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Guide to the Victor H. Paltsits Papers
1825–1952
(bulk, circa 1890–1952)
 MS 477.1

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Creator: Paltsits, Victor Hugo, 1867–1952.
Title: Victor H. Paltsits papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1825–1952 (bulk, circa 1890–1952)
Abstract: Correspondence, research and subject files, diaries, scrapbooks, and publications of librarian and historian Victor Hugo Paltsits (1867–1952). Dr. Paltsits was associated with the New York Public Library from its inception in 1895 (having been employed by its predecessor, the Lenox Library, since 1888). He served as keeper of manuscripts and chief of NYPL's American History division until his retirement in 1941. A tireless bibliographer, Paltsits was hailed as an "unnamed partner in a thousand works that have advanced the learning of this country and the world." The collection includes a substantial number of his published writings, on topics reflecting a wide interest, such as the founding of New Amsterdam, the history of Pemaquid (now Bristol), Maine, and the early American poet Joseph Rodman Drake (1795–1820). Also documented is Paltsits's tenure as New York State Historian (1907–1911), during when the State Capitol Building at Albany, which then housed the State Library, suffered a devastating fire.
Quantity: 36 Linear feet in 72 boxes (38 document boxes, 20 half document boxes, 12 record cartons, 2 flat boxes).
Location: Materials are 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. Also, the content of some boxes remains in its original unprocessed state and will require up to two (2) additional business days per box for preparation; those boxes are identified in the container list. You should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are primarily in English, with some instances of French, Spanish, and Egyptian (Coptic and hieroglyphics).
Call Phrase: MS 477.1