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New York State Office of General Services Empire State Plaza (South Mall) Construction Progress Photographs

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of slides, negatives, and photographic prints documenting construction of the Empire State Plaza (South Mall) in Albany, New York. The images depict construction from overall aerial shots of the site and surrounding vicinity to closeups of construction details; progress on concrete structures; work on office buildings; as well as non-typical events such as accident sites, repairs, a discovery during excavation of human remains, and a visit to the construction site by Governor Nelson Rockefeller.
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Quantity:
61.2 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1960-1978
Series Number:
15727

Arrangement

15727-92: Arranged by building, then by book number.

15727-93, 15727-98: Rough chronological or reverse chronological order.

15727-97: Photographs are arranged numerically, in consecutive binders. Prints are roughly by roll number, in envelopes.

15727-99: Roughly chronological.

15727-16: Uncertain.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of slides, negatives, and photographic prints documenting progress on the construction of the Empire State Plaza (South Mall) in Albany, New York.

15727-93: This accretion consists of still photographic material documenting progress on the construction of the Empire State Plaza (South Mall). The images depict construction from overall aerial shots of the entire site and surrounding vicinity to closeups of construction details. Approximately one third of the material deals exclusively with the Meeting Center (The Egg). Much of the material is stamped or otherwise marked with a number, date, and in some cases, name of photographer. The material consists mostly of 35mm black-and-white negatives and 8x10" prints. There are also approximately 75 small color prints and negatives, some larger black-and-white negatives, and approximately 220 color slides.

15727-97: The accretion consists of over 300 black-and-white photographs (8 x 10 inches) of a street condition survey in the City of Albany, about 30 "South Mall slides" and about 300 black-and-white prints (5 x 7 inches) of an "F & H Inventory" (19533-C) of work party construction progress. Photos, slides, and prints are numbered and captioned. They are arranged in binders (photos) or envelopes (slides/prints).

In addition to the photographs, the Albany street condition survey group also includes a binder of maps showing photo locations and direction; a photo log index by date and number; a group of general views of the South Mall project; and a copy of contract specifications for reconstruction work on South Swan Street.

15727-98: This accretion consists of approximately 2,500 35 mm color slides. Slides typically depict progress on concrete structures such as walls, floors, overhangs or other slabs. Also shown are non-typical events such as accident sites, repairs, a discovery during excavation of human remains, and a visit to the construction site by Governor Rockefeller. Slides are numbered, dated, and captioned.

15727-99: The accretion consists of ninety-one (91) black and white photoprints (8 x 10 inches) of various aspects of construction of the South Mall state office building complex during the years 1965-1975. Approximately one-third of the photographs depict construction of the Cultural Education Center building.

15727-14A: This small accretion consists of black and white photographs chiefly depicting overall site preparation and construction progress on the South Mall. The photographs are almost always stamped and dated by the photographer and agency.

15727-16: This accretion consists of ca. 400 4 x 5 ½ inch black and white photographic negatives. Negatives are housed in envelopes typically labeled with assignment number, date, name of photographer, and brief description of subject.

Besides typical views and details of South Mall construction, the negatives also depict Office of General Services projects, personnel, and activities such as Capitol tours, Capitol tour guides, views of the Capitol basement, South Mall cornerstone ceremony, meetings, OGS car auction, luncheons, damaged vehicles at State garage, and other events which OGS was mandated to document.

15727-16A This accretion consists of assorted images covering many aspects of construction. The most frequent subjects are the performing arts center (The Egg) and the convention center. Also included are a very complete group of 4x5 inch black and white negatives taken from a single vantage point from the Alfred E. Smith Office Building covering the period from November 1965 to August 1968.

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Records relating to existing facilities may be withheld under FOIL sect. 87.2(f) ("if disclosed could endanger the life or safety of any person").

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Other finding aids

15727-97: A binder of maps showing photo locations and direction, with a photo log index by date and number, is available at the repository.

15727-92, 15727-93: Container list is available at the repository.

15727-97: Volume list is available at the repository.

15727-14: Folder list is available at the repository.

Custodial History

15727-14, 15727-14A: Accompanying documents indicate that many of the photographs were supplied to W.W. Wanamaker, Office of General Services, by C.F. Dodge, Project Manager of the George A. Fuller Company, Inc.

Processing Information

15727-92: These records were originally found within a series transferred as 16187, George A. Fuller Company South Mall Project Central Files, and were separated by Archives staff at time of accessioning.

15727-97, 15727-98, 15727-99: These accretions resulted from an ongoing project by Archives staff to accession or integrate estrayed or unidentified records.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: 15727-16A
1964, 1971-1972 Oversize photographs 1
1975-1977 Oversize photographs 2
Prints of The Egg and Convention Center 3
1965 November-1968 August circa 750 4X5” black and white negatives 4
circa 1,200 35mm color slides 5

Accretion: 15727-89
Albany South mall Project Index of Photographs by book identification number with tabs 1
Albany South mall Project Index of Photographs by book identification number without tabs 2
1967 April-September Slide Indexes Book numbered 1-2 3
1967 September-1969 January, 1977 Slide Indexes Book numbered 3-4 4
1969-1971 Main Platform Foundation Photographs, Main Platform Foundations Cultural Center Foundations Progress Photographs 5
1970 July 7-10 Main Platform Foundations Progress Photographs 6
1970 January-December Main Platform Superstructure 7
1971 November, 1971 December (parts 1-3), 1971 June Main Platform Superstructure 8
1971 July-December Main Platform Superstructure 9
1972 January-April Main Platform Superstructure 10
1972 May-August Main Platform Superstructure 11
1972 September, 1972 December Main Platform Superstructure 12
1973 January, 1973 May-June Main Platform Superstructure 13
1973 July-December Main Platform Superstructure 14
1974 January-Novermber Main Platform Superstructure 15
1975 February-June Main Platform Superstructure 16
1975 December-1976 December Main Platform Superstructure 17
1976 April-October Main Platform Superstructure 18
1976 September Main Platform Superstructure 19
1976 November-1977 June (missing 1977 May) Main Platform Superstructure 20
1970 December, 1970 January-1971 June Cultural Education Center Book numbers 1-2 21
1971 December Cultural Education Center Book number 3 22
1972 June Cultural Education Center Book number 4 23
1972 September-December Cultural Education Center Book number 5-6 24
1973 April Cultural Education Center Book number 7 25
1973 August Cultural Education Center Book number 8 26
1973 September-1974 March Cultural Education Center Progress Photographs Book numbered 9 - 10 27
1974 June-December Cultural Education Center Progress Photographs Book numbered 11 - 12 28
1975 January-April Cultural Education Center Progress Photographs Book numbered 13 - 14 29
1975 May-June Cultural Education Center Progress Photographs Book numbered 15 30
1975 July Cultural Education Center Book Numbered 16 31
1975 November Cultural Education Center Book Numbered 17 32
1975 February Cultural Education Center Book Numbered 18 33
1976 March Cultural Education Center Book Numbered 19 34
1976 June-December Cultural Education Center Book Numbered 20-21 35
1972 August-1973 May The Egg Book Numbered 1-2 36
1974 May-September, 1975 February The Egg Book Numbered 6,8 37
1975 July-October The Egg Book Numbered 9 38
1976 March The Egg Book Numbered 10 39
1976 October-1977 July The Egg Book Numbered 12, 14 40
1972-1974 Accidents Book Numbered 101, 102 41

  

Dates Contents Box Folder
1972-1974 Accidents (Books Numbered 101, 102) 41 41
1970-1974 Cardinal McCloskey Progress Photographs Books Numbered 201, 202 42
1972-1973 July Cardinal McCloskey, Damage Progress Photographs Books Numbered 203, 301 43
1971 November-1973 September, 1968 September-1970 January Guilderland Interim Storage Facility, Legislative Building Books Numbered 401, 501 44
1972 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 601 45
1973-1974 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 602, 603 46
1973-1975 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 603 47
1974 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 604 48
1974-1974 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 605 49
1975 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 606, 607 50
1975 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 608, 609 51
1975 Governor's Mansion and Site Parking Lots Books Numbered 610 52
1970 Reconstruction of South Swan Street: Madison Avenue to State Street 53
1971-1972 Reconstruction of South Swan Street: Madison Avenue to State Street Book Number 701 54
1972-1973 Reconstruction of State St. 55
1972-1973 Reconstruction of State St. Book Number 801 56
1973 Reconstruction of State St. Book Number 802, 803 57
1973 Reconstruction of State St. Book Numbered 804, 805 58
1970-1973 Reconstruction of State St., Site Access Roads Books Numbered 806, 807, 901 59
1971-1972 Site Security Book Numbered 1001 60
1972-1973 Site Security Book Numbered 1002 61
Works of Art Book Numbered 1101, 1102 62
1971 September-November, 1973-1975 July Works of Art, Storm Sewer Connection Book numbered 1103, 1201 63
1969-1972 January Agency Building Progress Photographs, Agency Building Progress Photographs Miscellaneous, Agency Building Progress Photographs Agency Building 4, Folder Miscellaneous Photographs, Books Numbered 1301 and 2 64
1970-1974, 1973, 1974 Fire Damage, Fallen Cross Book Number 1401 65
1971-1973 Capitol, Arterial Connections Book Number 1501, 1601 66
1973-1974 McCarty Avenue Reclamation Site Book Numbered 1701, 1702 67
1974 McCarty Avenue Reclamation Site 68
1966-1974 South Mall Progress Report, Site Progress Photographs Book Number 1801 69
1973 July-1975 August, 1971 January-May Miscellaneous Progress Photographs, South Mall Project Photographs General View, Miscellaneous Photographs of Issues During Inspections Books Numbered 1901 and 1 70
1974 Madison Avenue Trestle Book Numbered 2001 71
1974 Madison Avenue Trestle Book Numbered 2002 72
1974 Madison Avenue Trestle Book Numbered 2003 73
1974-1975 Madison Avenue Trestle Book Numbered 2004, 2005 74
1971 Site Photographs Agency Building Book Numbered 2 75
1974 Demolition of Buildings Spec. No. 26051-D 60 Eagle Street and 132 Hudson Avenue Book Numbers 1,2 76
Miscellaneous slides & photos of South Mall construction 92
Documentation of Effects of Vehicles on Albany City Streets from Construction and photos of houses up for demolition 77
1968-1972 South Mall construction photos, Cultural Education Center construction photos, Swan Street building photos 78
South Mall Project Progress Photos 79
1964-1968 Annual Photographs 80
1969-1971 Annual Photographs 81
1966-1974 Account book, photograph documentation need, miscellaneous progress negatives 82
1976 February-1968 November Miscellaneous Slides of Swan Street Building Book Numbered 1-4 83
Misc. Slides and Negatives of Cultural Center, Corning Tower, Plaza, South Mall, Myrtle Avenue, Legislative Office Bldg., Madison Ave., Trestle, [Wford] Pumping Station, A.E. South Bldg. 84
1972 January-August Negatives 85
1972 September-1973 July Negatives 86
1973 August-1974 December Negatives 87
1968-1972 Slides of Plaza aerials, Corning Tower, Governor's Mansion, Plaza construction 88
Miscellaneous slides & photos of South Mall construction 89
Miscellaneous slides & photos of South Mall construction 90
Miscellaneous slides & photos of South Mall construction 91
1962 September 24- 1963 March 17 Negatives 93
1962 October 30-1963 April 24 Negatives 94
1963 June 15- 1964 December 17 Negatives 95