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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Management Committee Records

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 August 05, 2022
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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 Note

This record group should be cited as New-York Historical Society Management Committee Records (NYHS-RG 1), New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the New-York Historical Society archives. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the Guide to the New-York Historical Society Archives (NYHS-RG Archives). Other record groups that are processed and available to researchers and are especially related to the New-York Historical Society management committee records (NYHS-RG 1) are as follows:

Although this management committee record group holds reports and includes references in the minute books to the work of the various buildings committees active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to 1938, most material on the subject of building construction, including several standalone committee minute books, will be found in the New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records (NYHS-RG 3).

For the early to mid-nineteenth century records, there is not a consistently sharp distinction between the content of the official papers and of the correspondence files that were maintained by N-YHS. Accordingly, researchers should also see New-York Historical Society general correspondence (NYHS-RG 2).

In late 1937, N-YHS changed its organizational structure from a member-governed one to one governed by a Board of Trustees. The 1938 Board records were maintained in the same volumes and files as those of the previous governing body, the Executive Committee, and so are found here in NYHS-RG 1. Subsequent Board records from 1939 and later are found in a different record group (NYHS-RG 18).

Existence and Location of Copies

With the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation, the minute books from the record group (30 volumes) were digitized in 2019-2020. Metadata is currently being applied to these images and the volumes are being made available on-line as each is completed. The on-line images can be accessed via links in the finding aid and from within the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.

Processing Information Note

The record group was processed in 2015 by project archivist Larry Weimer.