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New York Caledonian Club
1856-2007
 MS 2923

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


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Alison Dundy

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 09, 2012
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents note

The New York Caledonian Club Records (1856 - 2007) document the membership, internal meetings, administrative and financial functions, social events, Scottish Studies Program, public issuances of the organization, and circulation of the club's lending library. The bulk of the collection consists of handwritten minutes from 1856-2003. Documents, such as the New York Caledonian Club's Constitution, are glued onto pages in early bound volumes of minutes. Minutes from 1981-2002 were typewritten and interfiled chronologically by the club secretary with correspondence, financial records, and public issuances. Membership books (1856-1947) record names and the diverse occupations of club members, as well as their birthplaces, birth dates, death dates, and years of membership. The club’s library function is documented in the lending library logbook. The collection includes the New York Caledonian Club flag, flown during the Highland Games (Scotch Games).

The general highlights of this collection are the photographs (1859-1918) and the register of the 79th New York Highland Regiment (volume 20). Twenty-two silver gelatin and albumen photographs (many are oversized) include portraits of club officers in Highland dress, veterans of the kilted Civil War regiment, and photographs of the Scotch Games. The register of the 79th Regiment includes two notable letters. A Special Order dated June 28, 1865, names New York Caledonian Club Chief George Mitchell (1832-1884) as Quartermaster of the 79th Regiment. The order is signed by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel M. Elliott (1811-1875), a Caledonian Club member who was later promoted to Brigadier General by President Abraham Lincoln. An October 31, 1881 letter by U.S. Secretary of State James Blaine expresses gratitude to the club for their condolences upon the assassination of President James Garfield.

Arrangement note

The collection has been arranged into twelve series. The arrangement within each series is chronological.

1. Series I: Minutes, 1856 - 2003
2. Series II. Photographs, 1857 - 1918
3. Series III: Membership Records, 1856 - 1947
4. Series IV: Financial Records, 1919 - 1994
5. Series V: Charter, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations, 1861 - 2002
6. Series VI: Award Citations and Proclamations, 1982 - 2007
7. Series VII: Library Records, 1888 - 1942
8. Series VIII: Newsletters, 1985 - 1990
9. Series IX: Scottish Studies Program, 2000 - 2002
10. Series X: Monographs
11. Series XI: Ephemera
12. Series XII: Flag