SPOTLIGHT ON: WOMEN AND IRISH-AMERICANS
By Christine Bruzzese
1978, the U.S. Congress has designated March as Women's History
Month. The month of March also brings St. Patrick's Day, a celebration
of all things Irish. In honor of both events, this article features some
resources in the City Hall Library on the contributions and achievements
of women and Irish-Americans to New York City life.
The First Hurrah: a Biography of Alfred E. Smith by Richard O'Connor
chronicles the life of the Irish-American politician and the first Roman
Catholic Presidential candidate. Smith grew up on the Lower East Side
of New York City and became part of the Tammany Hall organization that
governed New York City politics. Smith served four terms as governor
of New York State and worked for reforms to improve conditions for the
average citizen. After a bitter defeat in the 1928 Presidential race,
he served as president of the Empire State Building Company and worked
at various charitable activities. Smith died in 1944.
The Gentleman from New York is a biography of Daniel Patrick Moynihan
by Godfrey Hodgson. The book chronicles Moynihan's life from youth
in New York City and Long Island to his political career. This career
included two ambassadorships and election to the U.S. Senate representing
New York State. Moynihan's politics, philosophy and professional
associations are examined in detail. Daniel Patrick Moynihan passed away
The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women published
Women Making History: Conversations with Fifteen New Yorkers in
1985. The book features interviews with fifteen diverse New York women
including Geraldine Ferraro, Beverly Sills and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
also has copies of Mayoral Executive Orders 28 of 1975 and 86 of 1987,
concerning the establishment and functions of the Commission. This agency
is now known as the Mayor's Commission on Women's Issues.
Consult the biographical and vertical files for articles and other materials
on prominent women and Irish-Americans who have contributed to New York
City history and life. For example, learn more about Elinor Guggenheimer,
who served as the first female member of the City Planning Commission
in 1961. From 1974 to 1978, Guggenheimer worked as Commissioner of Consumer
Affairs and remained active after that, founding several organizations
to assist women. She died in 2008.
TAX PHOTOS FROM 1980S NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE
Archives has a photograph of almost every building in New York
City. As part of a program to modernize property
tax appraisals, New York City photographed every house and building
in the five boroughs between 1939 and 1941, and again in the mid-1980s. Now available exclusively from the Municipal
Archives, these photographs make a unique gift for friends and family.
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