Print / View Finding Aid as Single Page

New-York Historical Society logo

Guide to the Irving S. Olds Collection of
Naval and Other Historical Prints and Related Papers
 PR 47

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Alison Barr and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 13, 2022
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Olds, Irving S. (Irving Sands), 1887-1963
Title: Irving S. Olds collection of naval and other historical prints and related papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1587-1960
Abstract: The collection consists of approximately 600 engravings, etchings, lithographs, and other prints collected by lawyer and industrialist Irving S. Olds (1887-1963). The bulk of the prints portray scenes and events from the United States' colonial, Revolutionary, and early republic periods. These are primarily military in nature, most especially naval actions, with the American Revolution and the War of 1812 being particularly well-represented. Comprising the balance of the prints are portraits of naval commanders and prominent Americans (especially George Washington), views of New York City and the Hudson Valley, colonial era historical scenes, and some early maps. In addition, there are some of Olds's personal papers that relate to his collection, including his prepared remarks for lantern slide presentations of his collection in the 1950s, catalogues, a photograph album related to his wife Evelyn Foster Olds's posthumous exhibition at the Peabody Museum of her work based on images from Olds's collection, and other documents.
Quantity: 23.5 Linear feet in 38 flat files and 9 boxes
Location: For more information on making arrangements to consult the collection, please visit
Language: Most of the collection is in English, but many prints are captioned in French, German, Latin, and possibly other languages.
Call Phrase: PR 47