This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.
Greenwich Village by Fred McDarrah is a history of the New York City neighborhood from its inception as Old Green Village through the 1960s. A detailed account from its time as a Dutch Colony to its incarnation as a refuge for counterculture and beatnik poets, McDarrah paints a picture of one of the most beloved parts of New York. An introduction by David Boroff explains the importance of keeping history alive in New York and laments the destruction of other historical neighborhoods. Filled with black and white photos of city streets and the people who inhabit them, Greenwich Village shows the cultural context of the 1960s.
Fred McDarrah was an American staff photographer for the Village Voice and an author of several books on the beat generation. Several of his books are available in the Harvard Library collection including New York, N.Y. : a photographic tour of Manhattan Island from Battery Park to Spuyten Duyvil / Fred W. McDarrah, Kerouac and friends : a beat generation album / Fred W. McDarrah, and Beat generation : glory days in Greenwich Village / Fred W. McDarrah, Gloria S. McDarrah. Greenwich Village. With an introd. by David Boroff / Fred W. McDarrah is in the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection available at Widener Library.
Thanks to Emma Clement, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.