Yoland Skeete Research Files on Newark Chinatown

Newark014Date Range: 19992009
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2011-05-06
Creator: Sumei Multidisciplinary Center

History: Founded in 1993 by a group of artists, musicians, and writers, the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center (permanently closed as of 2021) aims to support emerging and established artists through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops, and residencies. Sumei serves as a platform for artists around the world to connect with communities in Newark, and provides educational programming and art workshops for elementary to college age youth throughout the area. The organization aims to be a space for community building and engagement through art, writing, video, and performance. Read more

Brooks McNamara Papers

Date Range: 18961997
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2009-10-01
Creator: McNamara, Brooks

History: Brooks McNamara began teaching at New York University’s Graduate Drama Department in 1968 and was instrumental in its transformation into the Performance Studies Department in 1980. He founded the Shubert Archives preserving the artistic and business records of the Shubert Brothers Sam, Lee and J.J. in 1976 and served as its Director for 20 years. McNamara’s research, writing, and curatorial pursuits resulted in numerous publications, exhibitions, productions, and archival collections. His life’s work spanned the fields of theatre history, popular entertainments, public celebrations, and New York performance history. After retiring in 1996, McNamara remained Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies and Director Emeritus of the Shubert Archive. He died in May 2009.

Leo Hershkowitz Collection

Date Range: 17001950
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Hershkowitz, Leo

 The Leo Hershkowitz Collection was created by Leo Hershkowitz, a New York City historian, who collected the materials from various sources. Hershkowitz is a long-time professor at Queens College and a recognized expert on New York Jewish history from its earliest origins up to the period before the mass migrations of the 19th century. The collection represents a lifetime of scholarship and collecting.

Summary: The collection consists largely of primary documents from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries relating to the social history of New York City. Of particular significance are materials which document popular attitudes and contain depictions of Asians and Asian Americans. These include five copies of Secret Service, a dime novel series set in New York City in the early part of the century. They include issues such as “The Brady’s Chinese Trail; or, the Hunt for the Wooden Idol” and “The Bradys and Hop Toy; or Working for the Mayor of Chinatown.” Also included are illustrations from Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper which depict Chinese and Japanese American life and work in New York City and San Francisco. There are also illustrations which depict a ball in honor of the visit of the Japanese Embassy in June 1860, as well as scenes in Japan and China. A total of fifteen pages, ranging in date from 1860 to 1900, are present.

Total Size: 210 linear feet
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Arrangement: other
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, New York University
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Conditions Governing Access: Contact repository for detailed information on conditions governing access.

Sidney Gluck Papers

Date Range: 19582001
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2009-02-23
Creator: Gluck, Sidney J.

History: Over the span of his fifty-year career, Sidney Gluck has been a successful businessman, professor, artist, and public interest advocate. He has earned degrees in Business Administration and Economics at City College of New York; Fabric Technology and Design at The New School of Textile Technology; History, Art and Philosophy at the New School for Social Research; Political Economy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research; and Political Science at Empire State College of New York.

Asian/Pacific/American Institute Records

APA logo 750Date Range: 19942003
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-10-24
Creator: Asian/Pacific/American Institute

History: The Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute was founded in 1996 in response to student interest combined with New York University’s commitment to global excellence. The Institute is focused on community and intercultural studies within a broad, rigorous international and comparative framework.The A/P/A Institute incorporates the ideas of the NYU Asian/Pacific/American studies program and local, national, and international affairs into public events and symposia for the larger New York University and New York City communities. The Institute brings together accomplished scholars, community-builders, and artists from New York City and beyond for events throughout the year including conferences, seminars, book readings, film screenings, musical performances, and brown bag lunches. The Institute also co-sponsors events with student and community organizations, which serve as educational programs to complement the academic Program and address the needs of the community at large.