From the Tenement Museum Photo Archive, Part 3

Posted on: June 23rd, 2010 at 6:27 am by and
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Today is the official launch of the Tenement Museum’s photo archives.  Their collection includes over 1,300 images culled from the last century, and is an extremely useful resource. Be sure to poke around the database, and take a little stroll down memory lane.

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[Photo Credit: Collection of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum © 2010]

Caption: Photograph of facade and marquee of the Loew’s Delancey movie theater. The marquee is empty and the theater windows are blocked off with paper. Sign above marquee advertises that retail space is available in the building. Photographed between 1975 and 1979.

As promised, you can visit the archives by going to  And an excerpt from the press release:

June 23, 2010, New York, NY—The Tenement Museum announces the launch of its online photo database, a compilation of over 1,300 images from the Museum’s collection. Accessible at, the database features images of the neighborhood, historic and contemporary photographs of 97 Orchard Street, and historic portraits of those who lived and worked there. All images are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, which features over 5,000 objects and 130 linear feet of archival records.

As part of its commitment to education, the Museum made the accessibility of these images a priority and began the process of digitizing its photographic collection four years ago. For the first time, researchers from around the world can access the photographic archive online, making our historic resources available to a wider audience. This resource will be useful for lower and upper school teachers, as well as researchers, scholars, visitors, members of the media, and laypeople with an interest in photography, history, immigration or the Lower East Side.

Notable collections within the database include:
– Photographs of former 97 Orchard Street residents and their descendents, 1860s-2000s. Families whose stories are told on Museum tours are represented, as well as many others.
– The last days at Sidney Undergarment Co., a photo essay taken on closing day of this business at 97 Orchard Street, 1979.
– The WPA photographs of Arnold Eagle, taken on the Lower East Side in the 1930s and early 1940s.
– Lower East Side images taken by photographer Donald Sheppard in the 1940s.
– Edmund Gillon’s photographs of Lower East Side street scenes during the 1970s.
– Images of the Tenement Museum’s restored apartments, as well as the building pre- and during restoration,
from 1988 to the present day.

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