The proposed Municipal Archives project is to preserve and make more accessible a key collection of Robert Moses records created by him in his capacity as Commissioner of several New York City offices. The Archives will preserve on silver halide microfilm the intellectual content of one complete series, the records of the Office of the Parks Commissioner/City Planning Commissioner, 1940-1956, and, selected portions of another series, the General Files of the Department of Parks, 1934-1959. The total quantity of material to be preserved is approximately 125 cubic feet.
For six decades, from the 1920s to the 1970s, New York's legendary "Master Builder," Robert Moses planned and constructed public works on a vast scale. Historians have long recognized his importance in twentieth century American history. The purpose of this project is to enable scholars in a variety of disciplines to continue to explore his work and influence based on primary source material.
The plan of work is to preserve the Robert Moses papers in the Municipal Archives microfilm laboratory according to accepted preservation filming standards. The final product will be approximately 231 rolls of 35mm silver halide film, and a like number of second generation silver duplicates and diazo service copies. The camera negatives will be stored off-site and the diazo service copies will be available for interlibrary loan or purchase.
The project timetable is eighteen months, from July 1, 1998, through December 31, 1999. The project director will be Municipal Archives Director Kenneth R. Cobb. He will supervise a staff archivist who will prepare the records for microfilming. Mr. Richard Joe, Microfilm Laboratory supervisor will guide two camera operators and a quality control specialist.
The total amount requested from the NEH is $64,206. The Department's in-kind contribution to the project is $73,014.