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Collection TitleCL 94 Herrick A. Smith Jr. Photography CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed BySue Rogan
Date Completed:June 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Herrick A. Smith, Jr., in 2002. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Photographs; Urban renewal
Historical:Elmira Urban Renewal-Following the devastation caused by the 1972 flood, the City of Elmira worked with the New York State Urban Development Corporation and various community groups to re-develop the downtown area.  During the course of the project, the city demolished a number of buildings, re-built damaged bridges and laid down Clemens Center Parkway.  Herrick A. Smith Jr., a local amateur photographer, took photographs documenting the process. 

The Herrick A. Smith Jr. Photograph Collection contains photographs of Elmira's urban renewal project following the 1972 flood.

Notes:Shares a box with CL 95 & Cl 96.
Extent.25 Linear Feet
Date Span1972-1980
AbstractThis collection contains photographs of Elmira's post-1972 urban renewal process. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
(2) photographs of the old NYSEG building following demolition, ca. 1970s. Photographs010101
(18) photographs of urban renewal on downtown Water Street, ca. 1970s: demolition of the Main St. bridge; Main St. Bridge and Riverfront Park; buildings on both sides of Water Street from Main to the Erie overpass.Photographs010201
(4) photos of urban renewal at the intersection of State and Gray Sts., ca. 1970s. Photographs010301
4 photographs of the Elmira YWCA, ca. 1970s: old building, demolishion, construction and new building completed.Photographs010401
(4) photographs of the construction of the new Steele Memorial Library, ca. 1970s.Photographs010501
(5) photographs of urban renewal at the intersection of State and West Church Sts., ca. 1970s.Photographs010601
(7) photographs the construction of the Clemens Center Parkway at the interestction of State and Water Streets, ca. 1970s.Photographs010701
(5) photographs of urban renewal at State and Market Sts., ca. 1970s. Includes new WETM building.Photographs010801

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