Archive for September, 2010

Catherine Falzone

I graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies in 2007 and am now working toward a Master’s in NYU’s Public History Program.  I work as a cataloging assistant at the Tamiment Library, where I have been processing the library of Leo Hershkowitz, a historian and dedicated collector of books on New York City history.  I’m interested in the ways historic traces are inscribed on the urban environment, and the ways people manipulate, understand, or ignore this evidence.


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In conducting research on Greenwich Village I stumbled upon the Greenwich Village Follies, a venue for talent in 1920s and 1930s where major artists first started their careers. Martha Graham, famous dancer, choreographer and founder of the modern dance movement, danced with the Follies in the early part of the 20th century. By the end of her career she choreographed 181 original pieces, and became the first dancer to become a cultural ambassador abroad and receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Greenwich Village Follies gave her her first taste of Broadway, after which her career took off. Graham’s choreography has stared famous dancers of the 20th century like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn, but she has also worked with Liza Minnelli and Madonna. The Martha Graham Dance Company, which was founded in 1926, is still thriving today on the Upper East Side and although it has moved far from where Grahams dance roots were laid, it pays homage to her career; performing pieces she choreographed shortly after her big break in Greenwich Village.

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Brendan Dolan

I received a master’s degree in Irish Studies from NYU and currently work as an archivist on the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection in the Archives of Irish America at the Tamiment Library.  I’m particularly interested in aspects of digital audio collections and understanding the copyright issues they present. I also play and teach traditional Irish music on the flute and piano.

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Katie Ehrlich

I graduated from NYU in 2007 with BAs in History and Journalism and Mass Communications. I worked for a local news web site for three years before deciding to return to my first love, history. I’m back at NYU starting my first year in the Archives and Public History program and working in the NYU Archives. I am interested in New York City history and American Jewish history.

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Norma Jean Garriton

I graduated from Monmouth University in New Jersey with a BA in history and minors in archeology and anthropology. Having worked at the Museum of Jewish Heritage as an undergraduate, I originally applied and spent a year in the museum studies graduate program at NYU. I decided that I wanted a history based program instead and transferred to the public history and archives program in the fall of 2009. I’ve worked for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum since the fall of 2008, first as a museum educator and then as the administrative assistant to the Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions in the exhibits department. From the fall of 2009 until the fall of 2010 I also held a contract with the Army as an Army Historian. I worked for the Communications and Electronics Command of the Army Material Command at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. I’m extremely interested in military and holocaust history.

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Jacqueline Colognesi

I am a first year student in the Archives and Public History program at NYU, and I received my BA in English and Writing from Marist College (2008). I am currently employed in the Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center, where I am building an archival system for all of our historic documents in addition to creating complementary digital and physical exhibits. My academic interests include early 20th-century Russian history, place consciousness, history in popular media, social dialogue created through historic research, and the study of history through literature.

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Daniel is a graduate student in the MA program in Archives and Public History at NYU. As a Graduate Scholar in APA Archives, he is engaged in identifying, assessing and publicizing overlooked archives within Asian Pacific American communities in the New York City area. Formerly a graduate student studying the intersections of history and media, his current interests include the theory and practice of digital archives.

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