Bibliography and Credits

Suggested Reading and Exhibition Sources

For further reading on the history of the Metropolitan Council on Housing and tenant organizing in New York City, as well as the sources for this exhibition, please see the following:

  • Angotti, Tom. New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
  • Bradley, Stefan M. Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the late 1960s. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • Corrs, Anders. No Tresspassing: Squatting, Rent Strikes and Land Struggles Worldwide. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1999.
  • Gold, Roberta. City of Tenants: The Struggle for Citizenship in New York City Housing. University of Illinois Press, forthcoming.
  • Lawson, Ronald. The Tenant Movement in New York City. New Brunswick, Rutgers Univesrity Press, 1986.
  • Mele, Christopher. Selling the Lower East Side: Culture, Real Estate and Resistance in New York City. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
  • Reaven, Marci. Citizen Participation in City Planning: New York City, 1945-1975. PhD diss., New York University, 2009.
  • Schwartz, Joel. The New York Approach: Robert Moses, Urban Liberals and the Redevelopment of the Inner City. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1993.
  • Zipp, Samuel. Manhattan Projects: the Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

The research for this exhibition also drew heavily from the archives of the Metropolitan Council on Housing located at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, New York University. The finding aid for this collection is available here. Newspaper sources for the exhibition included the New York Times, the New York Amsterdam News, the Chicago Defender, City Limits Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and of course Met Council on Housing’s own Tenant/Inquilino.


This digital exhibition and archive was completed as the final project for the Archives and Public History Masters program at New York University, and involved the collaboration of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, the Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives and Digital Library Technology Services at New York University.

Project Director and Curator:

  • Maggie Schreiner

Academic Advisor:

  • Professor Peter Wosh

Historical Advisors:

  • Professor Roberta Gold
  • Professor Marci Reaven

Special Thanks:

  • Melitte Buchman
  • Zuzanna Kobrzynski
  • Mario Mazzoni
  • Chela Scott Weber

Digitization was conducted according to preservation standards (400 or 600 ppi, saved as uncompressed TIFF 6.0 files in CIE RGB color space). A total of 300 items were digitized for this project, and all digital files are available for research purposes at the Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archive, New York University. Every effort has been made to ensure appropriate rights for the material included in this website. Please contact if you believe material has been included which is in violation of copyright.

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