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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

Scope and Contents

Although the record group does not hold comprehensive records concerning N-YHS's financial history, there are several 19th century records (cash ledgers, mortgagee holdings documentation, bank books, etc.) that provide glimpses into N-YHS's early finances. Also there is extensive financial data (expenses, budgets, investments, etc.) for the late 1980s and early 1990s; though the timeframe is limited, it represents a period when N-YHS faced a severe fiscal crisis and so can provide insight into that pivotal moment in the organization's history. The record group also holds much information about many of N-YHS's special funds (e.g., Harper Fund) and the financial aspects of the Encyclopedia of New York City project.


The record group is organized in five series:

Series I. Investments, 1880s-1993

Series II. General Office Files, 1930s-2005

Series III. Account books, journals & ledgers, 1837-1927, 1958-1993

Series IV. Working files, 1988-1993

Series V. Encyclopedia of New York City Files, 1988-1991