milbrodt and Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Summer 2013. Machine readable finding aid created by Dan Brenner, Spring 2014.

Descriptive summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Queens Memory Project.
Title: Queens Memory Project Collection
Dates: 1935-2012
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet
Abstract: This collection consists of physical items donated to the Queens Memory Project, a digital archive that documents the history and daily life of Queens, between June 2010 and October 2012. Some materials were given to accompany oral history interviews recorded for the project, while others were donated as standalone items. The collection includes photographs, documents, fliers, news clippings, personal papers, printed programs, and other miscellanea. Most, though not all, of the items have been digitized and are accessible on the project’s website (http://www.queensmemory.org).
Identification: QMP.2011.001
Languages: English
Language Most of the materials are in English. Some items are in Chinese, Korean, and Romanian.

Historical Note

The Queens Memory Project (QMP) is a collaborative digital archive that seeks to document the day-to-day life and history of Queens, the most diverse county in the United States. The archive originated in June 2010 as an independent study project of Natalie Milbrodt, then a student and Archives Fellow in Queens College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Although the initial collection focused on the Waldheim section of Flushing, the project quickly expanded its scope, gaining support from both Queens College and the Queens (Public) Library. This team successfully applied for a digitization grant from the New York Metropolitan Library Council (METRO) and, by the fall of 2011, the QMP website went live with approximately 300 audio and visual records. From 2010 to 2012, Queens College was the main partner in the collaboration. In October 2012, the Archives at Queens (Public) Library became the lead partner, hiring Milbrodt as its Digital Content & Strategy Coordinator. Queens College remains a key team member, and partnerships with other organizations have been pursued as well. Past and present partners include the Queens Historical Society, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Queens General Assembly, StoryCorps, and Historypin.org. Many individual volunteers also contribute to the project. From QMP’s inception, oral history interviews have been the primary organizational focus. Artifacts such as photographs, documents, news clippings, and ephemera generally are selected to lend context to topics discussed in the interviews. Physical items that are digitally reproduced on the site come from a variety of sources, including existing collections of both Queens College and the Queens (Public) Library. Some items are donated directly to the project, while many more are loaned for digitization and remain privately owned.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of physical items that were donated to the Queens Memory Project during its initial period, from June 2010 through October 2012. Materials represented in the collection include photographs; news clippings; printed documents, programs, and fliers; newsletters; school report cards; and typed essays. There are also two small published books. Artifacts include a souvenir badge from the 1964 World’s Fair and a commemorative pin from a community event. Items donated to the project after October 2012 are housed at the Archives at Queens (Public) Library.

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged in six series corresponding to the communities in which they originate or to which they relate. They are:

Series I: Corona
Series II: Flushing
Series III: Hollis
Series IV: Jamaica
Series V: Queens Village
Series VI: Woodside

Materials are further sorted into subseries corresponding to the creator or donor of the items.

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Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.

Copyright

The Queens Memory Project Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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Controlled Access Terms

Carey, Tom
Exhibitions
Local history
Neighborhoods
Oral History
Public Schools
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
Waters, Constance

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Related Material

Tom Carey Papers, Queens College, NY

Constance Waters Collection, Queens College, NY

Bette Weidman Papers, Queens College, NY

Queens Memory Project

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, date (if known), box, folder, Queens Memory Project Collection, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

Individual and organizational donors to the Queens Memory Project.

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Series Description and Container list

Series I: Corona ( 2011 )
DeBenedittis, Nancy "Mama" Box-folder 1-1
Series II: Flushing ( 1938-2011 )
Agudelo, Daniel Box-folder 1-2
Chinese Immigrants Services, Inc. Box-folder 1-3
Council of Chinese-American Associations Box-folder 1-4
Daily News Box-folder 1-5
Ganesh Temple Box-folder 1-6
NY World's Fair (1939) Box-folder 1-7
NY World's Fair (1964) Box-folder 1-8
Queens College: Home Economics Department and SEEK Program Collaboration Box-folder 1-9a
Queens College: Research Center for Korean Community Box-folder 1-9b
St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church Box-folder 1-10
Waldheim Neighborhood Association Box-folder 1-11
Series III: Hollis ( 1935-2012 )
Bartlet, Jean Box-folder 1-12
Series IV: Jamaica ( 2011 )
Trabold, Robert Box-folder 1-13
Series V: Queens Village ( 1931-2010 )
Hirschhorn, Donald Box-folder 1-14
Hirschhorn, Donald (oversized) Box-folder 2-1
Rhodes, Robert Charles Box-folder 1-15
Series VI: Woodside ( 2010 )
Radu, Dumitru Box-folder 1-16