Collection Facts

Extent: 
59 items
Dates of Original: 
1947-1951
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Levittown gets its name from its builder, the firm of Levitt & Sons, Inc. founded by Abraham Levitt on August 2, 1929, which built the district as a planned community between 1947 and 1951. Sons William and Alfred served as the company's president and chief architect and planner, respectively. Levittown was the first truly mass-produced suburb and is widely regarded as the archetype for postwar suburbs throughout the country.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of photographs documenting the settlement of Levittown in the mid 20th Century.