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Guide to the Erasmus Hall Records
1325–1989 (bulk, circa 1775–1975)
 MS 201

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 12, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. With the exception of one box (RC-19a) and three oversize folders, the bulk of this collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Erasmus Hall Records, MS 201, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

The New-York Historical Society also holds the Harriet Oxman Papers (MS 2922). Oxman was the only female principal of Erasmus Hall High School, serving 1972–1982.

The Brooklyn Public Library's Center for Brooklyn History (formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society) holds a small collection of Erasmus Hall Academy Records (ARC.230), spanning 1787–1896.

Separated Materials

The following works of art have been transferred to the New-York Historical Society's museum:
Erasmus Hall Academy, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, 1826. Watercolor by Charles Burton (1979.81)
John Henry Livingston, DD (1746–1825), ca. 1810. Oil on canvas by Abraham G. D. Tuthill (1979.82)
Jonathan Warren Kellogg (1780–1853). Oil on panel by an unidentified artist (1979.83)
Dr. John L. Zabriskie (1831–1895), ca. 1890. Oil on linen by M. S. Jenger (1979.84)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Board of Education of the City of New York, 1979.

Processing Information

This collection is not processed, but remains largely in the order in which it came to the New-York Historical Society in 1979. In 2021, to prepare the collection for offsite shipment, archivist Joseph Ditta transferred the portion that was housed in record case drawers to record cartons. Material in document boxes was not rehoused. A number of items were removed from glass frames by N-YHS conservators, who also supplied appropriate containers for fragile, oversize items.


The original item-level, alphabetical card catalog to this collection, compiled by Joseph W. Halpern (Erasmus Hall Class of '72), is stored offsite in Box RC-25. A bound photocopy is retained by the New-York Historical Society Manuscript Department, but the present finding aid provides a nearly verbatim transcription of Halpern's catalog.