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Guide to the Graphic Arts Collection
circa 1700-circa 1950
  PR 22

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at

Some of the documents are fragile and access to them will be mediated with the assistance of the reference librarian.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. 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

This collection should be cited as Graphic Arts Collection, PR 22, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

The Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera (PR 031) contains similar ephemera utilizing many of the printing techniques shown in this collection. The New-York Historical Society's Museum holds hand-drawn frakturs, as well as the bulk of the Nadelman Collection of Folk Art.

Separated Material

The Graphic Arts File was originally conceived as an umbrella category for printed material and ephemera. In 2001-2002, many categories of material were removed from the Graphic Arts Collection based on their shared provenance or special format. These are now the:

List of collections formerly in the Graphic Arts Collection:

  1. American Art-Union Print Collection (PR 159)
  2. James Carroll Beckwith Artist File (PR 158)
  3. Bryan Gallery of Christian Art Print Collection (PR 143)
  4. Clipper Ship Card Collection (PR 116)
  5. Issacher Cozzens Print Collection (PR 145)
  6. Louis Durr Print Collection (PR 142)
  7. European Print File (PR 151)
  8. William Rickarby Miller Artist File (PR 152)
  9. Paper Doll Collection (PR 161)
  10. Patriotic Envelope Collection (PR 117)
  11. Pictorial Calendar Collection (PR 146)
  12. Pictorial Lettersheet Collection (PR 144)
  13. Playing Card and Game Collection (PR 115)
  14. Luman Reed Print Collection (PR 141)
  15. Society of Iconophiles Print Collection (PR 160)
  16. Vache Family Embroidery Pattern Collection (PR 163)
  17. George Henry Yewell Print Collection (PR 153)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection has been assembled from multiple gifts and purchases.

Processing Information

The collection was processed circa 2002 by Jenny Gotwals. The collection was then referred to as the Graphic Arts File; in 2020 the title was changed to Graphic Arts Collection. Also in 2020, the format of the finding aid was revised by Larry Weimer to resolve distortions that had developed in it due to various system migrations over time.


The collection is open for additional accessions. The most recent accession was 2019, which was added to the finding aid in 2020.