In 2020, New-York Historical acquired the archive of Robert A. Caro, whose works on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson are regarded as masterpieces of modern biography and history. Caro’s papers cover the sweeping history of New York City and State politics from the 1920s through the 1960s, chronicling the history of the United States from the 1930s through the 1960s. Robert A. Caro Working documents the biographer’s process through a rotating selection of highlights from the archive covering a range of topics, including Governor Al Smith, New York City during the Depression, the history of racial discrimination in the State, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s impact on conservation. (Curated by Michael Ryan, vice president and Sue Ann Weinberg director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; Edward O’Reilly, curator of the manuscript department of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; and Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts)
The New-York Historical Society recognizes the generous contributions of the following individuals who made the acquisition of the Robert A. Caro Archive possible:
Lead Support: Dorothy Tapper Goldman, Susan and Roger Hertog, Jean Margo Reid, Daria and Eric J. Wallach, Sue Ann Weinberg
President’s Circle: Lois C. Chiles, Richard Gilder, Fiona and Eric Rudin
Power Broker: Judy and Howard Berkowitz, Edythe Gladstein, Pam and Scott Schafler, Laurie and Sy Sternberg, Barbara and David Zalaznick
Senate Master: Leslie and Alan Shuch, Ruth and Sidney Lapidus, Pine Tree Foundation, Leah and Michael Weisberg
Biographer: Kathleen Begala and Yves-Andre Istel, Robert and Stephanie Hotchkiss, Dwight and Leslie Lee, Louise Mirrer and David Halle, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso. Ira L. Unschuld, Sandra S. Wijnberg
Stringer: Gerald Greenwald, Thomas H. Kean, David A. Sokol
Additional support provided by other generous individuals.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.