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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Albums
(Album File)
circa 1800-circa 1980 (bulk 1860-1920)
 PR 2

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Janet Murray, with later additions by others

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 14, 2023
The finding aid is written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Album number and title, Album Collection (PR 2), Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Albums are also kept with other collections, and can be located through the index to the Zinkham Guide. In addition, many print and photograph albums published as books such as Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War, are in the Library collections. Both the Library and Manuscript Department have many collections that include scrapbooks with pictures and that at times overlap the content of the albums in this collection.

Separated Material

"Building the George Washington Bridge," previously Album 218, is now part of PR 137, George Washington Bridge Construction Photograph Collection.

"Photographs of the War of the Rebellion," previously album #347, has been made its own collection and is now PR-088.

"Artistic houses: being a series of interior views of a number of the most beautiful and celebrated homes in the United States with a description of the art treasures contained therein," previously album #391, has been made its own collection and is now PR-087.

"Mr. Vanderbilt's house and collections / described by Edward Strahan [pseud.]," previously album #397, has been made its own collection and is now PR-169.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Album Collection is made up of volumes from various sources. Some were transferred from Manuscript collections, others were donated directly to the Print Room, and some albums were purchased at auction or from dealers. Some provenance information is included in the finding aid, some is available on request from the reference librarian through reference to an internal database, and other provenance data is unknown.


The collection is open for additional albums to be included over time.