Print / View Finding Aid as Single Page

New-York Historical Society logo

Guide to the New-York Historical Society Financial Records
1837-2005 (bulk 1800s-1930s, 1980s-1993)

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 30, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series II. General Office Files, 1930s-2005 (bulk 1970s-1990s)

Scope and Contents

The series includes files compiled by the accounting and finance department primarily related to various endowment and memorial funds established by N-YHS over time. The files hold mostly photocopies of documents, but several files hold originals. Most of the files are somewhat slender, but files that hold a subtantial number of documents include those related to the Bryan Fund, Harper Fund, and Wilbur Fund. The files also hold information about some project grants, including those from the Mellon Foundation, NEH, and others, and audited financial statements from 1985-2004 with some gaps.


The series is arranged roughly by topic with files on the special funds, which make up most of the series, preceding other topics.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-14 General information about N-YHS endowment and memorial funds (14 folders)
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 15-35 Files on specific endowment and memorial funds (21 folders)

Scope and Contents

These files include funds named for Waldron Phoenix Belknap (2 folders), Margaret L. Brown, Bryan Fund (6 folders), Levon Hein Chutjian, Thomas S. DaPonte, DeGroot, Edward Delafield, De Menil (2 folders), John DePeyster, Richard Varick Dey, Asher B. Durand, Louis Durr, Goelet, and Goldsmith.

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1-11 Harper Fund (11 folders)

Scope and Contents

These files have several original documents about the Fund dating from the 1950s.

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 12-44 Files on specific endowment and memorial funds (34 folders)

Scope and Contents

Funds includes are those named for Harriman (3 folders), Hearst (3 folders), Hoffman, Ide, John Divine Jones, Leech, LeBoeuf, McKesson, Middledorf, Cornelia Post Mitchell, Doris R. Morton, Muhlenfels, Naval History Society, Orvis, Paltsits, Pell (3 folders), Phoenix, Ruth Samuel (2 folders), Sloan, Slocum, Sons of Rhode Island, Sotheby's, Starr, von Kienbush, Wallace, and Warner.

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 45-46 John J. Watson Fund (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

These folders hold original 1940s-1950s documents, including correspondence between N-YHS curator Donald Shelley and Eliza Watson.

Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 47 James B. Wilbur Fund

Scope and Contents

These folder hold original documents from the 1930s re: the related case State of Vermont against Bankers Trust Company, et al.

1930s, 1990s
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1-12 Mellon Foundation Grants & Matching Funds (12 folders)
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 13-33 Other Funding Sources (21 folders)

Scope and Contents

Holds files on grants from NEH, NHPRC, state sources, and other grants for some programs and exhibitions.

1980s-circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 Reinstatement of Property Tax Exemption (2 folders)
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 3 Financial Data for Attorney General
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 4 Golden Loan
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 17-24 Audited Financial Statements (8 folders)

Scope and Contents

The audited financials for 1994 are not here, but the 1994 year-end figures are in the 1995 report. 1996 and 2001-02 are not here. 1989 also has a copy of the Form 990; that Form is not in the files for any other year.

1985-1995, 1997-2000, 2003-2004
Offsite-Box: 13 Folder : 1 Various financial statements

Scope and Contents

Informal balance sheets and income statements with various year to year comparisons for 1983-1988


Return to Top »