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Guide to the Sylvester Manor Archive
1649-1996
 MSS.208

Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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Collection processed by Colin Wells, with the assistance of Liza Harrell-Edge and Noah Gelfand, 2008-2010. Description revised and enhanced by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez , December 2015

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 02, 2017
Description is in English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Sylvester Manor Archive consists of materials retrieved from the Sylvester Manor House on Shelter Island. These materials were donated to NYU by Eben Fiske Ostby. Alice Hench Fiske intitiated the donation, and in 2008, Mac Griswold oversaw the process with the assistance of Melanie Martin.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Sylvester Manor Archive; MSS 208; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Related Archival Material

Dering Papers, Shelter Island Historical Society, Shelter Island, New York.

Horsford Family Papers, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Rumford Chemical Company Records MSS 13 SG 2, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island.

Separated Materials

Selected printed materials have been removed to Fales Special collections and cataloged. These items are noted in the finding aid. To see a list of cataloged items, search for "Sylvester Manor Archive" in BobCat.

Processing Information Note

Between 2008-2010, the Sylvester Manor Archive was arranged into record groups by family affiliation, then subdivided into series consisting of individuals' papers, and then chronologically. The finding aid published in 2010 consisted of record titles that described both creator and genre. Sponsored by the R.D.L. Gardiner Foundation, descriptive enhancements were added to the finding aid from 2014-2015. Scope and content notes in the correspondence series of Record Groups I, III, IV, and V now include physical details and subject information about the personal and professional lives of the Sylvester, Brinley, Lloyd, Gardiner, Horsford, and Fiske families. Record Group I also includes descriptive enhancements to its financial and legal records. During the course of these revisions, creator and genre information were separated into different descriptive fields; some items of similar genre or subject were consolidated; and some items received preservation treatment. For these reasons, the current finding aid reflects changes in box and folder locations.

The Sylvester Manor Archive finding aid published in 2010 without these descriptive enhancements is available here.

Approximately 50 nitrate negatives, found in the repository during processing in 2016, were described in the finding aid and digitized. The nitrate negatives were transferred to New York City for safe destruction once the digitization process was completed.

Appraisal

Approximately 50 nitrate negatives, found in the repository during processing in 2016, were described in the finding aid and digitized. The nitrate negatives were transferred to New York City for safe destruction once the digitization process was completed.