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Guide to the St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery Records
 MS 443.9

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 30, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers, with the exception of certain personnel-related records noted in the container list that are restricted pending further curatorial review.
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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.

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Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery records, MS 443.9, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

N-YHS holds several other documents related to St. Mark's Church, including the legal opinion signed by Alexander Hamilton and others regarding the proposed transfer of land from Trinity Church to St. Mark's. A search of Bobcat with the church name will identify these items.

N-YHS also holds various images in various formats of St. Mark's, especially in its Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections (PPAC). These can be identified through a search in the library's finding aid full text search site.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated over time by St. Mark's Church:

* Most of the treasurer records found in Series II were donated on April 15, 1940.

* An addition to the treasurer records was donated on August 2, 1967.

* That 1967 donation also included most of the various other documents in the collection that range from the 19th century into the mid-20th century.

* There is some indication that the draft minutes of 1839-44 found in Series I were donated in December 1963.

* One box of 19th century documents apparently was purchased by N-YHS in 1972 from Gilman's rare book store.

* The records ranging from the late 20th century to 2019 that are related to the preservation and renovation of the church and rectory (Series IV) were donated on May 7, 2021.

Processing Information

The records acquired by N-YHS from 1940 to the 1970s, and which comprise the first three series, were processed over time, with bound volumes cataloged separately from boxed papers. In 2021, with the donation of the records related to the buildings restorations (Series IV), archivist Larry Weimer integrated all the St. Mark's records into one catalog entry and prepared this detailed finding aid for the whole.