Saving Legacy in the Bronx

Material Description

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans collection consists of 110 linear feet of photographs, documents, recordings, and artifacts related to the selection, election, induction and media coverage of individuals represented in the Hall of Fame located at Bronx Community College (BCC), formerly the site of a campus of New York University (NYU) from 1894-1973. Documents consist chiefly of office papers and correspondence to/from officers of the Hall of the Fame, but detailed provenance information has been lost as the collection did not receive professional archival attention until very recently. Photographs and recordings were carried out by NYU or BCC personnel to document ceremonies unveiling sculpture honoring inductees to the Hall and other events. The 102 inductees to the Hall, as well as dozens of nominees, are referred to in documents and photographs. Also documented are possible plans to move the Hall of Fame posited in the 1970s but never carried out that are related to city-wide budgetary problems of the time and also efforts from the 1980s to the present day by BCC to maintain the physical aspect of the Hall and find new educational uses for it.

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Research Foundation/CUNY on behalf of Bronx Community College


Ms. Cynthia Tobar
Bronx Community College

Date Range

1894 - 2008

Geographic Scope

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans has always been located in the Bronx, New York City, and the collection pertains to business carried out there.


  • 40 Artifacts