Special Collections Division


Finding Aid to the Donald R. Farkas Collection, ca. 1982-1987

Processed by Chad Leinaweaver; September 2008.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Donald R. Farkas Collection
Dates: ca. 1982-1987
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (1 flat box)
Abstract: Collection of thirty-eight color and black-and-white photographs of buildings and festivals of Newark, New York City, and other places.
Provenance: Gift of Donald R. Farkas in May 2007.
Preferred Citation: Donald R. Farkas Collection, Special Collections Division, Newark Public Library.
Collection Call Number: Print F22:(1-38):83-84

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Restrictions on Access

Access Restrictions

Available by appointment only.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

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Biographical Note

Donald Farkas was born in 1934 and moved early in his life to Newark, New Jersey. Though a civil engineer by trade who worked as the city surveyor in Newark, Farkas also specialized in photography, especially photojournalism and documentary photography. As a freelancer, Farkas had images published in the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), New Jersey Newsphotos, Mobile World, Travel South Magazine, Canoe Magazine and other publications. Farkas had work shown in City Without Walls Gallery (Newark), Middlesex County College (NJ), Robeson Galleries of Rutgers University (Newark), Essex County Hall of Records (Newark), the Newark Museum, Sandrian (Morristown, NJ) and the former Kodak Gallery (New York). Many of his images focused in and around the Newark area, where he lived until 2007.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of thirty-eight black-and-white and color photographs of a variety of subjects, largely in Newark, NJ and New York City. The collection focuses on downtown views of both cities as well as views of ethnic festivals held in Newark in the mid 1980s. These city images range from the 1980s through 2007 and are all largely 14 x 17 inches. Also of note are a few portraits including one of New Jersey photographer Helen M. Stummer, for whom the Newark Public Library also owns prints.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, places, and forms documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Stummer, Helen M., 1936- --Portraits

Subject Topics:

Buildings--New Jersey--Newark--1980-1990.
Cityscape photographs--New York--New York--1980-1990.
Festivals in art.
Festivals--New Jersey--Newark--1980-1990.
Newark (NJ)--In art.
New York (N.Y)--In art.
Photographers--New Jersey--Newark--1980-1990.
Street scenes--New Jersey--Newark--1980-1990.

Document Types:

Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.

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Container List

Item Number
Photograph Title
F22:1:84 San Sebastian, Spain, Peine del Viento ca.
F22:2:83 Market Tower Diner (Newark) 1987
F22:3:83 Marisa with masks 1987
F22:4:83 Factory w/ 4 Stacks 1982
F22:5:83 Miller's Cafe, Washington St. 1983
F22:6:83 Campaign Billboard Broadway (Newark) 1986
F22:7:83 Demolition of Old, Brick Bldg's in Front of R.T. w/ Gateway Behind (Newark) 1986

Ethnic Festivals in Newark, NJ 1986-1987

Item Number
Photograph Title
F22:9:83 Ferry St. Crowd, Vinhas Jewelers 1986
F22:10:83 Boy Sitting on Traffic Signal Box, Ferry St. 1986
F22:8:83 Ferry St. Crowd, Sagres Rest[aurant] 1986
F22:11:83 Women on Float 1986
F22:12:83 Man w/ Hat 1986
F22:13:83 Woman w/ Necklaces 1986
F22:14:83 Little Girl w/ Basket 1987
F22:15:83 Viola at Nwk Festival of People 1986
F22:16:83 Basket Weaver on Float 1986
F22:17:83 Photographer at Nwk Festival of People 1986
F22:18:83 Helen Stummer 1986
F22:19:83 A Lady Clapping at Newark Museum Jazz Concert 1986
F22:20:83 Guitarist at Gospel Festival, Weequahic Park 1986
F22:21:83 Singer on Knees, Gospel Festival 1986
F22:22:83 Lead Dancer, Gallman Dance Troup 1985
F22:23:83 Face Painting, Lincoln P[ark, Newark] 1986
F22:24:83 Painted Face 1986
F22:25:83 Merry Go Round Operator at Park E[ast] of Penn Station [Newark] 1986
F22:26:83 Origami Boy at Nwk. [Newark] Museum 1986
F22:27:83 Linda under Khadfy Menu at Ronnie's 1986
F22:28:84 Empire State Building ca. 1980-2007
F22:29:84 View of Manhattan from Hoboken, NJ ca. 1980-2007
F22:30:84 Fiddle Head Fern. Florida 2003
F22:31:84 Newark CBD [Central Business District] (office building with flag) 2007
F22:31:84 Masker's Barn (c. 1736 deserter's village) ca. 1980-2007
F22:33:84 Seton Hall Law School 2007
F22:34:84 Newark Legal Center 2007
F22:35:84 Newark Legal Center 2007
F22:36:84 Newark Broad Street at Central Avenue 2007
F22:37:84 Downtown Newark 2007
F22:38:84 Cousins at the Buffet Table 1986

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