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Legal Oral History Project Launched!

Legal Oral History Project Launched!

The New York Preservation Archive Project is excited to announce the launch of a new oral history project entitled Through the Legal Lens: Interviews with Lawyers Who Shaped NYC’s Landmarks Law.

October 15, 2015
Article from the Fall 2015 Newsletter

The Archive Project is excited to announce the launch of a new oral history project entitled Through the Legal Lens: Interviews with Lawyers Who Shaped NYC’s Landmarks Law. Made possible through a grant from the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, this initiative will capture the memories of significant legal figures who have influenced the evolution of New York City’s Landmarks Law. Interviewees will include those who, over the past four decades, have defended the administration of the law, argued decisive preservation-related court cases, and worked to safeguard and augment the legal power that protects the City’s architecture.

Funds will also allow the creation of an educational model, based on this oral history project, which can be used to inspire and guide similar initiatives in locations across the United States. Lastly, the grant will be used to help disseminate this model, including developing and presenting an educational session at a national forum, and creating a portal on the Archive Project website where this guide will be permanently available alongside other oral history resources.

The Archive Project is eager to begin capturing these significant stories and work towards creating a more comprehensive record of the history of preservation!

Above: New York Supreme Court Building in New York City; Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons