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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Management Committee Records
1804-1938
 NYHS-RG 1

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


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 24, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series II. Executive Committee Minutes, 1843-1938. 2.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The Executive Committee Meeting Minutes series includes the twenty bound volumes of minutes recorded at the meetings of the committee from April 1843 to the last of its meetings in 1937. The series also includes the 1938 minutes of the committee’s successor governing body, the Board of Trustees; the 1938 minutes are bound in the same volume as the 1936-1937 committee minutes.

Matters routinely considered by the Executive Committee and recorded in the minutes include the recommendation for election of individuals nominated for membership; consideration of publishing initiatives; vetting speakers and papers to be presented at Society meetings; review of finances and banking arrangements, including the performance of mortgages held for investment; approval of library hours and other operational matters; assessment of the condition of the collections, including the Abbott Egyptian collection, which is discussed extensively in 1916; compilation of member lists; consideration of acquisitions by purchase or by donation; approval of the payments of bills (which are listed in the minutes until sometime in the 1920s); maintenance of the buildings; permissions to photograph objects; and proposals of changes to the N-YHS Constitution and By-laws. In addition to its broad scope, the Executive Committee also worked closely with the Fine Arts Committee and the buildings committees so references to their activities are found in these minutes also. In short, the full range of management matters was conducted by the committee and is reflected in the minutes.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in chronological order, in 20 bound volumes. The first twelve volumes were bound in new covers in July 1936 by the New-York Historical Society. The final volume was bound in April 1943. The other eight volumes remain in their original covers, which are somewhat deteriorated.

In some volumes, loose documents, such as lists of standing committees, were found during processing. These were removed from the volumes and placed in a separate folder and box, which is noted in the container list below. The point in the volume from which the documents were removed is noted in the folder with the documents.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Volume: RG1.11 Folder : - Executive Committee Minutes. April 1843-May [June] 1852
1843-1852
Volume: RG1.12 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. September 1852-January 7, 1862
1852-1862
Volume: RG1.13 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. January 28, 1862-September 1866
1862-1866
Volume: RG1.14 Folder : - Executive Committee Minutes. October 1866-January 1873
1866-1873
Volume: RG1.15 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. February 1873-December 1879
1873-1879
Volume: RG1.16 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. 1880-1884
1880-1884
Volume: RG1.17 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. January 1885-October 7, 1890
1885-1890
Volume: RG1.18 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. October 21, 1890-March 1900
1890-1900
Volume: RG1.19 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. April 1900-October 1904
1900-1904
Volume: RG1.20 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. November 1904-June 1907
1904-1907
Volume: RG1.21 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. October 1907-April 1910
1907-1910
Volume: RG1.22 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. May 1910-January 1913
1910-1913
Volume: RG1.23 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. February 1913-December 1915
1913-1915
Volume: RG1.24 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. January 1916-February 1918
1916-1918
Volume: RG1.25 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. March 1918-January [February] 1921
1918-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Loose Document Removed from Exec Committee Minutes (Volume RG1.25 )

Scope and Contents Note

Includes list of Standing Committees and committee members for 1920.

1920
Volume: RG1.26 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. March 15, 1921-March 18, 1924
1921-1924
Volume: RG1.27 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. April 15, 1924-November 15, 1927
1924-1927
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Loose Documents Removed from Exec Committee Minutes (Volume RG1.27)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lists of dues in arrears and a printed version of N-YHS's acknowledgement to the Naval History Society accepting its collection (1925).

1921-1926
Volume: RG1.28 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. December 20, 1927-December 15, 1931
1927-1931
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Loose Documents Removed from Exec Committee Minutes (Volume RG1.28)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an unsigned bank resolution related to the Thompson bequest (1928); a list of Standing Committees and committee members (1930); and two sample title pages for the Edwin Smith surgical papyrus publication.

1928, 1930
Volume: RG1.29 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. January 19, 1932-May 19, 1936
1932-1936
Volume: RG1.30 Folder : - Exec Committee Minutes. June 1936-December 1938

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the minutes of the final meetings of the Executive Committee, this volume holds the December 1937-1938 minutes of the newly-constituted Board of Trustees.

1936-1938

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