On November 3, 2017 the collaborative visited the New York Transit Museum Archives at the new Gabrielle Shubert Research Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Archivists, Rebecca Haggerty and Desiree Alden-Gonzalez, hosted us. During our visit we toured the 14,000 square foot collections storage space and viewed some artifacts and archival material. While the Transit Museum was founded in 1976, they did not begin heavily collecting until 1989. Since then the museum’s collections have steadily increasing. The new research center’s growing collection includes 8000 artifacts, 3000 cubic feet of archival material, 250,000 photos and 35,000 architectural engineering drawings.
Some of the collections and artifacts include:
The Bridges and Tunnels Archive
“The Fashion Aisle”
Artifacts from the New York Transit Authority Marching Band
Model Trains and Roll Signs
Research Collaborative members and greater Humanities for STEM community, please be sure to check out some of the 15,000 items in the NY Transit Museum Online Collections Database. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.