Jacob Riis Revealing “How the Other Half Lives” is a co-presentation of the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York.

This exhibition unites, for the first time, the Jacob A. Riis Papers from the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York’s Jacob A. Riis Collection of Riis’s photographs. The exhibition and its related programming at the Library of Congress are made possible by:

  • The Library of Congress Third Century Fund
  • Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s Foundation
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danish Ministry of Culture, and Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces
  • The Royal Danish Embassy
  • The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Additional programming is sponsored by the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Gift Funds and Roberta I. Shaffer

The presentation of the exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for American Art, as well as support from D. Euan and Merete Baird, The Malkin Fund, Ronay and Richard L. Menschel, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, C. Flemming and Judy Heilmann, Jan and Lotte Leschly, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation.

Exhibition Team

  • Jason Yasner, Acting Chief, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Cheryl Regan, Exhibition Director, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Barbara Bair, Exhibition Curator, Manuscript Division
  • Rachel Waldron, Head Registrar, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Karen Werth, Production Officer, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Christopher O’Connor, Lead Exhibition Specialist, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Stacie Moats, Education Specialist, Interpretive Programs Office

Interpretive Programs Office Staff

Denise Agee, Kyriaki Behringer (intern), Kimberli Curry, Simonette dela Torre,
Carroll Johnson-Welsh, David Jung, Betsy Nahum-Miller, Marc Roman, Patrick Shepler,
and Cynthia Wayne

Library of Congress Staff

David Mao, Robert R. Newlen, Librarian’s Office; Jane McAuliffe, John Van Oudenaren, National and International Outreach; David Taylor, Mark Sweeney, Helena Zinkham,Library Services; Sue Siegel, Mark Conner, and Sara Karrer, Development Office; Roberta Shaffer, Law Library; Ed Redmond, Geography and Map Division; Mark Dimunation, Rare Book and Special Collections Division; Sara Duke, Beverly Brannan, Prints and Photographs Division; Mike Mashon, Rob Stone, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division; Aimee Hess, Margaret Wagner, Publishing Office; Michelle Krowl, Manuscript Division; Kaare Chaffee, Adrienne Lundgren, Conservation Division; Dominic Sergi, Andrew Cook, OCIO Digital Scan Center; Thip Padavong, Laura Moiseev, Joon Yi, Web Services; Stacie Rudy, Printing Management Section; Gayle Osterberg, Donna Urschel, Lola Pyne, Public Affairs Office; Connie Carter [ret.], Science, Technology and Business Division

The exhibition is based on Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half, curated by Bonnie Yochelson presented by the Museum of the City of New York, from October 14, 2015–March 20, 2016. A third version of the exhibition will travel to Denmark in 2016 and 2017: GL Strand Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen) and the Kunstmuseum (Ribe).

The Library extends its sincere thanks to the following individuals for their assistance in the realization of this exhibition: Bonnie Yochelson; Jette Renneberg Elkjær, Cultural Attachè, Royal Danish Embassy; William Jacobs; Sarah Henry, Becky Laughner, Winona Packer, Miranda Hambro, Museum of the City of New York; Terry Borton, American Magic-Lantern Theater; Adrianne Rubin, Mary Yearwood, Thomas Lannon, New York Public Library; Richard Morange, New England Photographic History Society; Helen Harrison; and Mark Osterman, Todd Gustavson, George Eastman Museum; Rachel Gordon; Greg Blair, Blair Dubilier & Associates

Exhibition and Brochure Design

Shveima Associates