Levittown Photograph Collection

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Levittown History Collection
Levittown Shopping Center - Image Source

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Historical Context

Levittown is a hamlet in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, New York. It was built between 1947 and 1951 by the real estate development firm Levitt & Sons, Inc. as a planned community for World War II veterans and their families. Levitt & Sons, Inc. was founded by Abraham Levitt in 1929. His sons, William and Alfred, served as the company's president and chief architect and planner, respectively. As one of the first mass-produced suburbs, Levittown is widely regarded as the archetype for postwar suburban communities throughout the country.

Scope of Collection

The Levittown Photograph Collection consists of photographs, photographic negatives, and photographic slides documenting the history of Levittown, New York and the daily life of its residents. The subject matter, provenance, and physical condition of the photographs varies widely. Images date from roughly 1947 to 2007.