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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Library Department Records
1815-2017
 NYHS-RG 21

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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 30, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V. Exhibitions, 1969-2011 (bulk, 1992-2001). 7.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes files concerning various installed and proposed exhibitions. These files are only those found as standalone records during processing; many other exhibition files found with curatorial and conservation lab records remain with those series. Principal exhibitions represented in this series are actual and proposed "Library Treasures" shows from 1969-1995, Letters from a War (1993-1994) and the related  Pray for Me (2000),  Militant Metropolis: New York City and the Spanish-American War (1998), and  Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert (2000). The series also holds many original exhibition labels, though most are not identified as to which exhibition they were part of.

Arrangement Note

The exhibition files are presented first, in chronological order, followed by the boxes of exhibition labels.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 179 Folder : 1 General Exhibitions File
1980s
Box: 179 Folder : 2 Blizzard of '88
1988
Box: 179 Folder : 3 George Washington in New York

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bound exhibition text only.

1989
Box: 177 Folder : 1-10 Library Treasures / Treasury of the Past (1 of 2 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

These two boxes include documents related to N-YHS's 1995 exhibition Treasury of the Past and predecessor exhibitions (actual and proposed) that had a similar thematic underpinning. This first box includes the checklist for the 1969 exhibition  Treasures of Americana from the Library of the N-YHS, a checklist from a 1971-1972 "manuscripts show," documents related to the 1984  Treasures of Manuscript Americana, and principally files on selections for a proposed  Library Treasures exhibition (circa 1991) that was not installed.

1969-1991
Box: 178 Folder : 1-6 Library Treasures / Treasury of the Past (2 of 2 boxes)
1994-1996
Box: 176 Folder : 1-23 Letters from a War / Pray for Me (23 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the files of, principally, curator Margaret Heilbrun concerning two related exhibitions: Letters from a War, held at New York University in 1993-94, and  Pray for Me, an extended version of  Letters, held at N-YHS in 2000.

1992-2000
Box: 179 Folder : 4 Navy Signal Books
1992
Box: 179 Folder : 5 Curators Lab exhibition (proposed)
1993
Box: 179 Folder : 6 Creating American Cultural Heroes (proposed)
1993
Box: 179 Folder : 7 Edith Wharton / Age of Innocence
1993
Box: 179 Folder : 8 Clement Clarke Moore
1995
Box: 179 Folder : 9 Becoming Eleanor Roosevelt: The Early New York Years
1996
Box: 179 Folder : 10 New York's Independence Day
1996
Box: 179 Folder : 11 Presidential Politics: Election Year Documents
1996
Box: 179 Folder : 12 Negative Politics (not installed)
1996
Box: 179 Folder : 13-14 Robert Fulton (2 folders)
1996
Box: 180 Folder : 1 Audubon
1997
Box: 180 Folder : 2 To Hell with Reform: The Race to Become Mayor of Greater New York
1997
Box: 180 Folder : 3-4 Love Letters (2 folders)
1997
Box: 180 Folder : 5-7 Henry James (3 folders)
1997
Box: 180 Folder : 8 William Sidney Mount
1998
Box: 180 Folder : 9-12 Militant Metropolis: New York City and the Spanish-American War (4 folders)
1998
Box: 181 Folder : 1 New York City Police
1998
Box: 181 Folder : 2-4 George Washington: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times (3 folders)
1998
Box: 181 Folder : 5 John Genin / American Institute
1998
Box: 181 Folder : 6 General Exhibitions File

Scope and Contents Note

Includes schedules and proposals.

1999-2001
Box: 172 Folder : 1-23 Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert (1 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

These four boxes include files concerning the exhibition and catalogue for Inventing the Skyline. In large part, they appear to be those of exhibition curator and catalogue editor Margaret Heilbrun. Most of the documents relate to the catalogue but exhibition material can be found in the first two boxes.

1992-1994, 1999-2000
Box: 173 Folder : 1-9 Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert (2 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes color slides of the exhibition and actual labels. Also includes photographs used in the catalogue.

2000
Box: 174 Folder : 1-13 Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert (3 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence related to the production of the catalogue and drafts of the text. (Later drafts, especially those from the copy editor and print proofs, were discarded by the processing archivist.)

1997-2000
Box: 175 Folder : 1-12 Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert (4 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafts of catalogue text, photographs and floppy disks from the essay authors with their submissions.

1999-2000
Box: 181 Folder : 7 75 Years of Holiday Magic: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
2001
Box: 181 Folder : 8 The British in New York Since 1770
2001
Box: 181 Folder : 9 The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (proposed)

Scope and Contents Note

Traveling expedition proposed to N-YHS by Lewis & Clark College.

2003
Box: 181 Folder : 10 John Lansing
2011
Box: 182 Folder : - Exhibition Labels (1 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

These four boxes include original labels, some associated with identified exhibitions, others not. Identified exhibitions in this box include: George Washington: A Man of His Time (1998), Letters from a War (1992), Erskine-DeWitt Maps, First Ladies (2004), Abraham Lincoln Selections, Treasures Show (1984), and possibly Treasury of the Past (1995).

circa 1995-2004
Box: 183 Folder : - Exhibition Labels (2 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes no specifically identified exhibition.

1970s?
Box: 184 Folder : - Exhibition Labels (3 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Identified exhibitions in this box include: Presidential Manuscripts, possibly Clement C. Moore (1995), Cass Gilbert (2005), possibly Treasury of the Past (1995), possibly Robert Fulton.

circa 1995-2005
Box: 185 Folder : - Exhibition Labels (4 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes no specifically identified exhibition.

Undated

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