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Guide to the
New-York Historical Society Portrait Collection
circa 1640-2020 (bulk, 1800-1950)
 PR 52

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by committee, 2003; finding aid migrated by Joseph Ditta, 2020.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 08, 2022
Finding aid written in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New-York Historical Society
Title: New-York Historical Society portrait collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1640-2020 (bulk, 1800-1950)
Abstract: Collection consists of circa 45,000 prints and photographs of varying format and media, from ordinary black-and-white engravings based on paintings to rare hand-colored mezzotints, and from posed, professional studio photographs to informal snapshots. Likenesses of American men who achieved national fame before 1930 predominate. There are also numerous images of prominent New Yorkers, theatrical personalities, eminent Europeans who figure in United States history, and views of birthplaces, tombs, statues, and associated items. Includes many portraits of American presidents through Franklin D. Roosevelt, of poet Walt Whitman, and other celebrities of the 1800s. People or organizations whose papers or artwork are at the New-York Historical Society tend to be well-represented, including statesman Albert Gallatin, sculptor John Rogers, the Seventh Regiment of the New York National Guard, hotel association members, and the Salmagundi Club. Several large collections are dispersed in the file by sitters' names: thousands of portraits culled chiefly from illustrated books and donated by Robert Fridenberg and circa 250 prints by Albert and Max Rosenthal of celebrated historical figures.
Quantity: 125 Linear feet (177 boxes; 71 drawers of flat files)
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: PR 52