Main gate showing Richard J. Koke at Castle Clinton, August 2, 1961; Courtesy of David Hirsch

The Oral History Collection documents the experiences and perspectives of New York City preservationists.

By collecting eyewitness accounts and personal impressions of moments in preservation history, the Archive Project aims to create a verifiable record of the movement and ensure that the work of preservationists is not forgotten. These oral histories document those who were directly involved in much of the groundbreaking legislation and grassroots activism of the 20th and 21st centuries. Whenever possible, transcripts, audio recordings, video recordings, photographs, and other supporting documentation of the resulting interviews are made available on this website. If not uploaded on the website, these materials may be available upon request.

If you are interested in becoming involved with our oral history program by sharing your own preservation experiences, acting as an interviewer, or suggesting a potential figure to interview, please contact us.

The views expressed by contributors to this oral history collection do not necessarily reflect the views of the New York Preservation Archive Project. 

Use of Materials: All oral histories made available in this online collection are licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

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Above: Main gate showing Richard J. Koke at Castle Clinton, August 2, 1961; Courtesy of David Hirsch

The Oral History Collection

Andrew S. Dolkart

Andrew S. Dolkart is a co-founder of NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, and Professor of Historic Preservation at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Interviewed by Liz H. Strong
April 8, 2019
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Ken Lustbader

Ken Lustbader is a historic preservation consultant in NYC, and a co-founder of NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

Interviewed by Liz H. Strong
March 20, 2019
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Jay Shockley

Jay Shockley is a co-founder of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, and is a former Senior Historian for the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Interviewed by Liz H. Strong
April 3, 2019
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