Lehman College Collections
Lehman College, Bronx Business for Everybody
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce donated this business collection to Lehman College on August 31, 1988. The Chamber wanted to make its materials available to the general public, students, researchers and scholars. Founded for the purpose of promoting Bronx commercial, industrial, civic and cultural interests, the Chamber was previously known as the North Side Board of Trade (1894-1914) and the Bronx Board of Trade (1914-1968). By 1969 the organization evolved into the Bronx Board of Trade & Chamber of Commerce. This name was later shortened to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce. Digitized materials shown on this site, in jpeg and pdf formats, are largely from the Bronx Board of Trade years-- focusing on the 1920s through the 1950s.
Lehman College, Childhood in the Bronx
This website is based on the “Childhood in the Bronx” exhibit originally featured in the Lehman College Art Gallery from October 23 – December 14, 1986. The exhibit took four years to research and create. By using both vintage and contemporary images, along with oral history text excerpts, the exhibit focused on the experience of childhood in the Bronx from the early decades of the 20th century into the mid-1980s.
Photographer Georgeen Comerford reproduced eighteen (18) vintage children’s images that spanned the period 1895–1943. These images came largely from family photograph albums loaned by interviewees participating in the Institute’s oral history project. Additionally, Ms. Comerford created forty (40) of her own contemporary photographs of children from 1971–1985..