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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Postcard Collection [graphic]
circa 1898-1965 (bulk, 1900-1950)
 PR 54

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis (2002) and Joseph Ditta (2018-2022).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 22, 2022 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270. Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation

This collection, formerly called the Postcard File, should now be cited as the New-York Historical Society Postcard Collection, PR 054, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

The Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collection holds other, smaller, focused collections of postcards, such as the Dale E. Jenkins collection of Manhattan restaurant postcards (PR-337), and the James Olinkiewicz collection of Brooklyn Daily Eagle postcards (PR-355). Many additional Manhattan hotel postcards may be found in the George B. Corsa Collection of hotel ephemera; click here for a list of hotels included. Related views can be found in the Stereograph File (PR-065), and additional souvenir folders (such as those in boxes (96-A through 96-D) can be found in the N-YHS Collection of Geographic Images (PR-020).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The New-York Historical Society Postcard Collection contains cards from a variety of sources. Among the larger contributions are 3,340 cards donated by Samuel V. Hoffman in 1941. Hoffman, a postcard collector, began systematically searching for postcards with views of New York City in the 1890s and continued to collect them through the 1940s. And approximately 10,000 postcards in the collection came from the stock file of the Brooklyn-based Albertype Company in 1953.

Smaller donations of random postcards have come in over time. These were not carefully documented in the past, but simply slipped into the appropriate categories of the collection. Contributions since 2017 have come from

• Adrienne Alexander (PPAC.2017.056)
• Anonymous (PPAC.2022.008)
• Patricia Appelt (PPAC.2021.031)
• Susan Baker (PPAC.2019.040)
• Balaton Area Historical Society, Balaton, MN (PPAC.2022.007))
• Cassie Barrow (PPAC.2019.042)
• Delores Beard (PPAC.2021.013)
• Edna Beeman (PPAC.2021.044)
• James Boone (PPAC.2018.036)
• Dianne Brackett (PPAC.2019.005)
• Ron Brown (PPAC.2022.005)
• Sarah Brown (PPAC.2018.023)
• Buffalo History Museum (PPAC.2019.060)
• Sally Chetwynd (PPAC.2021.043)
• Coventry Town Museum, Sidney, NY (PPAC.2022.006.01)
• Eagle Valley Library District, Eagle, Colorado (PPAC.2019.027)
• Nancy Eiler (PPAC.2018.019)
• JoAnne Fassinger (PPAC.2019.033)
• Karen Frome (PPAC.2021.028)
• Joshua Hamerman (PPAC.2019.002; PPAC.2019.085; PPAC.2020.004)
• Char Harris (PPAC.2019.083)
• Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. (PPAC.2019.004)
• Amber and Joseph Johnson III (PPAC.2022.009)
• Debra Johnson (PPAC.2021.012)
• Kevin Lawrence (PPAC.2017.057)
• James Litzler (PPAC.2018.052)
• Paul McKenna (PPAC.2018.060)
• Magnolia (Ohio) Area Historical Society (PPAC.2021.052)
• Sally Maish (PPAC.2021.027)
• Milford (Connecticut) Historical Society (PPAC.2021.025)
• Alicia Moran (PPAC.2021.030)
• Mountain Home Historical Society (accession no. PPAC.2017.039)
• Andrea W. Nevins-Fernandez (PPAC.2017.079)
• Ohio History Connection (PPAC.2019.018)
• Ouachita Baptist University (PPAC.2019.061)
• Stanley Pawlowski (PPAC.2021.023)
• Graham Pohl (PPAC.2022.012)
• Lori A. Pries (PPAC.2019.041)
• Rehoboth Beach Historical Society & Museum (PPAC.2017.043)
• Alvin Schaut (PPAC.2017.61; PPAC.2018.010; PPAC.2018.044; PPAC.2018.056; PPAC.2018.085; PPAC.2019.028; PPAC.2020.005; PPAC.2021.061)
• Sherry Scott (PPAC.2021.015)
• Edward Steele (PPAC.2018.043)
• Nadia Steinzor (PPAC.2019.032)
• Robin Tavano (PPAC.2021.029)
• Judith Zabar (PPAC.2021.076)

Processing Information

In 2002 Jennifer Lewis created a finding aid based on the categories imposed on the postcard collection by earlier staff. Additional increments have been added to the collection by various archivists since. In 2018 archivist Joseph Ditta converted the finding aid to its present online accessible form. Updated October 2021.


The New-York Historical Society continues to receive gifts of small numbers of postcards, which will be added to the collection.