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Old York Library Project Begins

Dr. Marilyn H. Pettit, a historian, teacher, author and archivist, has been hired to work with Madelyn Kent, the Old York Library Curator, and the Mina Rees Library staff, to catalog the rich resources of the Old Library Library. In addition to a collection of approximately 9,000 volumes of books related to many aspects of New York City history, the collection includes over 4000 photos and other materials including maps, lithographs, and other objects.

Dr. Pettit has worked at NYU, was Director of the University Archives/Columbiana Library at Columbia University and was most recently Vice President for Collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She’ll be working with Madelyn Kent and others of us as we plan out what needs to be done for the project so that this collection can become more accessible to students, faculty and others interested in this subject.