Scope and arrangement
The collection documents the City Club of New York efforts to promote good government for New York City. Included are correspondence and position statements. Records for 1896-1908 focus mainly on the poor sanitation conditions during the first decade of the 20th century and include reports from City watchers who observed the work of the street cleaners and street flushers.
There is a noticable 50-year gap in the records of the City Club's activities. The later records from 1960s through 2005 concern the Albert S. Bard awards for excellence in architecture, cable television francises, environmental issues, rejection of the proposal to make New York City the 51st state, term limits, and residential zoning.
The collection is arranged four series: I. General Correspondence, 1896-1925; II. Administrative Information, 1907-2004; III. Addresses, Memorabilia, and Related city Club Material, 1901-1996; IV. Video recordings.
The City Club of New York records are arranged in four series:
The series, 1896-1925, focuses on the City Club efforts to improve public health and safety. The City Club letters, memoranda, and reports indicates that the Club was not satisfied with services for the public. One of their major concerns was street washing and snow removal. There are several reports from City Club inspectors observing snow removal. Other correspondence concerns the wages of street cleaners and other municipal workers.
One volume, 1907-1908, contains letter press copies of letters written by the Secretary on behalf of the City Club. Inlcuded are discussions of financial and business matters, responses to inquiries from the public, and letters to the municipal government, the courts, and other community organizations. The volume contains a index of recipients.
The series contains board and executive minutes, reports on street cleaning, information about the Bard Awards for excellence in architecture The reports are mainly from the early period of the City Club history on street cleaning.
The files contain contain annual reports, copies of certificates of incorporation, Board and Executive Committee minutes, files on the Bard awards, early reports on street cleaning, and "issues" files.
This small series contains a variety of City club material including an address of Governor Alfred E. Smith before the Women's City Club and City Club, 1923; a report on the pollution of New York harbor, notes for the City Club Bulletin, a biographical sketch of Edmund Kelly and memorabilia from a dinner of the City Club for mayor-elect Seth Low (1901).