NYC Municipal Archives Collections
Ports and Terminals, 1880-1970s. The photographs in this collection document the City's considerable investment in construction and maintenance of waterfront infrastructure to support the maritime activities that were the basis of its economy from the Dutch colonial era until the 1960s. They originated from the Department of Docks and its successor agencies?Docks and Ferries, Marine and Aviation, Ports and Trade, Ports and Terminals. The photographs illustrate the intense commercial activity along the city's waterfront and include ships of all types?from tugs to ocean liners. The collection includes several excellent color aerial shots. The collection comprises glass-plate and acetate negatives and gelatin-silver prints. All the 8" x10" glass plates in the collection were taken by the Bridges Department photographer Eugene de Salignac.