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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
170 Central Park West
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
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Series III. General Correspondence., 1805-1908. 28.04 Linear Feet in 66 boxes and 6 oversize folders

Scope and Contents Note

The General Correspondence, 1805-1908 series contains chronological files of communications directed to and from New-York Historical Society and its officers, ranging from its founding through the Fall 1908 relocation into its current building on Central Park West.

The bulk of correspondence is incoming, but some notes, responses, and copies of letters produced by New-York Historical Society appear (see also: Series II. Letterpress copybooks of outgoing correspondence, 1876-1911). Librarian William Kelby (1893-1898) frequently annotated letters in red pen, while his successor Robert Kelby (1898-1921) often wrote short notes or instructions on N-YHS responses to letters received. Internally produced correspondence includes memoranda such as excerpts of meeting minutes, acceptances of election to an N-YHS office and resignations, drafts and notes for deceased member memorials, presentation and resolution drafts, and informal reports on relevant legislation, commissions, funding, acquisitions, and other aspects and issues of operations. The recurring presence of N-YHS presidential and intra-officer correspondence commences with the tenure of Luther Bradish (1850-1863), and continues more predominantly with Frederic De Peyster (1864-1866; 1873-1882) and John A. King (1877-1900). Until president Samuel Verplanck Hoffman (1903-1912), the officials' correspondence tone and content remains relatively formal, chiefly concerned with facilities, fundraising, and meeting and committee logistics.

Five incomplete registers of correspondence dating between 1805 and 1847 open the series, chronologically listing select letters by date and corresponding parties. Beginning in 1876, N-YHS officers regularly maintained registers recording the senders of letters received, which may be used as guides to the files. The registers appear fairly accurate, but should not be regarded as comprehensive. Notes on the most frequent and/or notable correspondents -- excluding N-YHS officers at the time, whom are implied -- appear accompanying each register in the container list.

The files are predominated by letters of acknowledgment or decline for N-YHS membership, committee, and officer election; reference inquiries and research requests; and proposals of materials for donation, sale, or transfer to the institution. The latter may be accompanied by sketches, inventories, and further description; these trace the trends, conditions, costs, and context of N-YHS collection development during this period. A small amount of the submitted materials themselves are present and noted.

Correspondence from the first twenty five years of the institution is minimal but by 1840 grows more comprehensive, prolific, and varied, with an increase in lecture proposals and arrangements, publications planning, research reports and funding requests, submissions for presentation before the Society, and general discussion of the services, operations, and activities of the institution. Library staff began to receive a growing number of reference inquiries (commonly relating to family genealogy and military, specifically Revolutionary War, history), space rental requests, and letters of introduction for researchers and potential members. The files also contain event and ticket requests (including election to special committees or delegations), personal information updates such as changes of address and deaths, dues payments and related membership inquiries, news clippings, bills for service, and corrections and commentary on N-YHS published material. These trends continue throughout the series. A select amount of personal correspondence with N-YHS officers appears, with Librarians George H. Moore (1849-1876), a scholar of the history of slavery in New England, and Robert Kelby often addressed on a more intimate and collegial basis.

The early to mid-19th-century correspondence files depict the institution as a sounding board for amateur and professional historians and genealogists, who share their investigations with N-YHS both formally and informally, solicited and unsolicited. Many other core correspondents are peers affiliated with related institutions, such as libraries and other historical societies, who often seek advice and material exchanges. The files represent a cross-section of prominent N-YHS members and officers (DeWitt Clinton, Dr. Samuel L. Mitchill, Egbert Benson, Gouverneur Morris, Frederic De Peyster, James Beekman, and Hamilton Fish); historians (John Farmer, Jared Sparks, John Russell Bartlett, Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, George Bancroft, John Law, Frederick Kapp, Samuel Osgood); writers and lecturers (Lindley Murray, Horatio Gates Spaffords, Prosper Montgomery Wetmore, John Watts De Peyster, Pliny Miles); theologians (Samuel Miller, William Bentley); scientists (Henry R. Schoolcraft); genealogists (Robert Dodge, Henry Cruger Van Schaack); printers and booksellers (Isaac Collins, John W. Taylor, Joel Munsell, John H. Hickcox); publishers (George Palmer Putnam, William Henry Appleton); and antiquarians (Samuel Gardner Drake). International repositories and individuals, many of whom are honorary N-YHS members, correspond from distant locations including China, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Denmark.

By 1840, N-YHS began efforts to systematize its acquisition of materials, reaching out to state and federal government agencies and other repositories to seek publications and documentation. Around this time printed matter begins to appear and is thereafter interspersed throughout the files. These materials include membership certificates and dues receipts, meeting invitations, deeds of gift, formal acknowledgments of receipt and shipment notices from other repositories, and distribution materials or "circulars" produced by both New-York Historical Society and other institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institute, Maryland Historical Society, Mercantile Library, American Antiquarian Society, and American Philosophy Society. The Society's collecting habits also expand around mid-century to more substantially incorporate painting, sculpture, and other artworks, with the Correspondence files including documentation of these acquisitions and commissions. The Abbott Collection of Egyptian antiquities, acquired by N-YHS in 1860, also incites great interest and inquiry.

Over the next several decades, the field of librarianship further professionalizes and libraries, historical societies, government agencies, and other organizations, continue to proliferate and representatives regularly contact N-YHS for exchanges and other professional discourse, data collection, consultation, and collaboration. Colleagues in regular communication include A.R. Spofford, M.M. Bagg, F.D. Stone, Harriet Tenney, Lyman C. Draper, Charles Sprague Smith, Emma Toedteberg, Worthington C. Ford, John Shaw Billings, Isaac F. Wood, Melville Dewey, George C. McWhorter, Brantz Mayer, and other representatives from institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institute, Long Island Historical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, American Bible Society, American Museum of Natural History, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, United States Department of the Interior, New York State Historical Association, Wisconsin Historical Society, New York City History Club, Maryland Historical Society, the Lenox and Astor Libraries, and their successor, the New York Public Library. Founder of the Sons of the Revolution and former N-YHS librarian (1876-1878) John Austin Stevens is a regular correspondent during the tenures of George H. Moore and Robert Kelby.

Printed matter and circulars further increase as well, including press kits for travelling lecturers, auctions, and publications and business cards, postcards, and other advertisements, of which many highlight new developments in conservation, photography, and other technology. Solicitations for services, employment, research and organization funding, and real estate sales increase, particularly in the late 1880s as public awareness rises of the organization's attempts to raise money for a new building, and its subsequent purchase of land uptown. Further materials relate to the N-YHS Publication Fund, including inquiries on purchase, transfer, order, withdrawal, and other shareholder matters. These materials begin appearing around 1885.

By the 1890s, the files reflect the growing anxiety over N-YHS leadership and facilities, exclusionary policies, and conflicts over public access to the collections. The early 20th-century finds N-YHS staff preparing for the institution's centennial celebration while continually refusing acquisition offers in the face of funding demands for the continually stalled building construction and relocation; some Building Fund, Building Committee, and other fundraising related correspondence appears, including that of substantial donors the De Peyster family, Henry Dexter, and Mary Rhinelander King.

Prominent historians of the time regularly feature in the files dating from the mid-19th-century through the end of the series: Orasmus Holmes Marshall, Benson John Lossing , Martha J. Lamb, Evert Augustus Duyckinck, Anna Matilda Woodhull, Joseph W. Moulton, James Riker, George Washington Greene, Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, J. Franklin Jameson, Reginald Pelham Bolton, Jane Meade Welch, Woodbury Lowery, Mary Stoughton Locke, and Mary V. Worstell. Other frequent and notable correspondents from this time period include writers and lecturers (William Cullen Bryant, Henry Steel Olcott, Henry B. Dawson, and Gherardi Davis ); politicians (William H. Seward, John V.L. Pruyn, Smith E. Lane, Asa Bird Gardiner, John Winthrop Chanler, John Bigelow, John Harper Trumbull, and Frederick C. Cook); educators (James C. Welling and John Howard Van Amringe); theologians (Charles Washington Baird, William Reed Huntington, and Horatio Gates Jones); artists (John G. Chapman, George Catlin, Louis Lang, and H.A. McArdle); architects (Edward Lippincott Tilton); scientists (Henry William Ravenel, John William Draper, and Samuel W. Francis); genealogists (Joseph Jackson Howard and Morris P. Ferris); printers and booksellers (Charles Burr Todd, Robert Clarke, John F. Trow, Walter Aldrich, and U.P. James); publishers (G.P. Putnam, A.W. Elson); art dealers (Samuel Putnam Avery); antiquarians (James Carson Brevoort); and contractors of N-YHS (photographers Edward Bierstadt and George C. Dodd, art conservator H.A. Hammond Smith, and fundraiser Frank G. Tilford).

The series also documents the many lectures , special meetings, and memorial events hosted by N-YHS, containing print invitations, announcements, RSVPs, delegate and special committee election responses, and arrangements with special guests and speakers (including proposals and direct invitation responses, updates on research and presentation topics, accompaniments such as lantern slides, and subsequent publication of lectures). The files contain considerable amounts of ephemera relating to other institutions and events: tickets and invitations for important events such as the opening of Niagara Falls state reservation and the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, and circulars for Worlds Fairs and other expositions, often accompanying letters of recruitment for N-YHS participation. Late-19th century materials in particular portray N-YHS, its members and its brethren's advocacy, fundraising, and other participation in movements to commemorate important historical events, figures, and locales through monuments and celebrations. Also included is a series of documentation relating to N-YHS's advocacy and petition to the state legislature to take firmer action in the preservation of public records, for which a Record Preservation Committee was formed.

Related Archival Materials Note

Although this series includes the bulk of correspondence incoming to N-YHS for the period 1804-1908, significant correspondence on specific topics can be found in other N-YHS record groups. For example, New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records (NYHS-RG 3) includes extensive correspondence concerning the construction of N-YHS's homes at 2nd Avenue and 11th Street and at Central Park West, as well as the institution's pursuit of space in Central Park in the mid nineteenth century. New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event records (NYHS-RG 12) includes correspondence related to anniversaries and some other special events in N-YHS's history.

Arrangement and Description Note

The series is arranged chronologically.

Documents and correspondents identified by the processing archivist as being of substance and/or significance to N-YHS institutional history or historical thought are identified in folder-level notes. However, these were identified within the time constraints of processing and so cannot be relied on exclusively by researchers.

Some attempt was made to group and note letters related to a similar subject matter or correspondent. All bequests and estate activity are noted after 1890.

The majority of pre-1860 correspondence is directly preceded by a typescript of letter contents. Typescripts were generated by former N-YHS personnel, in varying degrees of comprehensiveness and accuracy. Copies or transcripts of select documents from Series I. Notable Correspondents materials appear in the files. Early folders may contain small pieces of scrap paper identifying acquisitions indicated by the correspondence content.

Although N-YHS officers began binding incoming correspondence around 1876, it was subsequently disbound at some point by a conservator. Due to damage inflicted by binding adhesive, most materials between 1885 and 1898 are interleaved with bond paper. In other folders, fragile materials have been placed in the back, either interleaved or in an appropriately marked protective sling. Small items such as postcards, tickets, and business cards, are housed in envelopes within their appropriate folders.

Prior N-YHS staff further arranged select correspondence between 1860 and 1875 into Executive Committee, Library Administration and Acquisitions, and Museum categories:

Executive Committee files include nomination acceptances and acknowledgments, membership and position inquiries and resignations, dues payments, meeting notices and RSVPs, and other documentation of committee activity.

Library Administration/Acquisition & Donation files include catalog and exchange requests; inquiries and advertisements from booksellers, agents, publishers, binders, and printers; requests to visit the library or copy materials; and reference requests, acquisition proposals, and other correspondence relating to books, periodicals, photographs, government documents, pamphlets, and other manuscript materials.

Museum files include requests to copy N-YHS artworks, reference inquiries, acquisition proposals, and other correspondence relating to paintings, sculptures, coins, instruments, antiquities, textiles and other artifacts and relics.

This subject arrangement has been maintained, though files have been relocated to the end of file runs in their respective years. Researchers should not assume that individual materials have been diligently arranged according to this thematic scheme, and are advised to additionally consult the general files for time periods of interest.

It is recommended that researchers interested in ephemera, or seeking circulars or other missing attachments for letters, consult the Undated folders at the end of every year, where much of these materials appear to have been placed.

Undated material estimates were made by prior N-YHS staff who performed the original chronological arrangement, presumably based off the original order in which they were found.

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 additional documents found, and provided description in a finding aid for the series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Registers of Correspondence (5). 1805-1847

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five unbound chronological inventories of incoming and select outgoing letters, listing date and corresponding parties. Each register appears incomplete, with date gaps and some overlap in date range covered. The original purpose and compilation date(s) of these lists is uncertain, they were likely prepared in the early nineteenth century; one list is recorded on the back of printed invitations to N-YHS's May 1847 meeting.

1805-1847
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1805-1809

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafts of toasts for the second Centennary Anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson, hosted by N-YHS on September 4, 1809.

1805-1809
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1810-1811
1810-1811
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1812-1813

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 1813 letter from George H. Macculloch detailing plans to open seminary at Morristown. Includes December 1813 letter from Sam Bayard in Princeton, NJ, to Pintard concerning plans to gather subscribers to fund a canal joining the Millstone and Assamsink rivers.

1812-1813
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1814 (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes typescript of January draft of petition from N-YHS Standing Committee to New York Senate, requesting aid (original in Oversize); July 22 letter from John Marshall to David Hosack commenting on Hosack's published oration concerning the French Revolution; August 6 letter from Samuel Jones to Horatio Gates Spafford in response to his publication the Gazetteer of the State of New York, charging perceived inaccuracies in response to its descriptions of Oyster Bay and the greater Long Island region.

1814
Box: OS-1 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1814 (2 of 2). Oversize
1814
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1815-1816

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 31, 1816 handwritten copy of the charter and by-laws for the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, titled Articles of Association, sent to John Pintard by J.B. Bowen; October 3, 1816 letter from John Marshall (to Gouverneur Morris?) commenting on the inaugural discourse and reflections on history.

1815-1816
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1817 January-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes inventory of donations made by B. Davidson on behalf of the department of Mineralogy for Louisiana; annotated National Museum of Natural History of France pamphlet from director Andre Thouin (in French); letter from Charles Wilson Peale accompanying donation of pamphlets and art catalogues; series of letters regarding the 1817 publication of Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig 'Commerce' by the "Late Master and Supercargo" James Riley; letters, including from artist Thomas Sully, concerning acquiring a copy from Sully of his portrait of Gouverneur Morris.

1817
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1817 July-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photocopies of correspondence between explorer Andre Michaux and John Wakefield Francis.

1817
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1817-1818. Samuel Jones

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Samuel Jones commentary on revised bylaws, an N-YHS delivery made by DeWitt Clinton on December 6, 1811, and the 1757 publication Smith's History of New York.

1817-1818
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1818
1818
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1819

Scope and Contents Note

Includes original document and accompanying letter of donation by Michael Hogan, August 31, 1790, a Bill of Lading for the first cargo of cattle sent to New South Wales.

1790, 1819
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1820-1823
1820-1823
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1824-1826

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documentation of debts paid by the Lyceum of Natural History; inquiries from historian Jared Sparks requesting that Pintard agree to send the General Gates's papers to Boston for Sparks's use; and an inquiry and drafted response into the net worth of the N-YHS book collection.

1824-1826
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1827

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of Frederic de Peyster Jr. reports on Senate approval of N-YHS request for legislative aid.

1827
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1828

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of letters confirming the details of the transfer of the N-YHS Mineralogical and Geological Cabinet and another natural history-themed case to the Lyceum of Natural History; October 1928 inventory of medals and coins received by N-YHS; and correspondence proposing biographies of Cadwallader Colden and Samuel Jones to publish alongside N-YHS Collections volumes.

1828
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence. Undated
circa 1805-1828
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1828-1829

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with W.L. Marcy of New York Comptroller's Office concerning N-YHS debts and account of loan from Washington Insurance Company of New York to John Pintard and David Hosack on behalf of N-YHS.

Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1829
1829
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence. Undated
c. 1820-1830
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1830-1831
1830-1831
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1832-1833
1832-1833
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1834-1835
1834-1835
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1836-1838
1836-1838
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1839 January-March
1839
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1839 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes replies to N-YHS invitation for April 30 event celebrating the 50th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration, featuring a key note address by President John Quincy Adams.

1839
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1839 May-December
1839
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Correspondence. 1839
1839
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1840 (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes typescript of formal petition to Governor of Tennessee requesting copies of all legislative and other official documents; original in OVERSIZE. See also: 1841 January-June folder for responses from other state representatives to similar petitions.

1840
Box: OS-1 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1840 (2 of 2). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Formal petitions to Governors of Tennessee and Georgia requesting copies of all legislative and other official documents; undated form letters of similar petitions to state legislatures and to Congressional representatives requesting improvements in international copyright law to protect American literature.

circa 1840
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1841 January-June
1841
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1841 July-December
1841
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1842
1842
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1843 January-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 28 letter from D.T. Thompson to John Jay discussing the adoption of an alternative national name for the country and June 1 letter from William S. Bogart to George Folsom contemplating the appropriate respository for the records of the State of New York.

1843
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1843 July-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes requests from the Mechanics Institutite regarding participation in the establishment of a Polytechnic institute and exhibition; July 14 letter from Samuel Sawyer on discovered fragments from the lost colony at Roanoke Island, Virginia; and official resolution by the General Assembly of North Carolina to bind and send official documents to N-YHS.

1843
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1844 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 20,1844 letter from Alexandre Vattemare discussing early iteration of his system of exchange of books, documents and maps between libraries and museums (in French; further materials appear in 1859 July-October folder).

1844
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1844 March-April
1844
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1844 May-October
1844
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1844 November (1 of 2)
1844
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1844 November (2 of 2)
1844
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1844 December
1844
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1845 January-March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 8 letter from William H.C. Hosmer concerning his gift of Native American artifacts found near Avon, New York; accompanied by sketches.

1845
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1845 March-April
1845
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1845 April-May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes responses from various individuals and organizations to the N-YHS report on the country's adoption of a national name.

1845
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1845 June-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter on behalf of the Sicilian Academy of Science and Letters seeking members interested in becoming corresponding members of Italian organizations; chop (i.e., seal) and letter from honorary Chinese member Thon-king, accompanied by translation.

1845
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1845 September-December
1845
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1846 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with Edward Sanford and Archibald Campbell concerning the revival and amendment of the original N-YHS articles of incorporation in the New York State Senate.

1846
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1846 March-May
1846
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1846 June-December
1946
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1847 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a letter from James R. Hitchcock to George Gibbs describing his travels in Yucatan.

1847
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1847 March-May
1847
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1847 June-August
1847
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1847 September-October
1847
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1847 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes unsigned drafts of announcement of the death of former New York Supreme Court Justice and Chancellor James Kent.

1847
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1848 January-February
1848
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1848 March-May
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1848 June-September
1848
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1848 October-November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes historical research on Jones family, the descendents of Governor William Jones of New Haven, written by his great-great-grandson Issac Jones, and on Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherland, written by James Hammond Trumbull.

1848
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1848 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes December 19 informal report on the state of California and its natural resources.

1848
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Correspondence. Undated (1 of 2)
c. 1840-1849
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Correspondence. Undated (2 of 2)
c. 1840-1849
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1849 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes institutional responses to a Smithsonian questionnaire issued to public libraries across the country, addressing general collections, facilities, operations, and preservation topics.

1849
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1849 February
1849
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1849 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive March 20 letter from B.B. Minor resurrecting the debate over the adoption of a new national name for the country.

1849
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1849 April-June
1849
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1849 July-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July-October correspondence regarding N-YHS commission of William H. Powell to paint portrait of Alphonse de Lemartine.

Box: 6 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1849 September-October
1849
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1849 November-December
1849
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1850 January
1850
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1850 February
1850
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1850 March-April
1850
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1850 May-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes layouts and sketches for lot in Union Square considered for purchase by N-YHS.

1850
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1850 July-August
1850
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1850 September-October
1850
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1850 November-December
1850
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1851 January-April
1851
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1851 May-September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters alleging evidence in the 1813 killing of Tecumseh, clearing the name of Colonel Richard M. Johnson; and A.W. Holden manuscript "Indian Names of Lake Champlain and Vicinity."

1851
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1851 October-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three letters from Daniel Webster concerning NYHS's request for him to address the Society.

1851
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Correspondence. Undated
[1851]
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1852 January-February
1852
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1852 February (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next two includes requests for tickets to the Daniel Webster address.

1852
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1852 February (2 of 3)
1852
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1852 February (3 of 3)
1852
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1852 February-July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters regarding the proofs and publication of Daniel Webster's February 23, 1852 address to N-YHS; includes three letters from Webster concerning copies of the publication.

1852
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1852 March-April
1852
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1852 May-June
1852
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1852 July-August
1852
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1852 September-December
1852
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1853 January-February
1853
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1853 March-June
1853
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1853 July-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes George B. Catlin's request of N-YHS to petition the US government to purchase his collection of Indian portraits and paintings; includes letter from Thomas Gallaudet requesting permission to visit the N-YHS rooms with his "deaf-mute friends."

1853
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1854 January-March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 9 letter from Bushrod Washington accompanying donation of manuscript of his uncle George Washington described as "of a personal nature;" February 24 letter from Maunsell B. Field observing limited awareness of American intellectual activity in France and requesting N-YHS assistance in its advocacy abroad.

1854
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1854 April-June
1854
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1854 July-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes submission letter of James W. Beekman and accompanying extracts from the autobiographical manuscripts of Chevalier de Carro, including research on the escape of General Lafayette from Olmiitz.

1854
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1854 November
1854
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1854 December
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1855 January-March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 2 letter from J.G. Fletcher accompanying donation of his Portuguese translation of letters of Lieutenant Maury in the Amazon, outlining his ongoing work with the Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute, and attempting to incite N-YHS interest in the country as members of "the two most powerful Governments of the Western Continent."

1855
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1855 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 27 answer by George E. Ellis to inquiry into the activities of the Massachusetts Historical Society, featuring discussion of original charter and extensive synopses of their collections.

1855
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1855 May-June
1855
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1855 July-October
1855
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1855 November-December
1855
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1856 January-March
1856
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1856 April-May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 30 letter from William Barry, of the newly formed Chicago Historical Society, requesting assistance in building a collection for Scientific Engineers.

1856
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1856 June-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes unsigned description of Julie Patrana, the woman believed to be a hybrid of ape and human.

1856
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1856 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes update and news clippings for South Carolina Historical Society, sent by William James Rivers.

1856
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1857 January-March
1857
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1857 April-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Edward Everett outlining planned N-YHS remarks on George Washington and slavery.

1857
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1857 July-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from President Luther Bradish to Librarian George H. Moore discussing various logistics of the new building, chiefly subscription funding, and illustrated by hand-drawn draft for event room layout; August 6 letter from W.W. Turner inquiring about rumors George H. Moore suspected John R. Bartlett of plagiarism, and August 8 vehement denial of these claims by Moore.

1857
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1857 November-December
1857
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1858 January-April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 20 note from U.S. Consulate General of Russia accompanying summary of Baron M. Korff's work on the Accession of Nicholas I and March 4 follow-up further analyzing Korff's historical research; includes letter from W.B. Cronyn(?) transmitting photographs of an old house that was on the scene of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Long Island.

1858
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1858 May-October
1858
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1858 November-December
1858
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1859 January-February
1859
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1859 March-April
1859
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1859 May-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters and publications related to Henry O'Reilly donation of documents of Western settlement and the telegraph system; George Bancroft complaint concerning the delay of the N-YHS catalogue and response by President Bradish.

1859
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1859 July-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of correspondence and resolution to participate in Paris literary exchange, orchestrated by Alexandre Vattemare and Hamilton Fish and involving the French publisher Hachette.

1859
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1859 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 9 letter of introduction from John Jay on behalf of William G. Wilson, principal of Colored School No. 1 in Brooklyn.

1859
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1860 January-April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Edward Hamilton Davis's initial proposal to donate large American Antiquity collection; letter from Luther Bradish to George Bancroft raising concerns about the presence of important American pre-Independence documents in Great Britain and the need for government interference; letter to William Cullen Bryant suggesting that a painting of Washington Irving based on a photograph taken by Mathew Brady be unveiled at Bryant's address.

1860
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1860 May-August
1861
Box: OS-1 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1860 July. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 18, 1860 return on rock excavation and "regulating and grading" work performed on Eighth Avenue from 102nd to 114th streets by Gardner A. Sage, under contract of Cornelius Smith. Pencilled date of "September 7. 1921" indicates this might have been submitted to N-YHS at that time, but it is not listed in the accession log.

1860
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1860 September-December
1860
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1860. Library Administration
1860
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1861 January-May
1861
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1861 June-July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of correspondence with Major J.T. Sprague discussing lecture on the Texas rebellion; July 1 and 12 letters from Matthew J. Henry on his research into the language of North American tribes of the Atlantic coast; inquiry from Long Island pastor and abolitionist Willis A. Hodges accusing N-YHS of harboring his missing wife Sarah, accompanied by news clipping of want ad suggesting she is "under the influence of the Devil."

1861
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1861 August-December
1861
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1861. Library Administration
1861
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1862

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Henry B. Dawson suggesting a revisionist reading of early proclamations of independence by the Massachusetts colony in May 1776.

1862
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1862. Library Administration
1862
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1862. Museum

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from George H. Moore to James J. Jarvis regarding the offer of his art collection, which Moore does not want to accept until N-YHS has secured a better repository.

1862-1863
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1863 January-June
1863
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1863 May. William Bradford Commemoration Invitation Replies
1863
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1863 July-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Leave of Absence pass granted by Tennessee headquarters to Adjutant Charlesworth Powe and signed by Assistant Adjutant General T.S. Bowers; unsigned notes on the history of the United States Treasury.

1863
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1863 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes remarks on the life of frequent N-YHS lecturer John MacLean McDonald (1790-1863) furnished by attorney Smith Barker and Librarian George H. Moore.

1863
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1863. Executive Committee
1863
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1863. Library Administration
1863
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1863. Museum

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters concerning the James J. Jarvis art collection.

1863
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1864 January-June
1864
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1864 July-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes printing specimen alleged to be the first ever text justification produced by a machine, sent by Charles W. Felt of Salem, Mass.

1864
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1864 September-October. Conquest of New Netherland Bicentennial. Invitation Replies.
1864
Box: OS-1 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1864. Metropolitan Fair. Financial Documents. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an oversize recapitulation of receipts and expenses for the spring 1864 Metropolitan Fair, in aid of the United States Sanitary Commission. Documents were prepared by George Tuthill for John H. Gourhi, according to accompanying letter, and offer financial breakdowns by station and committee.

1864-1865
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1864. Executive Committee
1864
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1864. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Henry O'Reilly detailing his work "First Organization of Colored Troops."

1864
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1864. Museum
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1865 January-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Feburary 1, 1965 edition of The Evening Post reporting the passage of the thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery.

1865
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1865 July-October
1865
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1865 October. Abraham Lincoln Waistcoat

Scope and Contents Note

Includes alleged scrap of waistcoat worn by Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination; accompanying letter by former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury M.B. Field, present at the president's death bed, explains that it was given to him by Lincoln's body-servant 24 hours after his death.

1865
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1865 November-December
1865
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1865. Executive Committee. Membership
1865
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1865. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Samuel Sewall letter on his collection of Judge Sewell manuscripts and Sewall's attitudes towards slavery; offer of General Lee's statement to the troops on the day of his surrender made by the managers of the Sanitary Relief Fair; series of materials concerning the deposit of the flag of the First New York Dragoons by Laura Wolcott Gibbs; and offer of four exhumed corpses from a burial ground in Peru by E. Rankin.

1865
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1865. Library Administration. Peter Force Library

Scope and Contents Note

Includes subscription notebook, news clippings, and correspondence concerning the ultimately futile N-YHS effort to acquire the American history collection of Peter Force.

1861-1867
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1866
1866
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1866. Executive Committee
1866
Box: 13 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1866. Executive Committee. Membership
1866
Box: 13 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1866. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes offer by John H. Gourhi of additional financial documentation of 1864 Metropolitan Fair.

1866
Box: 13 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1867

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acceptance of N-YHS presidency by Hamilton Fish and his early correspondence in the position; inventory of Revolutionary era books and papers of Arad Joy; and dispatches from Peking, China by William H. Seward.

1867
Box: 13 Folder : 15 Correspondence. 1867. Executive Committee
1867
Box: 13 Folder : 16 Correspondence. 1867. Executive Committee. Membership
1867
Box: 13 Folder : 17 Correspondence. 1867. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes newspaper re-printing of the New Year's Address poem that originally appeared in the New York Gazette in 1847; donated by Edward Bill.

1867
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1868 January-June
1868
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1868 July-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from US Consul Luigi Palma di Cesnola featuring wax seal impressions made from engraved precious stones he is offering N-YHS for purchase; letter and circular "Histoire du Commerce et de la Navigation" (both in French) from academic Francisque Xavier Michel.

1868
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1868. Cornelius Vanderbilt Petition

Scope and Contents Note

Includes petition to Cornelius Vanderbilt concerning voting the petitioners' proxies for a change in management of the New York Central Railroad Company and Vanderbilt's drafted response; petitioners include John Jacob Astor Jr. and E. Cunard.

1868
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1868. Executive Commitee
1868
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1868. Library Administration
1868
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1869 January-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes meeting minutes extract from the American Ethnological Society requesting that N-YHS devote an alcove in its library to Ethnology to host the former's collections.

1869
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1869 July-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Hamilton Fish's ticket and program for September 14 celebration of the centennial birthday of naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt; hand-written, unsigned expression of interest for a Napoleon lecture to be presented at N-YHS by "Miss Pickersgill," accompanied by a small pamphlet advertising her lecture series on major historical figures for young persons.

1869
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1869. Executive Committee
1869
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1869. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Chicago Historical Society inventory of duplicate volumes available for exchange and proposal by John R. Bartlett for N-YHS purchase of his collection.

1869
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1869. Museum
1869
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1870 January-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two accounts of William Jefferson Bryan's last minute bequest of paintings to N-YHS in the days leading up to his death aboard the Lafayette.

1870
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1870 July-December
1870
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1870. Executive Committee
1870
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1870. Library Administration
1870
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1870. Museum
1870
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1870. Special Events
1870
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1871 January-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence concerning the return to Jonathan Edwards of the original commission and instructions to Benedict Arnold to take Fort Ticonderoga, deposited with N-YHS in 1844.

1871
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1871 July-December
1871
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1871. Executive Committee
1871
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1871. Library Administration
1871
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1871. Museum

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of letters from Ernest L. McCracken concerning the N-YHS acquisition of George Washington's Valley Forge camp bed.

1871
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1872 January-April
1872
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1872 May-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes complaint from a woman, C.J.A. Johnson of Granville, Ohio, about the difficulties of getting into N-YHS as an "outsider" and series of correspondence to and from William Henry Seward concerning his anniversary address at N-YHS.

1872
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1872 September-December
1872
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1872. Executive Committee
1872
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1872 January-April. Library Administration
1872
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1872 May-December. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter and extensive inventory from A.L Burr of his collection of 18th-century letters and autographs.

1872
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1872. Museum
1872
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1873 January-February
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1873 March-June
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1873 July-September
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1873 October-December
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1873. Executive Committee
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1873 January-June. Library Administration
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1873 July-October. Library Administration
1873
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1873 November-December. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes inventory and correspondence concerning Linstant Pradine's West Indies-themed book collection and series of dispatches from John Austin Stevens in Washington D.C.

1873
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1873. Museum
1873
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1874 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes document asserting the founding and policies of the Grosvenor Library in Buffalo, New York; signed by Millard Fillmore, among others.

1874
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1874 February-March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from journalist Mary L. Booth asserting that she was denied admission to N-YHS in spite of her proferred card.

1874
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1874 April-May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter addressed to Frederic de Peyster from John Jay, of the American Legation at Vienna, emphasizing Central American studies and suggesting the formation of an American consortium, or even National Museum, to collect "pre-historic" antiquities of the continent.

1874
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1874 June-September
1874
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1874 October-November
1874
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1874 December
1874
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1874. Executive Committee
1874
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1874 January-April. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from photographer Filippos Margaritis (in Greek).

1874
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1874 May-September. Library Administration
1874
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1874 October-December. Library Administration
1874
Box: 17 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1874. Museum

Scope and Contents Note

Includes wax impressions and sketches of Egyptian ring produced by Edwin Bergh and offer of Charles Wilson Peale's Exhumation of the Mastodon by Hammond Dugan.

1874
Box: 17 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1874-1875. George Catlin Cartoons

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters from George Catlin's sons appealing to N-YHS for acquisition of his American Indian cartoons, printed synopsis, testimonials of value by leading historians and other figures, and copy of address to United States Congress concerning the formation of a national museum to house his collections. (See also: original proposal from Catlin himself in Series I)

1874-1875
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1875 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Tiffany & Co requesting to trace from "specimens of Lady Washington's handwriting" and extensive family genealogy by E. Van Bebber.

1875
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1875 March-April
1875
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1875 May-June
1875
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1875 July-September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July through December discourse between George H. Moore and Charles Doe regarding George Bancroft's published research and assertions, chiefly his interpretation of the Convention of 1779-1780.

1875
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1875 October
1875
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1875 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of inquiries and surveys throughout 1875 from J. Edwards Clarke and John Eaton, Commissioner of the Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior, in preparation of a work on American libraries and historical societies in conjunction with the country's Centennial.

1875
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1875. Executive Committee
1875
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1875 January-June. Library Administration
1875
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1875 July-December. Library Administration
1875
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1875. Museum
1875
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1876-1877?

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include Charles W. Baird, E.B. Coley, John S. Clarke, Henry J. Drowne, S.W. Francis, Asa Bird Gardner, John Harper, John Gordan Jr., John W.M. Lee, John Blair Linn, William R. Martin, John A. McAlister, Thomas H. Montgomery, Henry O'Reilly, Charles O'Conor, A.R. Spofford, Joseph Sabin, Fred D. Stone, Frederick Saunders, William S. Stryker, Issac Wood, Justin Winsor, and United States Department of the Interior.

[1876-1877]
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1876 January-March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes defense of Colonel Joseph Reed, Adjutant General to Washington, who was alleged to have taken protection from the British during the Revolutionary War by George Bancroft; research, argument, and follow-up presented by William S. Stryker, Adjutant General of the state of New Jersey; and series of Orasmus Holmes Marshall letters regarding his paper on Champlain.

1876
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1876 April-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 8 note and accompanying signed resolution by Chairman Daniel Huntington and the Committee on Selection for U.S. International Exhibition requesting N-YHS loan of Thomas Cole's The Course of Empire for the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

1876
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1876 July-October
1876
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1876 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes official membership election certificate for Robert H. Grinnell, signed by president Frederic de Peyster on December 22, 1876.

1876
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1876 Executive Committee
1876
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1876 January-April. Library Administration
1876
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1876 May-December. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notice of ten thousand dollar bequest from Thomas Bahan (?) and October 20, 1876 letter from spiritualist Luther R. Marsh on the historical importance of the town of Pompey, New York.

1876
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1876. Museum
1876
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1877 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes article on the origins of the name "America" by William Pinkney Roger; January 22 letter from Martha Lamb to John Austin Stevens discussing her faith in the public's interest in reading history; and January 29 John Watts De Peyster letter complaining about the N-YHS Library's handling of his donated volumes.

1877
Box: 19 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1877 March-May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes discourse with attorney Charles O'Conor concerning his address at the N-YHS celebration of the constitutional centennial, as well as ticket requests and other inquiries regarding the event. (See also: 1877 May folder)

1877
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1877 May. Constitution Centennial Event. Ticket Requests and Committee Elections
1877
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1877 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes note from Anne U. Jones accompanying a N-YHS book originally borrowed and never returned by her late father Reverend Cave Jones.

1877
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1877 July-September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes August 11 letter from R.B. Pool initiating plans for local colleagues to host the "Conference of Librarians" at the Young Men's Christian Association in New York City; genealogical overview of the Stevens family submitted by R.D. Stevens of Marion, Iowa, perhaps related to N-YHS addressee John Austin Stevens.

1877
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1877 October
1877
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1877 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 1 letter from Martha Lamb reacting to "unmerited abuse" of her latest publication and thanking John Austin Stevens for his support; and note from E.J. Huling of The Saratoga Sentinel mocking Stevens for an inaccurate reference to the wheat farming season.

1877
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1877 January-May. Executive Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes responses to appointment notices for the "Committee on the Increase of the Society;" a January 2, 1877 request by Henry B. Dawson to override his "ejection" from N-YHS and follow-up protestations to committee deliberations in May.

1877
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1877 June-December. Executive Committee
1877
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1877 January-May. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 28, 1877 proposition by J. Whitney of the American Tract Society for N-YHS to shoulder a portion of the costs for illustrations and engravings of the N-YHS facilities to accompany a Martha Lamb article on the institution set for publication; an unsigned account of the archaeological discovery of the equestrian statue of George III (see also: 1879 Museum folder); and May 2, 1877 letter from Alex Davis articulating his lofty plans for "a still more respectable library to the Historical Society."

1877
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1877 June-December. Library Administration
1877
Box: 20 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1877. Museum
1877
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1878 January-February
1878
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1878 March-April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 7 letter from George Sheldon, president of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, praising a recent paper delivered there by historian Charlotte Alice Baker, encouraging N-YHS to recruit Baker as a member, and questioning the institution's perceived bias against women (a letter in 1878 December correspondence file confirms Baker's membership); resolution draft from Massachusetts Historical Society in response to the death of William Cullen Bryant.

1878
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1878 May-June
1878
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1878 July-September
1878
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1878 October-November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from archaeologist John Henry Parker urging interest in the earthworks of ancient Rome; July 31 letter from S.H. Gay inquiring about the rumored Lord Bellomont coffin remnants.

1878
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1878 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes proposal and updates from R. Schade regarding gate and railing installation at N-YHS.

1878
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1878 Executive Committee
1878
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1878 January-May. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February request from Henry O'Reilly to print a catalogue of his N-YHS donations under the name of "Pioneer Memories of an American Half-Century."

1878
Box: 21 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1878 June-December. Library Administration
1878
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1878 Museum

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May-June correspondence and subscription sign-up sheets related to N-YHS purchase of the George III equestrian statue fragments.

1878
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1878. Henry Clay Gold Medal Address

Scope and Contents Note

Includes textile with reprinting of the National Intelligencer report on the February 10, 1852 gold medal presentation to Henry Clay; accompanied by letter from donor John Frick, indicating that the dies of the medal were given to N-YHS by W.D.M. Fitch a few weeks prior.

1878
Folder: 22 Box : 1 Correspondence. 1879 January-March
1879
Folder: 22 Box : 2 Correspondence. 1879 April-June
1879
Folder: 22 Box : 3 Correspondence. 1879 July-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lettter from Eugene Revillous, Minister of Public Instruction at the Musees des Beaux-Arts [in French; see also 1880 January-March, 1880 July-October, 1880 Library Administration (3 of 3)].

1879
Folder: 22 Box : 4 Correspondence. 1879 November-December
1879
Folder: 22 Box : 5 Correspondence. 1879 January-May. Executive Committee
1879
Folder: 22 Box : 6 Correspondence. 1879 June-December. Executive Committee
1879
Folder: 22 Box : 7 Correspondence. 1879 January-May. Library Administration
1879
Folder: 22 Box : 8 Correspondence. 1879 June-December. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 6 letter from brother of the late Agnes Y. McAllister regarding the distribution of his sister's library, which is to be eligible only to historical societies that did not exclude women from membership.

1879
Folder: 22 Box : 9 Correspondence. 1879. Museum
1879
Folder: 23 Box : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1880-1881?

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include Charles Butler, Jeremiah Colburn, Henry T. Drowne, B. Fernow, D. Huntington, George W.W. Houghton, Charles R. Hildeburn. Lawrence William Beach, Charles O'Conor, M.C.L. Ransom, John Austin Stevens, F.A. Stone, H. Suydam, M.C. Tyler, C.B. Tillinghast, and United States Department of Interior.

[1880-1881]
Folder: 23 Box : 2 Correspondence. 1880 January-March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 20 account by Waldorf H. Phillips highlighting new allegations regarding the role of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill in the escalation of the Civil War, and offering confidential information from Colonel John A. Parker of Virginia.

1880
Folder: 23 Box : 3 Correspondence. 1880 April-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 17 letter from representative of J.B. & J.M. Cornell Iron Works regarding the design of a safe for the N-YHS vault; "unofficial" May 6 letter from W. Hunter of Department of State forwarding an inquiry from Mrs. H.J. Tearman of England, pursuing information on her two great-uncles from whom nothing had been heard following their immigration to New York.

1880
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1880 July-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes multiple reference inquiries from George Bancroft; October 6 letter from W.C. Dodge advocating N-YHS to erect a memorial to Captain Nathan Hale and a subscription receipt for the Nathan Hale Statue Fund.

1880
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1880 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 21 summary of Henry H. Bowne's preliminary research on "[General Jean Victor Marie] Moreau in America."

1880
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1880 January-June. Executive Committee
1880
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1880 July-December. Executive Committee
1880
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1880. Library Administration (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 18 notice of Dr. Joseph P. Thompson's bequest of an ebony cane belonging to Abraham Lincoln, whose provenance includes owner Henry Clay prior to its presentation to N-YHS.

1880
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1880. Library Administration (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 29 note with comparative illustrations of the former Hudson River site of the North Battery, or "Old Red Fort," in 1857 and 1880, made by Henry H. Bowne as a preservation measure in anticipation of the dredging of area by the New York City Docks department.

1880
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1880. Library Administration (3 of 3)
1880
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Correspondence. Undated, Pre-1880. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes inventory of Edward G. Fast's Alaska Collectibles of antiquities, minerals, fossils, shells, ores, and impressions; admission card for Cooper Union student [Griffith S. Brother(?)] offer of the 1832 proclamation of South Carolina secession by Andrew Jackson by Mrs. R.H. Olmstead; and invitation for exchange with the newly formed Instituto Historico e Geographica do Brazil in Rio De Janeiro.

circa 1860-1880
Box: 23 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1880. Museum
1880
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1881 January-February
1881
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1881 March-April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invoice for glass show cases from John A. Liberrt & Son.

1881
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1881 May-September
1881
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1881 October-November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with Cornell president Andrew D. White concerning his address at the N-YHS annual meeting, as well as ticket requests for the event.

1881
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1881 December
1881
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1881 January-September. Executive Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 31 letter from illegible correspondent suggesting the creation of a N-YHS fund associated with the Vanderbilt family and encouraging the Society to court other prominent figures; June 7 request from John Austin Stevens for N-YHS to establish hospitality commitee for the approaching visit of M. Edmond de Lafayette and the Vicomte de Rochambeau.

1881
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1881 October-December. Executive Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 23 letter from Roger Phelps expressing his friend J. Pierpont Morgan's desire to become an N-YHS member and requesting that N-YHS provide them both with a document listing all Society members.

1881
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1881. Library Administration (1 of 2)
1881
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1881. Library Administration (2 of 2)
1881
Box: 24 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1881. Museum
1881
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1882

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include William E. Binchaimer(?), Henry T. Drowne, John Watts De Peyster, Horatio Gates Jones, Royal Phelps, G.D. Scull, Isaac F. Wood, and the United States Secretary of State, Department of Interior, and War Department.

1882
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1882 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes inquiry into N-YHS admission for research from W.C. Dodge on behalf of literary essayist Edmund C. Steadman.

1882
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1882 March-April
1882
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1882 May-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence surrounding the death, funeral and papers of N-YHS president Frederic de Peyster (further regards and arrangements appear in following folders for 1882).

1882
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1882 September-October
1882
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1882 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 9 note from H. Bellini, Dominican Consul of New York, requesting the Society's recent proceedings concerning the remains of Christopher Columbus.

1882
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1882 January-May. Executive Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Hamilton Fish draft announcement of N-YHS president Frederic de Peyster's death.

1882
Box: 25 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1882 June-December. Executive Committee
1882
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1882. Library Administration (1 of 2)
1882
Box: 25 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1882. Library Administration (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters detailing donations from the Mexican government, represented by M. Romero(?). (see also: 1884 January-May Library Administration)

1882
Box: 25 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1882. Museum
1882
Box: 25 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1882. Charles M. Bliss. Historical Monuments.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of correspondence, annotated clippings, Congressional resolution drafts, and other documents tracing Bennington Historical Society officer Charles M. Bliss's advocacy and activism for the establishment of Revolutionary War memorials.

1882
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1883

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include Henry T. Drowne, Royal Phelps, Augustin Schell, Frederick Saunders, G.D. Scull, Issac F. Woods, Smithsonian Institute, and the United States Department of the Interior.

1883
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1883 January-March
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1883 April-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 12 letter from John MacMullen with proposed resolution by Executive Committee advocating that N-YHS erect inexpensive stone post monuments and inscriptions at sites of important historical events.

1883
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1883 July-October
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1883 November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes manuscripts of poem "Evacuation Day 1883" by John Barnard and "How the Stars and Stripes Were Raised in New York" by Helen J. O'Donnell, provided by the authors for possible usage in centennial celebrations.

1883
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1883 December
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1883 January-April. Executive Committee
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1883 May-October. Executive Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes several offers for the N-YHS Second Avenue property.

1883
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1883 November-December. Executive Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes numerous responses to invitations to represent N-YHS as delegate at the Centennial Procession event on November 24 commemorating the evacuation of British troops from New York and to attend or serve on Reception Committee for the N-YHS 79th anniversary on November 27, featuring a keynote address by John Jay.

1883
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1883 January-March. Library Administration
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1883 April-August. Library Administration
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1883 September-December. Library Administration
1883
Box: 26 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1883. Museum
1883
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1884

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include George H. Cook, Henry R. Drowne, John H. Heywood, John A. McAlister, James Riker, G.D. Scull, and Isaac F. Wood.

1884
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1884 January-February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January circular produced by Patrick Chalmers asserting that it was his father James Chalmers, not Sir Rowland Hill, who invented the adhesive postal stamp; February 8 letter from E.J. Babcock of Senate Library Committee accompanying circular on resolution authorizing Benjamin F. Stevens to obtain for the United States copies of papers relative to the history of its colonization from England and seeking input from N-YHS (see also: 1886 February folder).

1884
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1884 March-April
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1884 May-June
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1884 July-August
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1884 September-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from the Special Committee of the Sons of the Revolution, Pedestal Fund for the State of Liberty, requesting N-YHS collaborate and develop a sub-committee.

1884
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1884 November-December
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1884 January-April. Executive Committee
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1884 May-December. Executive Committee
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1884 January-May. Library Administration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 22 letter from Eadward Muybridge introducing accompanying subscription form circular for his upcoming illustrated work Animal Locomotion.

1884
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1884 June-December. Library Administration
1884
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1884. Museum
1884
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1885

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include J. Carson Brevoort, Henry T. Drowne, Robert Dodge, John Jay, Luther R. Marsh, Willard Parker, Isaac F. Wood, New Haven Historical Society, and U.S. Department of the Interior.

1885
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1885 January-Feburary
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1885 March
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1885 April-June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 13 letter from Melvil Dewey proposing an informal gathering of New York librarians to meet 6-8 times a year; receipt from carpenter John Stacey for iron-shuttered windows.

1885
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1885 July-September (1 of 2)
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1885 July-September (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes print invitation to the July 15 opening of the State Reservation at Niagara Falls and correspondence regarding the assembly of the N-YHS delegation; correspondence documenting N-YHS response to the death of General Ulysses S. Grant and participation in the funeral ceremonies, including black ribbon worn by members for the August 8 event; August 6 letter from photographer Mathew Brady announcing the display of his life-size portrait of Grant at the Fifth Avenue Hotel during the procession.

1885
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1885 October-November
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1885 December
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1885 January-July. Executive Committee
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1885 August-December. Executive Committee
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1885 January-May. Library Administration
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1885 June-September. Library Administration
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1885 October-December. Library Administration
1885
Box: 28 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1885. Museum
1885
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1886

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include Secretary of State Frederick C. Cook, Henry T. Drowne, Robert Dodge, George C. Ellis, E.H. Gof(?), J. Franklin Jameson, John Stewart Kennedy, Lewis Lang, Thomas H. Montgomery, George W. Van Siclen, Isaac F. Wood, New York Secretary of State office, and United States Department of the Interior.

1886
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1886 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copied documentation of exchanges between Yale College and Mrs. G.A. Talbot regarding the appraisal and purchase of the Talbot book and print collection.

1886
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1886 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 25 formal letter from representatives of the New England Historical Society regarding initiative of B.F. Stevens in London to print unpublished manuscripts in European archives relating to the American colonies and Revolutionary War; signees including Andrew Goodell Jr., Albert H. Hoyt, John Ward Dean, and Charles L. Flint implore N-YHS to address the subject with its membership.

1886
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1886 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 23 proposal by John Anketell that October 12 become an annual commemoration of Christopher Columbus's discovery of America.

1886
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1886 April
1886
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1886 May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May-August series of correspondence from Daniel R. Randall of Johns Hopkins University concerning the collaboration of regional historical societies to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Anapolis Convention of 1786.

1886
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1886 June
1886
Box: 29 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1886 July-August
1886
Box: 29 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1886 September
1886
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1886 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 5 letter from Henry B. Dawson again complaining about his suspended N-YHS membership, but offering a volume of his new publication Westchester-County, New York, During the Revolution; and printed invitation to the Statue of Liberty dedication on October 28.

1886
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1886 November
1886
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1886 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes unsigned and undated letter to N-YHS president Frederic de Peyster contemplating potential facilities arrangement with the American Museum of Natural History.

1886
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Register of Correspondence. 1887

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include J.C. Birdsong, Melvil Dewey, J. Franklin Jameson, John Jay, George E. Littlefield, Archibald James Murray, Albert Rosenthal, Robert B. Roosevelt, Edward J. Stevenson, Louis De V Wilder, and the United States Department of the Interior.

1887
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1887 January
1887
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1887 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Feburary 24 note from Melvil Dewey requesting N-YHS contribute to the union list of periodicals being developed by the New York Library Club (see also: 1887 April folder for follow-ups).

1887
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1887 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 15 receipt for purchase of book cases from John Bank.

1887
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1887 April
1887
Box: 30 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1887 April. Columbia College Centennial

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation, program, and bulletin for the Columbia College commemoration of its centennial, or the revival and confirmation by the Legislature of the State of New York of the Royal Charter granted in 1754, along with badge worn by N-YHS president John A. King.

1887
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1887 May
1887
Box: 30 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1887 June
1887
Box: 30 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1887 July-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes solicitation from Henry Romeike and Samuel Leavitt of the Bureau of Press Cuttings and attachment of August 22 clipping from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper criticizing N-YHS facilities and the failure of its wealthy membership base to contribute to the fund for a new building, likely to result in the forfeiture of a recent $100,000 gift.

1887
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1887 September
1887
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1887 October
1887
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1887 November
1887
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1887 December
1887
Box: 31 Folder : 5 Register of Correspondence. 1888

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include John J. Astor, Edwin Lafayete Bymer, Nathaniel Holmes Bishop, Charles William Bowen, John Watts De Peyster, William F. Fox, C.H. Rufell(?), James Clarke Welling, Isaac F. Wood, and New Hampshire Historical Society.

1888
Box: 31 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1888 January 1-15
1888
Box: 31 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1888 January 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 25 circular distributed by the offices of Simon Stevens on suggestions for a municipal building.

1888
Box: 31 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1888 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 1 letter from agent W.B. Chilton announcing sale of Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, previously owned by heirs of Daniel Carroll; February 21 letter from A.B. Gardiner of the Society of the Cincinnati urging N-YHS involvement in the Congressional project to build a national monument to Major General Lafayette, insisting that Count d'Estaing be considered as a subject of memorialization.

1888
Box: 31 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1888 March
1888
Box: 31 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1888 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 2 acceptance by Chevalier Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg of election to Foreign Corresponding member, asserting the high reputation in Europe of N-YHS as "one of the oldest and most distinguished scientific societies of the New World."

1888
Box: 31 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1888 May
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1888 June
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1888 July
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1888 August-September
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1888 October
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1888 November
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1888 December
1888
Box: 32 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1888-1889. Acquisitions of The Whig

Scope and Contents Note

Includes December 1888 to July 1889 series of correspondence tracing the N-YHS acquisition of the office files of The Whig newspaper (established 1824, Richmond, Virginia): arrangements with editor Abner Wentworth Clopton Nowlin, funding solicitation drafts, letters accompanying N-YHS member contributions to the purchase fund, newspaper clippings, and reference inquiries.

1888-1889
Box: 32 Folder : 8 Register of Correspondence. 1889

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Matilda O. Abbey, Clarence W. Bowen, George S. Boutwell, Charles G. Barney, Hugh J. Grant, Charlton Thomas Lewis, Ezekial Wilson Mundy, F.S. Tallmadge, and organizations American Antiquarian Society, International Exhibition of 1892, Oneida Historical Society, and [United States] Biographical and Genealogical Society.

1889
Box: 32 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1889 January 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 7 letter from George West Van Sicle, secretary of the Holland Society of New York, suggesting N-YHS pursue a new building to accommodate both organizations; and series of reference inquiries and research reports from John Parkam on Richard Phillips (1716-1803).

1889
Box: 32 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1889 January 16-31
1889
Box: 32 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1889 Feburary

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 16 letter introducing the Geological Society of America and seeking advice on the formulation of their publication plan, from secretary W.J. McGee.

1889
Box: 32 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1889 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 8 circular (No. 214) issued by Massachusetts House of Representatives, reporting on Committee of Printing investigation into the publication process for the Province Laws, and requesting discontinuation based on high costs and inefficiency.

1889
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1889 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 6 invoice for show cases provided by cabinet manufacturer John Bank; various correspondence surrounding events celebrating the centennial of the George Washington inauguration.

1889
Box: 33 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1889 May
1889
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1889 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 19 official circular from the National Library of Buenos Aires announcing governmental decree that they handle publication exchange services.

1889
Box: 33 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1889 July-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 17 invitation for N-YHS president John A. King from New York City mayor Hugh J. Grant to join conference considering an international exposition to be held in the city in 1892, as well as King's response and commentary; two newspaper clippings dated August 3 and August 8 of letters to the editor of The Evening Post, both from anonymous women, complaining about the formal red-tape and lack of hospitality at N-YHS in regards to visitors.

1889
Box: 33 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1889 September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes September 6 letter regarding the incidents recounted in August letters to the editor of the Evening Post, from George P. Rowell, a member who provided the visitor card to one of the women and who seeks clarification on N-YHS policies.

1889
Box: 33 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1889 October
1889
Box: 33 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1889 November
1889
Box: 33 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1889 December
1889
Box: 34 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1890

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable corresponents include William K. Ackerman, John Bigelow, Charles William Bowen, Benjamin Franklin Stevens, and Wisconsin Historical Society.

1890
Box: 34 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1890 January
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1890 February
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1890 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from explorer Carl Sofus Lumholtz soliciting funding for his proposed explorations of the Sierra Madre and surrounding regions; attached are series of typescripts of letters of response and recommendations addressed to him from Alexander Agassiz of Museum of Comparative Zoology, F.W. Putnam of Peabody Museum at Harvard, Dr. D.G. Brinton of University of Pennsylvania, and other figures in the field.

1890
Box: 34 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1890 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 17 letter from retired architect Alex J. Davis following up his recommendations "for a speedy erection of a more capacious receptacle for the collections of the Society," with attached notes by N-YHS president John A. King (see also: July-August 1890 folder for follow-up); circular on proposed monument to the Seneca chief Red Jacket, notated by sender Harriet Maywell Converse on April 28.

1890
Box: 34 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1890 May
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1890 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 12 legal document relating to the bequest of Mary Rogers.

1890
Box: 34 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1890 July-August
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1890 September
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1890 October
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1890 November
1890
Box: 34 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1890 December
1890
Box: 35 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1891

Scope and Contents Note

General and notable correspondents include Samuel Putnam Avery, Silas Farmer, Charles R. Hildeburn, Howard L. Osgood, L. Ogilvy, A.C. Peale, and Charles H. Winfield.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1891 January 1-15
1891
Box: 35 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1891 January 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 21 letter from John B. and Marie A. Shipley recruiting N-YHS funding and participation in the establishment of a National Historical Museum in Chicago "for putting the historical truth connected with the discovery and colonization of this country into an objective and solid shape;" press clippings of the Shipleys' lectures and other activities.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1891 February
1891
Box: 35 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1891 March 1-15
1891
Box: 35 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1891 March 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two copies of letters from Oscar W. Collet of Missouri Historical Society contesting the acquisition of books from the library of Bishop Robertson; the second letter indicates that N-YHS was offended by his inquiry and execution.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1891 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 10 inquiry from Department of the Interior regarding the research value of public documents, in light of Congress's recent reassessment of their publication and distribution.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1891 May 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 5 proposal by member Charles E. Moldenke to re-catalog the Abbott Collection, as the current one is "not only quite antiquated, but in many points absolutely wrong."

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1891 May 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 24 genealogical inquiry from Henry T. Brooke with extensive summary of his family history.

1891
Box: OS-1 Folder : 15 Correspondence. 1891 May. Fiftieth St. Astoria Ferry and Central Park Railroad Company. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April-May materials relating to the proposed construction of a railroad across Central Park along several by-ways including 79th Street, where N-YHS held property: color map, circular, official inquiry, and property owner consent form.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1891 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 18 reference inquiry from Herbert H. Crain detailing his efforts to trace the family tree of William and Jonathan Lawrence of England.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1891 July-August
1891
Box: 35 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1891 September-October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes September 10 letter from A.D. Wales of Binghampton contesting a news item alleging a Rensselaer County house the oldest dwelling in the United States, which he believes is pre-dated by Saugerties house belonging to the DeWitt family; October 1 letter from Julius Goebel accompanying a flyer for the October 4 German Day celebration at Music Hall, commemorating the landing of the first German immigrants on American soil.

1891
Box: 35 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1891 November
1891
Box: 35 Folder : 14 Correspondence. 1891 December 1-15
1891
Box: 35 Folder : 15 Correspondence. 1891 December 16-31
1891
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1892

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent or notable correspondents include A.W. Elson, Worthington C. Ford, Charles Folsom, and the United States Geological Survey.

1892
Box: 36 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1892 January 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 15 letter from William R. Steward seeking N-YHS cooperation in the erection of the Washington Square arch, describing monument design and intentions (see also: 1892 June folder).

1892
Box: 36 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1892 January 16-31
1892
Box: 36 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1892 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents relating to the manuscripts, scrapbooks, and ephemera bequest of Thomas F. Devoe.

1892
Box: 36 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1892 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 14 loan request for N-YHS Egyptian wheel holding, to display at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (several further requests for this event occur throughout 1892 correspondence); early design for Grant's Tomb.

1892
Box: 36 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1892 April 1-15
1892
Box: 36 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1892 April 16-30
1892
Box: 36 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1892 May
1892
Box: 36 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1892 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 24 letter from Commissioner General S.B. Luce from the U.S. Commission for the Columbia Historical Exposition in Madrid, accompanying preliminary edition of circular outlining curation and publication activity and goals for the event.

1892
Box: 36 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1892 July-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes program for the 116th Anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence at the Old Court House site in White Plains; and ten-page official document from Spanish Consulate in Paris (in Spanish).

1892
Box: 36 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1892 September
1892
Box: 36 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1892 October 1-20
1892
Box: 36 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1892 October 21-30
1892
Box: 37 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1892 November
1892
Box: 37 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1892 December 1-15
1892
Box: 37 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1892 December 16-31
1892
Box: 37 Folder : 4 Register of Correspondence. 1893

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Ernest E. Coe, Henry T. Drowne, Irvington Lyon, William Nelson, Temple Prime, Gouverneur M. Smith, and John R. Williams.

1893
Box: 37 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1893 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes legal documents relating to the bequests of Parthenia J. Norton and Tarrant Putnam; circular of the Committee of Retrospective Art for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; January 13 and 31 correspondence regarding Martha Lamb's bequest of her library and a portrait to N-YHS.

1893
Box: 37 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1893 February
1893
Box: 37 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1893 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 4 correspondence regarding Martha Lamb's bequest of her personal papers to N-YHS (see also: all 1893 files for follow-up inquries and comments).

1893
Box: 37 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1893 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 10 complaint from W.E. Gregory about N-YHS's perceived indifference to the removal of the Old City Hall building.

1893
Box: 37 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1893 May
1893
Box: 37 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1893 June 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 2 document regarding the bequest of Mary E. Bradish (see also: 1894 January folder).

1893
Box: 37 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1893 June 16-30
1893
Box: 38 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1893 July-August
1893
Box: 38 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1893 September-October
1893
Box: 38 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1893 November
1893
Box: 38 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1893 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes September 23 document regarding the bequest of James Francis Evans; and October 12 request for exchange from Anton Blomberg of the royal Academy of Belles Lettres, History and Antiquities of Stockholm.

1893
Box: 38 Folder : 5 Register of Correspondence. 1894

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Charles D. Allen, Clarence W. Bowen, William W. Conway, William Nelson, George H. Sullivan, Issac F. Wood, Pennsylvania Historical Society and Smithsonian Institution.

1894
Box: 38 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1894 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 22 letter from George Treadwell reporting on potential N-YHS Building fund donors and inviting Librarian Kelby to visit his gold mine operation in Nevada.

1894
Box: 38 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1894 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 26 letter from Venezuelan historian Manuel Landaeta Rosales (in Spanish).

1894
Box: 38 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1894 March 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes newspaper clipping and accompanying March 22 letter from lawyer William Abbott on his campaign to name October 17 a state holiday, "Saratoga Day," to commemorate the Defeat of Burgoyne in the Revolutionary War.

1894
Box: 38 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1894 March 16-31
1894
Box: 39 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1894 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 13 overview of early New York postal history by C.W. Ernst.

1894
Box: 39 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1894 May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 11 letter from John E. Davis, secretary of Sons of the Revolution of New York, accompanying circular on collection of articles owned and used by Abraham Lincoln for sale.

1894
Box: 39 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1894 June
1894
Box: 39 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1894 July-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 3 request from Joseph Cervierny to open fruit and candy stand serving temperance drinks on southwest corner of 77th Street and Eighth Avenue; decline from President John A. King.

1894
Box: 39 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1894 September
1894
Box: 39 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1894 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blank application for membership in the Missouri Society of the Sons of the Revolution, attached to October 12 letter from its secretary Marshall DeLancey Haywood.

1894
Box: 39 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1894 November
1894
Box: 39 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1894 December
1894
Box: 40 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1895

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Samuel Putnam Avery, William Ashmead Courtenay, William A. Clark, A.C. Goodell Jr., Charles Isham, George C. McWhorter, William Nelson, John Purdon, Abigail Seymour, and George H. Sullivan.

1895
Box: 40 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1895 January 1-15
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1895 January 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 17 draft of letter from N-YHS librarian William Kelby to Phillip and Lloyd Phoenix, summarizing recent genealogical acquisitions and providing rare written example from this period of N-YHS pursuit of collection donors.

1895
Box: 40 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1895 February
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1895 March 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes undated argument from poet James Hooker Hamersley arguing for celebration of Sebastian Cabot as discoverer of America.

1895
Box: 40 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1895 March 16-31
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1895 April
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1895 May
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1895 June
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1895 July-August
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1895 September
1895
Box: 40 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1895 October
1895
Box: 41 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1895 November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 10 New York World extract on Old Curiosity Shop run by Westminster Abbey on Front Street; November 20 letter from attorney Asa Bird Gardiner outlining his research for confirmation as to whether John Von Arsdale raised the American flag in place of the British flag in Battery Park on Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783.

1895
Box: 41 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1895 December 1-15
1895
Box: 41 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1895 December 16-31
1895
Box: 41 Folder : 4 Register of Correspondence. 1896

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Mrs. William B. Beekman, Worthington C. Ford, Isaac J. Greenwood, I. Remsen Lane, George G. McWhorter, William Nelson, Walter G. Oakmen, and Abigail A. Seymour.

1896
Box: 41 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1896 January 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 7 letter from Smith E. Lane recounting his efforts to procure the collections of General Daniel E. Sickles, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and Cyrus W. Field for N-YHS.

1896
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1896 January 16-31
1896
Box: 41 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1896 February 1-15
1896
Box: 41 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1896 February 16-28

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 22 letter from F.D. Stone, Librarian of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, introducing attached draft of resolution imploring the Committtee of Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives to allot funding for the publication of the Records and Papers of the Continental Congress.

1896
Box: 41 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1896 March 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 6 and March 12 letters from W.W. Kenly, secretary of the Associated Societies and Historical Museum Building of the City of New York organization, accompanying meeting invitation and drafted resolution for the assemblage of a Committee of Thirty to oversee the erection of a single building of offices, meeting rooms, library, and a museum for all Revolutionary and Colonial Relics held in New York.

1896
Box: 41 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1896 March 16-31
1896
Box: 41 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1896 April
1896
Box: 41 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1896 May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation to May 2 dedication of the new Columbia University site at Morningside Heights.

1896
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1896 June
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1896 July
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1896 August-September
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1896 October 1-15
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1896 October 16-31
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1896 November
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1896 December 1-20

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 25 inquiry from the Wright-Humason school on 76th street regarding usage of N-YHS lands for tennis courts and croquet grounds and December 12 refusal from N-YHS; announcement of opening and invitation to exhibit paintings at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.

1896
Box: 42 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1896 December 21-31
1896
Box: 42 Folder : 9 Register of Correspondence. 1897

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Henry W. Bryant, Gherardi Davis, A.A. Folsom, Charles R. King, William Nelson, Stephen B. Weeks and Smithsonian Institution.

1897
Box: 42 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1897 January 1-15
1897
Box: 42 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1897 January 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 20 request from James Wright for N-YHS subscription funding of the second volume of his English Dialect Dictionary.

1897
Box: 42 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1897 February
1897
Box: 43 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1897 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 11 letter from W. Roy Stephenson of Winchester, Virginia, describing copper plate found on his property that may be a cipher used by the British armies of General Braddock during the Revolutionary War, accompanied by impression; March 20 letter from S.R. Laugley of the Smithsonian Institution requesting information for an international catalogue of Egyptian papyri and monuments, conceived by the Egyptian government and overseen by the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

1897
Box: 43 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1897 April
1897
Box: 43 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1897 May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 6 inquiry into the status of new N-YHS building funding and construction from architect Edward Lippincott Tilton; response from N-YHS secretary Edward F. De Lancey.

1897
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1897 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 12 letter from Seth Low, president of Columbia University, urging N-YHS to relocate to Morningside Heights and copy of June 22 response from N-YHS president John A. King.

1897
Box: 43 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1897 July
1897
Box: 43 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1897 August-September
1897
Box: 43 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1897 October 1-20
1897
Box: 43 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1897 October 21-31
1897
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1897 November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes undated meeting minutes extract from the boards of The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations resolving that a committee be formed to consider and report on systematization under one administration (see also: 1898 March folder for copy of N-YHS meeting minutes extract declining the proposition).

1897
Box: 44 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1897 December 1-20
1897
Box: 44 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1897 December 21-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters regarding the $5,000 bequest of Henry Keteltas and transfer of Publication Fund shares of the late George Bancroft.

1897
Box: 44 Folder : 4 Register of Correspondence. 1898

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include W.F. Adams, H.W. Bryant, Joseph W. Barnwell, Henry H. Edes, A.A. Folsom, Charles Isham, William Nelson, Mary Perkins Quincy, and A.V.W. Van Vechten.

1898
Box: 44 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1898 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence from executor William Allen Butler of Evert A. Duyckinck's N-YHS Publication Fund subscription and its bequeathed transfer to the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations; correspondence from executors of Henry Keteltas estate; January 20 inquiry from illustrator Howard Pyle wishing to view scenes of the death of Fraser in Braddock's campaign.

1898
Box: 44 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1898 February
1898
Box: 44 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1898 March
1898
Box: 44 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1898 April 1-15
1898
Box: 44 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1898 April 16-30
1898
Box: 44 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1898 May-June
1898
Box: 44 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1898 July
1898
Box: 45 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1898 August
1898
Box: 45 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1898 September
1898
Box: 45 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1898 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 24 inquiry from Commisioner of the U.S. Department of Education, studying the effects of the Civil War upon educational institutions, with formal survey.

1898
Box: 45 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1898 November
1898
Box: 45 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1898 December
1898
Box: 45 Folder : 6 Correspondence. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ticket and invitation to the Grolier Club; advertisement for the Soldiers' Musical Handkerchief, "the Most Unique of all War Souvenirs."

[1898]
Box: 45 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1898-1899. Memoir of William Kelby

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters and other documents relating to the death of N-YHS librarian William Kelby and the N-YHS publication "Memoir of William Kelby," authored by John Austin Stevens (see also: 1898 files for correspondence between Stevens and Kelby's successor and brother Robert).

1898-1899
Box: 45 Folder : 8 Register of Correspondence. 1899

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include W. Abbott, H.F. Adams, H.W. Bryant, Sidney Howard Carney, Frank W. Coburn, Philip Schuyler de Luze, George E. Littlefield, Thomas H. Montgomery, Noah Morrison, John S. Murphy, Raoul Renault, Henry R. Stiles, John Skinner, Emma Toedteberg, Daniel Van Pelt, A.W.S. Van Vechten, Long Island Historical Society, J.F. Taylor & Co, and E. & J.B. Young & Co.

1899
Box: 45 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1899 January 1-15
1899
Box: 45 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1899 January 16-31
1899
Box: 45 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1899 February 1-10

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 7 letter from O.W. Goldsmith of New York Life Insurance Company suggesting an unconventional model for funding the new N-YHS building through endowment policies and attached to January 30 news clipping of letter to the editor of The New York Times Saturday Review from Gilbert Ray Hawkes, defending N-YHS against complaints that the institution is not open to the public and imploring philanthropists to help pay for the new facilities; Feburary 9 letters from Charles M. Wemmell on declining N-YHS membership numbers and recommending the significant lowering of membership fees and A.H. Hatch lamenting the lack of energetic spirit in N-YHS management.

1899
Box: 45 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1899 February 11-28

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 22 letter from McDougall Hawkes making suggestions for improvement of N-YHS, such as designating one regular day a week to open to the general public

1899
Box: 46 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1899 March 1-15
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1899 March 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes printed postcard announcing campaign to erect monument to Martha J. Lamb, with pencilled request to "Please announce!"(see also: 1900 November 16-30 and 1904 April and May folders).

1899
Box: 46 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1899 April
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1899 May
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1899 June
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1899 July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 12 and 13 news clipping depicting controversy surrounding the N-YHS refusal of a block of marble from the historic Hamilton Fish mansion by contractor Myer Hellman, who was clearing the land for the construction of the Lying In Hospital endowed by J. Pierpont Morgan.

1899
Box: 46 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1899 August-September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation, tickets, and official proclamation for the September 30 reception of Spanish American War Admiral George Dewey.

1899
Box: 46 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1899 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 10 solicitation of subscription interest in artist James Tissot's New Testament series, with printed essay "Why I Painted the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ" by the artist.

1899
Box: 46 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1899 November
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1899 December
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1899. Receipts
1899
Box: 46 Folder : 12 Correspondence. Undated
[1899]
Box: 47 Folder : 1 Register of Correspondence. 1900

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include H.W. Bryant, Sidney Carney, John W. Congden, Henry H. Edes, Asa Bird Gardiner, Francis Whiting Halsey, George E. Littlefield, William Nelson, Thomas M. Owen, Samuel E. Parker, Thomas J. Taylor, Daniel Van Pely, A.V.W. Van Vechten, Mrs. John R. Van Rensselaer, George E. Warner, Alabama History Commission, Mead Dodd & Co., Gammel Book Company, and E. & J.B. Young & Co.

1900
Box: 47 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1900 January 1-15
1900
Box: 47 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1900 January 16-31
1900
Box: 47 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1900 February 1-15
1900
Box: 47 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1900 February 16-28
1900
Box: 47 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1900 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 7 and 12 notes from Joseph P. Gilder offering to oversee funding initiatives for the new N-YHS building and mentioning the enthusiasm of J. Pierpont Morgan in response to his plan; March 8 letter from secretary of the Trustees of the New York Public Library alluding to miscommunications and unsuccessful attempts to meet with the N-YHS Executive Committee.

1900
Box: 47 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1900 April
1900
Box: 47 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1900 May
1900
Box: 47 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1900 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents relating to the estates of Robert Schell and Maria B. Mount; June 17 letter from curiosities dealer U. Dahmer, offering human heads prepared by a Peruvian tribe of head hunters.

1900
Box: 47 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1900 July-August
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1900 September
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1900 October 1-15
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1900 October 16-31
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1900 November 1-15
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1900 November 16-30

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 17 letter from Evelyn MacCurdy Salisbury accompanying donation for a memorial tablet to Martha Lamb (official decline in May 1904 folder and resurrection of the initiative by Mrs. Russell Sage in April 1907 folder); and November 20 inquiry from Charles R. Fleischmann concerning his father Louis Fleischmann's residential building plans on the lot next to that of N-YHS on 77th Street (see also: 1901 December folder for follow-up).

1900
Box: 48 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1900 December 1-15
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1900 December 16-31
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1900. Receipts
1900
Box: 48 Folder : 9 Correspondence. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes printed circular and list of subscribers to the Ur Expedition fund which sponsors an excavation for the buried Babylonian city; circular announcing the formation and nature of the Public Archives Commission of the American Historical Association.

[1900]
Box: 48 Folder : 10 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1901

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Samuel Austin, H.K. Brewer, H.W. Bryant, H. Calkins Jr.,Warren G. Crane, Helen M. Cleveland, George Derby, R.H. Lawrence, George E. Littlefield, Edward Myers, John V. L. Pruyn, Josiah C. Pumpelly, John E. Scopes, Charles A. Sherman, Benjamin F. Stevens, Thomas J. Taylor, Emma Toedteberg, A.V.W. Van Vechten, John D. Walker, James J. White, Goodspeed Book Shop, Library of Congress, Long Island Historical Society, Maryland Historical Society, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Smithsonian Institution, and United States National Museum.

1901
Box: 48 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1901 January 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 1864 certificate of deposit for meeting minutes volumes from the Court of General Sessions of the Peace of New York City, 1880 certificate of authenticity and request for their return by Hon. Frederick Smyth, and January 10, 1901 confirmation of receipt from N-YHS; January 9 acceptance of election to Life Membership by John D. Rockefeller.

1864, 1880, 1901
Box: 48 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1901 January 16-31
1901
Box: 48 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1901 February 1-16
1901
Box: 49 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1901 February 16-28
1901
Box: 49 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1901 March 1-15
1901
Box: 49 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1901 March 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 25 summons of N-YHS Librarian Robert H. Kelby to testify and give evidence of a manuscript, "Map of Long Island Richard Ryder Surveyor 1670," in the New York State Supreme Court Case Sandiford vs. Town of Hempstead, overseen by Charles H. Brown; March 27 letter from architect Cass Gilbert offering old Dutch brick relics that were recently excavated from the Custom House.

1901
Box: 49 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1901 April 1-15
1901
Box: 49 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1901 April 16-31
1901
Box: 49 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1901 May 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes document relating to the bequest of Theodora M. Storm (see also: 1904 March 15-31 folder for follow-up).

1901
Box: 49 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1901 May 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 28 letter from Henry Gannett of the United States Geological Survey requesting N-YHS edit his compiled list of the name origin of every county in New York state.

1901
Box: 49 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1901 June
1901
Box: 49 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1901 July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 1 letter from genealogist Clay W. Holmes claiming he has had no trouble gaining admittance to every historical society library in the country, with the exception of N-YHS.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1901 August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes document relating to the estate of Robert Schell.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1901 September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation to the Memorial Service in honor of President McKinley at St. Paul's Chapel; invitation to The New York Times 50th anniversary jubilee and related correspondence regarding the N-YHS loan of the newspaper's first issue for reproduction and distribution.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1901 October 1-15
1901
Box: 50 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1901 October 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 31 solicitation from Arthur Williams, General Inspector of The New York Edison Company, to handle all power and lighting requirements of the new Central Park West building.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1901 November 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 6 letter from John V.L. Pruyn recommending the division of N-YHS into sections as outlined by the original charter: Natural History, Civil History, Literary History, and Ecclesiastical History.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1901 November 16-30
1901
Box: 50 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1901 December 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation and correspondence related to the December 13-14 tea reception hosted at N-YHS by the Ladies Committee; proposition that wives be made N-YHS life members as well.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1901 December 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes December 27 proposition from James Stokes regarding the formation of the New England Society and its need for an alcove to house its relics.

1901
Box: 50 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1901. Receipts
1901
Box: 50 Folder : 10 Correspondence. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Mrs. James M. Lawton outlining her plan for writing and distributing circulars for the N-YHS Building Fund, as an initiative of the Ladies Committee; ephemera such as application for space at the Pan-American Exposition, annual report of the Pro-Cathedral Fresh Air Committee, and funding appeal from the Brooklyn Labor Lyceum Association.

[1901]
Box: 51 Folder : 1 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1902

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Charles F. Adams, John Anderson Jr., Reginald Pelham Bolton, H.W. Bryant, Warren C. Crane, Joseph L. Delafield, J.C.L. Hamilton, George W. Harris, Charles F. Hoffman, Mrs. Charles Ray King, William Nelson, J. Van Vechten Olcott, J.D. Seabrook, Thomas J. Taylor, A.V.W. Van Vechten, James Grant Wilson, Cornell University Library, Library of Congress, National Historical Museum, New Hampshire Historical Society, and New York City Hall of Records.

1902
Box: 51 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1902 January 1-11

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 8 letter from Harriet L. Britton rejecting elected membership following her review of N-YHS member lists and realization of the low number of females; "An Appeal for Decency" circular and note from A.N. Palmer protesting the November 24 New York Sun article making scandalous accusations against prominent society men, suggesting the publication is not fit for a library.

1902
Box: 51 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1902 January 12-20

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 13 inquiry on behalf of Alexander Graham Bell seeking documents relating to the instruction of deaf mutes.

1902
Box: 51 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1902 January 21-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January-February correspondence between N-YHS Librarian William Kelby and John Austin Stevens, chiefly about Stevens's genealogical research.

1902
Box: 51 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1902 February 1-14
1902
Box: 51 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1902 February 15-28

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 27 letter from artist De Cost Smith requesting access to N-YHS "North American Indian" collections.

1902
Box: 51 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1902 March 1-10

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March-April report and copies of series of reference inquiries made by U.S. Ambassador Joseph H. Coate in England on behalf of N-YHS and in regards to the execution of Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale; document relating to the transfer of property from the late Robert Schell.

1902
Box: 51 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1902 March 11-20
1902
Box: 51 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1902 March 21-31
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1902 April 1-15
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1902 April 16-30
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1902 May 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 15 letter from Director of Musee et de la Bibliotheque de la Principente de Samos (in French).

1902
Box: 52 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1902 May 16-30

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 20 document relating to the transfer of property of Sophie E. Murton(?).

1902
Box: 52 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1902 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 28 expression of interest from James Grant Wilson in the position of N-YHS president recently opened by the death of E.A. Hoffman, marked "private."

1902
Box: 52 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1902 July
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1902 August
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1902 September
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1902 October 1-15
1902
Box: 52 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1902 October 16-31
1902
Box: 53 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1902 November 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 8 letter from F.B. Thurber concerning his recruitment of contributors to the N-YHS Building fund (see also: October 27 related letter in prior folder); November 11 and 16 letters from Edwin Tucker regarding the previous building contract work of his late father John J. Tucker, requesting that N-YHS continue the collaboration.

1902
Box: 53 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1902 November 16-30
1902
Box: 53 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1902 December
1902
Box: 53 Folder : 4 Correspondence. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes informal draft of contract with F.B. Thurber, to receive five percent of all subscriptions or bequests he obtains for the N-YHS Building Fund; and 1902-1903 prospectus of the Committee on Entertainments and Exhibitions and of the Committee on Social Work and Clubs at the Educational Alliance.

[1902]
Box: 72 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1902. Public Records Preservation (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 27 N-YHS circular calling attention to rampant neglect of local records throughout New York and announcing intent to petition state legislature; in response to its distribution are acknowledgments of receipt, pledges of support, and naming of committees from various historical organizations.

1902
Box: 72 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1902. Public Records Preservation (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgments from representatives of various historical societies and organization of receipt of petition to the state legislature to form a State Record Commission privileging the preservation of public local records, circulated November 26.

1902
Box: 72 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1902. Public Records Preservation. Distribution Materials

Scope and Contents Note

Includes annotated draft and multiple copies of official petition sent to the Governor and state legislature of New York regarding improved preservation of public records.

1902
Box: 72 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1902. Public Records Preservation. Committee Papers

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials related to the activities of the N-YHS Record Preservation Committee, including various input and amendments to the State Historian Act draft, reports, resolution drafts, and list of addressees for circulars.

1902-1903
Box: 72 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1902. Public Records Preservation. Printed Reports

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two publications of the American Historical Association: Report of the Public Archives of New York (1901) by Herbert L. Osgood and  The Massachusetts Public Record Commission and Its Work (1902) by Robert T. Swan.

1901-1902
Box: 52 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1902-1903. Old Hall of Records

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the National Historic Museum-led movement against the proposed destruction of the Old Hall of Records in City Hall Park: copy of protest filed with the Board of Alderman, memoranda, circulars, news clippings, and letters from the NHM secretary John Du Fais as well as the John H. Parker demolition company.

1902-1903
Box: 53 Folder : 6 Registers of Correspondence (3). 1903

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Henry C. Conrad, F.F. Durrand, Morris P. Ferris, J. Franklin Jameson, John N. Jordan, Edward Meyers, Herbert L. Osgood, Lewis L. Patrick, Charles A. Sherman, Frank G. Tillford, American Historical Association, Delaware Historical Society, Long Island Historical Society, New York Mayor's Office,and Pennsylvania Historical Society.

1903
Box: 53 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1903 January 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 6 letter from John Weekes, executor of Louis Durr, regarding the "Durr Collection Fund" intended for N-YHS; January-June series of letters from William E. Ingersoll, including remarks on his grandfather Josiah Ingersoll

1903
Box: 53 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1903 January 16-22
1903
Box: 53 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1903 January 23-31
1903
Box: 53 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1903 February 1-15
1903
Box: 53 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1903 February 16-28
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1903 March 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation addressed to Robert Kelby for the Colonial Dames reception in commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of the City of New York, on May 27 at the Van Cortlandt Mansion.

1903
Box: 54 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1903 March 16-31
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1903 April 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 8 and 13 letters from John Weekes concerning his representation of N-YHS in the transfer of property from the estate of Cornelia De Peyster.

1903
Box: 54 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1903 April 16-30
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1903 May 1-15
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1903 May 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ticket requests for the N-YHS exhibition of colonial broadsides and numerous invitations to events, all associated with the 250th anniversary of the founding of New York.

1903
Box: 54 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1903 June 1-15
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1903 June 16-30
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1903 July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 30 and July 2 letters from John Watts De Peyster orchestrating meeting with Librarian Robert Kelby concerning projects for which he could make a bequest to N-YHS; programs for the June 21 DeMonts' Tercentenary Celebration of the Founding of Port Royal at Annapolis.

1903
Box: 54 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1903 August
1903
Box: 54 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1903 September 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes September 12 report from historian Reginald Pelham Bolton on American Revolutionary War-era records in British repositories.

1903
Box: 54 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1903 September 16-30
1903
Box: 55 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1903 October 1-15
1903
Box: 55 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1903 October 16-31
1903
Box: 55 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1903 November 1-15
1903
Box: 55 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1903 November 16-30
1903
Box: 55 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1903 December 1-15
1903
Box: 55 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1903 December 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes program and invitations to the opening ceremonies for the Williamsburg Bridge on December 17; invitations to the formal opening of the Roger Morris Jumel Property as a Public Park on December 28, one accompanied by Reception Committee ribbon.

1903
Box: 55 Folder : 7 Correspondence. Undated
[1903]
Box: 55 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1903. Laying of the Corner-Stone Event

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation and ticket to the November 17 event Laying of the Corner-Stone of the new N-YHS building; related correspondence with Hamilton Wright Mabie, deliverer of the address, and York & Sawyer, the architecture firm responsible for the construction of the corner-stone and platform.

1903
Box: 55 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1903. Laying of the Corner-Stone Event. Invitation Replies

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ticket requests and responses to invitations to attend and/or serve as usher in the Lying of the Corner-Stone event from respondents such as New York City mayor Seth Low.

1903
Box: 55 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1903-1906. John Austin Stevens

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence between N-YHS Librarian Robert Kelby and long-time member and famed historian John Austin Stevens; letters are mostly of a personal nature and relate to historical collection development and Stevens's scholarly research, including a study on Fraunces Tavern. (Earlier Stevens letters may be found throughout the Correspondence record group.)

1903-1906
Box: 55 Folder : 11 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1904

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Warren C. Crane, Gherardi Davis, M. Patterson Ferris, Worthington C. Ford, William Nelson, Lewis P. Patrick, Clarence Storm, Frank G. Tillford, American Jewish Historical Society, Holland Society of New York, Library of Congress, Long Island Historical Society, Municipal Art Society of New York, New York Public Library, Rhode Island Historical Society, and Sons of the Revolution of New York.

1904
Box: 55 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1904 January 1-15
1904
Box: 55 Folder : 13 Correspondence. 1904 January 16-31
1904
Box: 56 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1904 Feburary 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 11 letters from Library of Congress - Manuscripts Division Chief Worthington C. Ford, complaining that "the old spirit of exclusiveness still controls," with no public access like the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Historical Societies, prompting him to steer potential deposits from the institution and label it "a Society of Tories."

1904
Box: 56 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1904 Feburary 16-29
1904
Box: 56 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1904 March 1-12

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the bookplate of Cav. Giuseppe Cavalieri sent by its owner with a request for exchange; materials circulated by the American Institute of Architects protesting the Washington D.C. building plans of the Department of Agriculture that would interfere with the original layout plan of the city approved by George Washington.

1904
Box: 56 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1904 March 13-31
1904
Box: 56 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1904 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 18 proposition by Evelyn M. Salsbury to erect a bronze memorial tablet to Martha J. Lamb in the new N-YHS building, for which she had already raised two hundred and fifty dollars; April 18 inquiry from City History Club of New York president Catharine A.B. Abbe as to N-YHS's interest in hosting a series of lectures and gatherings for representatives of universities and other local school systems.

1904
Box: 56 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1904 May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes draft of May 4 letter to Mrs. Edward E. Salisbury explaining decline of her collected fund to erect a memorial tablet to Martha J. Lamb in the new N-YHS building and memo outlining the 1900-1904 timeline of her proposal and consideration by the N-YHS Executive Committee; May 4 letter from Charles Fisher suggesting informal gathering of Alexander Hamilton admirers on the 100th anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton duel (see: also 1904 July 1-15 folder folder for print invitations to events organized by Burr and Hamilton supporters); May 4 letter relating to the bequest of Miss Charlotte A. Mount.

1904
Box: 56 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1904 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 29 news clipping from the Newport Herald on the history of Fraunces Tavern.

1904
Box: 56 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1904 July 1-15
1904
Box: 56 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1904 July 16-31
1904
Box: 56 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1904 August
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1904 September
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1904 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 11 letter to the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury announcing his election as an Honorary Member of N-YHS, with attached copy of resolutions passed October 10 reiterating the institution's devotion to ecclesiastical history.

1904
Box: 57 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1904 September-October. N-YHS Centennial Celebration. RSVPs
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1905 September-December. N-YHS Centennial Celebration

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence relating to arrangements for the N-YHS Centennial Celebration banquet on November 22: decorations, musicians, souvenirs, and the election of stewards, escorts, and other representatives. Also includes appreciations for the evening, letter from Peter Van Schaack identifying himself as one of the oldest living members of N-YHS; and letter from Eliza Anderson Lawton challenging the relegation of female members to unassigned seats in the balcony and expressing dismay that the "Ladies Committee" has gone unacknowledged for its efforts on behalf of N-YHS.

1905
Box: 57 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1904 November 1-15. N-YHS Centennial Celebration. RSVPs
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1904 November 16-30. N-YHS Centennial Celebration. RSVPs
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1904 November 1-15
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1904 November 16-30

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 23 letter from President Samuel V. Hoffman to Librarian Robert H. Kelby reporting that the nephew of donor Henry Dexter wrote a pleasant account of his dinner with them to "John Doe."

1904
Box: 57 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1904 December 1-15
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1904 December 16-31
1904
Box: 57 Folder : 11 Correspondence. Undated
[1904]
Box: 57 Folder : 12 Correspondence. 1904-1906. John Watts de Peyster

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence between John Watts de Peyster and N-YHS Librarian Robert H. Kelby, commencing with de Peyster's proposition to bequeath money to the institution and continuing with his deliberations with Kelby over his money's use; includes reminiscences of his father Frederic de Peyster. (Earlier de Peyster letters may be found throughout the Correspondence record group.)

Box: 58 Folder : 1 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1905

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Harold Jefferson Coolidge, Gherardi Davis, George C. Dodd, Col. Henry A. DuPont, Max Farrand, Morris Patteron Ferris, Richard H. Lawrence, William B. Randall, George R. Schieffelin, C. Ellis Stevens, Clarence Storm, Frank Tilford, Emma Toedteberg, Francis E. Woodruff, Long Island Historical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York State Historical Association, Society of Iconophiles, and Sons of the Revolution.

1905
Box: 58 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1905 January 1-15
1905
Box: 58 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1905 January 16-31
1905
Box: 58 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1905 February 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 20 note from Mary Hall introducing her intention to bequeath money to N-YHS, ideally for a publication fund for state records (see also: 1907 July folder for follow-up).

1905
Box: 58 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1905 February 16-28
1905
Box: 58 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1905 March 1-15
1905
Box: 58 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1905 March 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 20 letter from William Kelby personal friend J.M. Lincoln describing his recent encounters with re-development in the Bronx, 10th Avenue, and Dyckman Country, focusing on the the destruction of burial grounds and monuments.

1905
Box: 58 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1905 April 1-15
1905
Box: 58 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1905 April 16-30
1905
Box: 58 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1905 May 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgments by Henry Dexter, George Vanderbilt, Frank Tilford, and George R. Schiefflin of their elections to Patron of N-YHS; May 3 complaint from Secretary-General of the Society of the Cincinnati regarding a framed photograph of the Order of the Cincinnati in the N-YHS library rooms he believes falsely claims to be a copy of the Eagle which had originally been given by George Washington to the Georgia Society.

1905
Box: 58 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1905 May 16-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes May 17 request from D.M. Ward on behalf of Augustus Saint-Gaudens to photograph N-YHS's bust of Jefferson by Houdon.

1905
Box: 59 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1905 June
1905
Box: 59 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1905 July 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes July 11 letter from N-YHS President Samuel V. Hoffman to Charles Sherman on the recent Henry Dexter deposit of $45,000 into the Building Fund, and inquiring about its allocation toward the installation of a steam heating plant.

1905
Box: 59 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1905 July 16-31
1905
Box: 59 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1905 August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes August 7 letter from York & Sawyer reporting on the design of stacks in the new N-YHS building and making suggestions on ways to better accommodate newspapers and oversize materials; August 16 letter from Caroline Gallup Reed recalling the extension of membership privileges by then-president Luther Bradish at a time when females were not admitted as members; invitation to the October 25 opening ceremonies for the New York City Municipal Ferries.

1905
Box: 59 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1905 September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes September 14 letter from N-YHS President Samuel V. Hoffman to William Kelby brainstorming potential contributors to the "Pintard fund" he is establishing (see also: 1906 March 20-31 and 1906-1908 Founders Fund folders).

1905
Box: 59 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1905 October 1-20
1905
Box: 59 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1905 October 21-31
1905
Box: 59 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1905 November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 26 request by famed Greek scholar Edgar Goodspeed to have papyri from N-YHS collections sent to the Haskell Museum of Chicago to undergo conservation treatment.

1905
Box: 59 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1905 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes December 14 and 15 arrangements betwen N-YHS president Samuel V. Hoffman and Edmund L. Baylies, executor of Mary Rhinelander King estate, for the acquisition of the library of Rufus King (see also: 1906 Mary Rhinelander King folder).

1905
Box: 60 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1905 December. N-YHS Historical Sketch 1804-1904 by William Kelby. Requests and Thank You's (1 of 3)
1905
Box: 60 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1905 December. N-YHS Historical Sketch 1804-1904 by William Kelby. Requests and Thank You's (2 of 3)
1906
Box: 60 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1906 January-March. N-YHS Historical Sketch 1804-1904 by William Kelby. Requests and Thank You's (3 of 3)
1906
Box: 60 Folder : 4 Correspondence. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copy of Cyrus West Field will bequeathing six oil paintings and forty-seven watercolors illustrating scenes connected with the laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable; letter from Cornelia Griswold Goodrich offering early daguerreotypes, allegedly some of the first made in the United States, by her uncle S.F.B. Morse.

[1905]
Box: 60 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1905. Battery Park Latitude Stone (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documentation of the successful N-YHS petition to return to its original locale a latitude stone placed in Battery Park by the institution in 1818, following its uncovering by the Rapid Transit Commission. The stone was positioned to mark the latitude of the southwest bastion of Fort George. Correspondents are N-YHS officers and their committee-elected representative Chandler Davis, Manhattan Borough President John F. Ahearn, the New York Parks Commission, and Rapid Transit Commission engineers, who provided the oversize blueprint illustrating the location of the stone monument in relation to the Battery Park Custom House.

1817, 1905
Box: OS-1 Folder : 16 Correspondence. 1905. Battery Park Latitude Stone (2 of 2). Oversize
1905
Box: 60 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1905-1906. United States Historical Commission

Scope and Contents Note

Includes November 1905-January 1906 lettters from Lothrop Withington and accompanying pamphlet on the Congressional bill, introduced by Henry Cabot Lodge, to establish a United States Historical Commission; circular and copies of Withington correspondence sent to Theodore Roosevelt and Lodge.

1905-1906
Box: 60 Folder : 7 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1906

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Reginald Pelham Bolton, Charles W. Burrows, George C. Dodd, Henry R. Drowne, Frank Bergen Kelley, R.H. Lawrence, Albert Matthews, George Austin Morrison Jr., Edward Myers, S.E. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Randall, F. Robert Schell, William M. Sloane, Clarence Storm, Bayard Tuckerman, John Howard Van Amringe, Luther E. Widen, American Antiquarian Society, Military Service Institution of the United States, New York City History Club, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Rotograph Company, Sons of the Revolution, St. Andrews Society of New York, and Texas State Historical Institution.

1906
Box: 60 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1906 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes first issue of the Photographic Library Bulletin, published by the Institute of Historical Research; January-March correspondence from W.I. Scandlin documenting the N-YHS purchase of his collection of thirty-two waxed paper negatives of old New York (1854-1857), which he presented in a lecture at the Society.

1906
Box: 60 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1906 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 6 letter from R. Bernard informing N-YHS that its bequest of books, papers, and collections formerly belonging to the dissolved Ulster Historical Society are being housed in the Kingston Library; February 8 letter accompanying check for initiation fee and annual dues from Franklin D. Roosevelt; Februrary 20 final presentation of check representing the bequest of Charlotte A. Mount.

1906
Box: 60 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1906 March 1-19
1906
Box: 60 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1906 March 20-31

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 20 letter from Mohawk Valley historian Samuel Ludlow Frey describing his reaction to Judge Thomas Jones's The History of New York During the Revolutionary War; March 21 letter from Acosta Nichols with a suggested edits to the N-YHS circular for its recently established trust fund in memory of the Society's founders.

1906
Box: 61 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1906. April
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1906. May 1-15
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1906. May 16-31
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1906. June
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1906. July
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1906. August
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1906. September 1-19

Scope and Contents Note

Includes September-October correspondence between N-YHS President Hoffman, Lewis Publishing Company, and William S. Pelletreau, editor of upcoming Lewis publication on New York history, indicating that company agent W.C. Lewis had been entering the Society using a letter of introduction from N-YHS member Pelletreau and misled many to incorrectly assume N-YHS was sponsoring the published work.

1906
Box: 61 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1906. September 20-30
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1906. October 1-15
1906
Box: 61 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1906. October 16-31
1906
Box: 62 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1906 November 1-15
1906
Box: 62 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1906 November 16-30
1906
Box: 62 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1906 November 1-15
1906
Box: 62 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1906 December 1-15
1906
Box: 62 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1906 December 16-31
1906
Box: 62 Folder : 5 Correspondence. Undated
[1906]
Box: 62 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1906. Mary Rhinelander King. Library of Rufus King

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive series of personal correspondence between Librarian William Kelby and Mary Rhinelander King, chiefly concerning the library of her great-grandfather Rufus King, of which M. King arranged and funded the N-YHS acquisition in 1906; formal documentation of legal and monetary transfer regarding the King Library.

1906
Box: 62 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1906-1908. Founders Fund

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters accompanying donations to the N-YHS Founders' Fund (see also: 1905-1905 folders for related correspondence).

1906-1908
Box: 62 Folder : 8 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1907

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents include Charles M. Burrows, Gherardi Davis, Miss C. Augusta De Peyster, Henry Dexter, Henry H. Edes, Archer M. Huntington, Mrs. Eastman Johnson, William Mitchell Kendall, Gilbert McClurg, William Nelson, Acosta Nichols, Samuel E. Parker, Lewis S. Patrick, Robert E. Peary, John Howard Van Amringe, John A. Weekes, Library of Congress, Long Island Historical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York Public Library, Smithsonian Institute, and American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society.

1907
Box: 62 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1907 January 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January 2 request directed to N-YHS officers and members from Henry Dexter, that it be resolved to host all regular meetings in the auditorium of the new, not yet complete building on Central Park West; January 3 letter from Domestic Corresponding Secretary George R. Schieffelin reporting the subsequent meeting's conclusion that it was inexpedient and too expensive to host meetings at the new locale.

1907
Box: 62 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1907 January 16-31
1907
Box: 63 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1907 February 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes February 1 letter from George C. Dodd reporting that the watercolor lantern slides, prepared for the N-YHS presentation by Gherardi Davis on the regimental colors of the Revolutionary War, will be "the most artistic presentation that the Society will get for a long time;" February 7 invoice for Dodd's services (Dodd begins regularly providing lecture illustration and lantern slide preparation services for N-YHS, and appearing in the correspondence files, in 1905).

1907
Box: 63 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1907 February 16-28
1907
Box: 63 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1907 March 1-15
1907
Box: 63 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1907 March 16-31
1907
Box: 63 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1907 April

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April 10 letter from William B. Feakins(?) alluding to tensions between Henry Dexter and N-YHS president Hoffman.

1907
Box: 63 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1907 May 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series documenting the donation of Egyptian Antiquities belonging to recently deceased N-YHS member Edwin Smith by his daughter, Leonora S. Smith and $20,000 donation by C. Augusta De Peyster for the completion of the second story of the new N-YHS building, on the understanding that a room would be set aside for De Peyster family heirlooms (letters in 1908 May folders indicate that N-YHS acquiesced to this request).

1907
Box: 63 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1907 May 16-31
1907
Box: 63 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1907 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes June 28 inquiry from attorney Walter I. McCoy challenging N-YHS authority to collect the legacy of John Watts De Peyster.

1907
Box: 63 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1907 July
1907
Box: 63 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1907 August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes August 17 letter from William Mitchell Kendall of McKim, Mead & White, requesting that N-YHS allow a cast to be made of its Thomas Jefferson bust, so that a replica may be presented by the French Ambassador to the White House to complement prior gifts of Washington and Franklin; August 25 and October 3 follow-up indicating N-YHS granted permission for the Jefferson cast; August 28 letter from Acosta Nichols to President Samuel V. Hoffman lamenting the delays in the completion of the new building and urging the Executive Committee to prioritize contracts for its completion even if the current building is not sold.

1907
Box: 64 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1907 September 1-15
1907
Box: 64 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1907 September 16-30
1907
Box: 64 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1907 October 1-15
1907
Box: 64 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1907 October 16-31
1907
Box: 64 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1907 November 1-15

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of exchanges with W.K. Horton of the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ultimately granting permission for them to erect a bronze drinking fountain "for man and beast" on the north side of 77th Street property owned by N-YHS.

1907
Box: 64 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1907 November 16-31
1907
Box: 64 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1907 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes circular distributed by Henry Dexter to N-YHS members on December 27 clarifying his intentions and financial involvement in the construction of the new building, following allegations that he had wrongfully pulled out of an offer to finance the move; December-February inquiries to N-YHS officers regading the Dexter circular.

1907
Box: 64 Folder : 8 Correspondence. Undated
[1907]
Box: 64 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1907. John Austin Stevens

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence between N-YHS Librarian Robert Kelby and long-time member and famed historian John Austin Stevens; letters are mostly of a personal nature and relate to collection development and Stevens's scholarly research. The bulk documents his efforts to commemorate the development of the New York City street grid, including appeals to the city and N-YHS to organize centennial celebrations, the latter at which he ultimately gives a lecture on the topic. Select responses from President Hoffman and other interested parties are also present in the file. (Earlier Stevens letters may be found throughout the Correspondence record group.)

1907
Box: 64 Folder : 10 Registers of Correspondence (2). 1908

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent and notable correspondents for January through June include Reginald Pelham Bolton, John Bryan Grimes, Roswell Randall Hoes, J. Franklin Jameson, Charles Elihu Slocum, George R. Schieffelin, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and Washington Headquarters Association.

1908
Box: 64 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1908 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes January-February exchanges seeking the support of N-YHS in the proposed bill to enable the purchase of the old Manor Hall in Yonkers, to be placed in the custody of The American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society.

1908
Box: 65 Folder : 1 Correspondence. 1908 February 1-15
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 2 Correspondence. 1908 February 16-29
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 3 Correspondence. 1908 March
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 4 Correspondence. 1908 April
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 5 Correspondence. 1908 May 1-15
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 6 Correspondence. 1908 May 16-31
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 7 Correspondence. 1908 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes document relating to the bequest of Mary S. Durrell; letters accompanying donations to the $10,000 moving fund, in response to President Hoffman's appeal; June 24 letter from Hoffman to Kelby summarizing conflict with frequently hired photographer George C. Dodd over ownership of the slides, negatives, and pictures he has created for N-YHS and of which Dodd has been retaining multiple copies.

1908
Box: 65 Folder : 8 Correspondence. 1908 July
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 9 Correspondence. 1908 August
1908
Box: 65 Folder : 10 Correspondence. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes typescript on "The Origin of the Advertising School," by Anne Shannon Monroe.

[1908]
Box: 65 Folder : 11 Correspondence. 1908. Building Relocation

Scope and Contents Note

Includes April-June series of letters concerning the conditions of the paintings in N-YHS collections, which Arthur Dawson warns cannot withstand the strain of relocation to the new building, a suspicion the letters indicate has spread amongst concerned parties (including the executor of the Durr estate), and which President Hoffman tries to dispel; reports from the institution's artist-conservator H.A. Hammond Smith; inquiries to J. Ellerton Lodge concerning treatment of fragile papyrus materials from Egyptian collections; letters regarding the purchase and donor-provided funding of furniture for new building.

1908

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