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Guide to the New-York Historical Society General Correspondence
1805-2018 (bulk, 1805-1982)
 NYHS-RG 2

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Brynn White and Margaret Kaczorowski

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 29, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I. Notable Correspondents., 1805-2018. 0.42 Linear Feet in one document box

Processing Information Note

This series was processed perhaps circa 2000, with documents transferred from original folders to archival containers. In 2015, archivist Brynn White refined the arrangement, integrated a few additional documents found, and provided description in a finding aid for the series and individual items.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents Note

The Notable Correspondents series consists of letters removed from the General Correspondence files (see Series III) by prior N-YHS staff based on their perceived value and importance. Correspondents include former American presidents and significant scholars, authors, politicans, journalists, historians, and other figures.

A bulk of the letters are acknowledgments of election as an Honorary Member or responses to invitations to deliver a lecture or attend an N-YHS event. The content for every letter in this series is noted in the container list, with the exception of three files arranged and described based on common event or correspondent.

Highlights of the series include correspondence documenting the N-YHS acquisition of John Jay Audubon's original Birds of America watercolor portfolios from his widow Lucy and a letter from Thomas Jefferson Randolph discussing the condition of Thomas Jefferson during the year leading up to his death. Substantive manuscripts include an account by John R. Bartlett of his mid-19th-century travels through Mexico, the American Southwest, and California; report by Amos Kendall on the death of Tecumseh; extrapolation by Orasmus Holmes Marshall of research into the site of La Salle's 1679 shipyard; and contestations by George Gibbs of recent claims on the island discoveries of Christopher Columbus.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 66 Folder : 1 N-YHS to John Henry

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Constitution sent with notice of election as a member of N-YHS.

1805-1806
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Samuel L. Mitchill to John Pintard

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Note accompanying donation of public and original national documents, praising Pintard's ability to gather, preserve, and arrange.

1807 May 25
Box: 66 Folder : 1 F.B. Winthrop to Samuel Miller

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Inventory of 21 historical books dated 1609-1725 and a 1630 manuscript of "A Modell of Christian Charity, written on Board the Ship Arrabella by John Winthrop" sent to Miller.

1809 June 30
Box: 66 Folder : 1 M.S. Willets(?) to John Pintard

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Acceptance of invitation to dine at N-YHS and attend with ladies a lecture of Dr. Miller.

1809 September 2
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Academy of Arts to N-YHS

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Copy of resolution appropriating the North East Room of the second story of the Government House to N-YHS and its amendment changing the locale to the North West Room.

1809 September
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Representative of Samuel L. Mitchill to John Pintard

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Inventory of coins and metallic tokens donated by Mitchill to N-YHS.

1809 October 16
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Toasts

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Draft of toasts for delivery at unspecified N-YHS function.

circa 1804-1809
Box: 66 Folder : 2 Gouverneur Morris to John Pintard

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Acceptance of election to First-Vice President of N-YHS.

1810 January 27
Box: 66 Folder : 2 DeWitt Clinton to John Pintard

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Report of the passage of the bill for endowment of N-YHS in the New York Senate.

1810 March 22
Box: 66 Folder : 2 C.C. Moore(?) to John Pintard

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Declaration of intention to send books to N-YHS.

1813 July 22
Box: 66 Folder : 2 Thomas Jefferson to John Pintard

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1814 January 9
Box: 66 Folder : 2 John Quincy Adams to Samuel Miller

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1814 July 31
Box: 66 Folder : 3 Lewis, Rogers for John Pintard to Ogden Hoffman

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Receipt for payment of annual dues.

1821 April
Box: 66 Folder : 3 John Quincy Adams to David Hosack

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Acknowledgment of N-YHS resolutions to honor the memory of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

1826 July 26
Box: 66 Folder : 3 [Thomas Jefferson] Randolph to David Hosack

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Acknowledgment from Monticello of condolences for the death of Thomas Jefferson and personal account of Jefferson's health deterioration over the final year of his life.

1826 August 13
Box: 66 Folder : 3 Edward P. Livingston to John Delafield

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Acknowledgment of receipt of N-YHS circular and inquiry into its probable indication that Delafield has been elected a member of N-YHS.

1828 November 27
Box: 66 Folder : 3 Charles Carroll of Carrollton to N-YHS

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1829 January 19
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Isaiah Thomas to James Swords

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Expression of appreciation for Swords' donation to American Antiquarian Society and discussion of health problems.

1830 June 22
Box: 66 Folder : 4 M. Thomas to N-YHS

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Executor of the estate of Isaiah Thomas informing N-YHS of a $300 bequest.

1831 May 24
Box: 66 Folder : 4 John Delafield to Executor of the Will of the Late Isaiah Thomas

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Follow-up to Isaiah Thomas estate regarding the bequest to N-YHS.

1832 March 27
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Chris C. Baldwin to James Swords

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Request to N-YHS for use of its influence in the American Antiquarian Society's attempts to develop their historic newspaper collection.

1832 April 19
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Levi Lincoln to Robert Sedgwick

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Letter of introduction for Chris C. Baldwin, Librarian of the Antiquarian Society.

1833 September 21
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Edward Everett to John C. Jay

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1839 March 16
Box: 66 Folder : 4 John Quincy Adams to N-YHS Committee on Lectures

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Decline of invitation to present series of lectures at N-YHS due to busy schedule.

1839 February 23
Box: 66 Folder : 4 John Quincy Adams to Joseph Blunt

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Inquiry into the time and other logistics of Adams's April 30 lecture at N-YHS. A notation in the folder indicates this letter was presented to N-YHS by B.H. Field on March 4, 1884.

1839 April 13
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Henry Clay to N-YHS

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Decline of invitation to attend the N-YHS celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington due to distance.

1839 April 22
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Edward Everett to N-YHS

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Decline of invitation to attend the N-YHS celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington due to competing obligations.

1839 April 24
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Martin Van Buren to N-YHS

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Decline of invitation to attend the N-YHS celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington due to competing obligations.

1839 April 26
Box: 66 Folder : 4 John Quincy Adams to John C. Jay

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Note accompanying submitted manuscript of discourse delivered at the N-YHS celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington.

1839 May 7
Box: 66 Folder : 4 George Bancroft to Frederic De Peyster

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Acknowledgment of election as Member of N-YHS. Asks if the N-YHS library will accept a work of his in American history.

1839 July 6
Box: 66 Folder : 5A John Tyler to Frederick De Peyster

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1842 February 25
Box: 66 Folder : 5B Letters of Watson and Cochrane Relating to the Journals of the British House of Commons

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two letters commenting on the 16 volume set dating from 1650 to 1676, with gaps, held by N-YHS. These letters were formerly held in the Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection. They were transfered to the N-YHS institutional archive correspondence record group in 2016.

1843, 1844
Box: 66 Folder : 5A John Jay to John Wakefield Francis

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Printed invitation to November 5, 1844 meeting of N-YHS.

1844 November 1
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Albert Gallatin to E.H. Benedict

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Report on circular invitations sent; recipients listed include Hon. John Pickering and George Ord of the American Philosophical Society. [typescript only; note to see original IN ARCHIVES]

1844 November 2
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Millard Fillmore to Erastus C. Benedict

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Decline of invitation to attend the N-YHS 40th Anniversary celebration due to competing obligations.

1844 November 13
Box: 66 Folder : 5A John Quincy Adams to Erastus C. Benedict

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Acceptance of invitation to attend the N-YHS 40th Anniversary celebration.

1844 November 12
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Martin Van Buren to Albert Gallatin & His Associates of the Executive Committee

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Decline of invitation to attend the N-YHS 40th Anniversary celebration.

1844 November 15
Box: 66 Folder : 5A John Quincy Adams to Albert Gallatin

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Note accompanying James Fenimore Cooper commemorative medal, presented to N-YHS on behalf of Commodore Jesse D. Elliott.

1845 March 17
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Henry O'Reilly to Prosper M. Wetmore

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Acknowledgment of election as Corresponding Member of N-YHS (under the new regulations); detailed description of O'Reilly's private scholarship on the history and westward expansion of New York since the Revolutionary period, and his manuscript collection assembled in support thereof, which he believes of interest to N-YHS.

1845 May 4
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Henry Clay to John Jay

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Response to the N-YHS report on the country's adoption of a new national name.

1845 May 7
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Albert Gallatin to John Jay

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Note accompanying letter from Charles J. Smith and his transmitted copy of General Nathaniel Woodhull's journal of General Amherst's expedition in 1760. [typescript only; note to see original IN ARCHIVES]

1846 July 15
Box: 66 Folder : 5A John F.W. Herschel to Albert Gallatin

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1846 December 10
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Martin Van Buren to John Russell Bartlett

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Acknowledgment of an unnamed honor (likley Honorary Membership) bestowed by N-YHS.

1847 September 15
Box: 66 Folder : 5A Martin Van Buren to John Jay

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Decline of invitation to special meeting of N-YHS following the death of Andrew Jackson.

1849 June 20
Box: 66 Folder : 6 Zachary Taylor to Luther Bradish

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1849 May 17
Box: 66 Folder : 6 Zachary Taylor membership certificate

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Signed by all N-YHS officials.

1849 April 3
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Benson J. Lossing to George H. Moore

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Introductory letter and accompanying notes on the surrender of General Burgoyne.

1851 January 2
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Benson J. Lossing to George H. Moore

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Descriptive note accompanying three Revolutionary War relics to be presented for inspection by N-YHS members at upcoming meeting.

1851 April 1
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Henry R. Schoolcraft to N-YHS

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Introductory note accompanying extensive August 20, 1850 letter from Amos Kendall on the death of Tecumseh.

1851 October 3
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Jared Sparks to George H. Moore

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Decline of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS due to poor health.

1852 March 16
Box: 66 Folder : 7 John R. Bartlett to "dear Friend"

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Extensive dispatch from San Diego, recounting Bartlett's travels through Mexico, southwestern America, and California; details his study of indigenous languages and interviews with native tribes about mistreatment by white settlers and invaders. The letter appears to be dated 1832, but notations on an enclosed typescript indicate prior readers have taken it to be 1852 because of references to the discovery of gold.

1832 [1852?] May 20
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Ogden Hoffman to Frederic De Peyster

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Letter accompanying donation of papers of Lieutenant Governor Cadwallader Colden to N-YHS.

1852 June 9
Box: 66 Folder : 7 William Gilmore Simms to Rev. Francis L. Hawks

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Decline of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS.

1852 October 8
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Edward Everett to Augustus Schell and George H. Moore

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Confirmation of lecture to be delivered at N-YHS on December 2.

1852 October 14
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Edward Everett to Augustus Schell and George H. Moore

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Request to postpone December 2 lecture at N-YHS until the adjournment of Congress.

1852 November 1
Box: 66 Folder : 7 [Unidentified] to George Moore

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Confirms to Moore the subject of his upcoming paper on hieroglyphics of Mexico and Central America.

1852 November 10
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Hamilton Fish to George H. Moore

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Note accompanying donation of eight volumes of the American Archives published by order of Congress.

1852 November 30
Box: 66 Folder : 7 James Buchanan to Augustus Schell and George H. Moore

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Decline of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS.

1852 December 31
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Orsamus Holmes Marshall to George H. Moore

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Introductory note and manuscript detailing Marshall's investigation into the site of La Salle's shipyard, settled in 1679 for the construction of Le Griffon; hand-drawn map also included.

1853 May 25
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Lyman C. Draper to George H. Moore

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Request from Wisconsin Historical Society for N-YHS publications.

1854 March 2
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Donald Grant Mitchell to George Moore

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Update on Mitchell's progress on a lecture to be delivered at N-YHS, tentatively titled "How to Look at Pictures."

1854 January 24
Box: 66 Folder : 7 William H. Seward to Luther Bradish, George Bancroft & Others

Scope and Contents Note

Decline of invitation to attend N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration due to competing obligations.

1854 October 21
Box: 66 Folder : 7 George Grote to Andrew Warner

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Decline of invitation to attend N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration due to competing obligations.

1854 November 2
Box: 66 Folder : 7 James Buchanan to N-YHS

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Confirmation of distribution of unspecified materials sent from N-YHS to their designated recipients.

1854 October 31
Box: 66 Folder : 7 William Gilmore Simms to Luther Bradish

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Decline of invitation to attend N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration, offering high praise to N-YHS.

1854 November 9
Box: 66 Folder : 7 William Cullen Bryant to John Romeyn Brodhead

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Decline of invitation to write ode for N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration.

1854 November 14
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Winfield Scott to Luther Bradish

Scope and Contents Note

Decline of invitation to attend N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration due to competing obligations.

1854 November 15
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Edward Everett to George H. Moore

Scope and Contents Note

Decline of invitation to attend N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration due to competing obligations; includes reflection on the past half-century of American history.

1854 November 17
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Fitz-Greene Halleck to George H. Moore

Scope and Contents Note

Decline of invitation to attend N-YHS 50th Anniversary celebration.

1854 November 22
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Edward Everett to Luther Bradish

Scope and Contents Note

Acknowledgment of receipt of invitation to repeat lecture on the character of George Washington.

1856 March 8
Box: 66 Folder : 8 John Jay to N-YHS

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Description of the house in Lower Salem, or Lewisboro, Winchester County, where British spy Major John Andre was confined following his capture and wrote a famous letter to George Washington, and of which Jay has prevented the destruction and hopes N-YHS will assume the preservation.

1857 October 15
Box: 66 Folder : 8 John Gibson to E. Ferry [Terry?]

Scope and Contents Note

Assemblage of copies of letters, news clippings, resolutions, and research excerpts relating to movement to honor the late sculptor Thomas Crawford through a bronze cast of his famous Indian statue. The original letters were dated 1857, but these are copies, possibly from 1879 or later.

1857 November 5
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Fitz-Greene Halleck to Samuel Osgood

Scope and Contents Note

Expression of gratitude to N-YHS for unspecified favor.

1858 January 20
Box: 66 Folder : 8 George Morris to George H. Moore

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Provision of the issue numbers for the Home Journal.

1858 April 15
Box: 66 Folder : 8 George Gibbs to George H. Moore

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Introductory letter and accompanying manuscript contesting claims that Columbus discovered Watling's Island and Cat Island; copy of letter to claimant, author of Landfall of Columbus, Captain A.B. Becher R.N.; original letter to Moore lists original drawings and survey of Grand Turk Island by George Judson Gibbs as enclosed.

1858 April 20
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Fitz-Greene Halleck to Andrew Warner

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Decline of invitation to dinner.

1858 May 17
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Rich Varrick De Witt to Frederic de Peyster

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Letter accompanying transmittal of watercolor of Fulton's original experimental steamboat The Clermont, which navigated the North River, including extensive description and sketches as recalled by De Witt.

1858 October 28
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Trustees of Columbia College to N-YHS

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Formal signed and sealed contract for Columbia to host Lectures in Post-Graduate Instruction in the lecture hall of the new N-YHS building. OVERSIZE

1858 October 30
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Oliver Wendell Holmes to N-YHS

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Decline of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS due to competing obligations.

1858 December 27
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Edward Everett to George H. Moore

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Decline of invitation to repeat his lecture at N-YHS on Thomas Dowse, due to his opinion it is of local and personal interest only, and request to postpone lecture on Benjamin Franklin.

1858 December 29
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Fitz-Greene Halleck to George H. Moore

Scope and Contents Note

Acknowledgment of election as Corresponding Member of N-YHS.

1859 April 23
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Samuel F.B. Morse to Luther Bradish

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1859 May 28
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Hamilton Fish to George H. Moore

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Letter accompanying donation of Dictionnaire Universel des Contemporaries, on behalf of M. Hachette and M. Vattermare.

1859 October 24
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Hamilton Fish to N-YHS

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1859 December 29
Box: 66 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1860. Washington Irving Celebration

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Letters relating to the April 3, 1860 N-YHS and Lenox Library event celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the "Patriarch of American Literature," Washington Irving, featuring an address on Irving's "Life, Character and Genius" by William Cullen Bryant. Correspondents in addition to Bryant are John Russell Bartlett, Vincenzo Botta, Mathew Brady (discussing an Irving portrait recently produced from an original daguerreotype), Lewis Cass, Joseph Greene Cogswell, Richard H. D(?) of Boston, Edward Everett, Isaac Ferris, Millard Fillmore, Salma Hale, Charles Gayarré, Fitz-Greene Halleck, John Hughes, Washington Hunt, Ebenezer Irving, John P. Kennedy, O.(?) King of Columbia College, H.(?) Lenox, Wadsworth Longfellow, George P. Marsh, Brantz Meyer, George Putnam, Samuel B. Ruggles, Henry R. Schoolcraft, Winfield Scott, William H. Seward, Benjamin Silliman, William Gilmore Simms, Jared Sparks, J.G. Thea(?), George Ticknor, J. Hammond Trumbull, Martin Van Buren, and Fernando Wood. Letters generally focus on acceptance or decline of the invitation and logistics of attendance; Gayarré, Marsh, Mayer, Schoolcraft, Seward, and Simms write more expansively on the legacy of Irving. 49 items

1860 March-April
Box: 66 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1862-1863. Lucy Audubon

Scope and Contents Note

Series of correspondence from Lucy Audubon, widow of John Jay Audubon, documenting the sale to N-YHS of portfolios of original Birds of America watercolors and volumes of his  Ornithological Biography; also includes original letter of introduction from William A. Wheelock and copies of two letters addressed to L. Audubon from N-YHS president Frederic De Peyster. 17 items. 1 package of original envelopes

1862-1863
Box: 66 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1869-1870. George Catlin

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Series of proposals from artist George Catlin for the N-YHS purchase of his collections of artworks documenting North and South American native tribes; includes extensive descriptions, copies of letters of recommendation and press notices, and notice indicating shipment of materials to Librarian George H. Moore for viewing. (Further attempts by Catlin's children following his death, in 1874-1875, located and noted in Series II.)

Box: 66 Folder : 12 William Cullen Bryant to George H. Moore

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Acceptance of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS commemoration of William Bradford.

1863 May 14
Box: 66 Folder : 12 George B. McClellan to Andrew Warner

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1863 June 2
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Alexander Anderson to George H. Moore

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Decline of invitation to attend unspecified N-YHS celebration.

[1863]
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Millard Fillmore to N-YHS

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Announcement of attendance, along with delegates of the Buffalo Historical Society, at the October 12 commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the transfer of jurisdiction over New York from the Netherlands to England.

1864 September 26
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Benson J. Lossing to George H. Moore

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Letter of introduction for San Antonio lawyer W.H. Cleveland(?).

1865 September 10
Box: 66 Folder : 12 N-YHS to general public

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Recommendation of the Historical Magazine signed by officers Frederic de Peyster, Thomas De Witt, Isaac Ferris, George H. Moore, Benjamin H. Field, Benjamin R. Winthrop, Andrew Warner, and John Romeyn Brodhead.

1866 September
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Daniel Huntington to N-YHS

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Request for N-YHS gallery admittance to bearer of note.

1872 March 17
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Alexander Jackson Davis to George H. Moore

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Florid announcement of intent to donate collection of historical works, books, pictures, prints and manuscripts to N-YHS.

1873 August
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Alexander Jackson Davis to Frederick de Peyster

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Follow-up letter aiming to inspire N-YHS to broaden its approach to collection development; includes illustration of N-YHS Library.

[1874]
Box: 66 Folder : 13 George Bancroft to Andrew Warner

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Acknowledgment of well wishes from N-YHS upon Bancroft's 80th birthday.

1880 October 7
Box: 66 Folder : 13 John Jay to N-YHS

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Acceptance of invitation to deliver address at N-YHS seventy-ninth anniversary celebration, with extended discussion of research on the intended topic, the history of the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain; copy of original invitation sent February 6, 1883, by N-YHS officers.

1883 February 14
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Chester Arthur to N-YHS

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Acceptance of invitation to attend the N-YHS 79th anniversary celebration.

1883 November 13
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Ulysses S. Grant to N-YHS

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Acceptance of invitation to attend the N-YHS 79th anniversary celebration.

1883 November 22
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Henry O'Reilly to Jacob B. Moore

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Update on writing progress and request to direct mail to O'Reilly's address in Rochester.

1883 November 19
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Martha J. Lamb to Jacob B. Moore

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Request for special accommodations during attendance at N-YHS 79th anniversary celebration due to illness.

1883 November 23
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Harvey B. Dodworth to Jacob B. Moore

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Request for payment of band services, presumably for N-YHS 79th anniversary celebration.

1883 November 30
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to Charles Isham

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Acceptance of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS on "Gouverneur Morris and his Times."

1888 February
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to Charles Isham

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Request for postponement of N-YHS lecture due to alternate obligations.

1888 March 12
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to Charles Isham

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Confirmation of unavailability to deliver lecture on April 3.

1888 March 20
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Woodrow Wilson to N-YHS

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Request to view N-YHS collections with accompanying party.

1888 September 3
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to John A. King

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Acknowledgment of appointment as N-YHS delegate to the Patent Convention; but unable to confirm acceptance at time.

1891 April 8
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to Andrew Warner

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Inquiry into the availability of a N-YHS member to replace him as lecturer for the Society for the Extension of University Teaching on August 7.

1894 April 27
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to Andrew Warner

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Notification of presence of old Peter Stuyvesant pear tree in the New York Police Department and intent, if given the authority, to donate it to N-YHS.

1895 September 13
Box: 66 Folder : 13 John Addison Porter to John A. King

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Acceptance, on behalf of President William McKinley, of Honorary Membership in N-YHS.

1897 April 20
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Fred W. Carpenter to John A. Weekes

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Acknowledgment, on behalf of President William S. Taft, of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1909 April 8
Box: 66 Folder : 13 William H. Taft to John A. Weekes

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Decline of invitation to deliver address at N-YHS 110th Anniversary celebration.

1914 January 12
Box: 66 Folder : 13 Theodore Roosevelt to John A. Weekes

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Apologetic decline of unspecified invitation.

1918 September 3
Box: 66 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1923-1931. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Incoming and outgoing correspondence with N-YHS Librarian Alexander J. Wall, chiefly tracing the N-YHS reprinting and distribution of a volume of Minutes of the New York Council of Appointments (4/2/1777-3/4/1779) owned by FDR. Also includes research inquiries into seventeeth-century land grant Great Nine Partners Patent and other Dutchess County history; FDR's campaign to create a naval and marine museum in conjunction with N-YHS; and 1931 requests for support of FDR while he is serving as governor. Two letters addressed to N-YHS President John A. Weekes, a cousin of Roosevelt, decline his invitation to serve on the Executive Committee, due to health, and accept election as Honorary Member. Three letters from Roosevelt in regard to FDR sitting for a portrait prior to, and following, his election and inauguration as Governor to be painted by DeWitt M. Lockman for the Society. Portraits were to be exhibited at the Society once completed (see also Box 157 F 7). 34 items [17 originals from Roosevelt]

1923-1924; 1930-1931
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Poultney Bigelow to Alexander J. Wall

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Critique of U.S. government and involvement in the War; marked as "Confidential -- at least until you see my body completely burned."

1941 July 10
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Dwight D. Eisenhower to R.W.G. Vail

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Acknowledgement of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1947 October 28
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Lyndon B. Johnson to Frederick B. Adams

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Acknowledgement of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

1964 January 30
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Lady Bird Johnson to James J. Heslin

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Expression of gratitude for personal tour of N-YHS, emphasizing appreciation of the Audubons and Peale portrait of Thomas Jefferson.

1964 March 23
Box: 66 Folder : 15 James J. Heslin to Lady Bird Johnson

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Decline of request for loan of Rembrandt Peale portrait of Thomas Jefferson due to terms of the original deed of gift.

1964 April 1
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Lady Bird Johnson to James J. Heslin

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Acknowledgment of decline of Jefferson portrait loan.

1964 April 7
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Johnson Family to N-YHS

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Printed appreciation for sympathies following the death of Lyndon B. Johnson.

1973 February 23
Box: 66 Folder : 15 Ella Grasso to Charlotte Rowell

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Decline of invitation to opening reception for N-YHS exhibition "Remember the Ladies."

1977 May 3
Box: 66 Folder : 15 James J. Heslin to N-YHS Staff

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Expression of gratitude for gifts, presumably upon Heslin's retirement from position of Director.

1982 September
Box: 66 Folder : 15 George Bush to N-YHS

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Expression of gratitude for gift of book New York and the China Trade.

1984 April 3
Box: 66 Folder : 15 James B. Bell to N-YHS

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Note accompanying donation of books.

1988 November 24
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Bill Clinton to Margaret Heilbrun

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Printed portrait and expression of appreciation for support and friendship during administration.

1990s
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton to Margaret Heilbrun

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Printed portrait and expression of appreciation for support for the Democratic party.

1994
Box: 66 Folder : 16B Rudy Giuliani, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, John V. Lindsay, Edward I. Koch, David N. Dinkins, Abraham D. Beame, Mario Cuomo

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Includes letters donated to N-YHS, apparently for a possible fundraising auction, by various New York political figures apparently in response to a request from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum for their recollections of the most dramatic or significant moment in New York in their personal experience. Giuliani, Moynihan, Koch (ALS); Lindsay, Koch (LS); Dinkins, Beame, Cuomo (photocopies). Found during processing in 2016 of Gotbaum's Executive Office files.

1994-1995
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Rudolph W. Giuliani to N-YHS

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Greetings from the mayor on the occasion of N-YHS's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-opening of its exhibition galleries.

1995 May 10
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Duchess of York to Betsy Gotbaum

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Expression of appreciation for work on Tea to benefit Chances for Children on June 25, 1998. 3 items

1998 July 14
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Rudolph W. Giuliani to N-YHS

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Acknowledgment of N-YHS and New York City Police Foundation collaboration on the exhibition "New York's Finest: A History of the New York City Police Department."

1998 October 20
Box: 66 Folder : 16A A.M. Rosenthal to Betsy Gotbaum

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Descriptive letter accompanying donation of personal note written upon discovery and decision to print the Pentagon Papers; photocopy of original manuscript.

1999 October 26
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Carl Bernstein to Betsy Gotbaum

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Descriptive letter accompanying donation of carbon copy of original draft of page 960 of the manuscript of All The President's Men; photocopy of original manuscript.

1999 November 15
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Bill Clinton to Kenneth T. Jackson

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Expression of appreciation for event held in honor at N-YHS and election as Honorary Member; printed program for "An evening at the New-York Historical Society with Former President William Jefferson Clinton" on July 17, 2001.

2001 August 31
Box: 66 Folder : 16A Hillary Rodham Clinton to "Friends"

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Greeting to confirmed attendees of the N-YHS event "History Makers Gala 2001," honoring William B. Harrison with the De Witt Clinton Award.

2001 November 26
Box: 66 Folder : 17 Barack Obama to [gala attendees]

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Presidential message provided to be read to attendees of the 2015 History Makers Gala.

2015 October 16
Box: 66 Folder : 17 Ed Ruscha to Louise Mirrer

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Expression of enthusiasm at learning of N-YHS's addition of his painting Fanned Book to the Library.

2015 December 10
Box: 66 Folder : 17 Mo Willems to Louise Mirrer

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Thank you note for the exhibition of his work.

2016 September 27
Box: 66 Folder : 18 Ruth Bader Ginsburg to N-YHS

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Includes two related items from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to N-YHS. In a letter to Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Schantz dated 30 October 2017, Ginsburg complimented N-YHS on its Citizenship Project, as described in the New York Times on October 29, and offered to participate in a naturalization ceremony at N-YHS if schedules allowed. Subsequent to that letter, Ginsburg did participate in a ceremony on April 10 at N-YHS and N-YHS sent her a gift in thanks. On a note card to Schantz and Chief Executive Officer Louise Mirrer dated 6 June 2018, Ginsburg expressed her thanks for the gift, recalled her pleasure at participating in the ceremony and observed that the diversity among the new citizens is what the USA means to her.

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