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Guide to the Freedman Family Papers
and Other Documents
1765–1968 (bulk, 1930–1950)
 MS 231

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


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (October 2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 03, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

This collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org 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, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. 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: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Freedman Family Papers and Other Documents, MS 231, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Asadorian, 2006.

Mr. Asadorian, onetime assistant curator of manuscripts at the New-York Historical Society and later archivist in the Long Island Division (now called the Archives) at Queens Public Library, has also spent considerable time as an amateur urban archaeologist and rescuer of discarded documents, which he attempts to place in appropriate institutional custody. His activities have been profiled on multiple occasions by the New York Times, for instance: Diana Jean Schemo, "Have Archives, Will Travel," Wednesday, September 16, 1992. The lack of relationship among some of the materials in the present collection suggests Mr. Asadorian assembled them from disparate sources.

Processing Information

Archivist Joseph Ditta arranged and described this collection in October 2021.