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Guide to Samuel Hollyer's Old New York Views
1901-1912, undated
 PR 86

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Samuel Hollyer's Old New York Views
Dates: 1901-1912, undated
Abstract: Samuel Hollyer's Old New York views were created at the turn of the twentieth century to recall sites and scenes in the city and the Hudson River Valley that had largely disappeared in the previous three centuries. The images are of historically important sites, houses, taverns, churches, forts, theaters, and public buildings.
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 86

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Biographical Note

Samuel Hollyer (1826-1919) was born in London, England, where he was trained as an engraver by the brothers Edward and William Finden. He came to the United States in 1851, and worked for various New York book publishers until 1860 when he returned to England to live.

Six years later, Hollyer came back to America, settling in Hudson Heights, near Guttenberg, New Jersey, a small community across the Hudson River from Manhattan. He commuted daily to his studio in New York, where he created line and stipple engravings, mezzotints, and etchings for various publications and print collectors. Bookplates were one of his specialties, as were portraits of literary celebrities.

Samuel Hollyer died in New York in December 1919, at the age of 93. His obituary in the New York Times described him as "one of the last, if not the very last, of the old school of line engravers."

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Scope and Content Note

Samuel Hollyer's Old New York views were created at the turn of the twentieth century to recall sites and scenes in the city and the Hudson River Valley that had largely disappeared in the previous three centuries. It is unknown by what system and in what quantity Hollyer issued his prints, but they were collected by antiquarians and prominent New Yorkers including J. Clarence Davies, who owned 141 Old New York prints bound into three volumes with letterpress printed title and text pages. The Davies volumes are in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York (Acc. No. 29.100.302 A-C, each with a Davies bookplate by Hollyer), and it is that set that was used to assign the numbers used to arrange the prints in PR 086. The New-York Historical Society prints are disbound and have only the set of title and text pages from volume I (prints 1 through 65). The N-YHS Volume I originals and photocopies, made from the Davies volumes, of the texts in Volumes II and III are filed before the corresponding prints.

The collection is divided into three series, one each for the bound volumes described above. Thereunder, prints in each volume are arranged in an alphabetical order and numbered according to that order. The numbering system continues throughout the three volumes, but each volume is individually alphabetically arranged.

The prints are titled in Hollyer's hand in the margin, and are numbered according to the text pages, which give a paragraph-long description of the location and importance of each site. Many prints have a number written in a different hand in pencil in the lower right corner; this number does not always correspond to the number assigned to the print in the text. Another hand has annotated some of the titles and dates given as that contemporary to the view. These annotations appear in the container list in brackets. Titles in the container list are taken from the published text.

Duplicate prints exist for about twenty percent of the prints, and are housed in a folder at the end of the numerical run of prints.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series, one each for the bound volumes described above. Thereunder, prints in each volume are arranged in an alphabetical order.

  1. Series I. Old New York, Volume I
  2. Series II. Old New York, Volume II
  3. Series III. Old New York, Volume III

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hollyer, Samuel, 1826-1919. -- Old New York

Document Type

  • Engravings

Subject Topics

  • Architecture, Domestic -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Church buildings -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Theaters -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • New York (N.Y.) --Pictorial works

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection has been compiled from gifts from various donors.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to thirty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Samuel Hollyer's Old New York Views, PR 086, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series I: Old New York, Volume I

Scope and Contents note

Series I. Volume I holds sixty-five prints engraved by Hollyer between 1901 and 1905, and issued in a set under the title OLD NEW YORK/VIEWS/BY/S. HOLLYER/New York, 1905. The images are of historically important sites, houses, taverns, forts, theaters, and public buildings dating from 1653 (the Water Gate, a gate and blockhouse in lower Manhattan) to 1899 (the Dewey Arch). Over half of the images represent 19th-century sites, with most of the remainder from the 18th century. Castle Garden, Fraunces' Tavern, and the Tombs Prison are pictured in this series.

Prints in Series I are arranged by numbers in the order established by the text issued with the prints.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Text issued with Volume I
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 2 1. Andre's Prison, 1777
1901
Box: 1 Folder : 2 2. Audubon Estate, 1852
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 2 3. Belvedere Club, 1794
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 4. Bowery Theatre, 1826
[1903]
Box: 1 Folder : 2 5. Broadway Theatre, 1859
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 6. Buckhorn Tavern (22nd St. & Bdy), 1812
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 7. Broad St. & Federal Hall, 1798 [1789]
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 8. Burn's Coffee House (front view), 1760
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 9. Burn's Coffee House (rear), 1760
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 10. Bowling Green, 1830
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 2 11. Burnham's Hotel, Bloomingdale Road, 1852
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 12. Castle Garden, 1852
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 2 13. Cato's Inn - Old Post Road, 1715
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 2 14. Catherine Market, 1850
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 2 15. City Hall, 1852
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 2 16. City Hall & Park, 1849
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 2 17. Collect Pond, 1802
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 18. Croton Aquaduct [sic], 1850
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 2 19. Dewey Arch, 1899
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 20. Dutch Cottages, Beaver St., 1679
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 21. De Wint House (Tappan), 1700
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 3 22. First Hotel, New Amsterdam, 1642
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 23. First Merchants' Exchange, 1790
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 3 24. Fort Fish (McGowan's Pass), 1814
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 25. Fraunces' Tavern, 1777
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 26. Fly Market, 1816
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 3 27. Franklin Market, 1820
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 3 28. Gov. Geo. Clinton's House - Pearl St. [1856]
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 3 29. Old Gotham Inn - Bowery, 1850
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 3 30. Old Golden Tavern, 1792
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 3 31. Hamilton Grange, 1802
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 32. Hell Gate, 1775
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 3 33. John St. Theatre, 1767
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 34. Jumel Mansion, 1810
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 35. Little Church round the corner built 1849
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 3 36. Madison Cottage, 23rd St. & Bdy, 1852
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 37. McComb's Dam Bridge, 1850
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 38. No. 1 Broadway - Washington Hotel, 1851
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 3 39. New York Tattersall's, 1840
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 40. Niblo's Garden, rear view, 1820
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 41. New Amsterdam, 1664
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 4 42. Old Brewery, Five Points, 1852
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 43. Old Blue Bell Tavern, Kingsbridge, 1785
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 44. Old Bull's Head Tavern, 1762
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 45. Park Theatre, 1831
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 46. Poe's Cottage, Fordham, 1852
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 47. Rip Van Dam Church, 1729
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 48. Peter Stuyvesant's Town House
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 49. Peter Stuyvesant's Country House, 14th St., 1658
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 50. State St., and Battery Park, 1852
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 4 51. Strawberry Hill Hotel (now Woodlawn), 1852
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 52. Shakespeare Tavern, 1820
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 4 53. St. George's Church - Beekman St., 1752
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 4 54. St. John's Church, 1829
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 4 55. St. Luke's Church, 1850
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 4 56. Tombs Prison, 1850
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 4 57. Trinity Church, 1791
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 58. Tontine Coffee House, 1796
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 4 59. Turtle Bay - East River [1853]
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 5 60. U.S. Bank & Insurance Offices, 1798
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 5 61. Old Vandenheuvel Mansion, 1759
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 5 62. Van Rensselaer's Manor House, 1680
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 63. Van Cortland Manor House, 1820
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 5 64. Water Gate, 1653
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 5 65. Washington's House, Cherry Street, 1777
1901

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Series II. Old New York, Volume II

Scope and Contents note

Series II. Volume II holds forty more engravings of similar scenes as those found in Volume I. The prints are numbered 66 through 110 and issued under a 1909 title page. The prints were made between 1905 and 1908, and capture historic places dating from 1626 (Fort Amsterdam) to 1859 (Washington Market). Again, most of the images are of places prominent in the 19th century, and include street scenes as well as houses, hotels, taverns, schools, churches, etc. Columbia College, the College of the City of New York, Bellevue Hospital, and Washington Market are prominent buildings pictured in this series. The prints have been arranged by print numbers found in the text pages of MCNY's Davies set.

Prints in series II are arranged by their numbers, which follows the order established by the text issued with the prints. Print titles in brackets and in italic are part of the original set but are not represented in this collection.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Copy of text issued with Volume II
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 7 66. Apthorpe Mansion, 1790
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 7 67. [Astor House, 1831]
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 68. Bellevue Hospital, 1830
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 7 69. Broad Street, 1659
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 7 70. Bull's Head [Hotel] (24th St & 3rd Ave.), 1830
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 7 71. City Hotel, 1831
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 7 72. Columbia College, 1828
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 7 73. College of the City of New York, 1820 [1848]
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 7 74. [Van] De Voor Farm, 1698
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 7 75. Eden Farm, 1797
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 7 76. First French Church, 1688 [ca. 1750]
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 7 77. First Garden Street Church, 1693
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 7 78. First Brick Presbyterian Church, 1768
1905
Box: Folder : 79. [First Trip of Fulton's Steamboat 1807]
Box: 1 Folder : 8 80. First Watch House in NY, 1700
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 8 81. Fort Amsterdam [1626]
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 8 82. Fort George, 1750
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 8 83. Fort Lafayette, 1850
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 8 84. Old Fulton Ferry, 1746
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 8 85. Government House, 1790
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 8 86. Gouverneur Morris' House, 1798
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 8 87. [House in Twenty-third Street] Residence of Mayor Tieman'sFather (22nd St.), 1850
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 8 88. Hunt's Mansion, 1770 [1790]
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 8 89. Jefferson Market [1857]
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 8 90. Kingsbridge Road (near Dykeman's Farm), 1855
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 8 91. New York City Reservoir, 1829
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 8 92. No. 1 Strand, 1690
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 8 93. North Church Fulton [1769]
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 8 94. North Fort and U.S. Frigate Constitution, 1832
1907
Box: Folder : 95. [Old Ferry House, Broad Street, 1700]
Box: 1 Folder : 8 96. Old Grapevine Inn [Tavern}, 1851
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 8 97. Old National Theatre, 1839
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 8 98. Old Post Office, 1850
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 8 99. Phillipse Manor House (Yonkers), 1855
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 9 100. [Riker Estate, 1830]
Box: 1 Folder : 9 101. Rotunda, 1816
1905
Box: Folder : 102. [Shot Tower, 1836]
Box: Folder : 103. [Shot Tower - Centre Street, 1858]
Box: 1 Folder : 9 104. Theological Seminary, 1833
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 9 105. Union Square & Broadway, 1849
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 9 106. Van Nest House, 1830
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 9 107. Wall Street, 1825
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 9 108. Walton House, 1784
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 9 109. Washington Market, 1859
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 9 110. New York Harbor & Yacht Fancy, 1717
1905

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Series III: Old New York, Volume III

Scope and Contents note

Series III. Volume III contains thirty-one more plates, dating in history from 1609 (The Half Moon) to 1888 (The Statue of Liberty), created by Hollyer between 1908 and 1910. The prints are numbered 111 through 141 and were issued under a 1912 title page. This series contains more landscape type views than the other two, including views of the East River and lower Manhattan. The New-York Historical Society building of 1851 is shown. The prints have been arranged by print numbers found in the text pages of MCNY's Davies set.

Prints in series III are arranged by their numbers, which follows the order established by the text issued with the prints. Print titles in brackets and in italic are part of the original set but are not represented in this collection.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Copy of text issued with Volume III
1912
Box: 1 Folder : 11 111. American Museum, City Hall Park, 1825
1909
Box: Folder : 112. [Barnum's Museum, 1853]
Box: Folder : 113. [Burton's Theatre, 1848]
Box: 1 Folder : 11 114. Cottages on John Jacob Astor's Farm, 1836
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 11 115. Clermont Manor House, 1820
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 11 116. Contoit's Garden (Broadway), 1830
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 11 117. Earliest Library in New York, 1795
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 11 118. East River from Riker's Island, 1798
1908
Box: Folder : 119. [Fulton Market, 1850]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 120. The Half Moon, 1609
1909
Box: Folder : 121. [Havemeyer Mansion, 1850]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 122. House of Refuge (Madison Square), 1826
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 123. King's Bridge, 1856
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 124. Knickerbocker Cottage, 1851
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 125. Livingston Manor House, 1870
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 126. Lower Market, 1720
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 127. Lydig House & Mill on the Bronx, 1820
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 128. Masonic Hall, Broadway, 1828
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 129. New York Historical Society, 1851
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 130. New York Society Library, 1856
1909
Box: Folder : 131. [No. 7 State Street, 1850]
Box: Folder : 132. [Novum Amsterdam, 1667]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 133. Old Cottages in Frankfort St., 1859
1910
Box: Folder : 134. [Revenue Office, 1855]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 135. [Sleepy Hollow Church] Old Dutch Church (Tarrytown), 1850
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 136. Statue of Liberty, 1888 [1886]
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 137. Stewart Mansion, 1870 [1860]
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 138. [View of New York from] Old dueling ground, Weehawaken, 1804 [1852]
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 12 139. [House] Where Poe wrote the Raven, 1860 [1844]
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 140. Washington's Headquarters (Newburgh), 1777 [1860]
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 141. Yonkers, from Sketch made in 1784
1910

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