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

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

Collection processed by Brynn White and Margaret Kaczorowski

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

Descriptive Summary

Title: New-York Historical Society general correspondence
Dates [inclusive]: 1805-2018 (bulk, 1805-1982)
Abstract: The New-York Historical Society general correspondence record group contains chronologically arranged communications directed to and from the institution and its officers. The bulk of correspondence through the early twentieth century is incoming only, though some notes, responses, and letterpress copybooks (1876-1911) of outgoing correspondence appear. Carbon copies of outgoing correspondence commonly appear after the early twentieth century. The files are predominated by requests for reference assistance; research reports; inquiries pertaining to membership and library operations; proposals of materials for donation, sale, or transfer; arrangements for lectures, events, and publications; acceptances of election to member or officer positions; financial transactions; requests for material exchanges; and invitations, circulars, and other printed matter generated by N-YHS and outside institutions. Correspondents include N-YHS officers, prominent historians, politicians, writers and lecturers, scientists, genealogists, artists, printers and booksellers, and colleagues from libraries, societies, government agencies, and other organizations.
Quantity: 152.63 Linear Feet in 360 boxes and 7 oversize folders.
Language: The materials are in English.
Call Phrase: NYHS-RG 2
Sponsor: This record group was processed as part of the 2015-2016 N-YHS Institutional Archives project, made possible by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Scope and Contents Note

The New-York Historical Society general correspondence record group contains the chronologically arranged central files of communications directed to and from the institution and its officers. These files range over almost all of N-YHS's first two hundred years of existence, from its first full year of operations in 1805 to the end of Director James Heslin's administration in 1982, though files from 1960 forward are currently restricted. In addition, the record group includes a series of selected letters from notable correspondents that ranges to 2017.

For the nineteenth century, the bulk of correspondence is incoming, but some notes, responses, and letterpress copybooks (1876-1911), of outgoing mail appear. Most communication is written or directed to the Librarian, as well as other officers. The copybooks and yearly registers of correspondents, beginning in 1876 when N-YHS appears to have formalized a system for retention of correspondence, may serve as a guide to researchers in locating materials related to specific individuals and organizations and these continue through 1908. By the early twentieth century, carbon copies of outgoing correspondence appear regularly and continues through 1982.

The record group is predominated by requests for reference assistance; research reports; inquiries pertaining to membership and library operations; proposals of materials for donation, sale, or transfer; arrangements for lectures, events, and publications; acceptances of election to member or officer positions; requests for exchanges of material, such as annual reports or other publications; and invitations, circulars, and other printed matter generated by N-YHS and outside institutions.

Internally produced correspondence includes memoranda such as meeting minutes excerpts, official acceptances and resignations, drafts and notes for deceased member memorials, presentation and resolution drafts, and informal reports on relevant legislation, commissions, funding, finances and investments, acquisitions and donations, buildings maintenance and facilities, and other aspects and issues of operations.

Correspondents include N-YHS officers, prominent historians, politicians, writers and lecturers, scientists, genealogists, artists, printers and booksellers, publishers, donors, antiquarians, and colleagues from libraries, museums, societies, government agencies, and other organizations. International repositories and individuals, many of whom are honorary N-YHS members, correspond from distant locations including China, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Denmark.

Arrangement

The New-York Historical Society General Correspondence (NYHS-RG 2) record group is organized in five series:

Series I. Notable Correspondents (1805-2017)

Series II. Letterpress Copybooks (1876-1911)

Series III. General Correspondence (1805-1908)

Series IV. General Correspondence (1908-1982) (Restricted for 1960 and later years)

Series V. Topical Correspondence (1917-1985)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Vail, R.W.G. (Robert William Glenroie), 1890-1966. -- Correspondence
  • Wall, Alexander J. -- Correspondence
  • Heslin, James J. (James Joseph) -- Correspondence
  • Stevens, John Austin -- Correspondence
  • Moore, George Henry -- Correspondence

Document Type

  • Lectures.
  • Bookplates
  • Architectural drawings
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • New-York Historical Society -- Correspondence
  • New-York Historical Society. -- Archives

Subject Topics

  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Red Cross
  • Learned institutions and societies  --  New York (State)  --  New York
  • Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration
  • Associations, institutions, etc.  --  Membership  --  New York (State)  --  New York
  • Building -– Design and construction
  • Centennial celebrations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Historic sites -- United States.
  • Museums -- Acquisitions -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Acquisitions (Libraries) -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Genealogists  --  Correspondence
  • Historians  --  Correspondence
  • Librarians  --  Correspondence

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Societies, etc.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. Correspondence files dating from after 1960 may be restricted (see Series IV).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Preferred Citation

New-York Historical Society General Correspondence (NYHS-RG 2), The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the New-York Historical Society archives. Although this record group includes the bulk of correspondence incoming to N-YHS throughout its history until 1982, significant correspondence on specific topics to that time can be found in several other N-YHS record groups. Post-1982 correspondence is also found in other record groups. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the overview Guide to the New-York Historical Society Archives (NYHS Archives).

Processing Information

The record group was physically processed, likely about 1990. In 2015, archivist Brynn White and, in 2016, archivist Margaret Kaczorowski refined the arrangement, integrated additional material, and described the documents in this finding aid. A few additional letters were added in 2017 by archivist Larry Weimer.

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Container List

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

Processing Information Note

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

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1809 October 16
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Toasts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Declaration of intention to send books to N-YHS.

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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Receipt for payment of annual dues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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Signed by all N-YHS officials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Decline of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Decline of invitation to deliver lecture at N-YHS.

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

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

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

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Request from Wisconsin Historical Society for N-YHS publications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Expression of gratitude to N-YHS for unspecified favor.

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

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Provision of the issue numbers for the Home Journal.

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

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

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

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Decline of invitation to dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Corresponding Member of N-YHS.

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acknowledgment of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

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Decline of invitation to attend unspecified N-YHS celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

Confirmation of unavailability to deliver lecture on April 3.

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

Scope and Contents Note

Request to view N-YHS collections with accompanying party.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

Apologetic decline of unspecified invitation.

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

Acknowledgement of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

Scope and Contents Note

Acknowledgement of election as Honorary Member of N-YHS.

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

Acknowledgment of decline of Jefferson portrait loan.

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

Note accompanying donation of books.

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

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

Scope and Contents Note

Thank you note for the exhibition of his work.

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

Scope and Contents Note

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

2017-2018

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Series II. Letterpress Copybooks., 1876-1911. 4.58 Linear Feet in six flat boxes

Arrangement Note

The series includes seven volumes, in chronological order.

Processing Information Note

The series was processed by archivist Brynn White. Conservation work for the volumes, including custom-made housing, was done by conservator Janet Lee.

Scope and Contents Note

The Letterpress Copybooks series is comprised of five bound volumes containing copies of the New-York Historical Society's outgoing mail between the years of 1876 and 1913, chiefly written by the Librarian as well as other N-YHS officers; two additional volumes contain the correspondence of Magazine of American History editor and founder John Austin Stevens for the full year of 1878 and November-December of 1879. The letters are recorded in chronological order, with individual pages containing one to two letters. Registers in the front of the letter books offer accurate lists of recipients recorded alphabetically by last name, alongside the page numbers of relevant correspondence.

The general materials appear relatively comprehensive for the 1870s and 1880s, which also frequently feature formal correspondence directed between N-YHS officers, and the 1900s; copies of outgoing mail were less consistently maintained in other years. Series content commonly mirrors the General Correspondence files of Series III, consisting of answers to research, library operations, and membership inquiries; responses to acquisitions proposals and suggestions; acknowledgments of receipt of materials; arrangements for events and publications; and notifications of elections, appointments, resolutions, meetings, lectures, and other N-YHS committee activity. The Stevens copybooks concern various facets of magazine production such as contributor solicitation, research, and more.

Notes for each volume identify frequent and/or notable correspondents, as applicable, and break down the page ranges by year for general correspondence copybooks, to provide researchers with a sense of scope for time periods of interest. The letter book registers may serve as a potential guide to the General Correspondence files for researchers interested in specific correspondents, as they may suggest time frames in which people were in communication with N-YHS.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 67 Volume : 1 Letter Book.

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents include Erastus Benedict, Charles W. Baird, Samuel L. Boardman, Henry H. Browne, Jeremiah Colburn, E.B. Coley, Samuel W. Francis, William Henry Hurlbert, Charles P. Kirkland, Juo W.M. Lee, William Beach Lawrence, Amos Perry, Eugene Revillout, Rev. Ebenezer Rogers, J.H. Trumbull, H.C. Van Schaack, Justin Winsor, and former N-YHS Librarian George H. Moore.

Date ranges by page number
1876 November-December: 1-20
1877: 21-275
1878: 276-368
1879: 368-468
1880: 469-610
1881 January-September: 611-693

The associated register for the letterpress book is detached and stored in a folder in the box with the volume.

1876-1881
Box: 115 Volume : 1 Letter Book. Magazine of American History

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents include James Carson Brevoort, John Russell Bartlett, Charles W. Baird, John Chester Buttre, Joseph J. Cooke, Thomas Addis Emmet, George W. Green, George Geddes, Henry A. Homes, Henry Cabot Lodge, Orasmus Holmes Marshall, Theodorus Bailey Myers, George C. Mason, J.C. Mamau(?), William H. Newton, R.E. Nelson, Photo Engraving Co., George Henry Preble, R.M Potter, James H. Rogers, R.S. Robertson, William L. Stone, L.H. Shreve, Henry Cruger Van Schaack, H.C. Wickes, and Ella B. Washington.

1878
Box: 115 Volume : 2 Letter Book. Magazine of American History

Scope and Contents Note

All letters addressed in November and December of 1879. Frequent correspondents include T.F. Donnelly, Photo Engraving Co., James A. Rogers,and James H. Teevau(?).

1878
Box: 68 Volume : 1 Letter Book.

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents include Frederick Cook, Ellen Kemble, Luther R. Marsh, Royal Phelps, G.D. Scull, Moses Coit Tyler, and George Cabot Ward.

Date ranges by page number
1881 October-December: 1-63
1882: 64-236
1883: 236-348
1884: 349-452
1885: 453-551
1886: 552-667
1887: 667-682
1888 January-March: 683-702

1881-1888
Box: 69 Volume : 1 Letter Book.

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents include William R. Huntington, William B. Isham, Frank B. Kelly, and Lewis S. Patrick.

Date ranges by page number
1888 April-December: 1-40
1889: 41-86
1890: 87-93
1891: 94-107
1892: 108-122
1893: 123-128
1894: 129
1895: 130-133
1896: 134-137
1897: 138-141
1898: 142-146
1899: 148-178
1900: 178-197
1901: 198-226
1902: 227-313
1903: 313-479
1904: 480-558
1905: 559-626
1906: 627-677
1907 January-April: 677-692

The associated register for letters A-G from the letterpress book is detached and stored in a folder in the box with the volume.

1888-1907
Box: 70 Volume : 1 Letter Book.

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents include V.D. Allen, Gerard Beekman, Mrs. Amos Draper, Stuyvesant Fish, Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, Nelson Robinson, Herbert Satterlee, and John A. Weekes.

Date ranges by page number
1907 May-December: 1-34
1908: 35-118
1909: 119-266
1910: 267-428
1911 January-December: 429-698

1907-1911
Box: 71 Volume : 1 Letter Book.

Scope and Contents Note

No notable frequent correspondents.

Date ranges by page number 1911 December: 1-3 1912: 4-43 1913: 44

1911-1913

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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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Series IV. General Correspondence. , 1908-1982. 117.29 Linear Feet in 282 document boxes and one oversize folder

Access Restrictions

N-YHS generally restricts the records of the Board and the Executive Office for fifty years following the conclusion of the tenure of a President and CEO (formerly, Director). Correspondence from 1960-1982 is currently restricted as these files were held in the Director's Office.

Scope and Contents Note

The General Correspondence (1908-1982) series begins with the summer of 1908, when the N-YHS has officially reopened in its new (and current) building on Central Park West. The majority of correspondence between 1908 and 1926 continues to be offers for donation or purchase; historical and genealogical reference inquiries from across the country and world (many of which it cannot accommodate owing to limited staff); documentation of N-YHS involvement in local events and advocacy for memorials and preservation; arrangements and receipts for various lecturers, services and goods, and materials exchanged with other institutions; and letters concerning membership (dues, member election and acceptance, Publication Fund shares). Toward the end of the 1910s, the Library took on more freelance consultants and cataloging staff.

During this time, N-YHS continued to field complaints about its governance and operations (culminating with the Van Rensselaer attacks in 1917), while also extending counsel to emerging societies and other historical institutions. Funding problems abounded, with a prevailing sentiment that upper class New Yorkers, despite widespread interest in local and national history, were not willing to contribute to the sustainability of N-YHS. Some women, youth, and school groups voice a sense of exclusion, while others decry it as an old-fashioned boys club that could be more civic-minded. N-YHS shifted its scope to more strictly address New York state and some larger United States history and focuses its art collecting on portraits of local importance. Photostatting was a prominent technological development, and N-YHS collaborated with a variety of organizations to assemble and share reproductions of old newspapers and other materials. Controversially, the Society continued to pour money into the preservation and cataloging of its Egyptian antiquities (primarily, the Abbott Collection), bringing Caroline Ransom Williams on to the staff for that purpose. A new initiative begun in 1917 was the creation of a Field Exploration Committee; headed by William Calver and Reginald Bolton, the Committee conducted amateur excavations at various New York sites, finding Indian, colonial, and Revolutionary War era artifacts. This series includes extensive correspondence regarding this important period in N-YHS's history and the new directions it took through the 1920s.

Beginning in the latter 1920s, there was an increased interest of organizations to preserve and celebrate places of historical consequence. The N-YHS served at the forefront of this preservation movement, and N-YHS's efforts and activism would continue throughout the 20th century. N-YHS provided documentation and illustrations from its collection to Colonial Williamsburg's restoration project, including to T.R. Goodwin (Director, Department of Education). Notably, N-YHS was involved in the preservation efforts of Castle Clinton (see also Series V), Fort Ticonderoga, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and the Schenck Homestead (Brooklyn). Notable correspondents include Robert Moses, Stephen H. Pell, Robert F. Wagner, and the New York Historical Association. The bulk of correspondence of incoming and outgoing responses from Librarian Alexander J. Wall (who was appointed Director in 1937) continued to be exchanged with patrons, historians, genealogists, vendors (book and art dealers), and outside institutions (e.g., American Antiquarian Society, Chicago Historical Society, Colonial Williamsburg, Library of Congress, Massachusetts Historical Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, New York State Historical Association, Smithsonian Institution, Sons of the American Revolution). These matters included reference inquiries (particularly genealogical, Revolutionary War related, or concerning New York City or State); invitations to commemorations; personal information including change of address and death announcements; and continued exchanges with other museums and historical societies. Lecture proposals were arranged between N-YHS and lecturers Poultney Bigelow, Harry T. Peters and many others. N-YHS continued to be involved with historical events and commemorations across New York State and the country by loaning materials or advising (e.g. George Washington Birthday Bicentennial, the American Revolution Sesquicentennial, United States Constitution Sesquicentennial, 1939 New York World's Fair).

By 1937, as a result of several large bequests to N-YHS (in particular the Elizabeth Gardiner Thompson estate), the institution was able to proceed with a major building expansion and renovation, during which time the building was closed for over a year. Many materials were moved offsite during reconstruction, including the Egyptian collection which was loaned and ultimately sold to the Brooklyn Museum. N-YHS was therefore able to make more storage room for collections related to New York history, such as a separate room for the Bella Landauer Collection. Other additions to the museum included new lighting following a trip abroad by Director A.J. Wall and George Zabriskie (Treasurer) to study proper lighting of European museums. Continuing up through the 1940s, storage continued to be problem for the museum's growing collections; letters exchanged concern Philip N. Youtz being commissioned as Architect for unrealized plans for a further expansion of the building to encompass an Education Building. The N-YHS's quest to be recognized as an educational museum had finally been realized in 1928 when the museum was declared a tax-exempt educational institution. This recognition opened the door for generous donations, and allowed the institution to take a more involved role in reaching out to schools and students in the city. In the following decades, N-YHS played a large role in furthering the education of students by offering programs, classes, film series, and the distribution of half tone reproductions of portraits, early views, and objects owned by the Society. The correspondence consists of letters from school children with historical-related questions, as well as thank you notes for tours of exhibitions or talks. The N-YHS welcomed and accomodated children even during challenging times, such as a school strike in 1968.

When America entered World War II, the N-YHS took an active part in efforts at home. In 1942, N-YHS formed the Museums Committee of the American Red Cross War Fund. Comprised of 26 institutions, the Committee took part in a community effort to protect area buildings and people from potential air raids or fires. N-YHS opened a part of its building as a Red Cross surgical dressing unit. Essentially, museum functions were directly affected by the war with considerable staff reductions (resulting in fewer exhibitions), and precautions taken to ensure the safety of collections with off-site storage and the covering of skylights. A.J. Wall (Director) took an active role in collecting information from state organizations in regard to the protection of state records during war time. The correspondence includes rich material concerning these wartime concerns and preparations.

Throughout the series, letters provide insight into the production of the various publications produced by the N-YHS, including the Edwin Smith Surgical Papers translated and edited by James H. Breasted, Williams Sawitzky's monograph on the artist Ralph Earl, and N-YHS's Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860 (George C. Groce and David H. Wallace). Included among these publications are the   Quarterly journal, reports, annual reports, and meeting minutes. Financial and real estate matters will give researchers a sense of the decisions the institution made over the years with regard to purchases, sales, and other matters (e.g. mortgage certificates, sales of properties owned by N-YHS, investments, securities, and taxes). Frequent correspondents concerning finances include N-YHS Treasurers Frederic D. Weekes, R. Horace Gallatin, Thomas Streeter, George Zabriskie, and William Van Alstyne. Bequests are noted in the series, as are additions to significant library collections (e.g. those from Bella C. Landauer, Leonidas Westervelt, Thomas O. Mabbott, Katherine Prentis Murphy, and Harold Seton).

Further information about 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 in the container list.

Arrangement Note

The series is in original order. Although the central correspondence files were maintained in alphabetical order by correspondent, it appears that at various points in time the files were emptied of most older correspondence and new alphabetical files were started with new incoming letters. Consequently, the series includes 18 of these "sets" or batches of correspondence, each set advancing chronologically from 1908 to 1982. Each set holds at least two years of correspondence (e.g., 1927-1929; 1930-1932), but several hold more years (e.g., 1960-1963; 1975-1979). This is especially true of the first set which ranges from 1908 to 1926. In order to keep a reviewer oriented to which set they are viewing in the container list, the entries include an opening reference (e.g., Correspondence 1908-1926. Bab – Bap; Correspondence 1946-1947. As-Az). In short, a researcher looking for correspondence to/from John Doe over an extended period of time will need to look for the "D" folder under multiple sets/time periods.

Processing Information Note

This series was initially processed perhaps circa 1990-2000, with documents transferred from original folders to archival containers. In 2016, archivist Margaret Kaczorowski refined the arrangement, integrated additional documents found, and provided description in a finding aid for the series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 73 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Abb - Amen (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Acme Film Company request for commission to actively seek out New York historical points for film capture (N-YHS expresses exclusive interest in developing print and photography collections); Allied Patriotic Societies advocating support for the repeal of the Lusk Anti-Sedition Laws (N-YHS asserts disinterest in politics); photostat copies of manuscript deposits made by Charles E. Adams in 1923. Correspondents: William Abbatt, Charles F. Adams, Virgil D. Allen, George B. Agnew, Cleveland Abbe (accepting membership election), Wilbur C. Abbott, H.F. Addition, and James Truslow Adams.

1908-1926, Undated
Box: 73 Folder : 8-13 Correspondence 1908-1926. American A - American E (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence, surveys, ballots, memoranda, and newsletters from American Association of Museums; April 21, 1925 initial inquiry and response to the American Council of Learned Societies on attitudes towards the collection of material bearing on current history; ephemera and informational packets from the American Civic Association, American Academy of Political and Social Science, American Year Book Corporation, America's Gift to France (fund for statue commemorating the Battle of the Marne), Eugenics Society of the United States. Correspondents: American Art Association, American Bible Society, American Museum of Natural History, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and American Defense Society.

1908-1926
Box: 74 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. American Antiquarian Society (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes centennial celebration program, annual meeting notices, and extensive correspondence between AAS Librarian Charles S. Brigham and N-YHS Librarian Alexander J. Wall, much of it concerning Wall's bibliography of New York almanacs (1694-1850) and compilation of historic newspaper photostats, in addition to reference inquiries, material exchanges, and more.

1908-1926
Box: 74 Folder : 3-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. American F - American M (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes American Historical Association materials from annual conferences on "The Problems of Historical Societies" and annual reports on "Writings on American History" issued by J.F. Jameson; American Library Association ephemera, surveys, ballots, and diagrams of the 1926 sesquicentennial Philadelphia Exposition; series of 1916 correspondence between institutions surrounding the American Fair Trade League's fight against the Stephens-Amhust Bill targeting dishonest advertising and proposed in the House of Representatives (official circular also present). Correspondents:American Irish Historical Society, American Museum of Natural History, American Federation of Arts, and Greater New York Library War Council.

1908-1926
Box: 74 Folder : 8-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. American N - American W (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive reference inquiries from American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society and voice of support from secretary Edward Hageman Hall in response to Van Rensselaer criticism of N-YHS; American Numismatic Society membership applications and cards, correspondence on collaborations such as a medal commemorating the purchase of Manhattan Island, and inventories of coin holdings. Correspondents: American Red Cross, American Social Hygiene Association, American-Scandinavian Foundation, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and American Woman's Association.

1908-1926
Box: 75 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Americana/Americanist - Ap (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Annin & Co Flag Makers on display and lecture at N-YHS and family tree diagrams for Lewis Morris (1726-1798); W.F. Auger of Globe Tailoring Co. on military uniform insignia and chevrons; memorial program for William Loring Andrews, president of the Society of Iconophiles; spring 1926 appeal to W.S. Richardson for funding by John D. Rockefeller, detailing staffing and funding problems at N-YHS (subsequently denied by Rockefeller representative Thomas B. Appleget). Correspondents: John Anderson Jr., George P. Anderson of the Boston Stock Exchange, author Kate A. Aplington, D. Appleton & Co, Anderson Auction Company,  The Antiquarian publishing company,  Antiques magazine, and  Annals of Medical History.

1908-1926
Box: 75 Folder : 4-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ar - Ay (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes March 11, 1917 New York Tribune article complaining that N-YHS has not publically exhibited its Audubon holdings.  Correspondents: L.O. Armstrong, Theodore Arnold, C. Louise Avery, Architectural League of New York, Art Commission of the City of New York, Arts Council of New York City, Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Attorney General of the United States office, and The Automobile Blue Book Publishing Company.

1908-1926
Box: 75 Folder : 9-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bab - Bap (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 1922 packet of materials from Evelyn B. Baldwin on movement to petition Congress to build National Archives; January 20, 1922 letter from G. Gordon Hammill outlining provenance of a Evert Bancker miniature accompanied by January 15, 1807 letter from James Bancker detailing its subject and the family lineage. Correspondents: Leon Brooks Bacon, Margaret Bayard Baldwin, booksellers Baker & Taylor and Bailey and Banks & Biddle; consulting power, heating, and venilation engineers Baker, Smith & Co; and Bankers Trust Company.

1908-1924
Box: 76 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bab - Bap (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes October 28, 1925 complaint from Columbia professor Margaret Bancroft that several of her ancient history students were turned away on attempts to view the N-YHS Egyptian collections; further communications with the Baker & Taylor Co. and Bankers Trust Company.

1925-1926
Box: 76 Folder : 3-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bar - Bay (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, with marketing material, concerning arrangements for lectures with Frank W. Bayley of the Copley Gallery in Boston, David H. Bates, Adriaan J. Barnouw, Edward Balch Barrand, and others; acquisition from John W. Bartow of a book of original receipts for sales of prizes and cargoes captured by the British in 1779 from French and American merchantmen; acquisition from Mrs. Henry B. Barnes of engravings by J.J. Chant and by Charles Moltran; gift of engravings from the estate of Cornelia Price; acquisition of the Naval History Society collections (correspondent James Barnes); and request of U.S. Senator Thomas F. Bayard to copy portraits.

1908-1919
Box: 76 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bea - Bez (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence of N-YHS officers James Benedict and Gerald Beekman; letters regarding 1911 acquisition of the Beekman Coach and "blue room" of the Beekman homestead; January 2, 1911 letter from Gustave Besse (in Swiss); lawyer's notice of bequest from H.C. Page; purchase of stereopticon for slide projection from Charles Beseler Co.; exchanges with Commander F.W. Bely concerning his 1918 lecture; 1919 acceptance of honorary membership by the Secretary to King Albert and other communications from Belgium. Subjects: Abbott Egyptian Collection, Mrs. Van Rensselaer.

1908-1920
Box: 77 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bea - Bez (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes further extensive correspondence of James Benedict, an officer heavily involved in member recruitment and acquisitions, and N-YHS resolution acknowledging his death in 1924; rejection of Charles Fraser painting on grounds that N-YHS does not collect American art beyond portraits; materials relating to the bequest of Park Benjamin. Correspondents: W. Gedney Beatty, poet Berton Bellis, Dayton C. Belknap, Walter R. Benjamin.

1920-1926
Box: 77 Folder : 4-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bi (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with lecturer Poultney Bigelow; Farham Bishop regarding his lectures on the Panama Canal and submarines; Charles F. Biele & Sons Co on exhibition case construction; materials relating to the bequest of Ann E. Bishop. Correspondents: Edward Biddle, Bibliophile Society, Bibliographical Society of America.

1908-1926
Box: 77 Folder : 7-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bl (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes denial of request by Mayor of Philadelphia Rudolph Blankenburg for the loan or transfer of original chair of the Old State House held by N-YHS; Maurice Blumenthal donation of relics excavated from Broad and Pearl Streets, formal report on donation by Committee on Field Exploration, and subsequent series of similar donations; Mrs. Joseph Blake donation of miscellaneous manuscript collection. Correspondents: W.Y.(?) Black, Blackstone Memorial Library, Harry M. Blank, Mrs. Chester W. Bliss.

1908-1926
Box: 78 Folder : 1-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Boa - Bott (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Dominated by extensive communications of lecturer, donor, and member Reginald Pelham Bolton (chiefly on 1918 formulation and subsequent activities of the Field Exploration Committee as well as report on defects in heating and ventilation system and proposal to award medals for historical investigation) and Charles K. Bolton of the Boston Athenaeum. Also includes Bond and Mortgage Guaranteed Company ( N-YHS mortgage agreements); J. Marcus Boorman (legal document relating to appraisal of bequested property); John Borkel & Co (roofing); 1919 committee discussion of decision to not loan Jarvis Collection of Indian Artifacts to Museum of the American Indian, and N-YHS continued policy of maintaining collections in-house; Board of Transportation September 16, 1926 notice of contract to construct subway adjacent to building. Correspondents: Henry L. Bogert (including commentary on Mrs. Van Rensselaer), J. Harry Bongartz, Theodore Bolton, Museum of Fine Art (Boston).  Subjects: Joint Committee on Erection of Liberty Pole, Special Committee on Field Exploration.

1908-1926
Box: 78 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bow - Boy (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes numerous reference inquiries from Clarence W. Bowen, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; and packet on the proposed donation of portrait of William C. Bouck, with quality reproduction from Charles Ezra Cornell.

1908-1916
Box: 79 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bow - Boy (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive reference inquiries from Clarence W. Bowen, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Correspondents: W.G. Bowdoin, Adolf Bowski, Charlotte Morrell Boyer, Boyce, Hughes, & Farell (auditors).

1916-1926
Box: 79 Folder : 5-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bra - Bri (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with James H. Breasted, consulting Egyptologist and translator of Edwin Smith Medical Papyrus, and H.K. Brewer & Co receipts and arrangements for N-YHS printed materials and supplies purchases; materials related to bequest of Cornelia G. Brent; Thomas Brady, an agent representing lecture tour of Dr. Arthur N. Davis "American dentist to the Kaiser" (circular present); and Mohawk Chief Sol J. Brant inquiry about Six Nation Indian Peace Treaty.Correspondents: John I. D. Bristol, bookseller Arthur Brentano, C.S. Bradford, British Museum (F.D. Sladen), William Bradford Memorial Committee, 1910 World's Fair in Brussels.  Subjects: Abbott Egyptian Collection.

1908-1926
Box: 80 Folder : 1-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bro - Bry (9 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with historian and lecturer Henry Collins Brown on the early development and opening of Museum of the City of New York, as well as printed matter for his publication Valentine's Manual (often signs letters "Capt. Kidd") and active Executive Committee Member B.W.B. Brown; Robert Murray Brown on donation of Rufus Wright portrait of his grandfather Robert Murray; William J. Brownlow photographs of the January 4, 1800  Ulster County Gazette and WWI memorial he designed in Rouen, France.  Correspondents: lecturer Belmore Brown, Robert I. Brown, R.L. Brownfield, L.D. Broughton, Broadway Association, and representatives of Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences.  Subjects: Battery Park Liberty Pole, New York City Tricentennial.

1908-1926
Box: OS-1 Folder : 18 Correspondence 1908-1926. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Invitation from Henry Collins Brown, secretary of the Joint Committee, to Alexander J. Wall to become a Vice President of the Committee formed by the Sons of the Revolution, N-YHS, and Valentine's Manual of Old New York to pursue the removal of the old post office and restore City Hall Park to its original colonial era dimensions.

circa 1920s
Box: 81 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bu - By (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with Charles William Burrows and Edward P. Buffet. Correspondents: C.M. Burton, Paul G. Burton, Rudolph F. Bunner, F.L. Butler, Buffalo Historical Society, Buffalo Public Library.

1908-1926
Box: 81 Folder : 8-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ca (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with Frederick J. Jameson of the Carnegie Institution of Washington [see also: Ja-Je folders]. Correspondents: John Watson Cary, University of California (The Academy of Pacific Coast History), John D. Canfield, Catholic Records Society, and various governmental departments and agencies of Canada.

1908-1919
Box: 82 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ca (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes further reference inquiries and annual reports on "Writings on American History" from Frederick J. Jameson of the Carnegie Institution of Washington [see also: Ja-Je folders]; and travel postcards from Sydney H. Carney Jr. Correspondents: John Watson Cary, Catholic Record Association, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Cadmus Book Shop, Hampton L. Carson, T.E. Cassidy.

1920-1926
Box: 82 Folder : 5-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. William L. Calver (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Chiefly documents 1918 formulation and subsequent activities of the Field Exploration Committee (finances, trip logistics, published reports and findings in Quarterly Bulletin); N-YHS lectures (Revolutionary War buttons); and postcards and photographs from his travels (March 1926 Jersualem and Transjordan region).  Subjects: Special Committee on Field Exploration.

1916-1926
Box: 82 Folder : 7-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ce (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes circulars, blank forms, and other distribution materials (Central Park West Taxpayers Association, Central Park Civic League, Central Park West and Columbus Avenue Association). Correspondents: Century Company publishers.  Subjects: Central Park subway line.

1908-1926
Box: 82 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ch (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes illustration of gold mounted sword and portrait of Commodore John T. Newton submitted by Alexander Crawford Chenoweth. Correspondents: Chicago Historical Society,  Christian Science Monitor, Chamber of Commerce.

1908-1919
Box: 83 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ch (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with James H. Breasted (hiring of Paul W. Hoffman for restoration work on the Egyptian collections), Chamber of Commerce of New York, (anniversary celebrations for purchase of Manhattan Island and first public reading of the Declaration of Independence), ephemera from Childrens' Matinee Association (broadside for October 10-19, 1921 performances of Materlinck's The Bluebird).  Correspondents: lecturer Clio Chilcott, Walter Chisolm, E.B. Child, Catherine C. Chenoweth, Church of the Holy Communion, Chinese associations, and various Chicago, IL (Chicago Historical Society, University of Chicago) and Charleston, SC based institutions.

1920-1926
Box: 83 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ci

Scope and Contents Note

Includes event correspondence, calendars, and ephemera of The City History Club of New York; tickets and invitations for Daughters of the Cincinnati. Correspondents: University of Cincinnati, Society of the Cincinnati.

1908-1926
Box: 83 Folder : 5-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Cl (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with publishers and booksellers the John Clark Company, Arthur H. Clark Company, Samson Clark & Co, and A.S. Clark; series of letters concerning the acquisition of the papers of Frederick O. Clarke and abolition-related materials collected by Florence Michalek; ticket for Librarian Alexander J. Wall to Thomas Jefferson Dinner hosted by Women's National Democratic Club; undated report from Clarke and Company on paper permanency. Correspondents: dry goods dealer Claflins Incorporated, Henry A. Clark, Cleveland Museum of Art, William M. Clements.

1908-1926
Box: 84 Folder : 1-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Co (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence of frequent donor J. Ackerman Coles and John Cox Jr.(Joint Committee on Records of the Religious Society of Friends); materials relating to the bequests of J. Marcus Boorman and Maria Duane Bleecker Cox. Correspondents: Colonial Dames of the State of New York, Columbia County Historical Society, John G. Coyle, Rev. John Cornell and various departments and representatives of Columbia University, Cornell University, and U.S. Congress (including Library of Congress).  Subjects: Memorial museum on Constitution Island.

1908-1923
Box: 85 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. Co (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence of frequent donor J. Ackerman Coles; inventory of materials presented by Isabella Vache Cox and Mary E. Cox; letters concerning the bequest of a desk bookcase formerly owned by Colonel Henry Rutgers by Katharine Rutgers Lane; H.M. Cordell from office of Henry Ford, concerning the dating of lights in N-YHS collections. Subjects: New-York Historical Society Scholarship historical essay competition in collaboration with Henry J. Carman of Columbia University; see also New-York Historical Society Scholarship essay submissions, NYHS-RG 13.

1924-1926
Box: 85 Folder : 6-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Cr - Cy (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: N-YHS treasurer Warren C. Crane, John D. Crimmins, and David E. Cronin. Frequent correspondents include R. Fulton Cutting, (Mrs.) W. Bayard Cutting, Cyclone Fence Company, and the William T. Palmer & Company, Inc.

1908-1922
Box: 86 Folder : 1-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Da (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Dominated by historian Gherardi B. Davis. Also includes ephemera and correspondence from Daughters of the Holland Dames, Daughters of the Revolution, Daughters of the Cincinnati, Dayton Art Institute; 1925 letter from J. Clarence Davies suggesting that the Museum of the City of New York is duplicating the efforts of N-YHS and wasting city and taxpayer money; packet of materials on Davey Reorganization Bill supplied by Congressional Rep. Martin L. Davey himself; illustration of undated Georgina pre-revolutionary house, drawn by Smith Birdsey Dayton.

1908-1926
Box: 86 Folder : 7-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. De (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Philip Schuyler de Luze, John Ross Delafield, Joseph L. Delafield, and Mary L. Dey.

1908-1915
Box: 87 Folder : 1-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. De (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Henry F. De Puit discussions of N-YHS "going public" and reorganization of Executive Committee; lecturers Theodore De Booy and Emeterio de La Garza Jr.; Grace Schuyler de Luze donation of four-post bed and other family heirlooms; Richard and John Ross Delafield proposal of donation for Delafield Family room; 1925 N-YHS circular of information; two drafts of undated manuscript written by son of Frederic de Peyster.

1916-1926
Box: 87 Folder : 7-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Di (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Charles A. Ditmas and his campaign for commemoration of the Battle of Long Island. Correspondents: H.W. Dickinson and Harriet C. Dickinson.

1908-1926
Box: 87 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Do - Dy (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 1812 bookplate belonging to John Turner and materials relating to bequests of William J. Dodd and Frederic D. Durand.

1908-1915
Box: 88 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. Do - Dy (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the bequest of Frederic D. Durand, Mary S. Durrell, David Stuart Dodge; extensive inventory of sheet music, New York City scene prints, and other local and state-related items held by J. Francis Driscoll; Robert E. Dowling on involvement in honor ceremony for I.N. Phelps Stokes. Correspondents: Henry Russell Drowne.

1916-1926
Box: 88 Folder : 6-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. E (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ephemera for the Evangelistic Committee of New York City.

1908-1918
Box: 89 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. E (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acquisition inquiries from private collectors of Egyptian antiquities; correspondence with Empire Wrecking Co. regarding the retrieval of a bas relief, box in the cornerstone, and other items from former N-YHS Second Avenue building prior to its demolition; undated copy of the will of William Banks Gilley. Correspondents: William Webster Ellsworth, Essex Institute, Harold L. Ehrich, George Simpson Eddy, Erie Centennial Commission, George S. Eddy, Egypt Exploration Society.

1919-1926
Box: 89 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Wilberforce Eames

Scope and Contents Note

Comprised of various reference exchanges with the head of the American History Division, New York Public Library. (See also: "New York City" folders, where much New York Public Library correspondence, including Eames, is filed.)

1908-1926
Box: 89 Folder : 7-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Fa (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: John Truitt Farrell, Fairfield County Historical Society, W.R. Farrell, De Witt Clinton Falls, Charles R. Faruolo (mortgage payments for property at 424 East 11th Street).

1908-1926
Box: 90 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Helen Lincklaen Fairchild (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Communications with scholar and N-YHS benefactor, chiefly centered around research into her Forman and Ledyard family ancestry, and donation of materials, many related to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp. Includes clipping of her New York Times "Letter to the Editor" defending the Society. [Alternative name: Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild.]

1908-1926
Box: 90 Folder : 5-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Fe (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: J.L.G. Ferris, David Ferguson, Mrs. Morris P. Ferris.

1908-1926
Box: 90 Folder : 7-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Fi (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: DeLancey W. Fisk, D. Havelock Fisher, Filson Club (Louisville, KY), Field Museum, Committee for the Protection of the Park Section of Fifth Avenue and Fifth Avenue Association.

1908-1926
Box: 91 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Stuyvesant Fish (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents Fish's research inquiries with N-YHS librarians and activities as Recording Secretary (elected in 1917). Includes discussion of difficulties obtaining alcohol used in conservation treatment during Prohibition; response to complaint by Virginia H. Field about the society's decision to open to the public on Sunday, the Sabbath Day; letter from Emlen Hare Miller referencing his request of Fish to investigate N-YHS affairs; Publication Fund share transfers. Subjects: Gen. John Lamb, Gramercy Park, Beverly Robinson House, Nicholas Fish (military career), Proclamation of Governor Benjamin Fletcher (1693), Continental Village.

1910-1926
Box: 91 Folder : 4-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Fl - Fo (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes menu for 1923 anniversary dinner, catered by Fowler; survey and responses to investigation into activities, operations, and funding of major historical societies, forwarded by Dixon Ryan Fox; receipts from technical photographer R.B. Fleming; letter to Henry C. Folger proposing the construction of rooms to house his famed Shakespeare collection at N-YHS [see also: "James B. Wilbur" folder]. Correspondents: New York Fourth of July Committee, Joseph H. Foster, Flower Memorial Library, Worthington C. Ford, B. Sherman Fowler, Ford Educational Film Libraries, Dixon Ryan Fox.

1908-1926
Box: 92 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Fr - Fu (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with prominent genealogist Josephine C. Frost; and explorer Charles W. Furlong (also: lecture circulars); distribution materials for public appeal for Benjamin Franklin birthday celebration; New York Press clipping on Henry Frank and Independent Liberal Congregation (November 21, 1909); suggestion by Annie Wilson France to collect African-American traditional (slave?) songs overheard at Brooklyn's Home for Aged Colored People.  Correspondents: Robert Fridenberg, Helen C. Frick, Frick Art Reference Library, and organizations based in France.

1908-1926
Box: 92 Folder : 8-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ga (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Charles Carroll Gardner (incuding letterpress pamphlet advertising genealogy services), Charles Gaffin; Mr. and Mrs. R. Horace (see also: individual folder), Albert, and other Gallatin family members, generally inquiries about the Gallatin Papers.

1908-1926
Box: 93 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. R. Horace Gallatin (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents activity as N-YHS Treasurer (1920-1928), including oversight of mortgages and E.A. Hoffman, G.W. Van Slyck, and De Peyster funds.

1917-1926
Box: 93 Folder : 3-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ge - Gi (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes report "Defects In the Heating & Ventilation System" conducted by R.P. Bolton Company and proposal and repair estimates from Gillis & Geoghegan; materials relating to the estates of Mary S. Durrell and Annie Loucks Gebhard; bills and correspondence from frequent service providers Jacob Gescheidt & Co. and photographic supplier G. Gennert. Correspondents: Stephen W. Giles, Henry J. Gensler, General Theological Seminary, Joseph B. Gilder, and individuals and organizations based in Georgia.  Subjects: Gerritsen Basin Park.

1908-1926
Box: 93 Folder : 8-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Gl - Go (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes offer for 2nd Avenue building by Arthur Goldstein on behalf of Louis Minsky; EJ Goodspeed inquiries on the Abbott Egyptian Collection; tickets for Mrs. Frederic S. Goodwin lectures on Mexico at various venues and dedication of Joan of Arc statue in Central Park; extensive dealings with Globe Indemnity Company (elevator certification, workmen's compensation, bond on behalf of Edward Steers) and Goodspeed's Book Shop; letter from Glenn Gould criticizing treatment of Mrs. Van Rensselaer and member behavior at meeting.

1908-1926
Box: 94 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Gr - Gu ( 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters and later bequest of Isaac J. Greenwood (dispersal of personal library managed by daughter Eliza Rudd Greenwood); librarian's letter to Henry E. Gregory describing the Van Rensselaer-led attack; distribution materials from the Gypsy Lore Society; correspondence with newly formed Greenwich Village Historical Society (variety of ephemera, birthday card and expression of fealty to N-YHS, signed by officers and members); Grosvenor Library (objection to Librarian Augustus H. Shearer's negative report on historical societies); and Rocellus S. Guernsey's certificate of election to honorary member of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society. Correspondents: Langdon Greenwood, Mrs. Edward Green, Grolier Club, I.S. Graves, Guttag Bros.

1908-1926
Box: 94 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ha (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Emily C. Hawley.

1908-1926
Box: 95 Folder : 1-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ha (9 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes permission to Church of the Divine Paternity to cultivate land on the 76th street corner of N-YHS property; letters from supportive members following Van Rensselaer attack and McDougall Hawkes suggesting N-YHS loan objects outside its scope to more appropriate institutions, particularly "these mummified bulls, etc., which are a constant source of ridicule when associated with an Historical Society of New York; it is unfortunate to overlook a public sense of humor." Correspondents: Charles T. Harback, Lathrop C. Harper, Oscar W. Hamilton, H.O. Hart, John H. Hazelton, James S. Hall, Charles Henry Hart, Edward Hagman Hall, Richard T.H. Halsey, Robert H. Hatch, Harvard College, Harvard University, and organizations associated with the neighborhood of Harlem.

1912-1926
Box: 96 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. He (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the bequest of Caroline M. Hertzell; calendar reform bill (in Spanish) sent by Carlos A. Hesse. Correspondents: A.G.(?) Heaton, Victoria Hewitt, Charles F. Heartman.

1908-1926
Box: 96 Folder : 6-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Hi (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes donations and Assistant Librarian application package from William A. Hildebrand of the Dramatic Morgue and Typographical Library and Museum; ephemera from Hispanic Society of America and Conference of Historical Societies. Correspondents: Executive Committee member Frederick Trevor Hill, C.G. Hine, Frederick S. Hills (Argus Company), Frederick H. Hitchcock.

1908-1926
Box: 97 Folder : 1-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ho (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with editor Thomas W. Hotchkiss and Paul W. Hoffman, from hired work on Egyptian Collections through subsequent employment and financial problems; copy of statement of gratitude for the "Divine Being" protecting NYC Mayor William Jay Gaynor upon the anniversary of his assassination attempt; photographs supplied and captioned by Arthur P. Howard of burial places, tombstones, and monuments (John Laurens, William Heath[?]); the Holland Society on adoption of new city flag and seal; exchanges with photo-stat service provider E.S. Holland (and efforts to secure necessary machinery due to war rationing, ultimately loaned by U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation); documents relating to the bequest of Ella N. Holgate; regular ice cream orders to J.M. Horton. Correspondents: C.A. Hoppin, John J. Hopper, W.P. Horton, Houghton Mifflin Company, The Hague (Holland).

1908-1926
Box: 97 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Roswell Randall Hoes

Scope and Contents Note

Documents numerous reference requests, chiefly centered around Hoes's editing of As I Remember Recollections of American Society during the Nineteenth Century by Marian Gouverneur and further Ulster County and Gouverneur family genealogical research, photostatting of Hoes's original copy of the 1800  Ulster County Gazette, and discussions with his widow Rose Gouverneur Hoes regarding the deposit of materials, following his death in 1922 (which were ultimately transferred, according to the original terms, to the Senate House Association of Kingston in 1930).

1908-1931
Box: 98 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Samuel V. Hoffman (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents Hoffman's N-YHS presidency (1903-1912), subsequent convalescence, Executive Commitee membership (1919-1937) and further committee work, acquisitions, donations, and special event participation. Includes discussions of advances of funds to the society; oversight of facilities; establishment of Susan M. Watson binding fund; relationship and fallout with Henry Dexter as well as his bequest to N-YHS; health and deaths of prominent members and colleagues; omission of several female patrons from 1908 annual report; unspecified cataloging work following retirement; updates on Society activity from the Librarian; and the Van Rensselaer episode (or, "this season of female complaints"). Other items: blank photograph request form and 1913 meeting resolution honoring Hoffman upon his resignation.

1908-1926
Box: 98 Folder : 4-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Samuel V. Hoffman. Bills (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Annotated list of gifts of S.V. Hoffman between 1903 and 1912 and receipts for goods and services purchased by Hoffman for N-YHS, as an advance or gift, between 1917 and 1932.

1908-1916; 1930-1932
Box: 98 Folder : 10-13 Correspondence 1908-1926. Hu (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the estate of James B. Ludlow. Correspondents: Richard M. Hurd, Charles R. Huntington, Elmer T. Hutchinson, Mrs. W.D. Hurlbutt, Historical Society of Hudson County, Hunts Point Community League, Hunter College, and various Huguenot associations.

1908-1926
Box: 99 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Huntington (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Archer Milton Huntington (Foreign Corresponding Secretary) and the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery (librarians George Watson Cole and Leslie M. Bliss); other Huntingtons in proceeding "Hu" folders.

1908-1926
Box: 99 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Hy

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Henry St. John Hyde and James H. Hyde.

1908-1926
Box: 99 Folder : 4-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. I (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes reproduction of portrait of Washington Irving around the age of 30, a 1925 price confirmation from Independent Movie Supply Company to equip N-YHS auditorium with projector, and illustrated marketing brochure from the Imperial Brush Company (1917).Correspondents: Charles Isham, William M. Ivins, George Iles, Dr. Frederucj Usrawk [in German], International Film Service, and various organizations based in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, annd those with names beginning with International

1908-1926
Box: 99 Folder : 7-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ja - Je (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: E.C. Jameson, Emily Jackson, Charles H. Jackson, J. Franklin Jameson (Carnegie Institution of Washington and "Writings on American History").

1908-1919
Box: 100 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ja - Je (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchange with J. Franklin Jameson on western and state-funded historical societies. Correspondents: Arthur Curtiss James, Walter Jennings, Le Roy Jeffers (the Associated Mountaineering Clubs of North America), Charles F. Jenkins, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.  Subjects: Edwin Smith medical papyrus in Egyptian Collection.

1920-1926
Box: 100 Folder : 4-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Jo - Ju (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes attempted acquisition of John Pintard papers from Harris H. Johnston; proposal for building fundraising by John Price Jones Corporation (plus report of progress on publicity campaign for the American Antiquarian Society); distribution materials for motion picture theatre equipment; list of "Negroes Writing Before the Civil War;" ephemera for the unveiling of the Joan of Arc statue on Riverside Drive. Correspondents: H.P. Johnston, John J. Judge, John White Johnston, C.K. Johnson, J.H. Jordan, John Jermain Memorial Library, Johns Hopkins University, John Carter Brown Library (Brown University).

1920-1926
Box: 101 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Joint Committee of Printing, U.S. Congress (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafted entries for the Biographical Congressional Directory formally submitted to the N-YHS librarian for fact-checking; packets for 1925 Congressional bills H.R. 4795 and H.R. 4798, submitted by Martin L. Davey, advocate for reorganization of the government.

1925-1926; 1928
Box: 102 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ka - Ke (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 1921 resignation of Librarian Robert Kelby on basis of poor health and other related communications; postcards sent by R.H. Kelly to James Benedict from Europe in 1914. Correspondents: Frank Berger Kelley (City History Club of New York), Austin Baxter Keep, Daniel Edwards Kennedy, Gouverneur Kemble, Jennie E. Kent, John Keller, Kansas State Historical Society and Kentucky State Historical Society.

1908-1926
Box: 102 Folder : 6-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ki (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ephemera and correspondence from Kings County Historical Society (President Charles A. Ditmas); inquiry for prints of Central Park from Theodore Kimball of Olmsted Brothers; hand-illustrated letters addressed to "Addie" from artist W. Ruloff Kip, recounting his discovery of the Society and interest in employment with the Egyptian collections. Correspondents: Edwin P. Kilroe.

1908-1926
Box: 102 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Kl - Ky

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: de Lancey Kountze.

1906-1916
Box: 103 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Kl - Ky (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes George F. Kunz (Authors Club) addressing criticism that Society does not "do something of a more public character" and appointment to represent N-YHS in opposition to the destruction of the High Bridge. Correspondents: de Lancey Kountze.

1917-1926
Box: 103 Folder : 3-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. La (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the estates of Daniel Parrish (represented by Charles H. Larence) and Katharine Rutgers Conger Lane; print request from Ladies Home Journal to accompany article by Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer on the Peter Marie miniature collection. Correspondents: John D. Lawson, Lancaster County Historical Society, Algot Lange, Henry W. Lanier, Charles R. Lamb (Battery Park Liberty Pole).

1908-1926
Box: 103 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Bella C. Landauer

Scope and Contents Note

Documents Landauer's application for life membership, personal ephemera collection development, and donation of bookplates to the Society.

1923-1926
Box: 103 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Lawyers Mortgage Company (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mortgage certificates and renewals, interest payment receipts, and related correspondence.

1908-1926; 1928
Box: 104 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Le (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes postcards from Tilda Lent. Correspondents: John Thomas Lee, Lenox Library, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, A.R. Ledoux, Mark Levy.

1908-1926
Box: 104 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1908-1926. Charles M. Lefferts
1909, 1914-1924
Box: 104 Folder : 6-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Li (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes annotated copy of Library of Congress duplicate newspaper copies available for exchange; bills and associated planning for installation of book stacks and manuscript cases, in addition to various supply orders, with Library Bureau, and bookbinding and printing with J.J. Little & Ives Company; copy of Alexander J. Wall deposition in legal dispute with Trow; Printing & Bookbinding Company regarding the proofs and plates for N-YHS catalogs. Correspondents: James M. Lincoln, bookseller George Emery Littlefield, Library of Congress, Libman Contracting Company, John Thomas Lee, Lenox Library, Lewis Historical Publishing Company.

1908-1922
Box: 105 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Li (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: J.J. Little & Ives Company and Library of Congress.

1923-1926
Box: 105 Folder : 5-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Lj - Lo (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with patron Le Duc de Loubat, contributor of $20,000 to the Building Fund; ephemera and communications from Louisiana Historical Society, Long Island Historical Society (librarian: Emma Toedteberg), and Lower Wall Street Business Men's Association; materials relating to the bequest of J. Marcus Boorman. Correspondents: Percival Hall Lombard, various organizations and companies based in London, Los Angeles, and Louisiana.  Subjects: University of Louvain.

1908-1926
Box: 105 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Lu - Ly (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: James B. Ludlow, Le Lyceum Societe des Femme de France a New York, Lynn Historical Society.  Subjects: Lusitania memorial service.

1908-1926
Box: 106 Folder : 1-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mc - Mac (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes numerous reference inquiries by William M. MacBean and Byron McCandless (history of flags); illustrated profile of Margaret Crooke Inglis of Ulster County (mounted print of original drawing, circa 1777, submitted by frequent correspondent Ross McCord). Correspondents: W.G. MacFarlane, MacMillian Company, Alice Howland Macomber.

1908-1926
Box: 107 Folder : 1-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ma (11 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes annotated manuscript "The Tragedy of John Ury" by W.F. Prince (submitted by Harvey B. Marks); appeal by Christine Maura for N-YHS support of her efforts to encourage the city clergy to preach against lynchings, accompanied by communications on the subject with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (the Executive Committee defines the matter as outside its scope of activities); correspondence with Walter G. Davis of the Maine Historical Society on defining and narrowing the scope of their collecting policies. Correspondents: George Caston Martin, H.N.W. Magill, Frederick C. Mather, Arthur H. Masten, Maiden Lane Historical Society, organizations based in Maryland and Massacusetts.  Subjects: Mrs. Van Rensselaer.

1908-1926
Box: 108 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Massachusetts Historical Society (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Chiefly comprised of correspondence with Worthington C. Ford (who expresses pleasure with the collaboration between the two "sister societies"): arrangements for production of negatives and photostats of holdings and discussion of other field matters, including funding, low genealogical interest of wealthy New Yorkers, and Ford's plan for societies to exchange valuable materials to the most natural local repository.

1908-1926
Box: 108 Folder : 4-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Me (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Dominated by event invitations and communications from various departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including suggestion by N-YHS that the Met undertake work on a union catalogue of all oil portraits and artists in America, and series of reports and letters centering around the proposal by Met curator Albert M. Lythgoe that N-YHS deposit its Abbott Collection of Egyptian antiquities for proper conservation and scholarly care (both are ultimately declined). Also contains telegram from Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios research department requesting photograph of the interior of Tony Pastor's theatre, circa 1908, for a film production. Correspondents: H.L. Merritt, Mechanics Institute, Paul Alfred Merbach, Medo Photo Supply Corp.

1908-1926
Box: 109 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mi (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Chiefly comprised of correspondence, receipts, and select ephemera from libraries and historical societies and associations in Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri (University of Michigan, Mississippi Valley Historical Association), including Midwestern society cost-sharing of calendaring of the American Fur Company papers. Also includes materials relating to the acquisition of mill stones belonging to the estate of Thomas McMullen and bequest of Albert M.P. Mitchell; decline of delegate election by Emlen Hare Miller on grounds that that Executive Committee is "self-perpetuating" and enacted "Un-American" policies during the war, and 1922 request for investigation into N-YHS management under Weekes. Correspondents: John Millis.

1908-1926
Box: 109 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mo (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ticket to funeral service for J. Pierpont Morgan and document related to bequest of Maria B. Mount. Correspondents: Warren K. Moorehead, Moravian Historical Society, Samuel Eliot Morison, Morgan & Brothers, George Austin Morrison, and dealer Noah Farnham Morrison. [See also: "Mu - My" folders, where some "Mo" materials have been mis-filed.]

1908-1916
Box: 110 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mo (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with art collector and scholar John Hill Morgan; materials related to estate of Charles G. Moller; pamphlet advocating the establishment of a National Archives Building by Congress, submitted by the Mississippi and Alabama state departments of Archives and History. Correspondents: Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Horace A. Moses, Thomas M. Moore. [See also: "Mu - My" folders, where some "Mo" materials have been mis-filed.]

1917-1926
Box: 110 Folder : 5-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mu - My (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence of Edward Myers and officer J. Archibald Murray; rejection of request for loan by Museum of the American Indian but multiple redirections of donations to the institution. Correspondents: Municipal Reference Library (NYC), William D. Murphy, and mis-filed "Mo" individuals and organizations.

1908-1926
Box: 111 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Na (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Comprised chiefly of the correspondence of Dr. George W. Nash and ephemera, form letters, and other communications from various national organizations (National Arts Club, Naval History Society, National Geographic Society, National City Bank, National Historical Society).

1908-1926
Box: 111 Folder : 5-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ne (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 1912 summons to librarian to appear before Supreme Court of New York with evidential map; ephemera for the 250th anniversary of the founding of Newark and opening of the New Theatre; materials from historical societies, libraries, and other organizations based in New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Rochelle, Nebraska and New England. Correspondents: William Nelson, Caroline Clifford Newton, Maud E. Johnson (New Jersey Historical Society), Netherland-American Foundation.

1908-1926
Box: 112 Folder : 1-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. New York City (9 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ephemera, chiefly invitations and admission tickets, for New York Public Library, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and New York Edison Company; tickets from the Department of Health; arrangements with Commissioner of Public Works for removal and acquisition of a Revolutionary-era cannon at the corner of Pearl and Pine Streets and bronze tablet of Fulton Market; reference requests from the query department of the New York Times.  Correspondents: New York Telephone Company; Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity; College of the City of New York; New York Society Library; various representatives and committees of the Mayor's Office.

1908-1920
Box: 113 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. New York City (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with New York Public Library, particularly on the exchange of colonial newspaper reproductions; permits from Department of Parks for Field Exploration Committee; documentation of fight against renaming of Blackwell's Island to Welfare Island; letter to New York Times highlighting chariot parts in the Abbott Egyptian Collection in light of public interest in Tutankhamun's tomb. Correspondents: History Club of New York, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York Library Club, New York City Arts Commission, New York University, New York Academy of Medicine, various New York-based newspapers.

1921-1926
Box: 113 Folder : 6-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. New York [State] (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documentation of efforts by the New York State Historical Association to establish closer relations between societies within the state. Correspondents: State Historians James A. Holden and James Sullivan, New York State Library, New York State Education Department, University of the State of New York, Office of the Attorney General.

1908-1922
Box: 114 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. New York [State] (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with Frederick B. Richards, Peter Nelson, Horace A. Moses, and Edward F. Rouse on New York State Historical Association matters, chiefly the establishment of headquarters in Ticonderoga. Nelson discusses thoughts on administrative structures and titles, as well as gender roles, with Librarian Alexander Wall. Correspondents: State Historians Alexander G. Flick and James Sullivan, New York Library Association.

1923-1926
Box: 114 Folder : 4-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ni (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes communications of N-YHS officers Acosta Nichols and Fancher Nicoll, and portrait unveiling ceremony invitations following Nicoll's death in World War I combat. Correspondents: De Lancey Nicoll.

1908-1926
Box: 114 Folder : 7-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. No - Ny (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes reports and communications from Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes, consulting engineers on ventilation systems in the Society building. Correspondents: Henry Harmon Noble, organizations based in North Carolina and Nova Scotia.

1908-1926
Box: 116 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. O - Om (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with Fanny Ogden, donor of Schuyler family heirlooms. Correspondents: F.F. Ogilvie, George C. Odell, organizations based in Ohio and Oklahoma.

1908-1926
Box: 116 Folder : 4-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. On - Oz (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes frank responses to Mary V. Garrett of the struggling Onondaga Historical Association, with President Weekes relaying his personal experience attempting improvements at N-YHS. Correspondents: Samuel Oppenheim, Henry R. Alley (Librarian, Ontario Department of Education), Sarah M. Orvis, William Church Osborn.

1908-1926
Box: 116 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Pa (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: State Historian Victor Hugo Paltsits, Samuel E. Parker, Daniel Parrish Jr., Lewis S. Patrick, John Henry Pane.

1908-1914
Box: 117 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Pa (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Samuel Parker, Victor Hugo Paltsits, Henry Parrish, Lawrence Park.

1915-1926
Box: 117 Folder : 4-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Pe - Pf (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence of William S. Pelletreau, such as formal complaint over lack of memorial to Daniel Parrish Jr.; certificates, estimates, and other documentation on wiring and fixture installation by electrical engineer Washington Peet; gift of grass seed for the 77th Street plot from Frances Peters. Correspondents: Henry Greenleaf Pearson, Captain Howland Pell, George H. Pepper (Museum of the American Indian), Henry Pegram, Morton Pennypacker, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Ernest Spofford) and other organizations based in Pennsylvania.  Subjects: Field Exploration Committee.

1908-1923
Box: 118 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Pe (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acquisition of blocks of tree planted by Alexander Hamilton uptown by Frederick M. Pedersen; rejection of Sandon Perkins proposal to present Kinema film lecture as outside of scope; ephemera from Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Correspondents: James Pennick, Howland Pell (Field Exploration Committee), Stephen H.P. Pell (Fort Ticonderoga museum).

1924-1926
Box: 118 Folder : 3-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ph - Pl (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes account of the dilapidated condition of St. Clement's Church vault hosting the remains of John Pintard; extensive correspondence with Plimpton Press over galleys, proofs, and printing logistics of N-YHS publications (Index to the British Orderly Book, Uniforms in the American Revolution); proxy vote form filled out by John S. Phipps. Correspondents: John B. Pine, Mary E. Phillips (Edgar Allen Poe scholar), George A. Plimpton, Pierce and Scopes, various organizations based in Philadelphia.  Subjects: Photostats.

1908-1926
Box: 118 Folder : 8-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Po (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes portrait and pamphlets of Mabel Powers, lecturer on spiritualism and Native American history, and Buffalo Jones (Colonel Charles J. Jones). Correspondents: New York Police Department, Frank B. Porter.

1908-1926
Box: 119 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Pr (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes list of engraved steel and copper plates connected with the state of New York prepared by George Probst, former superintendent of engraver John Christian Buttre (acquired by N-YHS); John Dyneley Prince translations of Nineveh inscriptions and other N-YHS Egyptian artifacts.Correspondents: George D. Pratt, Princeton University, Pratt Institute (Librarian Edward F. Stevens).

1908-1926
Box: 119 Folder : 4-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. Pu - Qu (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Queens Borough Public Library, J. Harsen Purdy, Mary Perkins Quincy, Bernard Quaritch.

1908-1926
Box: 119 Folder : 6-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ra (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Robert C. Rathbone, Margaret Ramsay (Daughters of the Revolution), E.G. Rankin.

1908-1926
Box: 119 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Re (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Philip Reade, George A. Ready.

1908-1915
Box: 120 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Re (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive communications with Dr. Nathaniel Reich (Philadelphia Museum), hired for translation and conservation work on N-YHS Demotic texts. Correspondents: Wallace Reid, Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Cuyler Reynolds, Rectigraph Co.  Subjects: Abbott Egyptian Collection.

1916-1926
Box: 120 Folder : 4-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Rh - Ri (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Charles Alexander Richmond (Union College), Arthur S. Richardson, Frederick B. Richards, James D. Riggs, F.A. Ringler Electrotyping Co., Rhode Island Historical Society (Librarian Howard M. Chapin), Ridgway Library (Librarian Bunford Samuel).

1908-1926
Box: 121 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ro (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Elizabeth C. Rottger, Principal of P.S. 15 in the Bronx, advocating for its preservation as a landmark, perhaps as a public library; rejection of request for transfer of the Henry O'Reilly Collection and answer to inquiry on method of cataloging and arranging manuscripts, both from Rochester Historical Society; request for change of address to Hyde Park from Franklin D. Roosevelt; documentation on acquisition of Spengler Collection of World War Articles, funded by John D. Rockefeller (represented by W.S. Richardson) (see also 1927-1929. Stewart, William Rhinelander); 1926 appeal to Rockefeller for funding of educational work, outlining N-YHS goals and need. Correspondents: Royal Colonial Institute, C.W.G. Rohrer, William H. Rockwood, George S. Roorbach, Henry R. Rose, Mrs. J. West Roosevelt, Albert Rosenthal, A.R. Rogers, book dealers Robson & Adee, organizations based in Rochester. Includes the August 16, 1913, letter from Henry Rozier that was transferred to the institutional archive from B.V. Audubon in 2016.

1908-1926
Box: 121 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ru - Ry (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Charles Howland Russell, Rutgers University.

1908-1926
Box: 122 Folder : 1-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sa (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes numerous reference inquiries from M.F. Savage, William H. Samson, Joseph F. Sabin, and R. Sachs; materials relating to the bequests of Cora V.R. Catlin (represented by Henry Gansevoort Sandford), Sabin, and Theodore F. Sanxay; travel postcards from E.H. Sauer; call from Lucy Salmon at Vassar College for copies of the Ulster County Gazette; descriptive letter accompanying donation of Native American tribe photographs by Mrs. Nate Salsbury (widow of director of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show).  Correspondents: Bunford Samuel, St. Nicholas Society, St. Andrews Society, St. Augustine Institute of Science, William E. Sarle, organizations based in St. Louis.

1908-1926
Box: 122 Folder : 7-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sc (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the bequest of Sarah E. Scofield; request from F.A.O. Schwarz for photograph of the Jumel Mansion; letters relating to donations by Mary Schuyler Hamilton and Louisa Lee Schuyler (eleven family portraits). Correspondents: John E. Scopes & Co, O.L. Schmidt, F. Robert Schell, Charles Scribner's Sons, Ernest Schernikow, paper box manufacturers Schenk & Schlichte.

1908-1926
Box: 123 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Se (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: I.D. Seabrook, S.K. Selfridge, George Dudley Seymour, Harold Seton, and Archbishop Robert Seton.

1908-1926
Box: 123 Folder : 3-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sh (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive reference inquiries by E.N. Sheppard, researching his mother's Collins family history; complaint by female member Carolyn Shel that N-YHS attendant made her feel uncomfortable and unsafe; contract and communications with supervisory engineer Henry L. Shadd in anticipation of Central Park West subway installation. Correspondents: W.L. Sherwood, Thomas T. Sherman, George Sherman, and F.H. Shelton.

1908-1926
Box: 123 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Si - Sl

Scope and Contents Note

Includes establishment of the Charles Elihu Slocum fund by its namesake. Correspondents: William Milligan Sloane and Alanson Skinner (American Museum of Natural History).

1908-1914
Box: 124 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Si - Sl (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes William Milligan Sloane activities as Executive Committee member (letter to the editor of the New York Post rebuking an op-ed supporting claims of Mrs. Van Rensselaer and inadequacies of N-YHS collections care) and later materials relating to his bequest; resignation letter from member Miss William Gerry Slade detailing history of disrespect and unhelpfulness when trying to access the library and indignation at the male treatment of Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer; refusal of request by American Academy of Arts and Letters to deposit books and manuscripts with N-YHS; discussion of preparation of picture collection catalog with Oswald Siren (ultimately abandoned).  Correspondents: Alanson Skinner, Rev. Charles N. Sinnett, Henry T. Sloane,Duncan H. Sill and J. Ferris Simmons.

1915-1926
Box: 124 Folder : 4-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sm (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with H.A. Hammond Smith; event arrangements and menus with Smith Caterers. Correspondents: Hiram Smith, Harlan J. Smith, Howard B. Smith, Mrs. W.H. Smith, John T. Smith, M.M. Smith, Leonora S. Smith, Rev. Edmund Banks Smith,various representatives and branches of the Smithsonian Institution.

1908-1926
Box: 125 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sn (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes architecture firm John B. Snook Sons (frequently T. Edward Snook), who were commissioned for several projects (creation of bronze tablets for N-YHS facade); multiple proposals, with illustrated drafts, of display fixtures for John James Audubon exhibition in Dexter Hall, submitted by Universal Fixture Corp, James Mathison, F.H. Wakeham Company, and ultimate hire Snead and Company Iron Works. Correspondents: Admiral Elliot Snow.

1908-1926
Box: 125 Folder : 3-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. So (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive ephemera for Sons of the Revolution (New York), Society of Colonial Wars, and Society of the Cincinnati, as well as Society of American Indians and the Southwestern Political and Social Science Association; collaboration on the erection of tablet at home of Robert Fulton with South Ferry Realty Company; reference inquiries from numerous Sons of the Revolution societies across the country and New York chapter officer Henry Russell Drowne. Correspondents: Empire State Society and organizations based in South Carolina.

1908-1926
Box: 125 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sp - Sq (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Charles Worthen Spencer, Chauncey B. Spears, Harry D. Spears, Otto Spengler, John Spargo, and Spokane Historical Society,

1908-1926
Box: 126 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sta (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Lucius M. Stanton, William J. Stanton, Elizabeth Brandon Stanton.

1908-1926
Box: 126 Folder : 3-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ste (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with library and literary agents B.F. Stevens & Brown, William Rhinelander Stewart, and John Austin Stevens; acquisition of Cadwallader Colden papers and other exchanges with Henry N. Steven. Correspondents: Mary Morris Stevens, Dr. Edward L. Stevenson and Archibald Ewing Stevenson.  Subjects: Baron von Steuben monument.

1908-1926
Box: 126 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mrs. Byam Kerby Stevens

Scope and Contents Note

Documents donation of the library of her husband, Byam Kerby Stevens, including inventory.

1909-1923
Box: 126 Folder : 10-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sti (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with art collector, donor, and Art Committee member John E. Stillwell.

1908-1926
Box: 126 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sto

Scope and Contents Note

Includes I.N. Phelps Stokes request for research access while working on "The Iconography of Manhattan Island;" materials relating to bequest of Caroline Phelps Stokes. Correspondents: F.L. Stokes, H.E. Stocker, W.E.D. Stokes.

1908-1926
Box: 127 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1908-1926. Clarence Storm

Scope and Contents Note

Documents activities as Executive Committee member and Treasurer, including mortgage arrangements; travel postcards from Paris and Budapest.

1908-1926
Box: 127 Folder : 2-3 Correspondence 1908-1926. Str - Stu (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to estates of Gerard Stuyvesant and Charles M. Lefferts. Correspondents: Ingliss Stuart; Oscar S. Straus.

1908-1926
Box: 127 Folder : 4-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Su (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence from active committee member and First Vice-President Walter Lispenard Suydam (complaint letter that air in the Lecture Hall "is vile," committee work on the erection of the Liberty Pole in Battery Park, event-planning); the will of A. Walter Suiter. Correspondents: George H. Sullivan, Thomas D. Suydam, The Sulgrave Institution, and Dr. James Sullivan.

1908-1926
Box: 127 Folder : 7-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Sw - Sz (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to the estate of Mary G. Ray; reference request from Minister of Switzerland Marc Peter regarding the Gallatin family papers; deposit and access restrictions of family portraits by Robert Van Rensselaer Stuyvesant. Correspondents: William H. Swords, Henry U. Swinnerton, Ambrose Swasey, and Forest H. Sweet.

1908-1926
Box: 127 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ta - Te (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Douglas Taylor & Co Printers, John B. Taylor, Frank B. Tansley, Sydney R. Taber.

1908-1926
Box: 128 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Th (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with committee member William S. Thomas; notice sent out requesting name and rank of N-YHS members serving with the Colors; materials related to the estate of Lydia W. Thorne and Grace D. Thorne, insurance notices from Frederic B. Thomason; ephemera for The Thoresby Society. Correspondents: R.C. Ballard Thruston, T. Kennard Thomson, Lewis M. Thompson, Frederic W. Thomas, Milton Thomas.

1908-1926
Box: 128 Folder : 5-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ti - Tj (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes arrangements with Tiffany & Co. for conservation treatment of Egyptian pottery (advisor: M.F. Savage) and duplication of plaster bust of Benjamin Franklin; mortgage services by Title Guarantee and Trust Company; deposit of Charles A. Munn materials by Mrs. I. Sheldon Tilney. Correspondents: Bernard J. Tiemann, Captain Lawrence Timpson, Edmund D. Titus.

1908-1926
Box: 128 Folder : 8-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. To (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents: Emma Toedteberg (Long Island Historical Society), Captain John R. Totten, S. Townsend (Plainview, NJ); Paul R. Towne, Howard Townsend, University of Toronto Library.

1908-1926
Box: 129 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence 1908-1926. Tr - Ty (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with Winthrop P. Tryon, bookdealers the Tuttle Company (Charles E. Tuttle); arrangements with Trow Press for binding, book repairs, and print jobs. Correspondents: Edward Trenchard, John C. Travis, James A. Trimble, Jane Gray Rogers (Tulane University).

1908-1926
Box: 129 Folder : 6-8 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ua - United States (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive trust and mortgage transactions handled by United States Mortgage & Trust Company; resolution expressing support of United States government during World War I, "this crisis of the national existence;" and advocacy for tax exemption for educational, philanthropic, and religious bequests, legacies, and gifts. Correspondents: Department of the Interior – Bureau of Education, D.B. Updike, Henry F. Ulmer, Albert Ulmann, Underhill Society of America, organizations based in Utica.

1908-1926
Box: 130 Folder : 1-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ua - United States (7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive trust and mortgage transactions handled by United States Mortgage & Trust Company; materials on Albert Ulmann lecture on Fifth Avenue; application and permit to use distilled spirits or wines for restoration of the Egyptian antiquities collections [see also: "Stuyvesant Fish" folder]; Field Exploration Committee response to Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur request for objects to be examined by the Artillery Museum at West Point; arrangements for painting of building by Damian Uhl; contribution to United States Military Academy for preservation of 18th-century furnace in the United States Military Reservation – Hudson Highlands. Correspondents: U.S. Committee of Public Information, Walter M. Underhill, Utica Public Library.

1918-1926
Box: 130 Folder : 8-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Va - Van (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to bequests of John Monroe Van Vleck and George Willett Van Nest. Correspondents: A.J.F. van Laer, Theodore Langdon Van Norden, A. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, and Miss A.E. Van Tuyll.

1908-1919
Box: 131 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. Va - Van (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials relating to bequests of John Monroe Van Vleck and George Willett Van Nest; chart from R.W.G. Vail suggesting staff structuring for N-YHS; frequent correspondence with Alma R. Van Hoevenberg (travel postcards); an uncharacteristically higher ratio of female correspondents. Correspondents: Mrs. (Mabel) A. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, A.J.F. van Laer (Archivist for New York State), Mrs. C.W. Van Helden, and Vassar College.

1920-1926
Box: 131 Folder : 5-7 Correspondence 1908-1926. Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents involvement as chairman of the Committee of Lectures of New York City History Club; requests for use of N-YHS facilities for the Father Knickerbocker pageant and children's historical programming; routine reference inquiries, membership nominations, and donations before first forceful expression of dissatisfaction with the institution in December 1915. Includes multiple complaints directed to both Kelby and Weekes considering N-YHS facilities, governance, priorities, fundraising, demographics, collection scope and care, curatorial efforts, and more; written account by Wall of an impromptu collection storage and exhibition inspection in 1917; circular from Toledo Museum of Art responding to her calls to "Americanize" the immigrant population through historical appreciation.

1908-1923
Box: 131 Folder : 8-12 Correspondence 1908-1926. Ve - Vu (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ephemera for the Viking Club; bookplates for Vermont Historical Society; objection by Osward Garrison Villard to N-YHS distribution of blank proxy and ultimate resignation based on "autocratic" revision of By-Laws. Correspondents: Robert C. Vose; organizations based in Vermont and Virginia  Subjects: Baron von Steuben monument.

1908-1926
Box: 132 Folder : 1-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. Wa (9 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with James J. Walsh and Abram Wakeman of the United Historical and Patriotic Societies and Associations of New York – Committee of Nine (for correction of historical record of colonial and revolutionary-era New York); materials relating to the bequest of Townsend Wendell and transfer of cornerstone of first Washington Market; advocacy letters to Senator James W. Wadworth; ephemera for return of the George Washington inauguration flag. Correspondents: James T. Watson, W. Lanier Washington, James J. Walsh, Eugene M. Warren, George Waddington, George E. Warner, John Wanamaker, H.R. Wagner, Bernhardt Wall, M.S. Wade, Walpole Galleries, Wadsworth Athenaeum, and Washington Square Association.  Subjects: George Washington.

1908-1926
Box: 132 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1908-1926. George Washington [Subject]

Scope and Contents Note

Materials relating to donations and reference inquiries of George Washington related materials by William Rhinelander Stewart, Josephine C. Frost (firsthand description of Gilbert Stuart painting by Pierrepont family member), and W. Lanier Washington; copy of signed 1920 address by Tarrant Putnam, the owner of the Robertson portrait of Washington.

1920-1924
Box: 133 Folder : 1-9 Correspondence 1908-1926. We (9 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges with lecturer on American West Robert G. Weyh (denied use of motion pictures "owing to drastic city laws covering exhibition"). Correspondents: George Peabody Wetmore, Leonidas Westervelt, Edward Wenzel, West End Association, and Westchester County Historical Society.

1908-1926
Box: 133 Folder : 10-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Frederic D. and John A. Weekes (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents activities of N-YHS officers John Abel Weekes (President, 1913-1939) and Frederic Delano Weekes (Treasurer, 1915-1919): extensive financial documentation on mortgages and loans, fundraising and subscriptions (letters to Rockefeller for funding of World War I newspaper collection project), and bequests (Van Slyck) plus meetings, committee work (Field Exploration, Liberty Pole), staffing, programming, collection preservation (Abbott Egyptian and manuscripts), and facilities (coal shortage of 1918). Includes clipping featuring photo of F. Delano Weekes in Venetian court dress costume.

1909-1916
Box: 134 Folder : 1-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Frederic D. and John A. Weekes (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

See above note.

1917-1926
Box: 134 Folder : 7-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Wh (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes arrangements with carpenter and builder J. Odell Whitenack. Correspondents: Everett P. Wheeler, A.R. Whitney, John R. White, Arthur White, W. Pierrepont White

1908-1926
Box: 135 Folder : 1-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Wi (11 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of 1795 clock made by Andrew Billings, submitted by W.F. Witte; acceptance of honorary membership by White House representative for Woodrow Wilson; contract for bronze tablet commemorating Andrew Warner and for examination of Egyptian bronzes with John Williams foundry. Correspondents: T.B. Wilgus, James LeBaron Willard, Jesse Lynch Williams, Frank Wiener, Frank J. Wilder and Wilder's Books, Alexander Wilson, Charles G. Finnery Wilcox, C. Fuller Williams, Victor Wilbour, Julia S. Winterhoff, College of William and Mary, H.W. Wilson Company, State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

1908-1926
Box: 136 Folder : 1-4 Correspondence 1908-1926. James B. Wilbur (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents penpalship with Alexander Wall, as well as Wilbur's activities as N-YHS Executive Committee member, Trustee of the New Building, and major donor (ultimate bequest of $100,000 for the establishment of a fund in his name for the purchase of books and manuscripts relating to American history).

1922-1926
Box: 136 Folder : 5-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Caroline R. Williams (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Documents in great detail her work for hire as Curator to make "an exhaustive, scientific catalogue" of the Abbott Egyptian Collection, including reports, inventories, photography arrangements, and publications. Also contains correspondence of scholar Dr. Edward Fairbanks, conservator David W. Hoffman, and catalogue printers Emery Walker. [Alternative name: Mrs. Charles Grant Williams]

1917-1926
Box: 137 Folder : 1-6 Correspondence 1908-1926. Wo (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with frequent lecturer Mary T. Woorstell; rejection of Women's Political Union proposal for lecture on woman suffrage as outside N-YHS scope and against its Constitution. Correspondents: Women's League for the Protection of Riverside Park, Worcester Art Museum (Librarian Lucy D. Tuckerman), World Book Company Publishers (Elmer Green),  The New York World.

1908-1926
Box: 137 Folder : 7-11 Correspondence 1908-1926. Wr - Wy (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with frequent lecturer Mary T. Woorstell; rejection of Women's Political Union proposal for lecture on woman suffrage; other women's advocacy organizations. Correspondents: Tobias A. Wright, A.W. Wyndham, Lawrence C. Wroth, Wyoming Historical and Geological Society (Horace Edwin Hayden and Frances Dorrance).

1908-1926
Box: 138 Folder : 1-10 Correspondence 1908-1926. Y - Z (10 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence with member and geneaologist Florence E. Youngs, who voices frustration over the press and notoriety of the Van Rensselaer situation (and also acknowledges the loan of several volumes from N-YHS of Abstracts of Wills), and Yale University Press, supplier of photostats of historic materials. Correspondents: M.H. Zilm, Otis Young, Zula Ziebach, George A. Zabriskie, York & Sawyer, Yale University Library.

1908-1926
Box: 138 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1927-1929. Abb-Amen

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include William Abbatt, dealer and publisher of Americana; Mrs. Edwin A. Abbey.

1927-1929
Box: 138 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1927-1929. American A - American E

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include the American Association of Museums, American Council of Learned Societies, American Express Company, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

1927-1929
Box: 138 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1927-1929. American Antiquarian Society

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Librarian Clarence S. Brigham. Several letters refer to Joel Barlow's Hasty Pudding publication.

1927-1929
Box: 138 Folder : 14 Correspondence 1927-1929. American F - American M

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include the American Historical Society, American Lithographic Company, American Irish Historical Society, and American Forestry Association. Includes a list of donations from the American Institute.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. American Library Association

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence regarding ALA conferences and member dues.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. American Museum of Natural History

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other subjects, a letter from Henry Fairfield Osborn, President of the AMNH, to N-YHS President John A. Weekes regarding the creation of a Permanent Memorial and Art Planning Commission in New York City.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. American N - American W

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include American Telephone and Telegraph Company, regarding reports of the United States Centennial Commission; the American Woman's Association; American Railway Express Company, regarding shipment of items; and the American Security & Trust Company.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. American Numismatic Society

Scope and Contents Note

Includes sketches of the Duc de Loubat decorations.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. American - Ap

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include the periodical The Antiquarian; Thomas B. Appleget, regarding the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg and John D. Rockefeller's support for preserving the Spengler newspaper collection; the XXIII International Congress of Americanists; and the publication  Antiques.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ar - Ay

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include the Association of Exposition Exhibitors, regarding the 200th anniversary celebration of the birth of George Washington; Edward S. Arnold; the Archaelogical Institute of America; Art Metal Construction Co.; Art in Buttons Manufacturers; J. Lawrence Aspinwall; and Benjamin Aymar. Includes material concerning a lecture series by Dudley Crafts Watson of the Art Institute of Chicago for the 1928-1929 season.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bab - Bap

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Margaret Bayard Baldwin concerning the Barent Rynders portrait, and the Bankers Trust Company.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Baker and Taylor Company

Scope and Contents Note

Baker & Taylor Co. were wholesale dealers in the books of all publishers. Includes orders and invoices, to and from N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bank of New York and Trust Company (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Relates to financial matters concerning mortgage certificates, mortgage payments, securities, and insurance statements, as well as a loan to the bank for exhibition of a clock previously owned by it.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bar - Bay

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include A.D. Barter; Gertrude A. Barber, who submitted church records and cemetery inscriptions of Sullivan County to the N-YHS; Gertrude C. Barbour, pertaining to N-YHS's purchase of a bound volume of Harpers Weekly; Dorothy Barck; Col. James Barnes regarding a log book of the privateer Duke of Cumberland; and U.S. senator Thomas F. Bayard regarding the Bayard Portraits.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bea - Bez

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include W. Gedney Beatty, Charles Beekman, and Perry Belmont.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bi

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Alexander S. Bing; Charles F. Biele & Sons, regarding price quotes for cases and pedestals; and Louis Faugeres Bishop.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 14 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bibliographical Society of America

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Bibliographical Society's News Sheets # 5 and 8.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 15 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bigelow, Poultney

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns Bigelow's addresses and lectures at N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 139 Folder : 16 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bl

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include William D.Bloodgood of The North Central Texas Oil Company regarding a chair that may have been part of the furniture in the Old Federal Hall at Washington's inauguration (with photograph); A.J. Bleecker and Garrett W.F. Blanchfield.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. Boa - Bott

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Boston Public Library; C.K. Bolton of the Boston Athenaeum; and Reginald Pelham Bolton. Bolton's correspondence concerns the erection of a memorial at the site of old Fort Washington on 183rd Street (includes photograph of proposed memorial) and other matters related to the Field Exploration Committee.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bou - Boy

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Correspondents include Edward H. Boughton regarding a Washington portrait pitcher (with photograph); N-YHS's certified public accountants Boyce, Hughes, and Farrell; and the Bourne Historical Society. Includes the will of William James Boucher in which the N-YHS was the beneficiary of scrap books of newspaper clippings of subways and transit in New York City and obituaries.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bra - Bri

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Correspondents include H.K. Brewer & Co. (stationers), Department of Printed Books (British Museum), and Brentanos (booksellers and stationers).

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. Breasted, James H.

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Correspondence between N-YHS and consulting Egyptologist Professor James H. Breasted of the University of Chicago regarding the Edwin Smith surgical papyrus.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bro

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Correspondents include Arthur E. Browne; Barnum Brown of the American Museum of Natural History; Dr. Joseph Broadman (includes list of contents of his War Library); Brooklyn Public Library; and Julia Watkins Brown. Includes a letter pertaining to the publishing of the Edwin Smith papyrus.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Brooks, Emerson

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Brooks was the National Chief Ranger of the Boy Rangers of America. Among other subjects, the correspondence concerns the gift of a John Hancock chair.

1928-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Brown, B.W.B.

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Correspondence relating to the Executive Committee of the N-YHS, of which Brown was a member. Includes reference to N-YHS legislative matters including adding reference to educational purposes to its act of incorporation.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Brown, Henry Collins

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Includes reference inquiries, photograph requests, and other related matters from author and lecturer Collins Brown.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. John Carter Brown Library

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Correspondent: Lawrence C. Wroth, concerning photostat copies of the Newport Mercury News and other reference inquiries.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bru

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Correspondents include Harold M. Brummer regarding various research requests, including reproduction of the original drawings of Bourne's Views of New York.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bry

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Correspondents include Bryn Mawr College Library, and C.W. Bryan seeking the history of Trumball's painting Surrender of Burgoyne, among other matters.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bunner, Rudolph F.

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Concerns Bunner, writing on Salmagundi Club letterhead, creating paintings and drawings of historic buildings for N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1927-1929. Bu - By

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Correspondents include George H. Budke regarding the transfer of the Oblenis Papers to N-YHS; Mrs. George Bush of Ohio researching the Flint family history; Murray Ledyard (Mrs. J.H. Ten Eyck) Burr; the Business Historical Society; Bucks County Historical Society; and the Bullock Manufacturing Co., regarding lighting fixtures. Of note is a letter referencing the Edwin Smith medical papyrus by C. Bernard Peterson of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, asking to obtain photographs of the original script where the first asterisk is said to appear; marginalia on the letter states that permission must be granted from James Breasted, author of a publication on the papyrus.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 14-15 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ca (2 folders)

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Correspondents include A.F. MacDonald, Archivist at the Public Archives of Canada, regarding exchanges of publications; naturalist and explorer Charles Caise seeking moral support for his expeditions (with photograph of Caise); D.P. Cadwallader; R.G. Caldwell, including reference to the library's photostat machine for supplying researchers with copies of documents; Howard M. Canoune, including a brief reference to the 1929 stock market crash; Hampton L. Carson; Theron L. Carman; Mrs. Alan D. Campbell; Henry Cape; Katherine W. Carmalt; Cadmus Book Shop; California State Library, and UC Berkeley.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 16 Correspondence 1927-1929. Calver, W. L.

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Includes correspondence related to Calver's work for the Field Exploration Committee. Among the subjects referenced are the site of the Old King's Bridge that Washington crossed in 1783 to re-enter the city of New York after the British evacuation, and a shoulder belt plate of the 49th Regiment (British) dating from the War of 1812 found at Fort George on the Niagara River (with photograph).

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 17 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ce

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Correspondents include the Central Park West and Columbus Avenue Association concerning the building of a sewer that would run under N-YHS's property, the expenses and issues that arose with this project, and the restoration of the sidewalks on Central Park West.

1927-1929
Box: 140 Folder : 18 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ch - Ci

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Correspondents include Mrs. Carlton T. Chapman; the Civic Forum; Chinquilla, a Cheyenne Native American and guest lecturer who spoke about the Native American peoples; the Chicago Historical Society; the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago; Lewis Chase of Union College; Julien J. Champenois of the United French Publishers; the Charleston Museum; and the Chicago Tribune.

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. CL

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Correspondents include the Arthur H. Clark Company; attorney George B. Class; Thomas B. Clarke (collector of early American portraits); and J. Wray Cleveland of Title Guarantee and Trust Company.

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Clements Library (University of Michigan)

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Primarily concerns exchanges of photostats between the library and N-YHS

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 3-5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Co (3 folders)

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Correspondents include Helen A. Collingwood, donating a mahogany side table designed by her great-grandfather, John McComb, Jr.; the Colonial Dames of America concerning, among other subjects, the current (1929) state of teaching colonial history in New York high schools; attorney Ogden Codman; the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York; attorney Charles C. Coleman; H.F. Cogan Company, concerning the replacement of the sewer and sidewalk on West 76th and 77th streets; Wilmot T. Cox; C.E. Cook; Isabella V. Cox; Consolidated Gas Company of New York; and Dr. Charles Worthen Spencer.

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Columbia University

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Correspondence between N-YHS and Henry J. Carman, with regard to the N-YHS Scholarship Historical Essay Competition, among other subjects.

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Cr - Cu

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Correspondents include the John Crerar Library (Chicago) and Warren C. Crane. Includes material on the 150th anniversary of the American Revolution.

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Da

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Correspondents include C.B. Darrow; Dauber & Pine Bookshops, Inc.; Charles Stewart Davison; Gherardi Davis; Mrs. Alonzo F. Danilson, regarding Publication Fund shares of Henry A. Bostwick; and the Exhibition of Antiques and Works of Art.

1927-1929
Box: 141 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. De

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Correspondents include John Ross Delafield; DeFrenes & Company, concerning the possibility of photographing a mummy with linen wrapping at N-YHS; the Historical Society of Delaware requesting a list of all Caesar Rodney letters held by N-YHS (list included in folder); the Decatur Daily Review; Emily J. deForest; Harold Deighton, regarding Publication Fund shares of J. Hood Wright; attorneys DeWitt, Lockman & DeWitt regarding a financial legacy from Joseph F. Loubat; and attorney Garrett W. McEnerney regarding a financial legacy from Richard Varick Dey.

1927-1929
Box: 142 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Di - Du (2 folders)

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Correspondents include publisher Charles Scribner's Sons regarding orders for the Dictionary of American Biography; Charles F. Dickinson, offering books for sale; Edith Hall (Mrs. Joseph M.) Dohan concerning an article she wrote for the Bulletin about a Mycenaean vase; publishers Doubleday, Page, & Company regarding offers of books; and John Ward Dunsmore concerning arrangements for his lecture at N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 142 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. Dunlap, William (Diaries of)

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Relates to publication of the two volumes Diaries of William Dunlap, especially in connection with determining the owners or locations of paintings and getting reproduction permissions.

1928-1929
Box: 142 Folder : 4-5 Correspondence 1927-1929. E (2 folders)

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Correspondents include Wilberforce Eames of the New York Public Library; the Eddy Family Association for Historical and Genealogical Research; George S. Eddy; sketch artist Edna Frances Edell; William S. Eddy; The Ehrich Galleries; The Employers' Liability Assurance Corporation, Limited, of London, England regarding adjustment on sidewalk damaged by Empire Carting truck as well as forms for reporting accidents occurring at work (New York Workmen's Compensation Policy); Encyclopedia Britannica; Earie Railroad Company; Erie Canal Centennial Commission regarding the memorial volume to describe the Centennial Celebration of 1926 in which the N-YHS co-operated; Theodore M. Etting regarding donation of letters of Gulian Crommelin Verplanck; Ethical Culture Branch School requesting permission to use N-YHS's vacant south lot for school purposes (declined); Jennie A. Evans donating the will of John Van Husen and the deed to the house on Beekman Street dated 1730.

1927-1929
Box: 142 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Fa - Fe

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Correspondents include Harry Feinberg regarding Rev. John Stanford papers, Mrs. Morris P. Ferris, and Father Knickerbocker Co.

1927-1929
Box: 142 Folder : 7-10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Fairchild, Helen L. (Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild) (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes extensive correspondence concerning Fairchild's donations of her family documents, including from the Ledyards and Horatio Seymour, Governor of New York. Other donations included (added to the Seymour Collection). Other noteworthy donations include autographed letters of Abraham Lincoln and Gen. U.S. Grant and Van der Kemp letter. The subject materials are commonly referred to as the Seymour Collection. The correspondence also relates to the preparation and distribution of Alexander J. Wall's publication A Sketch of the Life of Horatio Seymour. See also folder for Correspondence 1927-1929. Lancaster Press

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. Fi

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Correspondents include Dr. D. Havelock Fisher regarding a biography of Horatio Seymour written by Stewart Mitchell; Harvey E. Fisk of Bankers Trust Company; Stuyvesant Fish; Roscoe Conkling Fitch; and Clyde Fisher of the American Museum of Natural History concerning his lecture at N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Field Exploration Committee

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Includes correspondence and other documents primarily from W.L. Calver and Reginald P. Bolton, including background information on the committee and its role in awakening a "keener sense of interest in American history," particularly the American Revolution; a list of military and other buttons, acquired from Leslie G. Hilborn, which provides a detailed list of which uniform the button belonged to, such as British or American soldier, regiment or corps, rank, and condition of button; a history of brass buttons from Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, early 1800s; and observations by Bolton on the Ross Mansion in Essex, NY, and Chimney Point, Vt.

1928-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. Fl - Fo

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Correspondents include Fred G. Floyd regarding the donation of two pamphlets written by Dr. Samuel Ward Frances; State Historian Alexander C. Flick regarding a lecture on the topic of The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign; Henry Ford's secretary, H.M. Cordell, including an inquiry that prompted a description of N-YHS's newspaper shelving and cataloging practices; Dixon Ryan Fox of Columbia University regarding his lecture at N-YHS, and other matters, including an inquiry that prompts Alexander Wall to explain his approaches and degrees of success with lecture themes; Fowler Caterers with menus of refreshments for various events; and Kunsthistorisches Institute, in Florence, Italy, requesting photographs of Italian art.

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. Fr - Fu

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Correspondents include E.C. Fuller Company concerning the purchase of bindery equipment and supplies; Society of Friends relating to the history of Quakers; Frick Art Reference Library; Mary Otis Sampson Fraprie; genealogist Josephine C. Frost; and explorer Charles W. Furlong regarding possible lectures at the N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ga - Ge

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Correspondents include Robert L. Gerry; George E. Gartland, attorney representing the estate of Elizabeth H.J. Cowdrey; Mrs. Albert Gallatin; Gaylord Bros. regarding library supplies; and the Georgia Historical Society. Includes correspondence related to efforts to preserve Albert Gallatin's home, Friendship Hill.

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Gallatin, R. Horace

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Correspondence relating to Gallatin's role as Treasurer of N-YHS, including transmittal letters to Gallatin for checks to be signed and mortgage payment receipts.

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 7-8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Gi - Gu (2 folders)

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Correspondents include Goodspeed's Book Shop; Harrold E. Gillingham; Viola Gillette; Gramercy Book Shop; Ginn & Company; Alexander Wall's letter to Edward G. Griffin, Counsel to the Governor, explaining why N-YHS desired its charter to be amended to permit an increase in annual income to $200,000; Katherine M. Graham; Arthur Butler Graham; Robert Goelet regarding his donation of a collection of playbills; Professor Evarts B. Greene of Columbia University; and Mary F. Goodwin inquiring about documents that might assist in the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.

1927-1929
Box: 143 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ha (2 folders)

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Correspondents include Charles X. Harris concerning attributions of paintings and other matters; dealer James S. Hall; Harris & Solomon in regard to insurance policies sent to Bank of New York & Trust Company; Herbert D. Halsey; Hartley Akin Lumber Co. concerning price quotes and orders for press boards; and Harvard University, including an invitation to dedication of new buildings constructed under the George F. Baker Foundation.

1927-1929
Box: 144 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1927-1929. He - Hi (2 folders)

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Correspondents include Emanuel Hertz; book dealer Charles F. Heartman; Earl L. Heck; Alison B. Hitchcock; Emanuel Hertz; W.O. Hickok Manufacturing Co. regarding bindery supplies; Historic Hudson Publishing Company; Annette F. Hillman in regard to lectures to be presented by R.L. Jones; and Annie-May Hegeman regarding donation of the Hegeman Family Bible.

1927-1929
Box: 144 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ho (2 folders)

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Correspondents include Herbert B. Howe concerning donation of the Benzaleel Howe papers; The Holland Society of America; Abby Roberts Howland; The Travelers Insurance Company; W.P. Horton; Hoffman Type & Engraving in regard to printing supplies; a letter from editor Thomas W. Hotchkiss in regard to the completion of Grant's Tomb; Sarah C.W. Hoppin; telegrams from New York State Assemblyman Samuel H. Hofstadter with regard to a bill to include educational purposes as one of the objects of N-YHS passing in the New York State legislature. Includes the program for N-YHS lecture recital "Who Taught America to Sing."

1927-1929
Box: 144 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Hoffman, Samuel VerPlanck

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Includes bills of sale from various sellers for portraits, rare books, pottery, and other items donated to the N-YHS by Hoffman.

1927-1929
Box: 144 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Hu - Hy

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Correspondents include dealer A.J. Huston regarding purchases of Confederate and other newspapers; Caroline Alden Huling; Henry E. Huntington Library (San Marino, CA); Archer M. Huntington; Francis C. Huebner. Includes N-YHS's interest in acquiring letters written by Esabella Marshall Graham, who started the first young ladies finishing school.

1927-1929
Box: 144 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. I

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Correspondents include the Illinois State Historical Library; International Benjamin Franklin Society; Order of Indian Wars of the United States; Clara Iselin; Indemnity Insurance Company of North America in regard to sidewalk damage by Empire Carting Co.; The Institute of American Genealogy inviting A.J. Wall to be a member-founder; John V. and William F. Irvin concerning the acquisition of two Japanese vases and other items; Independence Hall National Museum with regard to measurements of the N-YHS's collection of furniture used in Federal Hall; and the International Exposition 1932 with regard to the 200th Anniversary of George Washington's Birthday.

1927-1929
Box: 144 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1927-1929. J (2 folders)

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Correspondents include Stuart W. Jackson; Institute of Jamaica; Mary. L. Jennings; C.K. Johnson; photographer Peter A. Juley & Son; E. Alfred Jones; J.H. Jordan; Harris H. Johnston (great-great grandson of N-YHS founder John Pintard) in regard to Pintard diaries; Samuel L. Johnston in regard to Betsy Ross and the first United States flag; dealer C.K. Johnson.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ka - Ke

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Correspondents include Carrie E. Karstens (gifts from the Crolius family); Louis C. Karpinski with regard to the N-YHS purchase of photographs of American maps in French archives; Frank Burger Kelley (City History Club of New York); Auston Baxter Keep; Leon Keyserling concerning attempt to publish the essay for which he won N-YHS's scholarship award; George de B. Keim (Society of Colonial Wars); and attorney Thomas Kelby and other members of the family of former N-YHS Librarian Robert Kelby (1898-1921) in connection with Kelby's death and Wall's memoir of him; Henry W. Kent of the Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding his lecture at N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ki - Ku

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Correspondents include Eleanor W. Kotz in regard to estimate of portraits to be restored; architect Nathan Korn regarding sidewalk and window damage to N-YHS property (includes photographs); Edwin B. King; James Gore King in regard to Highwood Estate in Weehawken, NJ; Hazel Gertrude Kinscella of the University School of Music; Kendall and Angie Graham Kimberland concerning Kendall's essay submission for the N-YHS scholarship award; and Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. La

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Correspondents include Lancaster County Historical Society; Margaret Woodhull Lawrence with regard to the will of John Lawrence; dealer Charles E. Lauriat Company; E.P. Lawson Company with bindery price quotes; Lafayette Camp No. 140 regarding the loan of a chair Lafayette used in the Lefferts Mansion; Virginia M. Davies concerning the bequest of a bookcase from Katherine Rutgers Lane.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. Lancaster Press

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Concerns the printing of the book Sketch of the Life of Horatio Seymour and the  Quarterly Bulletin.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Landauer, Bella C.

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Correspondence between Landauer and Alexander Wall with regard to bookplates, her recognition as Patron of N-YHS in appreciation of her gift of the book plate collection, postcards to the library from her various trips abroad, including Egypt, and other matter.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Lawyers Mortgage Company

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Concerns various mortgages held for investment purposes by N-YHS. Includes some photographs of the mortgaged buildings.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Le

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Correspondents include Lewis Historical Publishing Co.; Fidelity and Casualty Company of New York in regard to a donation of ladies' nightgowns and baby linen shirts; Charles M. Lefferts; William Lewin; Clifford Lewis; John Pintard Lewis in regard to the sale of a portrait of John Pintard and other objects to N-YHS; and James Melvin Lee of New York University.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Li - Lj

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Correspondents include the Abraham Lincoln Association in regard to securing permission to use materials on Lincoln from N-YHS's collection; Library Bureau concerning orders of library equipment (includes a blueprint for a book truck); printers J.J. Little & Ives Company; publishers Little, Brown, & Company; and Philip Livingston and other Livingston family members.

1927-1929
Box: 145 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. Library of Congress

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Includes photostat requests from each institution to the other, reference requests, forms, and other matter.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. Lo - Ly

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Correspondents include the Royal United Service Institution (London); Long Island Historical Society; Lord's Day Alliance of the United States; University of London Institute of Historical Research; London Library; Los Angeles Historical Society; and the Bourne Historical Society in regard to Dutch deeds from 1655 and 1656 which bear the red seals of the Dutch West India Company with monogram, "G.W.C."; Luke Vincent Lockwood in regard to his article St. Memin Indian Portraits; Frank Luppino concerning offers of print matter; dealer Robert W. Lull; Lower Manhattan Industrial Association.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Mc - Mac

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Correspondents include Gilbert McClurg concerning his lecture at N-YHS "Fly With Me Above Pikes Peak"; Douglas C. McMurtrie in preparation of a bibliography of the printing done by Jotham Meeker at the Baptist Indian missions in Kansas, donations, and other subjects; and Henrietta Braden (Mrs. C.D.) MacPherson.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ma (2 folders)

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Correspondents include photographer Helaine Magnus; H.J. Mahan with regard to the purchase of The New Jersey Orderly Book; Dr. Thomas O. Mabbott; Charles A. DuBois in regard to sending N-YHS the book of records of the 1928 edition of the  Massing of the Colors; Vause W. Marshall in connection with various purchases; Charles F. Mansfield; Mrs. Walton Martin in regard to the gift of her publication of  The Letters of Charlotte Brinckerhoff Bronson and related matters.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Massachusetts Historical Society

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Correspondence principally with Worthington C. Ford in regard to various inquiries, Photostat requests, and other such matters.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Me

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Correspondents include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Medallic Art Company; Clive Mecklem regarding his donation of a pair of silver pitchers presented in 1817 by the Manumission Society to Joseph Curtis.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Mi

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Correspondents include Stewart Mitchell; Douglas W. Miller regarding information for an entry on Harry Dexter in the Dictionary of American Biography; National Music League and Harold V. Milligan with regard to his lecture-recital Who Taught America to Sing?; State Historical Society of Missouri; Minnesota Historical Society; A.J. Mitten in regard to the deposit of the St. Memin crayon portraits of Indians.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Mo

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Correspondents include dealer Thomas M. Moore; dealer Noah Farnham Morrison; New York School of Applied Design For Women invitation to its 35th Annual Exhibition and luncheon; Horace A. Moses in regard to his and Alexander Wall's involvement with the New York State Historical Association; O.J. Morrison Department Store in West Virginia acknowledging shipment of a Morrison genealogy; and The Morris Plan Company of New York with accompanying photo of display at the City Hall Branch, made possible with photostats obtained from N-YHS.

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. Morgan, John Hill

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Correspondence from N-YHS Executive Committee member Morgan in regard to his donation to N-YHS of The Weekly Museum for years 1803-04; examination of portraits held by N-YHS to determine artist; lectures at N-YHS; and book about John Ramage (Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Volunteers in Boston).

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Mu

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Correspondents include The Rockefeller Foundation with a request for a loan for exhibition (declined); Brandon J. Murphy informing the N-YHS of the site of the revolutionary Fort Prince Charles of what is now Marble Hill being excavated by contractors, which led to the Field Exploration Committee visiting the spot; William D. Murphy of Union League Club; binding invoices from Mutual Library Bindery, Inc.; American Irish Historical Society invitation to its 13th Annual Banquet; J. Archibald Murray, and Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).

1927-1929
Box: 146 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1927-1929. Na

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Majority of folder comprises financial documents, such as those exchanged between N-YHS and the National City Bank of New York; National Title Guaranty Company (insurance); The National Iron Bank of Morristown, NJ, in regard to securing for N-YHS items belonging to Archbishop Robert Seton which he had bequeathed to the Society; National City Financial Library; National District Telegraph Company in regard to installation of the night watch fire alarm and emergency service, including several service reports; National Geographic magazine in regard to early American historical paintings; and the National Museum of Engineering and Industry in regard to an advertisement for an 1840 Ericsson propeller.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ne

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Correspondents include The Netherland-America Foundation; New England Historic Genealogical Society; State of New Jersey Public Record Office; Nebraska Historical Society; New York Academy of Medicine; Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands; Newark (N.J.) Museum; New Hampshire Historical Society; New York University Library; utility invoices for N-YHS from The New York Edison Company and New York Telephone Co.; exchanges with the New Haven Colony Historical Society in regard to the latter's move to a new building which necessitated the advice from N-YHS as to how to proceed with moving exhibits into the new location and storage; request from New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital for fiction books for patients; proposals from the New York Street Sprinkling & Flushing Co. (contains a stamped swastika on the receipt); series of press releases to various newspapers including The World and New York Times in regard to the Gertrude Bushfield Weed Collection of Theatrical Photographs exhibition.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. New York City

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Correspondents include city agencies in regard to fixing the street facing the N-YHS following subway construction; the Department of Plant and Structures requesting N-YHS to participate in a series of radio lectures on WNYC; Board of Education and several schools including Hunter College, St. Peter's Church (Bronx), The Greater New York Federation of Churches, the Maxwell Training School for Teachers, and Julia Richman High School; inquiries and invitations to exhibitions and luncheons from the Museum of the City of New York; a letter from Edward L. Stanton (Secretary to Mayor Walker) forwarding as a donation to N-YHS a 1754 lease for Spring Garden; Municipal Reference Library; and the Water Transportation Bibliography.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

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Comprises correspondence chiefly from President Clarence W. Bowen requesting genealogical information such as Moravian Church records missing from the Genealogical Society, A.J. Wall's election as Corresponding Member of the Society, and other general requests.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. New York Public Library

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Correspondence comprises various general inquiries exchanged between A.J. Wall and NYPL's H.M. Lydenberg and Victor H. Paltsits, including reference to the Rufus King Papers; old registers of boarding houses, and photostat requests (via their exchange account) of negatives and other items. Includes several letters involving Louis C. Karpinski with regard to the transfer of N-YHS's subscription of French maps to NYPL. Includes two large folded check lists of State Journals and Session Laws for New Mexico and Oklahoma.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. New York State

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Includes correspondence and other documents concerning commemoration of the 150th Anniversary (Sesqui-Centennial) of the American Revolution, especially regarding the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779. Correspondents also include the Governor's Office concerning A.J. Wall's appointment as delegate to the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth (NJ); State Museum; State Library; Chamber of Commerce in regard to a new edition of the pamphlet Classified List of Trade and Allied Associations and Publications in the City of New York.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. New York State 150th Anniversary of the American Revolution

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Includes a report dated January 25, 1925, of the Proposed Program to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Revolution; plans for celebrations for fiscal year 1927 for the Anniversary of Burgoyne Campaign including Saratoga, Bennington, Oriskany, Fort Stanwix, and the Highlands; requests for the souvenir program; minutes from the Executive Committee; loans from the N-YHS; expenses for proposed celebration; and other materials.

1925-1927
Box: 147 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. New York State Historical Association

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Includes announcements for the Semi-Annual meetings of the Trustees (including A.J. Wall), memos sent to members with announcements, general inquiries in regard to appraisals of historical documents and items, and announcements in regard to new headquarters building located in Ticonderoga, NY. Also includes several letters in regard to the 150th Anniversary of the American Revolution planning committee.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ni

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Correspondents include Herbert B. Nichols of the Westchester County Historical Society, Margaret Laughlin, Hoffman Nickerson concerning his lecture at N-YHS on Burgoyne's campaign, and bookseller Martinus Nijhoff.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. No - Ny

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Correspondents include Henry Harmon Noble of the General Society Of The War of 1812 and printers Notes and Queries.

1927-1929
Box: 147 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1927-1929. O

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Correspondents include George C.D. Odell concerning his lecture about theatre at N-YHS; Historical & Philosophical Society of Ohio; Ohio Wesleyan University; Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society; William C. Orser; Edwin W. Orvis concerning the creation of a memorial fund; and the Museum Association of Oregon.

1927-1929
Box: 148 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1927-1929. P (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Frederick W. Payne offering to sell Thomas Cole's The Dream of Arcadia; request to the American Consul-General in Paris for replicas of the busts of Franklin, Washington, Jones, and Lafayette; Mildred Van Wie Patterson of the Fort Crailo Association; Pacific Coast Numismatic Society; Howland Pell of the Field Exploration Committee; the Pennsylvania-German Society; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Peet & Powers in regard to estimates for lighting in the library; Mrs. W.H.P. Phyfe in regard to the loan of a Phyfe tool chest to the N-YHS; S.H.P. Pell of Fort Ticonderoga Museum and The Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America; Juliet (Mrs. Walter) Pierson.

1927-1929
Box: 148 Folder : 3-5 Correspondence 1927-1929. R (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Rutherford Better Films Committee in regard to bringing in groups of children and teachers for special film showings; Rochester Historical Society in regard to how N-YHS files and indexes its manuscript materials and reference requests; Katherine Metcalf Roof; Albert R. Rogers of the Grand Central Palace with regard to books in the N-YHS library relating to expositions and exhibitions; W.S. Richardson concerning the Spengler Collection of scrapbook clippings; Rockefeller representative Thomas B. Appleget concerning N-YHS's proposal for funding educational work in history with public and private schools; receipts for 4 West 77th Street rent payments from Mrs. Frances J. Ross; letter to Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt regarding her election as the first woman honorary member; Arthur S. Richardson; The Robinson Genealogical Society; Frederick B. Richards of the New York State Historical Association; Rhode Island Historical Society; George McKesson Roberts; publishers Robson & Adee; Women's Roosevelt Memorial; Reformed Church in America; letters in regard to Alexander Hamilton portraits; Reliable Chemical & Exterminating Co.; Wallace Reid; Rutgers University Library; Society of Friends of Roerich Museum in regard to the building of the Master Building; the Genealogical Bureau of Virginia; deposit of the Livingston Family Papers; a letter addressed to Franklin D. Roosevelt informing him of his election as Honorary member.

1927-1929
Box: 148 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Sa

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Haym Salomon Monument Committee; M.F.Savage; the Salmagundi Press. Includes the will of Henry W. Sackett naming N-YHS a contingent beneficiary.

1927-1929
Box: 148 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Sc

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include box manufacturer Schenk & Schlichte; dealer John E. Scopes & Co.; Charles Scribner's Sons; School Art League with regard to young members visiting N-YHS's exhibition of Old Masters and early American portraits; Schulte's Book Store; Samuel Scheller & Co. (insurance); W. Ross Martin in regard to the illustrator Henry Alexander Ogden (1856-1936).

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. Se

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Harold Seton in regard to the exhibition and donation of his photographs of theatrical celebrities; Robert F. Seybolt; Origen S. Seymour; A.B. See Elevator Company in regard to elevator repairs; and Horace Wells Sellers in regard to DePeyster portraits.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. Sh

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include a reference response to Olive Shea in regard to the history of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Ship Model Society of Rhode Island,Frederic Fairchild Sherman, and receipts for shipments from T.W.& C.B. Sheridan Co.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. Si - Sk

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Dunkin H. Sill regarding a donation of manuscripts; Esther Singleton regarding her lecture on costumes at N-YHS; James S. Sinclair & Co., and H.W. Singleton in regard to Linsley M. Gould collection of Civil War photographs.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. Shadd, H. L.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of correspondence with Consulting Engineer Henry L. Shadd regarding inspections of the Central Park West building in connection with subway construction. Includes inspection reports, drawings, and surveys from Shadd and from the Board of Transportation.

1925-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Sl - Sp

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Edmund B. Southwick concerning his donation of a grandfather clock; Smith Caterer (includes menu); Lloyd Waddell Smith, Duncan Sterling, and Sons of the Revolution.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Spengler, O.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with Otto Spengler, director of the Argus Pressclipping Bureau, which concerns the acquisition of volumes of mounted clippings related to World War I. The folder includes the agreement with Spengler, descriptions of the project, correspondence concerning the funding of the mounting project by John D. Rockefeller Jr., and other matters. The folder includes one photograph.

1925-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Sta - Ste

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Foster Stearns concerning damage to a painting of Governor Marcy he had shipped to N-YHS, and includes insurance contract; Harriet E. Stevens of Oswego Historical Society; Byam Kerby Stevens; and Mary M. Stevens in regard to donation of a copy of the address delivered by John Austin Stevens in 1897.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Stewart, William Rhinelander

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence consists of Stewart's donations to the Society of letters written by George Washington. Also includes genealogical requests for the Rhinelander chart, and life membership granted to Stewart's daughter, Princess Miguel de Braganca, as well as Stewart's death announcement.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. Stillwell, Dr. John E.

Scope and Contents Note

Primarily concerns articles written by or items donated by Stillwell and his involvement, as a member of the N-YHS Art Committee, in various art collection-related matters.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Sto

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Albert G. Stone, I.N. Phelps Stokes, and Harry Stone.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1927-1929. Su - Sy

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include George H. Sullivan concerning donations, The Syracuse Herald in regard to research on former Governor Seymour, and Emily Halsey Suydam.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1927-1929. Ta - Te

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include George D. Terry in regard to the donation of the original commission appointing Richard Varick as mayor of New York (1789-1801); The Whitney Company; Moses Tanenbaum; S.R. Taber; Texas State Historical Association; Arnold G. Talbot; Reports of William M. Tarbox regarding excavations for the subway at Broad Street, as submitted to the Field Exploration Committee; and genealogical donations to Society such as Tatum Narrative 1626-1925.

1927-1929
Box: 149 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1927-1929. Th - Ti

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents includes C.R. Thomas; William S. Thomas in regard to the General Society of the Cincinnati; Andrew H.A. Thompson concerning the loan of the Lafayette chair from Lafayette Camp No. 140; and reference requests from several students from Public School 72 in regard to the history of the area known as Throgg's Neck.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1927-1929. To - Ty

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include John S. Tough; Howard Townsend; and Eliot Tuckerman offering letters from the 1907 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Committee; John C. Travis donating the memoirs of former Mayor and Water Commissioner Stephen Allen.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1927-1929. U - V

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include United Engineering Society in regard to donations of documents with N-YHS; Albert Ullman in connection with talks on radio WNYC and other matters; U.S. Department of State; Col. John W. Vrooman; Save Old Ironsides (U.S.S. Constitution) concerning N-YHS's support for its preservation effort; Margaret Van Rensselaer; Major General William R. Smith in regard to the Field Exploration Committee making excavations on the Reservation at West Point; Alma R. Van Hoevenberg; William G. Ver Planck concerning various donations; John E. Virden in regard to donation of photostat copy of Mandate and Certificate of Induction of the Rev. Samuel Seabury to the Episcopal Church of St. Peter's in 1766; correspondence with Post Master General R.S. Regar discussing a stamp commemorating the Burgoyne Campaign.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1927-1929. Wa

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include the U.S. and New York State George Washington Bicentennial Celebration Commissions. This correspondence includes an invitation to the celebration in the Aldermanic Chamber, two proposals to commemorate the occasion, and requests for documents from N-YHS for a series of works to be edited by John C. Fitzpatrick and Albert Bushnell Hart. Other correspondents include Crystal Waters in regard to her recital performance at N-YHS; Margaret L. Wallace; Eugene Hoffman Walker; and John B. Walker.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1927-1929. We

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include John C. Webster of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada; Westchester County Historical Society; Gertrude Weadock regarding silking and repairing manuscripts; dealer Oscar Wegelin; and The Huguenot and Historical Association.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1927-1929. Weed, Raphael A.

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects include Raphael A. Weed's (President of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands) donations, including the Gertrude Bushfield Weed collection of theatrical photograph portraits and other items; arrangements for exhibition of the portraits; arrangements for Weed's article about wine labels in the Bulletin; and notes from Reed's will concerning the bequest to N-YHS of a financial legacy, silver wine labels dating to 1690, and the chair used by Edwin Booth in Hamlet.

Box: 150 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1927-1929. Weekes, F.D. and J.A.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with N-YHS's attorney, the firm of Weekes Brothers, specifically John A. Weekes, Frederic Delano Weekes, and Arthur Sutherland. Subject matter includes bequests and legacies from estates, handling of sales, mortgages, and other transactions related to investment real estate properties, contractual matters with construction workers and other service providers, insurance arrangements, by-law amendments, and other legal matters.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1927-1929. Westervelt, Leonidas

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns the Leonidas Westervelt Collection of Jenny Lind Material. Includes list of items on display in exhibition (1929) and acknowledgements of donated items.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1927-1929. Wh

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include W. Pierrepont White, Edith Hamilton White, and Newell White.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1927-1929. Wi

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Caroline Ransom (Mrs. Grant) Williams concerning the Egyptian collection and handbook prepared by Mrs. Richardson; Wilder's Bookshop; J.G.B. Williams; Bronson Winthrop regarding his donation of Thomas Hicks's portrait of Fitz-Greene Halleck; William H. Winship in regard to Malden Historical Society; Harris Winthrop & Co. concerning The Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1927-1929. Wilbur, James B.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with, and about, Executive Committee member Wilbur. Subjects include Wilbur's financial legacy to N-YHS, the memorial to him, Wilbur's book about Ira Allen, and various N-YHS management matters, such as the election of George A. Zabriskie as Treasurer, setting up of the bindery, possibility of creating a publicity program, passage of the Educational Bill in the state Assembly, and other matters.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1927-1929. Wo

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Geneva Viola Wolcott, Arthur King Wood, and M. Lloyd Woolsey.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1927-1929. Wr - Wz

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Rose Harrison of Aviation Radio Station regarding a radio broadcast by William Calver about historical excavations; Wyoming Historical & Geological Society, especially J.P. Boyd of the Susquehanna Settlement Papers.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1927-1929. Y - Z

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Yale University (Library, Press, School of Fine Arts, etc.); Washington Irving High School; and Oscar Zeigler in regard to his recital of American music with Crystal Waters.

1927-1929
Box: 150 Folder : 14 Correspondence 1927-1929. Zabriskie, George A.

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence consists of exchanges between Treasurer George A. Zabriskie and Librarian A.J. Wall pertaining to matters such as mortgages and investments; checks cut to staff and others; educational activities; and Zabriskie's donation for bindery equipment.

1927-1929
Box: 151 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ab - Am

Scope and Contents Note

Includes casement curtains orders for Society; lectures; ownership (by John Barker Church) of pistols used at the Hamilton-Burr Duel; letter in regard to Washington's inauguration on April 30th, 1789 and the men that stood with him at the inauguration as depicted in the picture, First in Peace.  Correspondents: Maria Millage Abbott, John Howard Abeel, Carlo Adamo (painting restorer), Cornelius R. Agnew, Ellen C. Ahern, B. Altman & Co., Allied Arts Guild of California, Leon S. Altmayer, Bank of New York.

1930-1932
Box: 151 Folder : 2-3 Correspondence 1930-1932. American A - American Y (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Majority consists of American Antiquarian Society and the American Association of Museums (in regard to Handbook of American Museums). Includes presentation of N-YHS's Gold medal to Dr. Wilberforce Eames; exchanges of issues of various historical publications with other associations (such as American Historical Association); tentative forms for college and reference library statistics (American Library Association). Correspondents: American Numismatic Society, American Agriculturist, American Federation of Arts, American Friends of Lafayette, Fire Alarm Service Report, American Historical Society, and the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society.

1930-1932
Box: 151 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. An - Ay

Scope and Contents Note

Majority consists of exchanges between N-YHS and antique magazines including The Antiquarian, Antiques. Includes quotes for equipment purchases; petition to Governor Franklin Roosevelt to save the Hudson Highlands; Chautaugua County Historial Society in regard to Jamestown, NY centennial (1827-1927).  Correspondents: Anglo-American Records Foundation, Joseph M. Andreini, D. Appleton & Company, Art Metal Construction Company, Art News, and The Pennsylvania Railroad in regard to employee history.

1930-1932
Box: 151 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bab - Ban

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Biltmore Hotel letterhead; Tarrytown Historical Society requesting some of the N-YHS's John Andre treasures (loan not granted due to value of objects); and a list of military uniforms from various years between 1765-1794, purchased from Francis Bannerman Sons. Of note is documentation pertaining to the Estate of Bartow Van Voorhis, who bequeathed his Dutch Botony and Bible to the Society.  Correspondents: Marie Babcock, Bachrach (photographers), Charles Baird, bookdealers The Baker & Taylor Co., and Bankers Trust Company.

1930-1932
Box: 151 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bank of New York and Trust Company

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of financial records such as mortgage certificates, interest due on bonds, insurance policies, and securities; early etching showing the Merchants Coffee House in 1784 on Wall street (it became an "exchange" for the prominent merchants of the city, and eventually became the Bank of New York).

1930-1932
Box: 151 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bar - Bay

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the acquisition of a John Paul Jones sword from James Barnes; acquiring a painting depicting Glasses in China for the trade card collection.  Correspondents: Barkman Lumber Co., Frank N. Bass, Harrison National Bank in regard to employee history, Oscar T. Barck, Jr., Barter, Maxwell, & Co. (booksellers), Bausch & Lomb Optical Co, and Society of Arts and Letters.

1930-1932
Box: 151 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. Be

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documentation about the acquisition of portrait of Captain Hevlyn D. Benson; miniature of Emeline Benson; letter from genealogist that enquires after possible exchanges with another genealogist working at the N-YHS during the Depression; letter describing the binding process of torn manuscripts at N-YHS; purchase of 1797 Dunlap diary from Bennett Book Studios; Perry Belmont in regard to Baron Von Steuben's signature; the purchase of John Rogers groups to add to the N-YHS collection; several referrals from the American Museum of Natural History. Correspondents: Arthur D. Benson (descendant of Dirck Benson); E. Marie Becker; Beseler Lantern Slide Company; Mrs. Louis Bennett; The Beck Engraving Company; Mabel Wolcott.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bi - Bl

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter describing that N-YHS would send out to public schools across America a set of 94 half tone illustrations showing treasures of the Society; requests to reproduce pictures of items owned by the Society; quote for glass show case from Charles F. Biele & Sons Co.; lectures; address delivered by Poultney Bigelow; Honorary Member of the Founder's Night honoring actor Edwin Booth. Correspondents: W. Bisham.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bri - Browning

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges between the British Library of Information in regard to the proper referral to George Brydges Rodney; job enquiries at N-YHS; visit to N-YHS by the Boy Rangers of America; acquisition of Mardi Gras poster to the Bella Landauer collection; exchanges with the Bowery Savings Bank with regard to placing surplus funds into three different banks; loan acknowledgements; lectures; acquisition of 21 political cartoons relating to the overthrow by Andrew Jackson of the United States Bank. Subjects: Abbott Egyptian Collection and Baron Von Steuben.Frequent correspondents: The John Carter Brown Library, British Museum (London), The Museums of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, B.W. Brown, Mabel A. Brown.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bo - Bre

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgements of gifts to Society. Subjects: John Rogers Group, Boone Family Association, Bicentennial of Washington's Birthday, Yorktown Sesquicentennial celebration, and maps of Kip's Bay farm. Correspondents: Boyce, Hughes, & Farrell (accountants), John G. Booton, The Book Room, and the National Broadcasting Company.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Brown, Henry Collins

Scope and Contents Note

Henry Collins Brown, founder of the Musuem of the City of New York, and editor of Valentine's Manual. Brown was a historian and lecturer at N-YHS and authored,  New York in the Golden Nineties. Includes letters and postcards exchanged between Brown and A.J.Wall while Brown was overseas in London, and briefly discuss the Great Depression and the many people out of work. Subjects: Opening of museum location at 4 W. 77th Street, Shakespeare's will, and Governor Kieft.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Bry - Bu

Scope and Contents Note

Includes estimate from Charles Brunner Heating Engineers for work to be done at new location (4 W. 77th Street); acknowledgements of gifts to Society; invitation to the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Business Historical Society. Subjects: Beekman Coach, Burr Family and the Great American Tea Company. Correspondents: Lt. Gen. R.L. Bullard, Dr. Reginal Burbank, Buffalo Historical Society, genealogist Annie Walker Burns, General Robert Lee Bullard.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 6-7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ca - Car (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Majority of the first folder includes correspondence between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and James H. Callender (Yesterdays in Little Old New York) in regard to Alexander Hamilton. Includes referrals to outside institutions such as the National Museum in Washington; invoice from the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home for funeral of former staff worker James McGahan; exchanges with the University of California in regard to material on communication systems and police. Subjects: Alexander Hamilton, California State Historical Association, early coins in America, French letters in N-YHS, old houses located in northern Manhattan, and Andrew Jackson.  Correspondents: Cadmus Book Shop, University of California Bancroft Library, Henry J. Cadbury, Cape May County Geneaological Society, Camden County Historical Society, Public Archives of Canada, Howard M. Canoune, Sydney H. Carney, Jr., Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.

1930-1932
Box: 152 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. Cas - Ch

Scope and Contents Note

Includes class visits to museum; orders for flannel; photograph requests; exchanges between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and artist Alex R. Cattley in regard to sending water color drawings of 1812 British soldiers to N-YHS; portrait of Walt Whitman; gifts to Society such as lithographs of several chapels; Chase Bank Collection of Moneys of the World; "Olde Tyme Syngers" concert; series of letters from University of Chicago Oriental Institute in regard to the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus. Subjects: Walt Whitman and restoration of Fort Washington. Correspondents: Central Park West and Columbus Avenue Association; Eunice Chambers; Chamber of Commerce of Washington Heights; The University of Chicago Press; Chicago Historical Society; Charity Organization Society (in regard to Edward MaGahan); Chase National Bank.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ci - Clo

Scope and Contents Note

Publisher and bookseller Arthur H. Clark Company with regard to the Southwest Historical series, "The Story of the Westward Expansion of Anglo-American into the land of the Hispanix-American, the Indian, and the Buffalo." Subjects: Ambrose L. Jordan, Liverpool creamware bowls, and historic houses of New York State. Correspondents: Citizens Union of the City of New York, Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New York, William Clowes & Sons, Ltd. (printers/ military publishers), Mary Bosworth Clarke, Robert L. Clarkson, Esq., Azalea Clizbee.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Clements Library (University of Michigan)

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of exchanges between Dr. Randolph G. Adams (Director of the Clements Library) and Librarian A.J.Wall about the Sir Henry Clinton Narrative; Adams' election as Associate Member of the Society; Henry Hamilton journal; Treaty of Peace and  The Evacuation of the City of New York written by Wall for a history of the State of New York (edited by Alexander Flick). Subjects: Trumbull portrait of George Washington.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Coa - Coz (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitations to Cold Spring Harbor Village Improvement Society dedication ceremonies of two war memorials; exhibition invitations from other institutions; acknowledgements for acquisitions; requests for photographic prints and photostats; letter from N-YHS Executive Committee to Senator Royal S. Copeland advocating that the churchyard of St. Ann's Church (Bronx, NY) be made a National Shrine. Subjects: John McComb Jr. collection, John Paul Jones, Sesqui-Centennial. Correspondents: The Colophon (quarterly); College Art Association; Helen A. Collingwood; and State Library.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Columbia University

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges between Society and Columbia University Press in regard to photographs of Governor Stuyvesant for use in the History of the State of New York; also includes exchanges between Teachers College and Society; requests for Columbia students to examine manuscript collections.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Cr - Cy

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgement for receipt of a copy of Alphabetical Index to Audubon's Birds of America, 1827-1828, to compliment the N-YHS's collection of Audubon's drawings; quotes for special lighting from Curtis Lighting of New York, Inc. Subjects: Baron Von Steuben, wicker chair from Battleship "Maine" sunk in the harbor of Havana, and George Washington.  Correspondents: Captain Charles Curie; Cusack House (hotel).

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Da

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges between Dartmouth College in regard to Rogers Groups; fence rails split by Nicholas Boyce (1842) donated to Society; requests for photographs; referrals to outside institutions. Subject: George Washington. Correspondents: National Society Daughters of the Revolution; Dauber & Pine Bookshops, Inc.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. De - Di

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invoices for orders from Descours, Genthon, & Co.; invitation from the Daughters of the American Revolution to the "Dedication of Tablets," commemorating five American Patriots in the New Bowery Cemetery. Correspondents: Detroit Institute of Arts; Society of Colonial Wars; Public Archives Commission of Delaware; Niagara Falls Power Company.

1930-1932
Box: 153 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1930-1932. Do - Dy

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges with Robert E. Dowling, Esq., in regard to building maintenance (pointing) and the Society's 4 West 77th Street building; the will of Samuel Fraunces; query about Andrew Jackson button; relief funds solicited from Executive Committee for the support of family of late employee James F. McGahan; address by Captain Walter A. Dumas on the New Windsor encampment. Subjects: Rogers Groups. Correspondents: John J. Dolan; Dutchess County Historical Society; Duke University Library.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. E

Scope and Contents Note

Receipt of photos of the Eastern Steamships Lines, Inc. ships (Acadia, J.T. Morse, and Robert E. Lee); presentation of gold medal to Wilberforce Eames for achievement in history; invoices from (manufacturers of fine writing papers) Eaton, Crane & Pike Company; collection of steamboat pictures; acknowledgements of donations; exchanges with (and payments to) the Emergency Unemployment Relief Committee and Block Community organization to assist unemployed individuals during the Depression. Subjects: George Washington, Benedict Arnold. Correspondents: Eastman Kodak Company; Wilberforce Eames; Educational Thrift Service; George S. Eddy; Electrical Survey Co.; Elwin M. Eldredge; Electric Meter Corporation.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Fa - Fi

Scope and Contents Note

Includes quotes from caterers J. Fantozzi & Co.; acquisition of Four Generations of Cunninghams (Waddell Cunningham); the purchase of various volumes of Daily Times of San Francisco in 1859; exchanges of bookplates; lectures; frequent exchanges between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and historian D. Havelock Fisher. Subjects: Albert Gallatin.  Correspondents: H.T.Farrar; Fairfield Historical Library; Famous Speakers, Inc. (for lectures); publisher Fascimile Text Society of Columbia University; Federation Settlement; Hamilton Fish, Jr.; John C. Fitzpatrick (lecturer on George Washington); Fisk University Library; and The Fifth Avenue Bank of New York.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Fairchild, Charles S. (Mrs.)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges with Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild in regard to the loan of several pieces of silver; Van der Kemp letters to Governor De Witt Clinton; telegrams announcing her death (May 1931). Subjects: Grover Cleveland and Governor Seymour.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Field Exploration Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Primarily includes exchanges between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and William L. Calver; translation of letter from German into English in regard to Hessian regiments during the Revolution; Calver's schedule with the Committee; reports. Subjects: Early military buttons in America and anniversary of first inauguration.

1916-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Fl - Fo

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects: Hell Gate and Grover Cleveland. Correspondents: George Allston Flagg; United States Dept. of the Interior Yorktown, VA; Florida Archaeological Society; Hugh M. Flick.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Foreign (except Great Britain)

Scope and Contents Note

Mainly consists of letters written in German which A.J.Wall (N-YHS librarian) translated in regard to appraisal requests; referrals to outside institutions; requests for prints of New York streets from 1830-1840; also includes correspondence written in French from various French institutions. Subjects: Egyptian Old Kingdom reliefs. Correspondents: Deutsche Bank und Disconto-Gesellschaft; Der Propylaen-Verlag; Spanish-American Club; Consulate General of the Netherlands; Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth; Egypt Exploration Society.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Fr - Fu

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of letters in regard to the building of a public swimming pool adjoining the Friends Meeting House in Flushing, NY, and efforts by the First Congregational Church to oppose the construction (license to construct the pool was denied by the City of New York); series of letters exchanged between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and Librarian Ethelwyn Manning (Frick Art Reference Library). Subjects: Beekman portraits, Pierrepont's portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart, George Washington's role in Yonkers during Revolutionary War. Correspondents: Genealogist Josephine C. Frost; Industrial Machine Co.; Society of Friends; International Benjamin Franklin Society.

1930-1932
Box: 154 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ga - Gi

Scope and Contents Note

Majority of correspondence concerns R. Horace Gallatin and the Gallatin papers: the re-election of R. Horace Gallatin as Third Vice-President of the Society; several letters pertain to granting permission from Gallatin family for researchers to examine portions of the Gallatin Papers and Voltaire Papers contained within; resolution making St. Ann's Church graveyard a National Shrine to Mrs. Gallatin; also includes lectures; and exchanges with the Georgia Historical Society. Subjects: Aaron Burr, George Washington portrait by Peale, and the New York Custom House. Correspondents: Gane Brothers & Co. of New York (bookbinders' supplies); New York University; General Education Board; Georgia Historical Society Library; The Genealogical Guild; publishers Ginn and Company; Harrold E. Gillingham.

1930-1932
Box: 155 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Gl - Gy

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of letters between A.J. Wall (Librarian) and Director of the Department of Education (Colonial Williamsburg) T.R. Goodwin in regard to historical documents, illustrations, and photographs for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg; Goodwin engaged the architecture firm of Perry, Shaw and Hepburn; presentation of gold medal to Wilberforce Eames. Subjects: William Cullen Bryant; Yorktown Sesquicentennial Association. Correspondents: Charles I. Glicksberg; Goodspeed's Book Shop.

1930-1932
Box: 155 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Haa - Hal

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of letters from the Westchester County Historical Society in regard to George Washington's time in White Plains during the Revolution. Subjects: General Marquis de Lafayette, bookplates in Landauer collection, George Washington, Purdy-Ferris house, "Teatown." Correspondents: Richard T.H. Halsey; G.J.Hall Bookseller; Westchester County Historical Society.

1930-1932
Box: 155 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ham - Haz (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the election of Cardinal Hayes as associate member of Society; series of letters between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and Alfred C. Potter (Harvard College Librarian) with regard to a book purchased by N-YHS from Schulte's Book store, Set of Plans and Forts in America Reduced from Actual Surveys, which had been stolen from Harvard Library; lecture programs. Subjects: Oakes Smith collection, Ignaz Anton Pilat, Governor Henry Hamilton, Washington Bicentennial Commission, Gulian C. Verplanck, Alexander Hamilton, mortgage policies.  Correspondents: Cardinal Hayes; Germanic Museum (Harvard); Harvard University; Hamburg-American Line; (map engravers, printers, and publishers) C.S.Hammon & Company; historian Alvin F. Harlow; State Library and Museum (Pennsylvania); New York Life Insurance Co.

1930-1932
Box: 155 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. He

Scope and Contents Note

Includes referrals to outside institutions; invoice for cardboard order from (vendor) C.B.Hewitt & Brothers; majority of letters are between A.J.Wall and Erskine Hewitt, Esq.; also includes acknowledgement of the presentation of a copy of the "History of the Organization and Work of the National Society, Daughters of the Revolution." Subjects: George Washington Bicentennial celebration. Correspondents: Hendrix College.

1930-1932
Box: 155 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Heartman, Charles F.

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between A.J. Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and bookseller/auctioneer Charles F. Heartman discussing the purchase of Supreme Court minutes, diaries, Rodney Letter Books, Mills and Hicks Register for 1775, newspapers, and gazettes.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Hi - Ho

Scope and Contents Note

Includes solicitations to Society to purchase items of historic value; publications and leaflets sent from outside institutions, such as the The Hispanic Society of America; several letters in regard to lectures. Subjects: Hinckley Family, George Washington, Governor DeWitt Clinton. Correspondents: Gallery of P. Jackson Higgs; Historical Publication Society; Holland American Line; Honeywood Press (publishers of historical data relating to northeastern New York); Howard University; Hoffmann Machinery & Engraving Co.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Hoffman, Samuel Verplanck

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of letters from A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) to Samuel V. Hoffman informing him of the outstanding bills for books (French and Indian and Van Cleve diaries) ordered from several publishers: The Baker & Taylor Co., Charles Heartman, Cadmus Book Shop, Dauber & Pine Bookshops.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Hotchkiss, Thomas W. (re Bella Landauer)

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of exchanges between editor Hotchkiss and A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) in regard to Hotchkiss arranging, cataloging, and filing trade and business cards in the Bella Landauer collection over several months at the N-YHS. The letters reflect the time and expenses spent, in particular, the issue of Hotchkiss insisiting that he had not been compensated for some of the work he did.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Hu - Hy

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges between the Hudson River Day Line and N-YHS in regard to the disposition of old paintings of steamboats. Subjects: Robert F. Livingston and DeWitt Clinton. Correspondents: Paris Chancery Portrait Committee; James H. Hyde; Charles Bulkley Hubbell.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Huntington

Scope and Contents Note

Bulk consists of exchanges between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and librarian Leslie M. Bliss, including N-YHS proceedings, photostat requests, copies of books, acknowledgement of receipt of the Church Americana Catalogue from the Huntington Library; genealogical queries; also includes correspondence between A.J.Wall and Archer Huntington with regard to John Knickerbacker, Jr. Subjects: Horatio Seymour.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. IB - IT

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgements of acquisitions to N-YHS and fire insurance invoices for N-YHS. Subject: Edwin Forbes. Correspondents: Hannah Collins Isham; Frederick B. Thomason Insurance; Institute of American Genealogy; Illinois State Historical Library.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ives, C.W.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of exchanges between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and C.W.Ives in regard to N-YHS's interest in securing volumes of newspapers before 1875; various items for sale as offered by Ives and receipts for payment for items sold to Society.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. J

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memos to Peter A. Juley (photographer) for requests for negatives and prints from the collections; requests to purchase items to add to the Society's collections; receipts for payment to Library of Congress Division of Manuscripts for fee for maintaining the annual bibliography, Writings on American History. Subjects: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Marquis de Lafayette.  Correspondents: Long Island University; C.K.Johnson; Milbank Johnson; Institute of Jamaica.

1930-1932
Box: 156 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1930-1932. Jaffe, Arthur

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of letters exchanged between A.J. Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and Jaffe (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in regard to photos taken of the Jefferson bust to be sent to Max Farrand of the Huntington Library; other requests such as photo reproductions.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ka - Ki

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgements of presentations of items to the Society; the wills of Robert R. Randall and Thomas Randall; thank you note from a young student; estimates for repairs, cleanings, and painting in N-YHS from (Builders-engineers) William V. Kiehnle. Correspondents: Edwin P. Kilroe; Charles H. Kip.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Kl - Ky

Scope and Contents Note

Includes presentation to N-YHS of painting of old volunteer fire engine No. 21 by artist William Drew (foreman) in 1846 from W.G. Kurau. Subjects: Grant's Tomb.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. La - Le

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bookplates forwarded to the library by Bella Landauer; donations to the Society; lectures. Correspondents: Lewis Historical Publishing Company and The Pennsylvania Railroad.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Landauer, Bella C.

Scope and Contents Note

Discusses the Landauer bookplate collection, Smith plates and costs associated with the Smith collection; preparations for the bookplate exhibition, receipt of Landauer's books, Chalking the Hat and  Some Early Vermont Invitations; several postcards sent to the N-YHS library. Several letters discuss the trade card collection and finding someone to arrange that collection.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Lh - Li

Scope and Contents Note

Includes estimates for museum cases; exchanges between A.J. Wall and the Library of Congress Chief of Division of Maps and Division of Accessions with regard to annual reports, copies of materials, and photostat requests. Subjects: Greenwood Cemetery, Bicentennial Celebration, Samuel Latham Mitchell Barlow, and Mount Vernon. Correspondents: J.J.Little & Ives Co., The Abraham Lincoln Association, Hobbies Magazine, Library Company of Philadelphia.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Lo - Ly

Scope and Contents Note

Includes request for use of the N-YHS auditorium for school librarians from Long Island and northern New York; acknowledgement of donations to collections; representation by member W. Gedney Beatty at the Anglo-American Conference of Historians (London); acknowledgement and thanks given to DeWitt Lockman for the purchase of an exhibition case for the Jefferson bust by Houdon. Subject: Jenny Lind, Admiral Lord Rodney. Correspondents: W.H. Lowdermilk & Company, Institute of Historical Research (University of London), House of Commons Library (London), and London Library.

1930-1932
Box: 157 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Portraits by DeWitt M. Lockman

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of exchanges between distinguished Americans asked to sit for portraits to be painted by DeWitt Lockman; among those on the list are the Hon. Calvin Coolidge, Cardinal Hayes, General Pershing, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Charles Lindbergh, and Wilberforce Eames. Portraits were to be exhibited at the Society once completed. Of note are letters signed by Governor Roosevelt to make arrangements for Roosevelt to sit for the portrait prior to and following his election and inauguration as Governor (original 3 letters signed by Roosevelt are with Notable correspondence in Box 66 F 14); several exchanges discuss Calvin Coolidge sitting for his portrait (2 letters are signed by Coolidge), including a typed memo of an interview conducted by Wall and Lockman with Coolidge at the Vanderbilt Hotel.

1930-1933
Box: 158 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Maa - Mal

Scope and Contents Note

Includes estimate from R.H. Macy & Co. in regard to casement curtains; several requests for the proceedings of the unveiling of the portrait of Wilberforce Eames and the Society conferring him the Gold medal; acquisition of photo of Edgar Allan Poe. Subjects:Tammany Hall, Edgar Allan Poe Correspondents: Majestic Book Shop; Maryland Historical Society; Utica Conservatory of Music; Katherine E. Mairs; Thomas O. Mabbott.

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Mc - Mac

Scope and Contents Note

Includes requests for permission from advertising companies; acknowledgements of donations; letter from descendant of William Holmes McGuffey (wrote the first widely used series of textbooks) with regard to the purchase of McGuffey Readers; letter acknowledging the death of John E. Stillwell; requests from K. McGahan seeking work at the N-YHS during the Depression; acknowledgement of presentation to N-YHS of Aaron Burr's desk used by John E. Stillwell from 1875-1930. Subjects: Edwin Smith Papyrus Papers and Aaron Burr Correspondents include The H.K.McCann Company; Harrison A.H.McNear; McKenzie Engraving Co.; and Katherine McGahan.

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. McMurtrie, Douglas C.

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between McMurtrie, typeface designer and bibliographer of printing, and A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian), in regard to reference requests for bibliographies McMurtrie was working on. Includes N-YHS receipt of McMurtrie's books and brochures, (Early Printing in Wisconsin, and  Early Printing in Milwaukee).

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Mam - Maz

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects: Henry Clay, George Washington Bicentennial, flags during the American Revolution. Correspondents: Marble & Shattuck Chair Co., and Powell & Marks Insurance.

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Massachusetts Historical Society

Scope and Contents Note

Series of exchanges between various staff members such as Librarian Julius Tuttle, and A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian); includes step-by-step methods for silking manuscripts in use by the Massachusetts Historical Society; Subject: Americana series

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Mea - Mi

Scope and Contents Note

Includes volumes of stenographic notes on "many of the debates between Lincoln and Douglas made by James B. Sheridan, secretary for Stephen A. Douglas"; order and receipts to the Medallic Art Company for gold medal presented to Wilberforce Eames. Subjects: Horatio Seymour, Stephen A. Douglas, Wilberforce Eames. Correspondents include the Michigan Historical Commission; New England Quarterly; University of Michigan; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company; The Chattanooga News.

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgements of items loaned by the Metropolitan Museum for reproduction by the N-YHS; print requests of paintings owned by the N-YHS by The Metropolitan; receipt of two volumes of Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus by The Metropolitan. Correspondents include Alice Fenton, Ludlow Bull (curator), William Clifford (Librarian), and Herbert E. Winlock (Director).

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. Mo

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clipping in regard to the possibility of the removal of the sub-treasury building where Washington was inaugurated President; series of letters exchanged between Clyde Potts, Mayor of Morristown, NJ in regard to acknowledgement of the receipt of a copy of the address by Emory McClintock on Topography of Washington's Camp of 1780 and its Neighborhood, delivered before the Washington Association of NJ in 1894 and a letter to create a park to preserve Washington's encampment at Morristown, NJ (1779-1780). Subjects: Revolvers made in Patterson, NJ between 1836 and 1841, Baring Papers within Rufus King collection.  Correspondents: Monmouth County Historical Association.

1930-1932
Box: 158 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1930-1932. Morgan, John Hill

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between art collector and scholar John Hill Morgan and A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) in regard to Morgan's article on John Ramage and receipt of galley proofs and discussions of corrections to the Ramage article (contains considerable marginalia); authenticity of a plaster cast of George Washington.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Mr - My

Scope and Contents Note

Bulk consists of correspondence between William D. Murphy and A.J.Wall such as Murphy's appointment as Fourth Vice President (1930-1935) of the N-YHS following the death of John Stillwell; completing the Jefferson bust for the State of Virginia; relief funds for the support of family of late employee James F. McGahan; also includes letters to patrons in regard to sending the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus books. Subjects: Dunlap diaries. Correspondents: Westchester Title & Trust Company; William D. Murphy; The Museum Shop (antiques and old prints); Museum of the American Indian.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 2-3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Na - Ne (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with the New York Steam Corporation in regard to the installation of a steam feeder main along 71st and Central Park West (declined due to cost); loan of a ship model made by Orlando B. Merrill for the Tercentenary (tricentennial) celebration of Massachusetts; letter describing the founding and history of the Naval History Society prior to being turned over to the N-YHS in 1925; arrangement for a group of children to visit the Society. Subjects: Robert E. Lee. Correspondents: New Jersey State Library; New York Academy of Sciences; Waddy B. Wood; National Geographic Society.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. New Hampshire - New York City

Scope and Contents Note

Acquisition of duplicates of newspapers (New Hampshire Gazette, Portsmouth, Signs of the Times, Portsmouth); newly elected Society member Otis Hammond (Librarian of the New Hampshire Historical Society); several letters discuss the proposal for new building for the New Jersey Historical Society and whether to secure a resident janitor; the unveiling of a monument in memory of Gouverneur Morris in St. Ann's Church; N-YHS utilities; employer's pay roll summary listing positions; real estate document of tax exempt status of Society; certificate of electrical inspection; electric wiring certificate from New York Board of Fire Underwriters.  Correspondents: New Hampshire Historical Society; French Church du Saint-Esprit; Edward Charles Russell (Rector of St. Ann's Church); City of New York.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. New York City. Colleges and Schools

Scope and Contents Note

Includes request by New York University to N-YHS to distribute circulars announcing special courses; receipts for books sent to New York Training School for Teachers; invitation for A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) to attend a meeting of teachers to present "the opportunities for service which (N-YHS) offers," held at the American Museum of Natural History; several letters from the Civics department at Washington Irving High School discuss the publication of a historical guidebook on places Washington was associated with in preparation for the Washington Bicentennial (requested materials on Washington); letters to various schools in regard to a set of 94 half tone reproductions of portraits, early views, and relics owned by the Society. Subjects: New York University, Washington Irving High School, The College of the City of New York, Public School 78.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. New York City. Newspapers

Scope and Contents Note

Exchanges with newspapers (New York Times, New York Times Index, The World, New York Evening Post, New York American, The Sun, Current History Magazine, New York World-Telegram) with regard to subscription services, upcoming lectures, reference requests, publicity for exhibitions, general museum publicity; includes the provenance of the Edwin Smith Surgical Papers as described in a letter sent to the  Evening Post. Subjects: chair Washington used to sign the death warrant of Major John Andre and Field Exploration Committee.

1929-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. New York Edison - New York Genealogical

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of letters exchanged between the New York Edison Gas Company discuss the kilowatt consumption of the museum and discrepancies in readings (museum's assertions that they were overcharged for gas services and being taxed when they had tax exempt status); includes a financial statement of bills rendered to the N-YHS between July 1931 and March 1932 which summarizes readings, electric demand, and charges; correspondence with The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in regard to genealogical reference requests, letters of introductions for visiting researchers, and requests for genealogical publications for the Society's library. Subject: Hatfield Family.

1929-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. New York Public Library

Scope and Contents Note

Exchanges between the N-YHS Librarian A.J.Wall and various staff members of the New York Public Library in regard to galley proofs of Manhattan maps sent to the Society; setting up of the bindery at the N-YHS; photostat requests. Subjects: Wilberforce Eames, Moore Family, Dictionary of American Biography, Jacob Bailey Moore.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1930-1932. New York State

Scope and Contents Note

Documents the acquisition of a full dress uniform of the 71st Infantry worn at the time of the Spanish-American War; exchanges between the N-YHS and the Head of the New York State Library in regard to the proper care of records in repositories; discussion of the Capitol fire of 1911 that destroyed many records and the safekeeping practices that were put in place by the State Library following the fire; Several exchanges between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and State Historian Alexander Flick (University of the State of New York) in regard to a report made to Governor Roosevelt concerning the publication of the New York State archives; Flick being chosen to speak about Washington at Carnegie Hall in honor of Washington's birthday celebrations; discussions of several chapters written by Flick for the History of the State of New York; list of manuscripts in the N-YHS relating to New York State submitted to Governor Roosevelt. Subjects: Elkanah Watson and Wilberforce Eames. Correspondents: 107th Infantry (New York Army National Guard); New York State Teachers Association; New York State Museum; Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1930-1932. New York State Historical Association

Scope and Contents Note

Exchanges between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and State Historican Alexander Flick in regard to the publication of the History of the State of New York; three winning essays of the competition for the New York State Historical Association Benjamin Franklin prize; announcement of the New York State Historical Association's annual meeting for 1932 and related documents; series of letters between the President of the Association and Wall in regard to the creation of a committee to aid Arthur C. Parker prepare a  Manual of Museology Applied to History. Subjects: Baron von Steuben, Washington Bicentennial, and Daniel Claus.  Correspondents: Julian P. Boyd.

1930-1932
Box: 159 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ni - Ny

Scope and Contents Note

Includes requests for photographs of drawings; invoices for the purchase of books; lectures; N-YHS's inquiry into the origin of "Teatown" (Yorktown, Westchester County); acquisitions for the library such as the twelve volumes of Rebellion Records about the Civil War; Civil War discharge paper of a soldier. Subjects: George Washington Bicentennial and Thomas Paine cottage.  Correspondents: publisher James Nisbet & Co.; bookseller Martins Nijhoff; Niagara Historical Society; Herbert B. Nichols (The Huguenot and Historical Association); Henry Harmon Noble.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. O

Scope and Contents Note

Includes requests for negatives from photographers who had photographed paintings at the N-YHS (negatives were property of N-YHS); description of the places Marquis de Lafayette visited while in the United States from 1824-1825; series of letters from the Oklahoma Historical Society asking the N-YHS for its current constitution and other matters; invoice for guest lecturer H. Plunkett-Woodgate; acquisition of the oil painting entitled, "The Last of His Race" by T.H. Matteson (shown at the American Art Union Exhibition in 1847). Subjects: Equestrian statue of George III. Correspondents: Oklahoma Historical Society; Open Forum Speakers Bureau; Oregon Historical Society; Edwin W. Orvis; David L. Osborn; Otis Elevator Company.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Pa

Scope and Contents Note

Includes referrals to outside institutions; letter from the Pan American Union in regard to the first Assembly of the "Instituto Panamericano de geografia y historia"; acknowledgements of receipt of photographic negatives from photographers; list of names provided for brass tablets to be created. Subjects: John Paulding portrait (captor of John Andre). Correspondents: William Barclay Parson; William Lincoln Palmer; The Parker Gallery.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Pe

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a series of letters with Howland Pell in regard to N-YHS's interest in purchasing the Robert Fulton portrait (N-YHS did not purchase due to price quoted); A.J.Wall (Librarian) acquiring Bruce Rogers bookplates from the Petersham Memorial Library; acquisition of a list of the participants in the State procession on Queen Victoria's Coronation day on June 28, 1838; request to make a replica of the Houdon bust of Jefferson by the Pennsylvania Museum of Art (declined by N-YHS due to fragility of bust); N-YHS sending photostats to various historical societies of the Royal New York Gazette (1780) account of the capture and imprisonment of Governor Henry Hamilton and his party in Williamsburg, Va.; New York University as headquarters of the N-YHS from 1841-1857. Subjects: John E. Hall (editor of American Law Journal), Fulton Trust Company, Sullivan Exhibition of 1779, and John Stoughton.  Correspondents: Pennsylvania Historical Commission; Harry T. Peters (authority on the firm of Currier & Ives American printmaking firm); Pennsylvania Musem of Art.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Pell, S.H.P.

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) and Stephen Hyatt Pell, founder of the Fort Ticonderoga Association, in regard to the Stuyvesant monograph and the loan of Stuyvesant plates from the N-YHS; photostat of Washington letter for the Library of Congress; brief mention of the construction of South Barracks of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum; restoration of Fort Ticonderoga; request for money to compensate William L. Calver for role as Chairman of Field Exploration Committee. Subjects: Founding Committee of the Union Club.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Pennsylvania Historical Society

Scope and Contents Note

Exchanges between Ernest M. Spofford (Librarian) to A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) in regard to the types of shelving and cases used for manuscripts; Brooks Family record; rules of the N-YHS library such as not allowing the use of ink; request for Peter Stuyvesant print; reference and photostat requests.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ph - Pi

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a series of letters to Emma Pickering in regard to the purchase of old newspapers (New York Mirror, Family Herald, and Albion) from the years 1832-1861; acquisition of the diary of the Rev. John Stanford, and his sermons and reports on the New York state prison, city hospitals, and other institutions; the efforts of the Library of Congress to extensively photograph American records in foreign archives; Alexis de Tocqueville's trip to America with Gusatave de Beaumont 1831-32. Subjects: John Rogers groups, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte (nephew of Napoleon I), and Edgar Allen Poe.  Correspondents: University of Illinois; rare bookdealer Pierce & Scopes; Mary E. Phillips.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Pl - Pu

Scope and Contents Note

Exchanges between N-YHS Librarian A.J.Wall and publicity department of Publix Theaters to display a portion of original photographs of 19th century stage stars at the Paramount Theater (permission denied by N-YHS); Fleming miniature of Patrick Henry; photographic negatives of old New York selected by N-YHS loaned to C.F.Pritchard of Willard's (restaurant); letter from Wall in regard to his proposal to the Committee to raise funds to purchase the original letters relating to the Hamilton-Burr duel; preservation of old newspapers at N-YHS. Subjects: Purssell Manufacturing Company, John Jacob Astor. Correspondents: Margaret T. Plunkett; Standard Oil Company.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. Q

Scope and Contents Note

Includes exchanges between N-YHS and the Quivira Society (California) announcing the publication of Volume II of the Quivira Society Publications, which consisted of Father Sigismundo Taraval's manuscript journal of the Indian Uprising in lower California (1734-1737) (translated and edited by Marguerite Eyer Wilbur). Subjects: Rogers' Rangers. Correspondents: The Queen's Rangers; Queen's University (Ontario); Queens Public Library.

1930-1932
Box: 160 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ra - Re

Scope and Contents Note

Includes financial items such as a stopped check and insurance claim with Railway Express Co. in regard to a broken figure of Rogers group of statuary shipped to the N-YHS; request for bulletins on transportation from the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society; copyright regarding a map by Josef Elixio de la Fuente (1768); Horatio Seymour and brief note on his investment in the Fox River Canal in Appleton and his other investments in Appleton, Wisconsin; circular of information about the Society and its collections sent to The Lincoln School in preparation of a book to aid students and teachers. Of note are a series of letters exchanged between the N-YHS and Helen Reynolds in regard to an article entitled, Dutchess County Gives the State a Governor, and materials about Jacobus Roosevelt (Great-Grandfather of Governor Franklin Roosevelt). Subjects: Walter Franklin mansion occupied by President Washington in New York City from 1789-1790, Wilberforce Eames, Teddy Roosevelt, Libby Castle, Demotic materials.   Correspondents: Mark Rafalsky & Company; Col. Charles D. Randolph; Robert Ranson; Regimental Museum; Helen W. Reynolds.

Box: 160 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1930-1932. Rh - Ri

Scope and Contents Note

Includes information on upcoming lectures; model of the steamship Bristol in connection with an exhibition at the Society; French Neptune (atlas), Le NeptuneFrançois ou Recueil des Cartes Marines levées et gravées par ordre du roy, with 29 charts of the coast from Norway to Gibraltar (published in 1693) under the supervision of the appointed Royal Geographer Alexis-Hubert Jaillot; series of letters between William H. Richardson and A.J.Wall (N-YHS Librarian) in regard to the existence of John Mercereu's "Flying Machine" from Powles Hook to Philadelphia (1783); acquisition of a map of Green-wood cemetery dated 1865; Demotic papyri; installation of four-panel solid metal clad fireproof door at N-YHS. Subjects: De Witt Clinton portrait. Correspondents: Rhodes House Library (Oxford); Rhode Island Historical Society; William H. Richardson; F.B.Richards (New York State Historical Association).

Box: 161 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ro (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acquisition of the flag of the 37th Regiment New York National Guard; series of letters in regard to property owned by N-YHS at 4 West 77th street; requesting funding from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for the purchase of the "Stuart-Bute" papers from Charles F. Heartman (the papers expressed the British point of view during the Revolutionary War); lecture on the subject, "The Amazing Iroquois"; letter from John Weekes to Rockefeller in regard to the gift to the City of New York of the historical tract of land which would compose the Fort Tyron Park; invitation to the unveiling of monument to commemorate the assignation of Major General Benedict Arnold and Major John Lewis Andre on September 21st, 1780 to plot the surrender of West Point to the British. Subjects: History of the State of New York (written by A.J.Wall, N-YHS Librarian), Washington Bicentennial, John Pintard, Yorktown sesquicentennial of surrender of Cornwallis exhibition. Correspondents: Robson & Howgate Booksellers; Railway Express Agency; lithographers Rogers-Kellogg-Stillson; historian Edward R. Foreman; book dealer Rosenbach Company; William Walker Rockwell; Rochester Municipal Museum; Roerich Museum.

1930-1932
Box: 161 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ru - Ry

Scope and Contents Note

Includes request for permission to make a miniature portrait of the George Washington bust by Houdon for the bicentennial exhibition; photostat requests, quotations for exhibition cases from A.N. Russell & Sons. Correspondents: Rutgers University Library, Mary A. Rushton.

1930-1932
Box: 161 Folder : 4-5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Sa - Sc (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgement of letter sent by George Washington to General George Clinton (1777); letter in regard to the preservation and safeguarding of manuscript sources of national and local history; receipt of North End and West Side of the City of New York; Trinity Cemetery (153rd Street and Broadway) inscriptions; invitation to the Third Annual Silver Pilgrimage Tea by the Woman's Auxiliary of St. Paul's Church and the second Descendants' Day Service at St. Paul's Church; series of letters in regard to a Rogers Group "Challenging the Union Vote," damaged in transit to the Society; gift of Robert Schell portrait and fireman's certificate issued to Schell; State of New York acquiring portion of the land to preserve the battlefield and properties in vicinity of Schuylerville. Subjects: Abraham M. Walton, Anne Hutchinson, Revolutionary War Societies, Williams Dunlap diary, Currier & Ives prints. Correspondents: Savannah Public Library; Ray C. Sawyer; St. Paul's Church; Eastchester (Mount Vernon, NY); Saint Catherine Press; National Gallery of Scotland; Charles Scribner's Sons.

1930-1932
Box: 161 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Se

Scope and Contents Note

Includes N-YHS inquiring about original diary belonging to John Pintard in correspondence with Kenneth K. Servoss and Mary C. Servoss; Seamen's Church Institute (Marjorie Dent Candee) in regard to exhibition on Society's ship pictures; acquisition of 1797 New York City tavern license containing the signature of Richard Varick; architect Horace Wells Sellers in regard to pedigree of mahogany furniture originally used by Congress in Federal Hall, New York (acquired in 1809); Bessie F. Sears in regard to the possible loan of stereopticon views of New York City (1854-1885) to be exhibited by N-YHS. Correspondents: Harold Seton; attorneys Seymour, Earle, & Nichols; publisher J.M.Seaver; American Historical Genealogical Society; A.B. See Elevator Company.

1930-1932
Box: 161 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Sh - Sl

Scope and Contents Note

Acquisition of death mask of General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) from his son, Philemon Tecumseh Sherman; copy of Memorial Minute and Resolutions adopted by the N-YHS upon the death of Domestic Corresponding Secretary Thomas T. Sherman; donation of Civil War sword and crepe by William Henry Shelton and other matters. Subjects: Marquis de Lafayette, attorney Emanuel Hertz. Correspondents: William H. Shelton (Attorney);Frederic Fairchild Sherman (publisher); G.W.Sheldon (The National Freight Company); real estate company Sharp & Nassoit, Inc.; professor Wilbur H. Siebert (Ohio State); Emily E.F. Skeel (Mrs. Roswell Skeel Jr.).

1930-1932
Box: 161 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. Sm - So

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter in regard to portrait restorer Julius Lowy who was employed by the N-YHS; acknowledgement of interest in acquiring a brick from the fireplace of De Windt house presented by Major Howland Pell from Rogers D. Small; acquisition of a Squadron A uniform from attorney Abel I. Smith; relief fund for the McGahan family; book plates given by Bruce Rogers from attorney H.M. Smith Jr. to Landauer collection; affidavit form from investigator (Department of Law) Harry E. Smith to be executed by A.J.Wall in regard to original manuscript map made by Ryder (1670). Subjects: Daniel D. Tompkins, Roger Sherman, Rogers group. Correspondents: Violet White Smith; Hiram Smith; Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities; South Dakota State Historical Society; Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York.

1930-1932
Box: 161 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1930-1932. Sons of the Revolution

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of announcements and events on organization letterhead in regard to application papers to join the organization, annual Flag Day parade and celebrations, announcements about excursions to Revolutionary war sites and military headquarters, the Washington bicentennial, and other matters. Several letters are between President John A. Weekes and Treasurer George Zabriskie (both members of the organization) and A.J.Wall.

1930-1932
Box: 162 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Sp - Ste (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters exchanged between N-YHS and E.J. Bosworth in regard to John Paulding portrait; frequent exchanges between literary agents B.F. Stevens & Brown with regard to publications ordered by the Society; completion of life sketch of John Austin Stevens (Sons of the Revolution founder) by A.J.Wall for the Dictionary of American Biography.   Correspondents: Spirit of Missions; Otto Spengler; John Spargo (Bennington Historical Museum); State Historical Society; Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences.

1930-1932
Box: 162 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Sti - Sy

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Memorial Minutes and resolution upon the death of John E. Stillwell and portion of Stillwell's will stipulating the publication of volume 5 of Stillwell's Historical and Genealogical General Miscellany; acquisition of Edmund Wilcox bookplates for Landauer collection; acquisition of the Joseph Hamilton Stone Collection of Southern Newspapers from Albert G. Stone; donation of gas burner appurtenances intended to "keep the smoke from the gas discoloring the ceilings". Subjects: Blizzard of 1888. Correspondents: Margaret Bingham Stillwell; bookseller Harry Stone; attorney J.G. Phelps Stokes; Strathmore Paper Company; Warner Bros.Theatres.

1930-1932
Box: 162 Folder : 4-5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Ta - Ti (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Request for information from attorneys Taylor, Blanc, Capron & Marsh for how a bequest to the society could be made; financial quotes for envelopes from Tension Envelope Company. Subjects: Co-operative Dress Association of 1881. Correspondents: attorney David H. Taylor (Dean, King, Smith & Taylor); I. Tanenbaum Son & Co.; Tavern Topics Press; (lecturer) Princess Te Ata; The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal; William S. Thomas; Alice E. Thompson (Mrs. Charles O.F.Thompson); attorney Albert G. Thorne; Title Guarantee and Trust Company.

1930-1932
Box: 162 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. To - Ty

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects: military uniforms during French and Indian War. Correspondents: John Wilson Townsend; Mary Torrance (Mrs. Henry Torrance); The Public Library of Toronto; attorney Howard Townsend; R.P. Tolman (Smithsonian Institution); The Tuttle Company.

1930-1932
Box: 162 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. U

Scope and Contents Note

Includes estimates for pointing and cleaning the museum from United Building Cleaners; series of letters between Wall and United States Trust Company of New York in regard to stock shares of the John Watts de Peyster Publication Fund; Radio Broadcasting program memorandum of The United States Flag Association; several reference letters from government entities such as The Army War College and the Department of State; N-YHS requesting patent information for the John Rogers works from the U.S. Patent Office; invitation for Wall to attend the unveiling of a General Bullard portrait by Lockman at West Point Military Academy; forms for the Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census. Subject: Albert Gallatin. Correspondents: United States Catholic Historical Society (Elizabeth P. Herbermann); United States Trust Company of New York; The Union League Club of the City of New York; United States History Association; United States National Museum (Smithsonian); United States Department of the Interior National Park Service.

1930-1932
Box: 162 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1930-1932. V

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters exchanged between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and Princess Viggo of Denmark (nee Eleanor Margaret Green) for funds to purchase a case to exhibit a ball gown worn at the 1860 Prince of Wales Ball in New York City and other donated items. Subjects: Fernando Wood, Derick Vreeland Bible, revolutionary home of Baron Riedesel (Colle). Correspondents: Library of the University of Virginia; Vermont Historical Society (Margaret Kanaly); Vassar College Library; architects Van Gunten & Van Gunten; Title Guarantee and Trust Company; Alma Van Hoevenberg; Virgina Byrd Committee (John Garland Pollard); First and Merchants National Bank of Richmond.

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Wa

Scope and Contents Note

Includes series of letters exchanged between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and Senator Robert F. Wagner advocating that the St. Ann's Churchyard (Bronx) be made a National Shrine, and other matters; receipt of full dress uniform of the Veteran Corps Artillery from Captain Norman F. Cushman; dedication to Samuel V. Hoffman in No. 8 of Following Abraham Lincoln from Bernhardt Wall; Spengler World War I newspaper collection; invitation from the George Washington Hotel to attend a Washington birthday tea and talk about the Washington and Lafayettes; music selections and arrangment for Steinway piano for "A Program of American Music" concert at the Society. Subjects: Drums used in Revolutionary and Civil War, Major General Kemble Warren (Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac), Washington portrait by Peale; diary of William Dunlap.  Correspondents: Emily B. Warren; (Daughters of the American Revolution) Washington Heights Chapter; H.S.Wagner; H.R.Wagner; Helen E. Webster; contractor J.J.Ward; Walton Advertising and Printing Company; Crystal Waters; Stephanie Schehatowitch; Senator J. Mayhew Wainwright; Washington Heights Taxpayers Association.

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Washington Bicentennial Commission

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence from Congressman Sol Bloom (Associate Director) and other members of the commission in regard to the bicentennial includes presentation of official bronze medal designed by Laura Gardin Fraser; requests for original documentation related to Washington; notices from the commission's publicity department; invitations to events promoting the bicentennial; speakers (including Dixon Ryan Fox) invited to partake of celebrations; invitation for Dorothy Barck to become a member of the City of New York Commission for the bicentennial celebration; George Washington Bicentennial News; request for loans of Peale and Robertson portraits of Washington (not approved due to N-YHS's own exhibition on Washington and the fragile nature of Robertson portrait); New York State Bicentennial Commision Proposed Plan of Celebration which describes the steps taken to enlist various New York agencies, schools, local governements, museums, and other entities to participate in the bicentennial. Subjects: James Miles Hughes, Sharples portrait of Washington; requests for publications, by-laws, annual reports, and other institutional information from the Society. Correspondents: William F. Seals; Mrs. Mary B. Stack; Kenneth M. Murchison; Grover A. Whalen.

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence 1930-1932. Wea - Wel (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes receipt of pamphlet, The Revolutionary War Letters of Captain Roger Welles; information of provenance of John G. Webb cane presented to the society in 1918; naming of the Harlem branch of Young Men's Christian Association; letter to Treasurer Frederick D. Weekes in regard to restoration of Colonial Williamsburg and the importance of preservation of manuscripts, maps, and other records to enable projects like the restoration to proceed; series of letters between Wall and Raphael A. Weed with regard to lecture on Temple Hill, loan of theatrical photographs to Publix Theaters, and other matters; announcement of death of Raphael A. Weed. Subjects: William Gilmore Simms, Norwegian immigration to the United States, Teatown.  Correspondents: Oscar Wegelin; attorney Lemuel A. Welles; Franklin Delano Weekes; book dealer Gabriel Wells; Westchester County Historical Society; Marie Weed; C. Edward Wells; Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1930-1932. Weekes, John A.

Scope and Contents Note

Extensive financial documentation on rent and mortgage payments, as well as securities, taxes, and bequests (Edward Bement, Raphael A. Weed); notices of probate for wills (John Stillwell, Frederic C. Durand) insurance policies and estimates; electric power service; contracts. Also includes preparations for exhibition on Society's ship pictures; re-appointments to the Executive Committee by Weekes; re-election of Weekes as President of the Society; James F. McGahan family relief fund total amount to date; lectures (Poultney Bigelow).

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1930-1932. Wem - Wez

Scope and Contents Note

Consists mainly of correspondence from Westchester County Historical Society (William S. Hadaway & Herbert B. Nichols) with regard to the Aaron Burr Orderly Book of 1779 that Wall contributed to, reference requests, and other matters. Subjects: Albert Gallatin, Martha Washington portrait. Correspondents: James O. Wettereau (NYU); Leonidas Westervelt; Western Reserve Historical Society.

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1930-1932. Wh

Scope and Contents Note

Advertising card of the "Great Flying Machine" and lottery items acquired for Landauer collection. Subjects: Chauncy family, wooden statue of George Washington in possession of the Historical Society of Delaware at Wilmington. Correspondents: Lace (?) Chauncey Wheeler (Mrs. Edwin Wheeler); genealogist Grace Denison Wheeler; Bella Landauer; (C.E.H. Whitlock) antique dealer Whitlock's Book Store; Charles Whelp, publishers James T. White & Co.; (historian) Mrs. Edward P. White; architect B..H. Whinston; Dexter F. White.

1930-1932
Box: 163 Folder : 8-9 Correspondence 1930-1932. Wi (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Series of exchanges between A.J.Wall (Librarian) and Caroline R.Williams in regard to her published work, Gold and Silver Jewelry (book on jewelry); request to send the Edwin Smith Surgical Papers to the library in the Egyptian Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other educational institutions; series of letters with regard to the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg, including a pamphlet submitted to N-YHS entitled  The Proceedings at the Opening of Raleigh Tavern as an Exhibition Building, 1932 (first exhibition building in the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg); acknowledgement of four drawings of the construction of the Croton Aqueduct from John J.L. Houston; medal of the opening of Erie Canal presented to President Garfield gifted by J. Wilbour; issues of "ye Wildbore" (November 1931-May 1932) sent to N-YHS. Subjects: Albert Gallatin Memorial Fund, McGahan Family Relief fund.   Correspondents: (V.M.Geddy, Abbott Ingalls) Colonial Williamsburg; Harry E. Wikoff; (Harold R. Shurtleff) architects Perry, Shaw and Hepburn; (Gabrielle Malinkoff) H.W. Wilson Company; Francis D. Wiener; Wilder's Bookshop; Winchester Historical Society; (camera vendor) Willoughbys; Richard F. Williams; accountants Patterson & Ridgway; Wilson & Stokes Lumber Company; University of Wisconsin; Mrs. William Wilson.

1930-1932
Box: 164 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1930-1932. Wo - Wy

Scope and Contents Note

Acquisition of Durand family items by Nora Durand Woodman including a desk made by John Durand (father of artist Asher B. Durand) and paintings by Asher B. Durand; invitation to attend the 1931 World War I dedication at St. Paul's Church in Hoboken, NJ; guest speaker Lawrence C. Wroth at presentation of gold medal to Wilberforce Eames; acquisition of ankle chains used on prisoners confined on board ship's in Lord Nelson's time from Hunter Wykes. Subject: Butternuts (township in Otsego County, NY). Correspondents: Edith Woolsey; Captain H. Plunket Woodgate (Authors' Club London); book dealer Richard S. Wormser; World Book Company Publishers (Elmer Green); Wyoming Historical and Geological Society.

1930-1932
Box: 164 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1930-1932. Y - Z

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitation to July 4th celebration in connection with Washington bicentennial to be held at the Valley Forge Monument (Williamsburgh Bridge Plaza) from the Young Men's Christian Association; request by Yale University to borrow the Society's DePeyster tankard by Cornelius Kierstede for exhibition at Gallery of Fine Arts (denied by N-YHS); letter of introduction from Ralph H. Gabriel for scholar George Pierson (Yale University). Subjects: William Dunlap diary, Washington's spies. Correspondents: (Theodore Sizer, Katherine Atwater, John M. Phillips) Yale University Gallery of Fine Arts; and Yale University Library (Andrew Keogh, Thomas R. Barnum, Anne S. Pratt).

1930-1932
Box: 164 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1930-1932. Zabriskie, George A.

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence consists of exchanges between Treasurer George A. Zabriskie and Librarian A.J. Wall pertaining to matters such as mortgages and investments; checks cut to staff and others; educational activities; check cut to fix up house located at 4 West 77th street; preparations for the medal presented to Wilberforce Eames; efforts to preserve original railing at Bowling Green; and flyer for Annual Flag Day celebration and Zabriskie's role as Chairman for the Sons of the Revolution.

1930-1932
Box: 164 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1933-1937. Aa-Ab

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acquisition of "flickers" from Abercrombie & Fitch Co; genealogical queries; acquisition of "Ancestors and Descendents of Jonathan Abell"; N-YHS subscription to the The Abraham Lincoln Association. Correspondents: Samuel P. Abelow; Abercrombie & Fitch Co.; John H. Abeel; Horace A. Abell.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1933-1937. Abbatt, William

Scope and Contents Note

Primarily includes exchanges between Librarian A.J.Wall, Mr. Williams Abbatt, dealer and publisher of Americana, such as reference and other requests, and donations to Society. Also includes correspondence from Abbatt's sister (C.A. Abbatt) to Librarian A.J.Wall following the death of Abbatt in 1935.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1933-1937. Ac

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects: Provenance of mahogany desk once part of the furniture of the DeWindt house at Tappan presented to Society in 1929 by Samuel V. Hoffman. Correspondents: Acorn Club; Stephen N. Acerrio.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1933-1937. Ad

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a request of a list of men involved in the crossing of the Delaware by Washington and his troops into Trenton, and A.J.Wall's response that the Society was not aware of such a list; letter concerning the repair and mounting of maps; employment application that mentions the Emergency Work Bureau which supplied workers to various non-profit institutions; acquisition of General Winfield Scott portrait. Correspondents: Adriance Memorial Library; Henry Benson Adriance.

1933-1938
Box: 164 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1933-1937. Ae-Ak

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mention of the Society "erecting a new building" and therefore no new museum materials by purchase would be added in a letter to Henry F. Ahrens; acquisition of Outposts of History in Orange County, by Dwight Akers; Robert Erskine maps of Revolutionary War collection at N-YHS; Correspondents: Agricultural History Society; George Ainsworth (Lighting Equipment); insurers Chase and Chase.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1933-1937. Al

Scope and Contents Note

Includes transactions related to investment of real estate properties by the N-YHS; purchase of the August 31, 1813 edition of The Albany Argus from the Albany Public Library; several letters mention the construction of the new building and of the N-YHS being closed for "alterations and additions" until 1938. Correspondents: Albany Public Library (Elizabeth M. Smith); real estate broker Leon S. Altmayer; Albert H. Allen; Mary Moore Allen.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1933-1937. Am

Scope and Contents Note

Bulk consists of correspondence from Amherst College in regard to Society publications requests of annual reports, and exchanges with Amherst for their Quarterly, and other matters; includes invitation flyer to the 17th Annual commemoration of the "Inauguration of George Washington" from America's Good-Will Union.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1933-1937. American A.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letter from Librarian A.J.Wall to Philip C. Brooks (secretary) in regard to application for membership into the the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and attending the organization's first annual meeting in Washington, D.C.; lecture given by Dr. Edward W. Forbes at the American Academy of Arts and Letters; certificate of American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association. Correspondents: American Art Association Anderson Galleries; American Association for Adult Education; American Academy of Arts and Letters; The American Autograph Shop.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1933-1937. American Antiquarian Society

Scope and Contents Note

Includes centennial celebration program, annual meeting notices, and extensive correspondence between AAS Director Clarence S. Brigham and Librarian R.W.G.Vail and Alexander J. Wall, much of it concerning early 19th century Boston newspapers; New York newspapers; Pennsylvania Gazette and other publications; description of how the Antiquarian Society stored its newspapers; mention of N-YHS April Bulletin that discusses the architect's drawing and floor plans for the new building; in addition to reference inquiries, material exchanges, and other matters. Subjects: Survey on early American portraiture by William Sawitzky.

1933-1937
Box: 164 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1933-1937. American Association of Museums

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence with Director Laurance Vail Coleman and Librarian Theodosia Cox in regard to surveys and questionnaire (staff employed, total income), ballots, memoranda, meetings, membership dues, N-YHS annual report requests; submission of five publications for exhibition to the British Library Association (London).

1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1933-1937. American B
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1933-1937. American C-F
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1933-1937. American G-K
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1933-1937. American Historical Society, Inc.
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1933-1937. American L-M
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1933-1937. American Library Association
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1933-1937. American Museum of Natural History
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1933-1937. American N-Z
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1933-1937. American AN
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1933-1937. American AP
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1933-1937. American AR
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1933-1937. Art Association of Newport

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns the loan of 5 Malbone miniatures from Erskine Hewitt.

1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1933-1937. As
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 14 Correspondence 1933-1937. Associated Hospital Service of NY

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns applications for hospital insurance for staff.

1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 15 Correspondence 1933-1937. At-Az
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 16 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bab-Bai
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 17 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bak-Bam
1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 18 Correspondence 1933-1937. Ban

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Francis Bannerman Sons concerning cartridge box selections.

1933-1937
Box: 165 Folder : 19-20 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bank of New York & Trust Company (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials on Thompson Estate.

1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bank of New York & Trust Company
1936-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1933-1937. Banks, James Lenox
1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bar-Bas

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence from A.J.Wall to Dorothy Barck.

1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bat-Baz
1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 5-6 Correspondence 1933-1937. Be (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include Perry Belmont.

1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1933-1937. Beekman, Fenwick
1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bender, Lucy (Mrs. Walter Lloyd Bender)
1933-1937
Box: 166 Folder : 9-10 Correspondence 1933-1937. Benson, Arthur D. (2 folders)
1933-1935
Box: 167 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1933-1937. Benson, Arthur D.
1936-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1933-1937. Benson, Hevlyn Dirck

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns exchanges between Benson (descendant of N-YHS founder Egbert Benson) and A.J.Wall about Captain Kidd pardon and book and other matters, as well as a letter from Cecil B. DeMille's secretary in regard to data collected on pirates from the DeMille Library and the movie, The Buccaneer; correspondence with Hugh M. Flick; Battle of Long Island; exchanges of letters in regard to Captain Abraham Benson; general correspondence on the materials Benson submitted to the museum.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bi

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns gift to N-YHS from Millicent Todd Bingham of life-saving suit invented during World War I given to Bingham as a safety guard during her crossing of the ocean; letters exchanged between Dorothy F. Bidwell in regard to The Bartholomew Family printing; letter from the Joint Committe on Materials for Research in regard to the inventory of state and local archives by the Works Progress Administration.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bl

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns donation of Gulian Verplanck will and papers to the N-YHS by Mrs. T. Bache Bleecker; photographs of collection of New York City milestones by Henry V.D.Black; gift of a set of Fascimiles of Famous American Documents and Letters edited by Edward C. Boykin from Blue Ribbon Books; Frequent correspondents include William D. Bloodgood.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1933-1937. Blizzard Men of 1888

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns records about the Blizzard Men of 1888 Association added to the N-YHS collections and published pamphlet on Blizzard Men of 1888; frequent correspondent include S.M. Strong, Thomas B. Donaldson, and D.A. Woodhouse (President, Blizzard Men of 1888 Association); includes clipping in regard to funding to complete the inventory of public and private records in New York State

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 6 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bo

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns the acquisition of the cornerstone installed on the original building of P.S.43 erected in 1885 located on 129th street and Amsterdam Avenue, and a copper box with contents; N-YHS declining to add to the Audubon birds of America collection; negotiation of the purchase of Pintard Papers; letter discussing the permit given by Robert Moses to the Field Exploration Committee covering prospective work in Pelham Bay Park; letter to Reginald Pelham Bolton discussing the Continental Army encampment in Charlottesville, Va.; LaFayette exhibition celebrating the centenary of his death in 1834; Frequent correspondent: James Boyd.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 7 Correspondence 1933-1937. Boston Athenaeum
1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 8 Correspondence 1933-1937. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns print and other requests to the N-YHS.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 9 Correspondence 1933-1937. Public Library of the City of Boston
1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 10 Correspondence 1933-1937. Boyce, Hughes, & Farrell

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns financial materials including bank confirmation letters and other accounting services by accounting firm Boyce, Hughes, & Farrell.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 11 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bra

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents: British Museum (London), Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 12 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bre
1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 13 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bri

Scope and Contents Note

Frequent correspondents: British Museum (London), Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

1933-1937
Box: 167 Folder : 14 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bro

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns dues payment for membership in the Society of American Archivists; Banks Manuscript by Colonel Charles Edward Banks; Motor Travel Magazine pamphlet 1936 summer edition highlighting the erection of 92 stones from historical sites in the United States History Stone Tower.

1933-1937
Box: 168 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1933-1937. Brooklyn Museum

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns exchange of letters between A.J.Wall and Philip N. Youtz (Director, Brooklyn Museums) with regard to the American Historical Association's annual meeting; bulk of material concerns the installation of N-YHS's Egyptian Collection in the Brooklyn Museums Egyptian Galleries during building reconstruction and related matters; list of museums recommeneded to A.J. Wall to visit for examples of museum lighting by Youtz; correspondence concerning museum lighting; architecture plans of Walker and Gillette for new N-YHS building plans; Correspondents: John D. Cooney (Assistant Curator, Ancient Art).

1933-1937
Box: 168 Folder : 2 Correspondence 1933-1937. Brown, Benjamin W.B.

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns the cooperation established between the N-YHS and the Museum of the City of New York; interchange of objects between the two institutions; clippings about the Mary G. Thompson estate action and probate of the Thompson will from B.W.B. Brown (Esquire)

1933-1937
Box: 168 Folder : 3 Correspondence 1933-1937. Brown, Henry Collins

Scope and Contents Note

Concerns Henry Collins Brown, writer and founder of the Museum of the City of New York; includes announcement of publication, The Lordly Hudson; published by Scribner's Sons; reference requests to the Society

1933-1937
Box: 168 Folder : 4 Correspondence 1933-1937. John Carter Brown Library

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memo on Second Census of 15th Century Books Owned in America; Frequent correspondent: Lawrence C. Wroth (Librarian)

1933-1937
Box: 168 Folder : 5 Correspondence 1933-1937. Bru-Bry
1933-1937