The Bronx County Historical Society:
The Bronx African American Archival Survey
From 2006 through 2008, the METRO DHP subcontracted with the Bronx County Historical Society (BCHS) to conduct the Bronx African American Archival Survey. The project’s goal was to gather documentary information on the integral—and largely under-documented—role African Americans have played in the history and development of the Bronx since Colonial times.
The project was conducted in partnership with Fordham University’s Department of African and African American Studies, as part of the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP). The archival survey supplemented the more than 180 oral histories conducted by the BAAHP since 2003.
With support from METRO, the BHCS conducted surveys to uncover the written and visual records of organizations and individuals, and to gather documentary information not available in the previously gathered oral histories. The results of this effort can be viewed by visiting BAAHP on the web.
The Museum of Modern Art:
Survey of Archives of Latino and Latin American Art
From 2003 through 2006, the METRO DHP subcontracted with the Museum of Modern Art to survey archives documenting Latino and Latin American art in greater New York. This ambitious project identified and inventoried the archives of New York institutions that have supported and showcased Latino and Latin American artists, and established a network of repositories. Information gathered during this process—including an overview of each collection with detailed descriptions and powerful bibliographic search options—can be accessed on the MoMA website.
Brooklyn College Library:
The Caribbean Collection
From 2000 through 2003, the METRO DHP subcontracted with the Brooklyn College Library to conduct an extensive record survey of the Jamaican and Trinidadian communities in Brooklyn, focusing on materials of historical importance. The resulting project is the first comprehensive archival survey of these influential Brooklyn communities and provides a prototype for comparable surveys of Brooklyn’s other Caribbean communities. An overview of the Caribbean Collection is available on the website of the Brooklyn College Library.