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Guide to the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Collection
 PR 268

New-York Historical Society
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Collection spans the period circa 1909, and primarily contains paintings and photographs of parade floats from the celebration. The collection is divided into 2 series: Boxed Files, and Flat Files.

Series I. Boxed Files are arranged into subseries for Photographs, Miscellaneous Printed Material, Paintings of New York History Floats, and Paintings of Carnival Floats.

There are 4 boxes of monochromatic paintings on illustration board of New York History and Carnival floats, each measuring about 8 x 10 inches, as well as copy photographs of these paintings. These paintings were reproduced in souvenir booklets and official programs for the celebration. The New York History floats are also represented in a group of 15 photographs, showing the finished floats in parade on September 28, 1909.

The boxed files include portraits from the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, including William Berri, Chairman, Illumination Committee, and Children's Festival, Colored Children impersonating Indians. There is also an unbound photograph album containing 24 photographs, primarily of ships from the naval celebration.

The boxed files also contain miscellaneous printed material including a bond and affidavit for exhibition of the Half-Moon replica in the United States, and a 32 page souvenir booklet: Souvenir of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, Albany, N.Y., October 7 & 8, 1909.

Series II. Flat Files are arranged into subseries for Photographs, Paintings of New York History Floats, Paintings of Carnival Floats, and Miscellaneous Printed Material.

The flat files include a second series of New York History and Carnival paintings in color on 18 x 23 inch paper.

The photographs include 8 views of the Half Moon replica, as well as a group of miscellaneous photographs of New York City Hall and Getty Square in Yonkers, NY illuminated at night by electric light, a view of the Hudson River and Verplank's Point, and a 'Living Flag' in Yonkers, NY.

The miscellaneous printed material is made up of original packaging labels from the gift, and a certificate of appreciation to General Stewart L. Woodford, President of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, from the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York commemorating the gift of 2,100 cherry trees from Japan to be planted along Riverside Drive.


Arranged by format and serial number.

The collection is divided into two sereis; Boxed Files and Flat Files, with subseries for paintings, photographs, and printed material in each series.