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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Field Exploration Committee Photographs
1891-1930s
 NYHS-RG 6

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Biographical/Historical Note

The Field Exploration Committee (FEC) was appointed in 1918 by the N-YHS Executive Committee and was comprised of six members of N-YHS: William L. Calver (Chairman), Samuel V. Hoffman (Vice-Chairman), Reginald P. Bolton (Secretary), Alexander J. Wall (Treasurer), Charles M. Lefferts, and Dr. William S. Thomas. The Committee continued the work done over the years by dedicated individuals living mainly in Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Bronx to collect colonial and Revolutionary War military artifacts. The FEC extended this work to the Hudson Highlands (Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester counties). Calver and Bolton and others associated with them over the years excavated areas known to have been Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites. They prepared annual reports of their explorations as well as published a series of articles for the Society's Quarterly Bulletin. The FEC discovered a great number of military relics, including buttons from soldier uniforms and coins.

For further reading:

Vail, R.W.G. Knickerbocker Birthday: A Sesqui-Centennial History of The New-York Historical Society 1804-1954. New-York Historical Society, 1954.

New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin, vol. 1-4, 1917-1921, New-York Historical Society.

History written with pick and shovel: military buttons, belt-plates, badges and other relics excavated from Colonial, Revolutionary, and War of 1812 camp sites by the Field Exploration Committee of the New-York Historical Society. By William Louis Calver and Reginald Pelham Bolton, with an introd. by Richard J. Koke; compiled and indexed by Roberta Leighton. New-York Historical Society, 1950. (This is a compilation of Calver and Bolton’s work published in the  Bulletin.)