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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of
New York City Miscellaneous Manuscripts
circa 1614-1933 (bulk 1641-1900)
 MS 443.19

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Alison Barr and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 29, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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

The collection should be cited as: New York City miscellaneous manuscripts, MS 443.19, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

One practical aspect of the miscellaneous manuscripts collection is that all of the items are of a size, though perhaps folded, that will fit in a standard document box. Larger miscellaneous manuscripts stored in flat file folders are in a separate collection; see the Oversize Manuscripts collection (MS OS), specifically Series I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by N-YHS from various sources over time.

Processing Information

The collection was compiled over time and a folder inventory was prepared at some point. The collection was cataloged and a PDF of the inventory was made available online. Around 2019, volunteer Alison Barr transcribed the folder inventory, with reference to the documents themselves, into the collection management system. In 2022, archivist Larry Weimer rearranged the container list to a chronological order and added notes to produce this finding aid.


The collection is open to additional accessions, though N-YHS has generally stopped added documents to it. Recent accessions of the type formerly placed in miscellaneous manuscripts are more likely to now be cataloged individually as an American Historical Manuscripts Collection (AHMC) item.