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Guide to the Records of the 7th Regiment
1767-1983 (bulk 1830-1947)
  MS 556

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Maurita Baldock, Richard Fraser, Melissa Haley, Jan Hilley

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 18, 2018
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history and administration of the 7th Regiment of New York. The bulk of the material pertains to regimental management, organization, and events, rather than its participation in combat and other military activities. Items include orders, correspondence, financial and legal records, reports, by-laws, enlistment records, and rosters from 7th Regiment headquarters and companies. Also included is material relating to the regiment's armories (especially the Park Ave. and 66th St. location), veterans' organizations, music, athletic clubs, recreational activities, and entertainment. The collection contains numerous scrapbooks, visual materials, publications, artifacts, and ephemera. Portions of this collection relating to the Civil War have been digitized and are available to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost. Material documenting the regiment's military service includes reports and rosters from the Depot (Home) Battalion, 7th Infantry who defended the Pleasantville, NY aqueduct in 1917. Items relating to World War I can be found in Company F's files in Series II, including orders, memos, bulletins, and schedules. World War I Ephemera in Series IX contains instructional, promotional and recruitment material. In addition, numerous WWI posters are located in Visual Materials. The collection also contains correspondence, personnel, publications, clippings, visual materials, and a scrapbook pertaining to the 7th Regiment's service on the Mexican border, while stationed at McAllen, Texas in 1916. Other military documentation includes a brief account of the regiment's participation in quelling the Astor Place Riots, scrapbooks relating to 1909 and 1912 war game maneuvers, and visual materials depicting camp life. Material on military training and instruction can be found in the headquarters and Francis Landon series. Civil War material includes enrollment lists found in Personnel (Series I), a number of photographs and photo albums in Visual Materials (Series XIV), and two diaries in Histories (Series VII): an anonymous diary describing training at Camp Scott on Staten Island in 1860, and a copy of Alexander Shaler's diary as a prisoner of war in 1864. There is little or no material regarding the 7th Regiment's participation in suppressing the 1863 Draft Riots. Throughout its history, the 7th Regiment's military designation changed several times (see historical note). Folder titles reflect the various identities of the regiment, when applicable. The arrangement of the 7th Regiment Records partially follows military entities, particularly headquarters and company material. Items from military levels higher than regiment, such as division or brigade, can be found in the headquarters series. Additional descriptive notes are included at the Series level.

Arrangement

The 7th Regiment Records are arranged into the following sixteen series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Headquarters, 1767-1970
  2. Series II: Companies, 1806-1949
  3. Series III: Depot (Home) Battalion/Aqueduct Service, 1916-1929
  4. Series IV: Francis D. Landon, 1908-1918
  5. Series V: Robert M. Lester, 1942-1951
  6. Series VI: Armory, 1860-1888
  7. Series VII: Histories, 1831-1956
  8. Series VIII: Scrapbooks, 1852-1946
  9. Series IX: Ephemera, 1820-1976
  10. Series X: Music, 1862-1952
  11. Series XI: Recreational Activities, 1873-1950
  12. Series XII: Library, 1860-1940
  13. Series XIII: Publications, 1811-1976
  14. Series XIV: Visual Materials, 1806-1983
  15. Series XV: Maps, 1912-1948
  16. Series XVI: Artifacts, 1806-1961