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

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: New-York Historical Society. Executive Committee.
Creator: New-York Historical Society.
Title: New-York Historical Society management committee records
Dates: 1804-1938
Abstract: The New-York Historical Society management committee records group includes records associated with the organization’s governance structure of 1804-1937. The record group includes minute books from the meetings of the Society’s members (1804-1937) and from the meetings of the Executive Committee (1842-1937), as well as from other committees and the first year (1938) of the newly-constituted Board of Trustees. The record group also includes files of so-called official papers, which include ad hoc committee reports, draft annual reports, correspondence, financial information, membership nominations, and other material directly related to the proceedings of the Society and Executive Committee meetings.
Quantity: 15.0 Linear feet in 31 volumes, 25 document boxes, and three oversize folders
Language of Materials Note: The materials are in English.
Call Phrase: NYHS-RG 1
Sponsor: This record group was processed as part of the 2015-2016 N-YHS Institutional Archives project, made possible by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Biographical/Historical Note

From its founding in 1804 until late 1937, when a corporate governance structure with a Board of Trustees was established, the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) was governed by its general membership. Although N-YHS’s Constitution and By-Laws were revised many times, for over one hundred years, until 1917, regular meetings of the members were required to be held at least quarterly. Special meetings were also often called. At these meetings, in addition to hearing presentations on historical and other topics or conducting a special event, business matters were considered by the members present, such as accepting new members, considering major purchases, accepting donations, establishing collection access policies, and overseeing activities related to the collections and other aspects of the organization. At the January meeting of each year, the members held their annual election for officers, who served one year terms, and named members to the standing committees.

Although the general membership deliberated and voted on business matters at their meetings, many matters were referred to either standing or ad hoc committees for consideration and for reporting back to the membership. Of the standing committees, the most longstanding and ultimately most important was the Executive Committee. Created in November 1842, the Executive Committee lasted for the next ninety years, until it was replaced by the newly formed Board of Trustees in the organizational restructuring of November 1937. Over its lifetime, an increasing degree of responsibility was placed with the Executive Committee. By the 1890s, all standing committees existed as subcommittees of the Executive, including the Committees on Finance, Papers (called Lectures, beginning 1913), Library, Publications, Anniversary, Building, Fine Arts, and Membership (after 1917).

Standing committees other than the Executive existed at various times during the nineteenth century. In some instances, the Constitution and By-Laws were amended to specifically require the named committee. One of these was the Committee on Fine Arts, which was formed in March 1856 for the purpose of expanding N-YHS's holdings in that regard; the committee lasted until May 1895 when it was deleted from the N-YHS governing documents and replaced by a sub-committee of the Executive Committee. Various committees related to buildings, including fundraising and construction oversight, were formed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A Field Exploration Committee, headed by William L. Calver, existed from 1918 to 1937 for the purpose of conducting archaeological digs and other field research. N-YHS’s founding Constitution included a so-called Standing Committee, elected by the members, to solicit donations and develop plans for N-YHS’s operations; this committee lasted until 1829. In 1817, various committees, including one on mineralogy, were formed as N-YHS expanded its collecting focus.

In addition to standing committees, through the nineteenth century, and especially in the earliest decades, ad hoc, or short term, committees of two or more members would be formed at the member meetings for the purpose of pursuing various specific initiatives. These initiatives included, among other things, making arrangements for a given year’s anniversary celebration speaker, negotiating for available manuscript collections, overseeing production of a publication or building construction, or auditing the Treasurer’s accounts. Over time, the Executive Committee absorbed these functions, but in any case it was the membership that conducted these affairs. Indeed, into the early decades of the twentieth century, N-YHS had less than ten staff members, most of whom were responsible for library support, facilities maintenance, or clerical work. Much of the managerial level work was carried out by the elected officers, especially by the Librarian, who acted as something of a chief operating officer and was responsible for N-YHS’s entire range of collections and activities.

Despite the growing importance of the Executive Committee, until 1917 much business was still brought to the regular member meetings for discussion and final resolution. In 1917, N-YHS’s Constitution and By-Laws were amended to place virtually all governance and management powers with the Executive Committee, which comprised all N-YHS officers and twelve other members named by the President. The general membership’s role in business matters was consequently reduced, mostly to electing officers. This role, too, had been reduced. Prior to 1914, these elections were held annually, at the regular January meeting; beginning with the 1914 election, the terms of office were extended to three years. Consequently, with a 3-year election cycle and the Executive Committee's increased authority in place, regular membership business meetings were held only every three years after 1917. This cycle lasted until the governance changes of 1937, which ended the participation, however limited in practical effect, of the members in the management of the Society and converted the Executive Committee into an independent Board of Trustees.

(Principal sources for the above were R.W.G. Vail's Knickerbocker Birthday, N-YHS's Annual Reports, and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents Note

The New-York Historical Society management committee records group (NYHS-RG 1) includes records associated with the organization’s governance structure of 1804-1937. The record group includes ten volumes of minute books from the meetings of the Society’s members (1804-1937) and twenty volumes of minute books from the Executive Committee (1842-1937). The final volume of the Executive Committee minutes also includes the minutes for the 1938 meetings of the newly-formed Board of Trustees. The record group also holds the minute books for three other committees: the Standing Committee (1806-1822, with gaps), the Mineralogical Committee (1818-1819), and the Committee on Fine Arts (1856-1880). The Standing Committee book includes mostly lists of donations to N-YHS for many of these early years.

The record group also includes so-called “official papers” (1804-1938). Most of these papers are preparatory material for the Society and Executive Committee meetings, preliminary notes and drafts of meeting minutes, or supporting or source materials concerning matters presented at the meetings, such as correspondence, reports, invoices, nominations of new members, and so forth. Taken together, the minute books and the supporting official papers form the framework of the basic narrative of the history of N-YHS to 1938.

Arrangement Note

The New-York Historical Society management committee records (NYHS-RG 1) record group is organized in 4 series:

Series I. Society Meeting Minutes (1804-1937)

Series II. Executive Committee Minutes (1843-1938)

Series III. Other Committee Minutes (1806-1822, 1856-1880)

Series IV. Official Papers (1805-1938)

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Accounts
  • Annual reports
  • Correspondence
  • Membership lists
  • Minute books
  • Receipts

Subject Organizations

  • New-York Historical Society. Executive Committee.
  • New-York Historical Society. -- Archives
  • New-York Historical Society. -- Management

Subject Topics

  • Learned institutions and societies -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management
  • Libraries and institutions -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management
  • Museums -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Societies, etc.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote to: Manuscript Curator, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024.

Preferred Citation Note

This record group should be cited as New-York Historical Society management committee records (NYHS-RG 1), The 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).

Processing Information Note

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

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Container List

Series I. Society Meeting Minutes, 1804-1937. 1.6 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The Society Meeting Minutes series includes the ten bound volumes of minutes recorded at the regular and special meetings of N-YHS members from its founding meeting on November 20, 1804, to the last of these meetings on November 16, 1937. Although there is a degree of consistency in the content of the meeting entries over the years, there are also many differences. Some of these differences are likely clerical in nature, such as the tendencies or thoroughness of the various recording secretaries. Some differences relate to the changing scope of the matters brought for consideration and vote to the Society meetings; by the early twentieth century, most business matters were handled within the Executive Committee (see Series II). After the constitutional amendments of 1917, only a few matters other than officer elections are documented in the minutes. Accordingly, the following scope notes relate principally to the meeting minutes from 1804 to 1917.

Routine content includes lists of individuals nominated and accepted for membership; obituaries/memorials for recently-deceased members and nationally-known figures; annual elections of officers; meeting attendees; and appointments of temporary committees to consider various specific matters.

Donations of items are recorded inconsistently. For the period from the 1820s to 1841, there are frequent detailed lists of accessions. There are references to donations before and after that period as well but, especially after 1841, other books are noted as holding this information (see the New-York Historical Society collection accession registers record group (NYHS-RG 15)). The minutes record many initiatives aimed at expanding the collection of manuscripts, artifacts, and artwork. These include successful matters, such as the acquisition of art from the New York Gallery of Fine Arts in 1857, and unfruitful ones, such as the offer from Mathew Brady of his Civil War photographs in 1866.

Operational matters, including finances, leasing space in the early-mid 1800s, acquiring land and constructing buildings in the mid-1800s and in the 1900s, setting open hours for the rooms, and proposing constitutional and by-law amendments are recorded in the minutes. Financial matters from N-YHS’s earliest years are not always recorded in any particular detail, but the amount of this information expands in later years to account for various funds, investments held, and other matters. N-YHS’s financial struggles of the 1820s and 1830s, and their eventual resolution, are well-documented in the minutes.

Reports from committees are sometimes written into the minutes in full, as is some important correspondence. These reports include those of the various buildings committees created over time. References can also be found to the ultimately unsuccessful initiative of the 1860s-1870s to locate N-YHS within Central Park (see New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records (NYHS-RG 3) for much more on this topic).

The minutes also record to some extent the educational and social activities of N-YHS. These include noting those invited to read papers to the members and the subject of those papers; decisions to publish certain material; and summaries of anniversary celebrations and other special events, sometimes noting the toasts at the event.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in chronological order, in 10 bound volumes. The minutes were bound in new covers in July 1936 by the New-York Historical Society.

In some volumes, loose documents, such as the slates of nominated candidates for N-YHS officers, 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: RG1.1 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 1
1804-1837
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes Volume 1

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mostly brief notes likely related to Vail's research for his N-YHS history.

ca. 1954
Volume: RG1.2 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 2
1838-1848
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes Volume 2

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clippings related to U.S. President John Tyler's cancellation of his appointment to meet with N-YHS members.

1843 June 14-15
Volume: RG1.3 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 3
1849-May 1856
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Loose Document Removed from Minutes Volume 3

Scope and Contents Note

Includes draft of resolutions regarding the death of Daniel Webster.

1852 October 30
Volume: RG1.4 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 4
June 1856-May 1863
Volume: RG1.5 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 5
June 1863-1870
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes Volume 5

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the slates of nominated officers for the elections of 1864, 1865, 1867, and 1869; the opposition slate of 1867; an invitation to the celebration of N-YHS's 63rd anniversary (1867); and an announcement of the upcoming publication of a memorial of Alexander Anderson, written by Benson J. Lossing (1870).

1864-1865, 1867, 1869-1870
Volume: RG1.6 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 6
1871-May 1879
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes Volume 6

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the slate of nominated officers for 1872 and notes and extract related to the meeting of April 1, 1873.

1872-1873
Volume: RG1.7 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 7
June 1879-1887
Volume: RG1.8 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 8
1888-1900
Volume: RG1.9 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 9
1901-1908
Volume: RG1.10 Folder : - Minutes. Volume 10
1909-November 1937

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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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Series III. Other Committee Minutes, 1806-1822, 1856-1880. 0.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The Other Committee Minutes series includes the following three volumes:

The first volume holds minutes recorded by the Standing Committee and lists of early donations to N-YHS. The Standing Committee existed from 1805 until 1829 when the requirement for it was removed from the N-YHS Constitution and By-Laws. The volume does not include records from this entire period. Only four meetings of the Standing Committee are recorded; one of these (1807) was adjourned for lack of a quorum and the other three (1806, 1809, 1810) include only a small number of committee resolutions, one of which concerns the possible purchase of items from John Pintard. The bulk of the entries in the volume are lists of donations of books and other objects (1806 to 1818, with gaps, and 1822); these entries often, though not always, also indicate the donor.

The second volume holds minutes of the Mineralogical Committee, dating from 1818-1819. Although the committee was formed in October 1816 and existed until perhaps circa 1920 (the Society meeting minutes are silent on when the committee was discharged), this slender volume holds the brief minutes for only two meetings: December 28, 1818, and March 6, 1819. The minutes also include a letter from the committee’s secretary indicating his unavailability for a March 26, 1819 meeting.

The third volume holds minutes of the Committee on Fine Arts, dating from its formation in March 1856 to March 1880. Although the committee existed until May 1895, there are no entries after March 1880. The minutes refer to the committee’s support for collecting photographs, consideration of the Jarvis collection, the Audubon watercolors, the Bryan collection, the possibility of acquiring space for N-YHS in Central Park, and Mathew Brady’s offer of photographs to N-YHS, among other matters.

Arrangement Note

The three volumes are listed here chronologically by their earliest entry. Within each volume, the entries proceed chronologically.

The bound pages of the Mineralogical Committee volume include only the December 1818 meeting minutes. The other content is on two loose sheets that were inserted into the volume. These two sheets were removed to a separate folder, which is noted in the container list below.

The Standing Committee and Fine Arts Committee volumes were bound in new covers in July 1936 by the New-York Historical Society. The Mineralogical Committee volume is in its original binding and covers.

A photocopy of the Standing Committee book is available for general access use. The photocopy is complete as to the book’s bound pages, but does not include two loose sheets that are with the committee book. It also cuts off a small amount of information and is difficult to read at points because of the poor reproduction quality. Accordingly the photocopy cannot be relied on as a replacement for the original, but it is preferable to use over the somewhat fragile original for users initially surveying the document for potential usefulness.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Standing Committee and Record of Donations (1 of 2)
1806-1818, 1822
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Standing Committee and Record of Donations (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes a photocopy of the Standing Committee book that is available for general access use. The photocopy is complete as to the original's bound pages, but does not include copies of two loose sheets that are with the committee book. It also cuts off a small amount of information and is difficult to read at points because of the poor reproduction quality. Accordingly the photocopy cannot be relied on as a replacement for the original, but it is preferable to use over the somewhat fragile original for users initially surveying the document for potential usefulness.

1806-1818, 1822
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Mineralogical Committee
1818-1819
Volume: RG1.31 Folder : - Committee on Fine Arts
1856-1880

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Series IV. Official Papers, 1805-1938. 10.6 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The Official Papers series, which is the original name of the files, primarily includes material that directly relates to the Society membership and Executive Committee meetings and minute books (see Series I and II). Most of the documents are preparatory material for the meetings, preliminary notes and drafts of meeting minutes, or supporting or source materials concerning matters presented at the meetings. Much of the material in this series is likely also found recorded in the minute books or in print form, but that may not be true in all instances and these documents are typically the draft or manuscript versions which can have a research value separate from the final versions.

For each year’s files from the 1840s to the 1910s, the overall content is fairly consistent. The files for these years primarily include documentation of proposed new members; drafts or manuscripts of the Librarian and Executive Committee’s annual reports; drafts of statements and resolutions, including memorial remarks for recently deceased members; and documentation of the annual nomination and election of officers. The membership documentation is especially extensive and includes the original correspondence, paper slips, business cards, or standardized forms nominating candidates as members; the extract from the minutes recording the nominations, which were forwarded to the Executive Committee for its consideration; and the communication from the committee recommending acceptance of the nominees.

Also commonly found in the files of the 1840s to 1910s, though less consistently than the above materials, are remarks made by newly-elected presidents, reports of various committees formed on an ad hoc basis for particular purposes, and some financial and donation information. Some legal documents are in the series, including the agreement by which N-YHS acquired the collection of the New York Gallery of Fine Arts. Documentation related to the funding and construction of buildings for N-YHS is found in the years 1840s-1850s, and again in the 1880s-early 1900s. References to the publications program and its funding and to various special events are found here also. The container list below includes notes at the folder level to highlight at least some of the noteworthy items identified during processing.

The series includes a set of files dating from 1899-1905 that were maintained by Sydney H. Carney, Jr., N-YHS's Recording Secretary for much of this period. Carney was also a member of the Central Park West Building Committee during this period and was that committee’s secretary in some years. The most substantive portions of Carney's files relate to the building project, especially in regard to controversy over the architect's unanticipated need to change the building design. These documents include correspondence from architects York & Sawyer and others; draft resolutions; drafts of Carney's outgoing correspondence to the architects, to N-YHS presidents Eugene and Samuel Hoffman, and to others; notes taken about telephone calls; draft committee minutes; a subscription book; and other documents related to the project. Carney's files also include correspondence related to his Recording Secretary responsibilities, including requests from Librarian Robert H. Kelby for signatures on meeting extracts, member certificates, and Publication Fund shares and share transfers; requests for resolutions to be drafted; notices from officers and committee members of meetings they would be unable to attend; and other such routine business matters.

Subsequent to the 1910s, for the files of the 1920s and 1930s, the scope of the documentation narrows, with little material related to the monthly Executive Committee minutes. Much of the routine matter for these years includes the manuscript Annual Reports (Librarian, Executive Committee, and Field Exploration Committee) and lists of approved new members and of deaths (“necrology”). The bulk of the documents for these years relate to the triennial officer elections, the by-law changes of 1917 and 1937, and the special membership meeting called in 1936 to approve the Executive Committee’s decision to initiate construction of the Central Park West building expansion. Proxy voting was introduced with the 1917 elections and much of the bulk of the material for the 1920s and 1930s includes the proxy certificates and the recordkeeping concerning them. Nonetheless, the contentious elections of 1917 and 1920, driven by charges of mismanagement by Mrs. Van Rensselaer, are well-documented here with correspondence, circulars, meeting transcripts, and competing ballots.

For consistency with the Executive Committee minutes series, the Official Papers series includes the year 1938, the first year that N-YHS was governed by a Board of Trustees, newly-constituted under the by-law changes of 1937.

The earliest files in this series, from prior to the 1840s, are much more uneven in content and are of a different character than the later files. The bulk of the documents for these first three decades of N-YHS’s history are invoices, receipts, and account statements, such as those related to purchases of books, moving the library to and setting up the rooms at the New York Institution and other places, creating the mineralogy cabinet, printing circulars and publishing advertisements, and other expenses. Files in the late 1820s are especially rich with regard to N-YHS’s efforts to resolve its debts. This material concerns the claims of John Pintard and John Francis for purchases they made for N-YHS, and the releases obtained from various creditors. Other than financial matters, the early files contain some of N-YHS’s early circulars to the public, meeting agendas and extracts, and librarian and committee reports.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in chronological order, which appears to have been the original order of the files. The files advance in yearly increments, except for the files from N-YHS's earliest decades, which were somewhat disorganized and included multiple years.

Within each year, the documents are also generally arranged in chronological order. Many documents though are undated; these were typically left in the folders in which they were found on the assumption they were filed with the correct year. These undated documents are found at the end of each year.

Most years include the manuscript drafts of the annual reports of the Executive Committee and the Librarian. These reports were prepared for the January membership meeting and summarized the activities of the prior year. The original filing of these reports was inconsistent across the series and could not be reliably rationalized during processing, especially since some are undated and unclear as to which year they refer. Accordingly, the annual report drafts were left in the files in which they were found. For the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a year's report will typically be found in the following year's file. From about 1920 through the end of the series in 1938, the report will be found with its subject year.

Much of the material in the earliest years (1805-circa 1850) are invoices and other financial documents. Payment delays were common so the bills for a prior year are often found in the following year. Also, many of these financial documents are account statements that refer to past transactions of prior years.

Folders labeled with just a date or date range include standard subject matter as described in the Scope and Contents Note. Some individual documents were identified as specifically noteworthy and were referenced in a note at the folder level. Folders that include a subject in their label include documents related to that subject only.

Related Archival Materials Note

While there is a fairly clear distinction between the two, there does seem to be instances in which documents that could be considered official papers were placed by N-YHS officers in the General Correspondence Files (NYHS-RG 2), and vice versa, particularly for the nineteenth century records. For example, correspondence read to the Society or a committee and "laid upon the table" or acted on, or a resignation letter by an officer, is more likely to be with correspondence than the official papers. Although some of these documents were moved between the official papers and correspondence during processing, for the most part items were left as found, and researchers may wish to check both record groups for a given year.

Processing Information Note

The official papers were processed perhaps circa 2000, with documents transferred from original folders to archival containers. In 2015, project archivist Larry Weimer refined the arrangement, principally by sorting documents within each year into the meeting or topic they related to, created the inventory and other descriptive notes, and organized it as a series within the management committee record group.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (1 of 7). Constitution, Address and Queries (drafts).

Scope and Contents Note

One of the drafts of the N-YHS Constitution indicates that it was found among family papers and presented to N-YHS by Samuel W. Francis, April 21, 1883.

1805
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (2 of 7). Address to the Public (print).
1805?, 1809-1810
Box: OS-1 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (3 of 7). Membership Invitation with Constitution, Address and Queries (print).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a print invitation to become a member of N-YHS, signed by Corresponding Secretary Samuel Miller.

1805 February 12
Box: OS-1 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (4 of 7). New York Herald Publication of N-YHS Constitution
1805 February 13
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (5 of 7). Subscribers to the Anniversary Festival on St. Nicholas' Day
1811 December
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (6 of 7). Report of Librarian John W. Francis.
1812 December 7
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1805-1813 (7 of 7). Donation List.
1813 July 21
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Official Papers. 1816

Scope and Contents Note

Includes only one document: an extract of a letter from John W. Francis, writing from London with favorable views of Americans, the extract laid before a meeting of the Society.

1816
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Official Papers. 1817-1818 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the printed circular of the American Zoology and Geology Committee and the printed Report on Botany and Vegetable Physiology.

February-June 1817
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Official Papers. 1817-1818 (2 of 3).
October 1817-January 1818
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Official Papers. 1817-1818 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes G. Schulte's manuscript on serpents that was presented by Gov. Clinton at the November 10, 1818, Society meeting and referred to the Committee on Publications. Includes a report on the development of the zoological and geological specimens in the Cabinet and reports about the Library.

April-December 1818
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Official Papers. 1819

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a list of members from N-YHS's founding to October 1819; the list includes election date and the name of the nominating member. According to a card with the document, the list is in the handwriting of Dr. Lyman Spalding, N-YHS Corresponding Secretary in 1819-20. The list was given to N-YHS by Spalding's grandson, Dr. James Alfred Spalding, in 1919.

1819
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Official Papers. 1805-1819 (1 of 3). Invoices and Other Financial Documents.

Scope and Contents Note

See also the folders below for 1828; these include bills from 1809-19 submitted in 1828 by John Pintard for reimbursement. The bills include expenses related to the 1817 creation of the mineralogy cabinet.

1805, 1809-1811, 1816
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Official Papers. 1805-1819 (2 of 3). Invoices and Other Financial Documents.
1817
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Official Papers. 1805-1819 (3 of 3). Invoices and Other Financial Documents.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invoice for cartage fees for a specimen of the Giant's Causeway.

1818-1819
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Official Papers. "Invoices for Books, etc. Purchased for N-YHS by John W. Francis, John Pintard, and others" (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

These two folders of invoices include a note indicating they were presented to N-YHS by Dr. Valentine Matt Francis on Dec. 20, 1906.

1805, 1810, 1813-14, 1817-1818
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Official Papers. "Invoices for Books, etc. Purchased for N-YHS by John W. Francis, John Pintard, and others" (2 of 2).
1818, ca. 1818
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Official Papers. John W. Francis Documents

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three photoreproductions of financial documents related to John Francis's transactions (originals not found).

1815, 1818, Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Official Papers. Circa 1804-1820?

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two undated documents: a draft of a "prospectus of a reading society" and a list of U.S. government documents of the 1790s.

ca. 1804-1820?
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1820-1823

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to John W. Francis's financial claims on N-YHS and the report of the committee established to resolve these. Includes the report of the committee assigned to investigate the conduct of William Ducachet at meetings.

1820-1823
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1824-1826
1824-1826
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1827
1827
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1828 (1 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Among other matters, this and the next three folders include a substantial number of documents concerning the work of the committee charged with resolving the claims of N-YHS's various creditors, among them being John Pintard and John Francis. Some of the documents submitted by the claimants in 1828 refer to transactions dating from as early as 1809. This first folder also includes a list of the N-YHS Cabinet objects left in rooms with the Lyceum.

1828
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1828 (2 of 5)
1828
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1828 (3 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes the releases negotiated with N-YHS's creditors: NY Evening Post, NY Daily Advertiser, NY American, David Hosack, William Mercein, John Francis, and George Gibbs. There are also unresolved claims from the estate of James Eastburn.

1824, 1828
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1828 (4 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the claims of John Pintard, the underlying transaction documents from 1809-1819, and the committee's analysis of the claims. Transactions include those associated with creating the mineralogy cabinet in 1817.

1817-1819, 1828
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1828 (5 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the financial summary for 1828 prepared by Treasurer John Delafield showing revenue (dues collected from members, investment income, and the grant received from New York state) and expenses, with the June 1829 certification of the audit committee.

1828-1829
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1829 (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a printed N-YHS Constitution and By-Laws, with donor list; New York Assembly print of the report of N-YHS to the Legislature regarding the state's $5,000 grant; and the pamphlet Plan for Promoting Common School Education in Greece, produced by a committee chaired by Albert Gallatin and meeting at the N-YHS.

1829
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1829 (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to N-YHS's cataloging of its collection of coins and medals as of 1829, principally those received from the Kunze estate in 1818. These documents underlie N-YHS's 1830 print version of the coin catalogue. Among the documents are a lengthy extract from an 1800 letter from Kunze to Dr. Mitchell in which Kunze describes the collection, the report of the Committee on the Arrangement of the Cabinet, and inventories.

1829
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (1 of 8). Bills Paid in 1830.

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the following seven folders primarily include the bills presented to N-YHS for payment in the 1830s. Generally, the bills are grouped in a folder by the year they were paid, though the date range typically indicates the date of the bill, which is often from a prior year. Some bills dated in the 1830s include references to transactions occurring from as far back as 1827.

1829-1830
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (2 of 8). Bills Paid in 1831.
1830-1831
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (3 of 8). Bills Paid in 1832.
1827, 1830-1832
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (4 of 8). Bills Paid in 1833-1836.
1833
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (5 of 8). Bills Paid in 1836-1838.
1836-1838
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (6 of 8). Bills Paid in 1839.
1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (7 of 8). Bills Paid in 1839.
1839
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Official Papers. 1830-1839 (8 of 8). Various Receipts.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a list of books auctioned for N-YHS, books exchanged, dues received, and miscellaneous receipts and financial notes. The bulk of the items are from 1839, but there is one 1830 receipt for dues paid by Dr. Francis.

1830, [1839]
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Official Papers. 1839. Washington Inauguration Anniversary Festival.
1839
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Official Papers. 1839-1842 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Timothy Alden. See also the 1843 folder below for a print advertisement for the 1841 lecture series to be delivered by Jared Sparks.

1839-1842
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Official Papers. 1839-1842 (2 of 2). Eagle Fire Co. Insurance Policies.
1839-1842
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Official Papers. 1843.
1841, 1843
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1844-1845 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three designs for a N-YHS medal.

1844-ca. 1845
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1844-1845 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee charged with considering whether a more appropriate name than "United States of America" might be recommended for the nation; they offer "Republic of Allegania." Includes an article from a German publication about the Collections of the New-York Historical Society, 2nd series, Volume 1; article is in German, with a translation.

1845
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1844-1845 (3 of 4). 40th Anniversary Dinner.
1844
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1844-1845 (4 of 4). Bills and Accounts.
1841, 1844-1845
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1846 (1 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the mailing to corresponding members requesting that they obtain and contribute materials for the Library and the N-YHS petition to the U.S. House of Representatives to remove import duties on books.

1846
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1846 (2 of 6).
1846
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1846 (3 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Librarian's report concerning the proposed Vattemare donation and the statement by Thomas Henenden(?) opposing the proposed resolution memorializing former U.S. president Andrew Jackson.

1845-[1846]
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1846 (4 of 6). Revival of Lapsed Incorporation.
1846 ca. February
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1846 (5 of 6). Committee on Publishing of Proceedings.
1846 February
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1846 (6 of 6). Inventory of William L. Stone Collection.
1846 April
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1847 (1 of 5).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes committee reports concerning appeals for subscriptions to construct a fireproof building, with drafts of the appeal. Includes the memorial of Peter G. Stuyvesant, written by Luther Bradish.

1847
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1847 (2 of 5).
1847
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1847 (3 of 5).
1847
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1847 (4 of 5). Committee on Publishing a Monthly Bulletin of Proceedings.
1847
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1847 (5 of 5). Bills and Accounts.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes account summaries of transactions dating back to 1845. Most of these relate to the Library General Account and so identify purchased books and other items for 1845-46.

1847
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1848 (1 of 4).
1848
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Official Papers. 1848 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copies of the print appeal for funds for a fireproof building, with handwritten draft of the covering letter.

1848
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Official Papers. 1848 (3 of 4).
1848
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Official Papers. 1848 (4 of 4). Bills and Accounts.
1848-1849
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Official Papers. 1848. "Memoranda Relating to the Business of the Hist. Society."

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes a notebook that appears to have been started in 1848 and that includes entries and loose receipts and other documents to 1862, although there are not entries for every year in that range. Entries include lists of life members to 1848, list of tea and coffee furniture held by N-YHS in 1848, inventory of N-YHS publications on hand to 1850, publications sent to other Societies in 1848-1850, list of delinquents receiving the May 1, 1848, and February 1, 1849, circulars, member accounts given to Peter Jackson for collection in 1848 and 1849, expense summaries and distribution record of the 1859 catalogue, and various accounts with entries from 1848 to 1862.

1848-1862
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1849 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee formed to consider the proposal from the Lyceum of Natural History for an exchange of objects found in the former Cabinet of the N-YHS for books; in considering this proposal, the committee briefly recounts the history of the Lyceum's acquisition of objects from N-YHS.

1849
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1849 (2 of 4).
1849
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1849 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Albert Gallatin.

1849
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1849 (4 of 4). Bills and Accounts.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents from 1847-1849 concerning bill payment disputes with William Van Norden, printer of the Proceedings; see also the 1848 folder of bills and accounts for Van Norden documents.

1847-1849
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Official Papers. Circa 1840s.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes undated documents, possibly from the 1840s. These include a report from the Librarian proposing new regulations, member nominations, the print version of the request of members to pay any of their dues in arrears, and various financial-related notes.

[1840s?]
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1850 (1 of 5).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a draft of the by-laws for the Committee, or Trustees, of the Building Fund. Includes resolutions providing for some financial compensation for the Librarian.

1850
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1850 (2 of 5).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Luther Bradish's remarks regarding James Lenox and his presentation to N-YHS of a copy of Washington's Farewell Address. Includes newspaper clippings from 1852 about the authorship of the Address.

1850 June, 1852
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1850 (3 of 5).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes resolutions concerning the death of U.S. President Zachary Taylor.

Box: 4 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1850 (4 of 5).
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1850 (5 of 5).
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1851 (1 of 6).
1851
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1851 (2 of 6).
1851
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1851 (3 of 6).
1851
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1851 (4 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial to Philip Hone.

1851
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1851 (5 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes newspaper clippings related to meetings, such as announcements, record of proceedings, remarks, etc.

1851
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1851 (6 of 6). Bills and Accounts.

Scope and Contents Note

The original label for these documents indicates that they are for Librarian George H. Moore's account for the years 1850-51. The documents date from 1847-1955, with some account lists referring to transactions back to 1845.

1847-1855
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1852 (1 of 4).
1852
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1852 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the records of ticket distribution for the Daniel Webster lecture of February 1852 and minutes of the committee making the arrangements.

1852
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1852 (3 of 4). Building Fund.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the efforts to raise subscriptions for a fireproof building fund. These documents include a print version of John Jay's objections to the building fund trustees' intent to purchase property before certain conditions were met, a renewal of the subscription appeal, the circular announcing a series of benefit lectures, and a ticket to the series.

1851-1852
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1852 (4 of 4).
1852
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1853.
1853
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1854 (1 of 2).
1854
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1854 (2 of 2).
1854
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1855 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence from Benson Lossing regarding New York state government manuscripts he has found from the colonial and early republic periods, and the report of the N-YHS committee formed to look into these.

1855
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1855 (2 of 3).
1855
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1855 (3 of 3). Building Fund.
1855
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1856 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report and memorial of the Committee on National Medals (formed in April 1854), with related response from the U.S. Mint. Includes records of dues in arrears and some related correspondence from former members declining to pay.

1855-1856
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1856 (2 of 4).
1856
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1856 (3 of 4).
1856
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1856 (4 of 4). Building Fund.
1856
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1857 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the Fine Arts Committee recommending acceptance of the donation by John Earl Williams of a bust of Columbus.

1857
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1857 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes President Bradish's remarks at the November 3 dedication of the new N-YHS building and a ticket to the event, Chairman of the Building Fund Trustees de Peyster's draft remarks at the December meeting, and the final report of the Buildings Committee.

1857
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1857 (3 of 3).
1857
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1858 (1 of 7).
1858
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1858 (2 of 7).
1858
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1858 (3 of 7).
1858
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1858 (4 of 7). Letter Concerning Steam Power.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Joseph Renwick's lengthy letter to Frederic de Peyster proposing a paper to be read to N-YHS regarding steam power. In the letter, among other topics, Renwick discusses his own experience aboard Fulton's original steamboat on the Hudson and other such experiences.

1858 January 2
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1858 (5 of 7). Columbia College Rental.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the rental of the N-YHS Library to Columbia College for university lectures.

1858 May
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1858 (6 of 7). NY Gallery of Fine Arts.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the acquisition of the collection of the New York Gallery of the Fine Arts, including the signed and sealed agreement, which includes a list of the paintings and sculpture acquired.

1858 June
Box: OS-1 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1858 (7 of 7).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a recapitulation of the expenses and receipts (1850-1859) associated with the Building Fund.

1858-1859
Volume: RG1.32 Folder : - Volume: By-Laws, Report on Seth Grosvenor's Will, New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts Agreement and Catalogue, Lectures

Scope and Contents Note

Includes transcribed copies of the noted documents. Lectures refers to the report of the committee on lectures for 1958. Volume was bound by N-YHS on July 2, 1936.

1858
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1859 (1 of 4).
1859
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1859 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the agreement between N-YHS and the Second Universalist Society for the rental of rooms for services, with provision to extend the agreement to 1862; later pencilled annotations indicate the possibility of extending the term to 1866.

1859
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1859 (3 of 4).
1859
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1859 (4 of 4). Ventilation Report.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a report by Dr. D.B. Reid assessing the ventilation of the N-YHS building.

1859 May
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1860 (1 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of James Kirke Paulding.

1860
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1860 (2 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a circular to members with information concerning meetings, library hours, collections, publications, etc.

1860
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1860 (3 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee appointed to attempt to acquire the manuscripts owned by Abraham Tomlinson.

1860
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1860 (4 of 6).
1860
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1860 (5 of 6). Washington Irving Birthday Commemoration.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an event invitation and ticket, correspondence, draft circular announcement, N-YHS President Bradish's remarks at the event, annotated clippings of William Cullen Bryant's remarks, and the report of the N-YHS Committee on Arrangements.

1860 March-April
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1860 (6 of 6). O'Reilly's Telegraph Documents. Draft Catalogue.
1860 May
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1861 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee formed to draft regulations for admission to the N-YHS meetings and its collections.

1861
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1861 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memorial of John W. Francis.

1861
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1861 (3 of 3).
1861
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1862 (1 of 4).
1862
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1862 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes member and non-member tickets for entrance to the March meeting.

1862
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1862 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

The member nominations in this folder include that of Henry Dexter (October).

1862
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1862 (4 of 4).
1862
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1863 (1 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Edward Robinson.

1863
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1863 (2 of 6).
1863
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1863 (3 of 6).
1863
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1863 (4 of 6).
1863
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1863 (5 of 6). Luther Bradish Memorials.
1863
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1863 (6 of 6). William Bradford Birthday Commemoration.

Scope and Contents Note

N-YHS petty cash expenditures are recorded on the back of tickets for the Bradford event. See also 1864 folders for similar petty cash records for that year on the back of Bradford tickets.

1863
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1864 (1 of 8).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the rules established in January for the Executive Committee.

1863-1864
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1864 (2 of 8).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the Jarvis and Thomas J. Bryan art collections.

1864
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1864 (3 of 8).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the committee report related to the Jarvis and Bryan art collections. Includes the circular requesting contributions of arms, trophies, and other artifacts related to the U.S. army and navy, especially New York City regimental flags and captured rebel flags. Includes documents related to the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the conquest of New Netherland.

1864
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1864 (4 of 8).
1864
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1864 (5 of 8). Petty Cash Records.
1864
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1864 (6 of 8). Spooner Dictionary Matter.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the agreement between N-YHS and bookseller James Bonton for the use of N-YHS's stereograph plates to print new editions of two works by Spooner, the subsequent cancellation of the agreement and transferral of the ownership of the plates to Bonton, and the correspondence from Bonton concerning missing plates that related to these matters.

1864
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1864 (7 of 8). Lectures on Egypt.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mostly financial bills and receipts related to the lecture series.

1864
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1864 (8 of 8). E.H. Davis Collection.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the signed agreement, inventory, and correspondence concerning the acquisition of Edwin Hamilton Davis's collection of American antiquities.

1861, 1863-1864
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1865 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a sketch "Waiting for the Returns--Annual Election NYHS," drawn by Domestic Corresponding Secretary Brodhead at the January meeting.

1865
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1865 (2 of 4).
1865
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1865 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee on arms, trophies, and other U.S. army and navy artifacts.

1865
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1865 (4 of 4). Committee on the Publication Fund.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Committee on the Publication Fund report of November 7, 1865, and the minutes of the committee meetings for March 18, 1865, to March 17, 1866.

1865-1866
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1866 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the letter from Mathew Brady of January 6, 1866, in which he proposes a conditional donation of his collection of photographs to N-YHS.

1866
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1866 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents concerning complaints about the cold winter temperature in the library, and its resolution.

1866
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1866 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an unsigned agreement to rent the N-YHS hall to the Second Universalist Society for 1866-67, with pencilled revisions to rent it to the Reformed Presbyterian Church for 1867-68.

1866
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1866 (4 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Horace Green.

1866
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Official Papers. Circa 1864-1866. De Peyster Matters.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents that appear to have been compiled by, or relate in some way to, N-YHS President Frederic De Peyster. These include records of the distribution, expenses and receipts associated with various addresses by De Peyster (ca. 1865-1866 and perhaps to 1868); historical observations sent to De Peyster by John McVicker(?); information from the Department of Charities and Correction on the number of people in its various institutions and receiving "outdoor" aid (1864); a letter from the New York City Inspector's Department responding to De Peyster that fears of the draft have prevented the taking of an accurate city census and so can only provide estimates for 1863-64 (1865); historical notes on some N-YHS presidents; a print of a speech made in Congress on April 11, 1864, by H. Winter Davis of Maryland, sent by Davis to De Peyster; appeals from the Ladies' Mount Vernon Association for contributions; and a clipping regarding remarks at N-YHS, including those of De Peyster and George Bancroft memorializing Edward Everett.

Circa 1864-1866
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1867 (1 of 5).
1867-1868
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1867 (2 of 5).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a signed agreement between N-YHS and the Second Reformed Presbyterian Church for rental of the hall for services for 1867-68.

1867
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1867 (3 of 5).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of John Alsop King.

1867
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1867 (4 of 5).
1867
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1867 (5 of 5). Plaster Bas-Relief by Ottin.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the acquisition of Ottin's bas-relief Triumphal March of the Republic. Two documents, including one signed by Monsieur Ottin, are in French.

1855, 1867
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1867-1868. Sales of Osgood's Discourse.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bills and other financial records related to the sales of a print of a discourse by Samuel Osgood.

1867-1868
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1868 (1 of 4).
1868
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1868 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Librarian Moore's reflections on the history of his compensation since 1849 as the subject is on the April agenda; the related committee report is also in the folder. The folder also includes the N-YHS circular requesting support for creating the Museum of History, Antiquities, and Art in Central Park.

1868
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1868 (3 of 4).
1868
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1868 (4 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes unattributed remarks proposing an increase in membership dues in order to support current, operational expenses.

1868
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1869 (1 of 4).
1869
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Official Papers. 1869 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of George Folsom and Alexander Stevens. Includes the report of the committee assigned to evaluate Thomas Townsend's Historical Record & Encyclopedia of the Great Rebellion to determine whether to acquire it; see also the next folder for other documents on this subject, including Townsend's comments to the Executive Committee about his work.

1869
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Official Papers. 1869 (3 of 4).
1869
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Official Papers. 1869 (4 of 4).
1869
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1870 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Gulian C. Verplanck.

1870
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1870 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Frederick S. Cozzens.

1870
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1870 (3 of 4).
1870
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1870 (4 of 4). Bryant Discourse on G.C. Verplanck.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes tickets and other documents concerning William Cullen Bryant's discourse on Gulian C. Verplanck at Steinway Hall.

1870 May
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1871 (1 of 3).
1871
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1871 (2 of 3).
1871
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1871 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes pages from the October 9, 1869, publication The Academy.

1869, 1871
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1872 (1 of 6).
1872
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1872 (2 of 6).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence related to objections raised by the Society to the memorial to Mr. Motley, written by John Jay and read at the June meeting by John Austin Stevens.

1872
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1872 (3 of 6).
1872
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1872 (4 of 6). Henry B. Dawson Matter.

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next includes correspondence, affidavits, newspaper clippings, notes, meeting extracts, and other documents related to Henry B. Dawson's purported membership in N-YHS, his proposed by-law amendment, and his related lawsuit.

1872
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1872 (5 of 6). Henry B. Dawson Matter.
1872
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1872 (6 of 6). Buckingham Smith Acquisition

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, purchase receipt, resolutions, inventory of volumes, object descriptive notes, and other documents concerning the acquisition of a globe and books from the estate of Buckingham Smith. The documents in this folder were found in 2016 in the manuscript collection of Buckingham Smith papers and were moved to the N-YHS institutional archive, which was their likely original location in large part. A few of the documents do not bear directly on the acquisition, including a statement from Bellevue Hospital concerning Smith's death.

1870-1872
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1873 (1 of 7).
1873
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1873 (2 of 7).
1873
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1873 (3 of 7).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Hickson W. Field.

1873
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1873 (4 of 7).
1873
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1873 (5 of 7).
1873
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1873 (6 of 7).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of John Romeyn Brodhead, John A. Parker, and Thomas Ward.

1873
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1873 (7 of 7). Thomas W.C. Moore Collection.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the bequest to N-YHS of autograph letters and paintings from Thomas W.C. Moore. The documents include an inventory of Moore's paintings with what appears to be Moore's own remarks on the circumstances of his acquisitions of each. The inventory includes 77 paintings, only fifteen of which were bequeathed to N-YHS; two others are noted as having been presented to N-YHS in October 1857.

1873
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1874 (1 of 4).
1874
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1874 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Millard Fillmore and Charles Sumner.

1874
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1874 (3 of 4).
1874
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1874 (4 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes N-YHS's petition to the Common Council that the pre-1831 manuscript originals of the Council minutes be printed; remarks and resolutions on the occasion of William Cullen Bryant's 80th birthday; and attendance record of the Executive Committee members for September 1872-March 1874.

1874
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1875 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Jonathan Sturges. Includes the catalogue of items presented to N-YHS by Cyrus Curtiss on March 2, 1875.

1874-1875
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1875 (2 of 3).
1875
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1875 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee concerned with plans for celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of American Independence in 1876.

1875
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1876 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Prosper M. Wetmore, Peter Cooper, and Solomon Alofsen(?).

1876
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1876 (2 of 4). Centennial Memorials.
1876
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1876 (3 of 4). Steam Heating for Building.

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes correspondence, print matter, and cost estimates received in connection with the possibility of installing steam heat in the N-YHS building. The project was not pursued at the time.

1876
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1876 (4 of 4). Steam Heating for Building.

Scope and Contents Note

This oversize folder includes one document: a plan drawn by engineers Baker Smith & Co. of the three floors of the N-YHS building. Although it emphasizes the placement of the steam heating facilities, it also includes some other details, such as room names and dimensions.

1876
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1871-1876. Bills and Accounts.
1871-1876
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1877 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the final report of the subscribers and expenses of the 1876 Celebration of the Battle of Harlem Plains. Includes a letter from E. Ellery Anderson and a report from the Librarian concerning the donation of 392 Egyptian and other objects.

1876-1877
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1877 (2 of 4).
1877
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1877 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of John Lathrop Motley by John Jay.

1877
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1877 (4 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of James William Beekman, remarks by the N-YHS president acknowledging the donation by George Clinton Tallmadge of the portrait of Governor George Clinton by Ezra Hines, the remarks of the Librarian on his resignation, and drafts of N-YHS's protest to the New York State legislature concerning the proposed suspension of publication of colonial records.

1877
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1878 (1 of 3).
1878
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1878 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Willian Cullen Bryant, Edward Satterlee and Joseph Henry. Includes the Librarian's comments on the discovery of pieces of the statue of George III formerly in Bowling Green and recently purchased for N-YHS.

1878
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1878 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the list of individuals invited to the William Cullen Bryant commemoration. Includes the list of subscribers for the purchase of two paintings: A.B. Durand portrait of Col. Aaron Ogden and Charles C. Ingham portrait of Gulian C. Verplanck.

1878
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1879 (1 of 3).
1879
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1879 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Governor John A. Dix.

1879
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1879 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Benjamin Winthrop.

1879
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1880 (1 of 4).
1880
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1880 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a memorial of Joel Munsell.

1880
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1880 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Erastus C. Benedict by George F. Betts (manuscript version of piece noted as printed in Magazine of American History for January 1881) and the report of the committee formed to select an artist (Daniel Huntington) for a portrait of the late John A. Dix.

1880
Box: 12 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1880 (4 of 4). General Committee.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the committee formed in March 1880 to consider the future of N-YHS, especially in terms of a new building, an endowment, a Publication Fund, and other long-term matters. Invitations and responses to an October meeting and minutes of meetings are included. One summary document refers to related events out to June 1882.

1880-[1882?]
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1881 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes draft of a circular to members concerning membership privileges and related matters. Includes subscriptions for rearrangement of the Abbott Egyptian collection in new cases and into the principal gallery for better lighting and exhibition.

1881
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1881 (2 of 3).
1881
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1881 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents concerning N-YHS's 77th anniversary celebration at which Andrew D. White spoke.

1881
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1882 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a circular to members concerning membership privileges and related matters.

1882
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1882 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one of the two reports submitted by the Committee on Publications to the Executive Committee in April 1882 assessing the operation of the Publication Fund.

1882
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1882 (3 of 4).
1882
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1882 (4 of 4). Fine Arts Committee, Durr Bequest.
1882
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1883 (1 of 6).
1883
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1883 (2 of 6).
1883
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1883 (3 of 6). Evacuation Day Centennial /N-YHS 79th Anniversary. General.

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next three includes documents related to the celebration of the Evacuation Day centennial (November 26th parade) and of N-YHS's 79th anniversary (November 27 address by John Jay at the Academy of Music on "The Peace Negotiations of 1783.") This first folder includes special committee documents, remarks, and other general material about the events.

1883
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1883 (4 of 6). Evacuation Day Centennial /N-YHS 79th Anniversary. Invitations.
1883
Box: 13 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1883 (5 of 6). Evacuation Day Centennial /N-YHS 79th Anniversary. Ticket Requests.
1883
Box: 13 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1883 (6 of 6). Evacuation Day Centennial /N-YHS 79th Anniversary. Tickets.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes tickets for the 79th anniversary event and ribbons, presumably worn during the Evacuation Day parade.

1883
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1884 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Executive Committee attendance record for March 6, 1877, to January 1, 1884.

1884
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1884 (2 of 3).
1884
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1884 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of Charles Fenno Hoffman.

1884
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1885 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes print versions of the annual report for 1884 (printed 1885) and a related circular to members. Includes a petition to the New York State Legislature proposing that it propose to the federal government a national celebration in March 1889 of the centennial anniversary of the inauguration of the U.S. government under the Constitution.

1885
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1885 (2 of 4).
1885
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1885 (3 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a circular for soliciting subscriptions for a new building.

1885
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1885 (4 of 4). Delegation to the Public Obsequies for General Grant.
1885
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1886 (1 of 4).
1886
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1886 (2 of 4).
1886
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1886 (3 of 4).
1886
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1886 (4 of 4). Bequests.

Scope and Contents Note

The folder includes documents related to two bequests. The first includes the legal documents by which Austin Abbott, the executor of the estate of A. Ogden Butler, directed Butler's cash bequest to N-YHS; these papers include Abbott's final accounting of the estate, dating from 1874-1886. The second includes an extract of the will of Gustavus Seyffarth documenting his bequest of published works concerning Egyptian manuscripts.

1886
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1887 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes remarks of the Librarian concerning the donations of a portrait by Daniel Huntington of Benjamin H. Field and a bust by Franklin Timmons(?) of Samuel Osgood.

1887
Box: 14 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1887 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the N-YHS appeal for funds to meet a conditional matching gift toward the erection of a new building.

1887
Box: 14 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1887 (3 of 3). Washington Inauguration Centennial.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes resolutions and other documents related to the initiation of plans to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as president in April 1889. One of these resolutions is from the Sons of the Revolution.

1887
Box: 14 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1888 (1 of 4).
1888
Box: 14 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1888 (2 of 4).
1888
Box: 14 Folder : 17 Official Papers. 1888 (3 of 4).
1888
Box: 14 Folder : 18 Official Papers. 1888 (4 of 4). Publication Fund.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the committee formed to consider ways and means for the regular issue of volumes of the Publication Fund.

1888
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1889 (1 of 3).
1889
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1889 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the legislative act permitting the sale of the N-YHS 2nd Avenue building and site under certain conditions, while exempting from sale any new building that might be erected, and related correspondence from Senator George F. Langbein to N-YHS President John A. King and from King to Governor David B. Hill.

1889
Box: OS-1 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1889 (3 of 3). Oversize Item.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one oversize certificate from the Grand Marshal of the George Washington Inauguration Centennial celebration with an engraving of the address and images of the silver case that held the address and of the medals presented to the public schools and the Veteran Firemen's Association at the event.

1889
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1890 (1 of 2).
1890
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1890 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of member Thomas Hicks, by Committee on Fine Arts Chairman Daniel Huntington. Includes an extract relevant to N-YHS from the will of Stephen Whitney Phoenix.

1890
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1891 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes on the Special Meeting of February 24 called to consider the acquisition of the Central Park West site for a new building. Includes the memorial of George Bancroft by N-YHS president John A. King. Includes a circular calling for subscriptions to the Publication Fund.

1891
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1891 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the Special Committee on Librarian George H. Moore's resignation.

1891
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1892 (1 of 2).
1892
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1892 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the trust agreement established by Joseph F. Loubat with the trustees of Columbia College. This trust was used to fund prizes in a competition in writing in history and certain other defined fields. The trust required that successful entries be published, and a copy of the publication be given to N-YHS, among others. Also includes a list of the N-YHS delegates to a celebration of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence at White Plains.

1892
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1893 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to a proposal that New York's old city hall building be given to N-YHS for its use, after construction of a new city hall.

1893
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1893 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Benjamin H. Field by Edward F. de Lancey, of Rev. Dr. Vermilye by Henry W. Bookstones (?), and of Hamilton Fish by John A. King.

1893
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1893 (3 of 3). Reception for Duke of Veragua.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence related to the committee of the N-YHS that formed a joint delegation with the Chamber of Commerce and the American Geographical Society to greet the Duke of Veragua as he traveled through New York on his way to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

1893
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1894 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes from John A. King on the silver medals sent by Washington to the Indians in 1798, with typescripts and a copy of Rufus King correspondence of 1797-98. John King's paper was read at the January 1894 N-YHS meeting, along with a presentation of (copper?) duplicates of the medals from Rufus King's desk in Jamaica.

1894
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1894 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes offer from and acceptance of contractor P. Gillings's proposal to flag the sidewalk and reset the curb at the Central Park West site, in compliance with a city ordinance.

1894
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1894 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes "papers, etc. belonging to steam engine for the" N-YHS, which are various notes about a steam engine, including notes on Colden's biography of Robert Fulton. Includes the memorials of John Jay and Robert C. Winthrop by N-YHS president John A. King.

1894
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1895 (1 of 2).
1895
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1895 (2 of 2).
1895
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1896 (1 of 2).
1896
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1896 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes remarks of N-YHS president at anniversary meeting.

1896
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1897 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes request from the Metropolitan Street Railway Company for consent to use underground electricity for the 8th Avenue Railroad.

1897
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1897 (2 of 2).
1897
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1898 (1 of 2).
1898
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1898 (2 of 2). William Kelby Memorial.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the draft manuscript of John Austin Stevens's memoir of the former Librarian, William Kelby.

1898 November
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1899 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of long-time Recording Secretary Andrew Warner.

1899
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1899 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of members Charles Patrick Daly and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

1899
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1900 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the request of John Austin Stevens for members to contribute funds for a portrait of the late Librarian William Kelby, and the subscription lists. See also February 1901 for a note from Stevens concerning the completed portrait and disposition of surplus funds.

1900
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1900 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials to N-YHS Treasurer Robert Schell by John A. King, and to King by a committee of three members.

1900
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1901 (1 of 3).
1901
Box: 16 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1901 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes for a memorial to John A. Weekes, invitations and tickets to N-YHS's 97th anniversary celebration at which Charles Francis Adams spoke, the report of the Ladies Committee, and financial information, especially for the Building Fund.

1901
Box: 16 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1901 (3 of 3). Building Committee.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the committee formed to raise funds for the erection of a building on the Central Park West site, including resolutions, circulars, subscription requests, a poem by J.L. Beekman, and other material.

1901
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1902 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a circular for the Publication Fund.

1902
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1902 (2 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Eugene Hoffman and Nicholas Fish, and the report of the Committee on Membership.

1902
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1902 (3 of 3). Building Committee.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes reports of the committee and the printed Communication to the Members of the New York Historical Society from the Building Committee, with floor plans of the projected Central Park West building.

1902
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1903 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a report by H.A. Hammond Smith with his observations concerning the conservation needs of various paintings in the collection.

1903
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1903 (2 of 3).
1903
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1903 (3 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Recording Secretary Sydney Carney's article "Historical Societies of the United States" for the Encyclopedia Americana as provided to the N-YHS Executive Committee.

1903
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1904 (1 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copy of letter to the New York City mayor and aldermen calling for the preservation of city records dating from the colonial period to early nineteenth century.

1904
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1904 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to Henry Dexter's contributions to the construction of the Central Park West building. Includes provenance documents concerning the donation to N-YHS of the padlock and key of the "long room" of the demolished "bridewell," formerly in City Hall Park.

1904
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1904 (3 of 4). American Numismatic & Archaeological Society.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a draft agreement for a consolidation of the American Numismatic & Archaeological Society into N-YHS, and opposition circulars from members of the Numismatic Society.

1904
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1904 (4 of 4). N-YHS Centennial.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the celebration banquet at Delmonico's (menu, seating plan, speeches) and the commemorative medal struck for the occasion.

1904
Box: 17 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1905 (1 of 3).
1905
Box: 17 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1905 (2 of 3).
1905
Box: 17 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1905 (3 of 3). New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes draft agreements for the amalgamation of N-YHS and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, and two letters from William Gordon Ver Planck of the latter organization.

1905
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (1 of 10).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a subscription book for the Building Fund.

1899-1901 May
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (2 of 10).
1901 June-December
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (3 of 10).
1902 January-April
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (4 of 10).
1902 May-December
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (5 of 10).
1903
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (6 of 10).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a letter from York & Sawyer in which the architects, in response to a challenge to their bill for services, reviewed their engagement with N-YHS, particularly with respect to the need for changes in the original building plans because of unforeseen restrictions related to the neighboring house of Oscar Strauss. See also NYHS-RG 3, Series III. Central Park West Construction - Central Portion for other correspondence between Carney and Committee Chair Samuel Hoffman concerning this matter.

1904 January
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (7 of 10).
1904 February
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (8 of 10).
1904 March-December
Box: 18 Folder : 9 (RESTRICTED). Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (9 of 10).

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes fragmented documents which have restricted access because of their condition. Photocopies of the documents are in folder 8 of 10 above and those copies should be used.

1904 October-November
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1899-1905. Sydney H. Carney, Jr. Files (10 of 10).
1905, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1906 (1 of 2).
1906
Box: 18 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1906 (2 of 2).
1906
Box: 18 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1907 (1 of 3).
1907
Box: 18 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1907 (2 of 3).
1907
Box: 18 Folder : 15 Official Papers. 1907 (3 of 3). 2nd Avenue Building.
1907
Box: 18 Folder : 16 Official Papers. 1908.
1908
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1909 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the booklet regarding the placement of the Hudson ship "Half Moon" window in the N-YHS Library.

1909
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1909 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes N-YHS petition and eventual relief concerning an assessment and property lien for sidewalk flagging.

1909
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1910 (1 of 2).
1910
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1910 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Henry Dexter, John Austin Stevens, and Richard Schieffelin.

1910
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1911.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an extract from two deeds of gift to the Beekman Family Association that refer to contingencies by which N-YHS would take title to the gifts. Includes a draft resolution accepting relics from the Beekman House, including the family coach. Includes an insurance certificate covering transit to the Hotel Astor for one day of the painting Return of the 69th Regiment.

1911
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1912 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial of the sister and daughter of N-YHS president Samuel Hoffman, provenance information about a silver key inscribed to John S. Giles donated to N-YHS by Giles's grandson, the remarks of N-YHS delegate James Benedict at the dedication of the New York State Education Building, and the N-YHS petition to the U.S. House of Representatives to erect a National Archives building.

1912
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1912 (2 of 2). George C. Dodd Matter.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the dispute between N-YHS and photographer George C. Dodd over ownership of slides and negatives taken by Dodd. These documents include the agreement resolving the matter and detailed lists of the items at issue.

1910-1912
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1913 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a print copy of the Executive Committee rules for 1913 and documents related to N-YHS's historical interest in New York State preserving its official records. This last includes material from 1902-1903.

1902-1903, 1913
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1913 (2 of 2). Proposed By-Law Revisions.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the by-law revisions proposed by the Special Committee formed for that purpose,

1913
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1914.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes resolutions concerning the sale to Patrick Burns of N-YHS's interest in a real estate lot at 63rd St. and 2nd Ave. and concerning N-YHS's consent to a matter related to the Beekman Family Association. Includes a pamphlet Don'ts: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure issued by The Employer's Liability Assurance Corporation of London, England.

1914
Box: 19 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1915 (1 of 2).
1915
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1915 (2 of 2). Special Committee on the City Flag.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee and other documents concerning the proposed design for a New York City flag.

1915
Box: 19 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1916 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a proposed appeal, not acted on, for funds to expand the Central Park West building, two Finance Committee reports concerning investments, and a report of the Committee on the Audubon Memorial Exhibition.

1916
Box: 19 Folder : 14 Official Papers. 1916 (2 of 2). Abbott Egyptian Collection Preservation.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to concerns about the condition of the Egyptian collection and opposition by some within N-YHS to any consideration of transferring the collection to a museum, specifically the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1916
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1917 (1 of 8).
1917
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1917 (2 of 8).
1917
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1917 (3 of 8). Special Committee.

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include documents concerning the Special Committee formed in January 1917 to consider the resolutions offered by member Mrs. John Van Rensselaer, a critic of N-YHS's direction. This folder includes correspondence from the American Antiquarian Society, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and others regarding Van Rensselaer's criticisms. The folder includes a letter from 1900 that relates to a specific criticism, and a 1919 letter that reflects back on one aspect of the committee's work.

1900, 1917, 1919
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1917 (4 of 8). Special Committee.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the manuscript and print versions of the Special Committee's report, as approved at the February 6, 1917, Society meeting, with a typescript of the meeting's proceedings.

1917 February
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1917 (5 of 8). Report of the Committee to Revise the By-Laws.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the manuscript and print versions of the report submitted to the Society meeting of November 13.

1917 November
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1917 (6 of 8). Society Meeting to Take Action on the Report of the Committee to Revise the By-Laws.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copies of the transcript of the debate over the by-laws revision, which was passed.

1917 December
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1917 (7 of 8). Proxies.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the forms returned by N-YHS members empowering J. Archibald Murray, Frederic D. Weekes, and R. Horace Gallatin, representing the Board of Officers, to vote as their proxy on any matter during 1917. The folder includes one of the form letters communicating the proxy form to the members.

1917 January-February
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1917 (8 of 8). Proxies.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the Charter, By-Laws, Officers, Members, Report of the Executive Committee of 1916, with the list of members annotated, apparently in connection with proxies.

1916-1917
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1918 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorials of Fancher Nicoll (killed in action in WWI) and of Gerard Beekman, drafts of appeals for funds for the Egyptian collection and expansion of the Central Park West building, and a report on a problem with the building's steam heating infrastructure.

1918
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1918 (2 of 2). Membership Matters.
1918
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1919 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the committee recommending against the loan of the Jarvis Indian objects to the Museum of the American Indian, the report of the Art Committee recommending the acceptance of the portrait of Robert Murray, and the recommendations of the Committee on Plan & Scope.

1919
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1919 (2 of 3). Membership Matters.
1919
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1919 (3 of 3). Circulars.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents concerning dissident membership charges of mismanagement and the proxy and circular mailings in advance of the January 1920 election of N-YHS officers. Documents include the N-YHS circulars of December 5 and December 16 responding to the charges, the December 9 statement of the dissidents, the proxy form mailing, and the slate of officers proposed by the Nominating Committee, among other items.

1919 November-December
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1920 (1 of 11). Annual Meeting Typescript.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes typescript of the proceedings of the Society meeting of January 6.

1920 January 6
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1920 (2 of 11). Election Results.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the petition of the opposition with their slate of nominees, the regular and opposition tickets, certification of the election inspectors, and other documents.

1920 January
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1920 (3 of 11). Clippings.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clippings and transcriptions of press coverage surrounding the January N-YHS meeting and election.

1920 January
Box: 21 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1920 (4 of 11). Proxy Work Files.

Scope and Contents Note

This file and the next three appear to be the workpapers related to the recording of returned proxy votes.

1920 January
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1920 (5 of 11). Proxy Work Files.
1920 January
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1920 (6 of 11). Proxy Work Files.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the Annual Report, By-Laws and List of Members of 1919 (for year 1918), with annotations on the member list indicating those in opposition to the management slate.

1920 January
Box: 21 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1920 (7 of 11). Proxy Work Files.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the opposition proxies received and some duplicate regular ticket proxies.

1920 January
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1920 (8 of 11). Regular Ticket Proxies.
1919 December-1920 January
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1920 (9 of 11). Mrs. Van Rensselaer Communications.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Mrs. Van Rensselaer's communications of February (subsequent to the defeat of her opposition slate in January) to Stuyvesant Fish and the N-YHS Executive Committee, and the October report of the committee formed to consider those communications. A 1925 notice of Van Rensselaer's death is in the file.

1920, 1925
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1920 (10 of 11). General Membership Matters.
1920
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1920 (11 of 11). Other Matters.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to matters of 1920 other than the January election and general membership matters.

1920
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1921 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes counsel's opinion on the number of copies of publications to be printed by the DePeyster Publication Fund.

1921
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1921 (2 of 2). Liberty Pole.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes items related to the dedication of a replica of the Liberty Pole erected in City Hall Park. Items include the report of N-YHS's Liberty Pole Committee (chaired by Reginald Pelham Bolton), dedication program and tickets, and lapel pins.

1921
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1922 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Art Committee's proposal to dispose of 98 poor quality and deteriorated paintings, principally from the Durr estate donation.

1922
Box: 22 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1922 (2 of 2). Building Committee.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents concerning the renewed initiative to raise funds to acquire additional property on 76th and 77th streets and to expand the Central Park West building.

1922, 1924
Box: 22 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1923 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a map by Reginald Pelham Bolton, done for the N-YHS Field Exploration Committtee, of Fort Washington and the line of the Third Line of American entrenchments (1776) along 159th-161st streets.

1923
Box: 22 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1923 (2 of 2). Election of Officers.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of Annual Report, Charter, By-Laws, and List of Members for the year 1921, with an annotated member list indicating proxies received, and a typescript of the January 2 meeting.

1922-1923
Box: 22 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1924.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a report from Librarian Alexander Wall on his travels in Europe in the summer of 1924 on behalf of N-YHS. On this trip Wall purchased the collection of Cadwallader Colden papers in England; his report includes a summary of the collection.

1924
Box: 22 Folder : 12 Official Papers. 1925 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes resolutions and printed correspondence concerning the donation of the collections of the Naval History Society, report of the committee considering a medal to be awarded by N-YHS on occasion for meritorious work in history, and the marketing material for the publication Uniforms of the American, British, French and Hessian Armies.

1925
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Official Papers. 1925 (2 of 2). Building Expansion.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an outline by York & Sawyer of proposed construction and alterations to the Central Park West building, resolutions, proposed property acquisitions, correspondence, and summaries of committee activities.

1925
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1926.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 1926 officer election documents.

1925-1926
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1927.
1927
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1928.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the New York State legislative act adding "educational purposes" to the stated purposes of N-YHS.

1928
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1929 (1 of 3).
1929
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1929 (2 of 3). Election of Officers.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of Annual Report and List of Members for the year 1927, with an annotated member list indicating proxies received.

1928-1929
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1929 (3 of 3). Proxies.
1928-1929
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1930.
1930
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1931.
1931
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1932 (1 of 3).
1932
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1932 (2 of 3). Election of Officers.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of Annual Report and List of Members for the year 1930, with an annotated member list indicating proxies received.

1931-1932
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1932 (3 of 3).
1932
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1933.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a draft statement read at the Executive Committee's December 19 meeting on the purposes and risks of making exhibition loans from the collection, and proposing limitations on these.

1933
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1934.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a report from the Art Committee concerning comments they received from restorers on the condition of the Old Masters in the collection.

1934
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1935 (1 of 3).
1935
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1935 (2 of 3). Election of Officers.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of Annual Report and List of Members for the year 1933, with an annotated member list indicating proxies received.

1934-1935
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Official Papers. 1935 (3 of 3).
1935
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Official Papers. 1935-1936

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to an analysis of N-YHS's investments as of late 1935 with recommendations for changes to the portfolio, and related documents from 1936.

1935-1936
Box: 24 Folder : 10 Official Papers. 1936 (1 of 3).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a report by Hugh M. Flick with his observations concerning efforts to obtain historical documents from private owners in rural areas; minutes of the December 2 meeting of the Plan and Scope Committee with a draft agreement for the loan of various materials to the Brooklyn Museum, including the Abbott Egyptian collection, Lenox Ninevah sculptures, Foster and Larkin Peruvian objects, and the Anderson, Smith, Norman, and American Ethnological collections, among other objects; and memorials to James Barnes and Frederic Delano Weekes.

1936
Box: 24 Folder : 11 Official Papers. 1936 (2 of 3). Special Meeting of the Society.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the June 16 Special Meeting of the Society called by the Executive Committee for the purpose of having the membership approve of the Committee's decision to proceed with the construction of the wings for the Central Park West building.

1936
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Official Papers. 1936 (3 of 3). Proxies.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two copies of Annual Report and List of Members for the year 1935, with annotated member lists indicating proxies received.

1936
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Official Papers. 1937 (1 of 4).
1937
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Official Papers. 1937 (2 of 4).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Librarian Alexander Wall's report to the Executive Committee presenting his vision for N-YHS's library, museum, and other operations in the completed Central Park West building, reports of the Building Committee providing status updates on the construction, reports from the Art Committee concerning possible restoration work on paintings, and the remarks at the presentation of a distinguished service medal to George A. Zabriskie.

1937
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Official Papers. 1937 (3 of 4). Special Meeting of the Society.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the November 18 Special Meeting of the Society called by the Executive Committee to obtain membership approval of revised by-laws that would place governance of the Society with a Board of Trustees. Includes a copy of Annual Report and List of Members for the year 1936, with an annotated member list indicating proxies received.

1937
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Official Papers. 1937 (4 of 4). Proxies.
1937
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Official Papers. 1938 (1 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an inventory of N-YHS institutional records boxed for moving.

1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Official Papers. 1938 (2 of 2).

Scope and Contents Note

Includes minutes of the Art, Library, and Museum Committees. Includes credit reports on railroad companies and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company debt modification plan sent to the Finance Committee by the Wall Street firm Halsted & Harrison.

1938

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