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Greenwich Center for the Arts Edit


Finding Aid Author
Leslie Albamonte
Finding Aid Date
May 3, 2021
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 2000-2009 (Creation)


  • 3.33 Linear Feet (Whole)
    8 Letter Size Document boxes



  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Greenwich Center for the Arts, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Leslie Albamonte, May 2021. Edited by Ashley Aberg October, 2023

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    This collection consists mostly of paper documents, as well as 1 CD and 1 DVD which will require additional technology for access.

  • Administrative History

    The GCA was formed in February 2004 as a grass roots effort by a group of local citizens interested in furthering participation in the arts by the residents of Greenwich. The Havemeyer building provides a unique opportunity for creating classrooms, performance space, exhibition space and a cafe in central Greenwich. Surrounded by parkland and adequate parking due to the surrounding lot and proximate Town Hall parking, the site would change from passive to active use emerging as a vital partner in the success of downtown Greenwich. In late 2008 the Board decided to wind down its efforts based on a realistic analysis of town priorities, the lack of a BOE decision, and the inability to have a timely vote on a net lease for the Havemeyer Building.

  • Arrangement

    This collection is organized into eight series. 1. Administrative Records 2. Havemeyer Building, Proposed Renovation Records 3. Lease 4. Organizational Records 5. Presentations and Events 6. Publicity 7. Related Town Organizations 8. Reports

  • Scope and Contents

    The records for the Greenwich Center for the Arts include administrative records, organizational records, presentations and events, publicity, reports, related town organizations, Havemeyer building renovation records, and lease records. The strength of the records is found within the administrative, publicity, and related town organization series. These series give a historical overview of the involvement and impact the organization had on the town of Greenwich.

    The Administrative series ranges from 2000-2008 and includes information such as Public Relations, Board of Directors, Contractors, Fundraising, and Attorneys. Of particular interest are letters of support written to the organization from local businesses and individuals, one of which was Olga Hirshhorn. This series also includes a subseries of financial records.

    The Organizational series contains vital records including the Certificate of Incorporation, Mission and Vision statements, and records regarding organizational dissolution. A subseries for Meeting Minutes and Reports was created and includes Minutes from the Board of Director meetings, as well as reports and correspondences regarding other meetings held by members of the Board of Directors with people and organizations. These records are filed by date.

    Due to the nature of the organization a series for Havemeyer Building, proposed renovation records was created. This includes a complete history of the building, from a copy of the trust and deed for the land from 1891, through to cost estimates and schematic designs of the proposed renovations in 2008. Also included is a CD labeled "Report and Historic Photos."

    A series just for the Lease was created due to the great extent of lease drafts between the GCA and the Town of Greenwich, as well as the correspondences between the town, Board of Education and GCA regarding the Lease.

    The Publicity series contains a wide range of articles, both original and copies, on community projects and happenings with regards to the Center for the Arts, published from 2003-2009 and filed by date. Also included is a DVD copy of a GCTV spotlight on the GCA from February 2006.

    The Presentation and Events series includes copies of presentations, talking points, information sessions, retreats, and events, such as tours and an open house.

    A series for Related Town Organizations was created due to the extent of records from research and correspondences between the GCA and these organizations.

    The Reports series includes studies, plans, and reports from 2004-2007. These reports were generated both for, and by the GCA regarding various subjects such as user groups, space utilization, parking survey, strategic planning, etc.

  • General

    Board of Directors of Greenwich Center for the Arts:

    Adelberg, Stewart: Chairman of Public Relations; Berenblum, Marvin: Chairman of the Board; Corson, Mary; Crumbine, Bea: Vice-Chairman, later co-Chairman; Gardner, Janice: Vice-Chairman, later co-Chairman; Himes, Mary; Jennings, Pamela; Malkin, Peter: Vice Chairman, later Chairman; Mulcare, Betsy; Owens, Christine; Ragsdale, Emily; Reed, Creighton; Sheridan, FiFi; Smith, Heidi