Reflection #5: NYPL Archives: Robert Moses Papers

The amount of Robert Moses Papers are vast and give deep, extensive insight to Moses’ career as a public official. His papers have been filed in different ways over the years. Some of the files are in chronological order and others are organized alphabetically due to subject. The Robert Moses Papers have been divided into sixteen principle series.

The Robert Moses Papers consist of his plans for projects involving parks, bridges, housing, and tunnels to name a few. The series consists of correspondences, magazines, clippings, speeches, official reports, and photographs. These sources may be accessed by contacting the New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division in advance. By filling out and submitting a request form, the library may grant access to the Robert Moses Papers.

I think that it is a prudent idea that the library requires a person to fill out a request form in advance before granting access to the Robert Moses Papers. This is a way to protect and preserve such valuable sources.

One thought on “Reflection #5: NYPL Archives: Robert Moses Papers

  1. Nora Almeida

    The advance request form is a kind of electronic equivalent of a call-slip or pull-slip, which archives have used for decades to keep track of requests and materials (and gather statistics about what collections archives patrons are using) but also, to retrieve items that may not be easily accessible. May archives have different storage areas and some less heavily used materials may be in off-site or remote and difficult to access storage locations.


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