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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Geographic Images
circa 1600-2006
 PR 20

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 26, 2020
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Series V: New York City Views - Staten Island

Scope and Contents

Series V New York City Views - Staten Island is arranged in an organizational structure by topic of the view. GENERAL views include aerial views (those taken from airplanes or from the top of a tall building) and birds-eye views (generally 19th-century prints).

Harbor views are those which show the shore and skyline from the water, or from across some body of water. Some river and harbor views that show more than one borough are filed here. If the view is mainly of another borough, it will be filed therein.

RIVERS, ISLANDS, and BRIDGES are arranged alphabetically. Most buildings on islands (for example, asylums on Roosevelt Island) are filed under general Buildings headings. It behooves researchers to look under both headings to be sure of complete coverage.

STREET SCENES are views along streets and avenues. Some show a small portion of one block, some show several blocks. For views that specifically spotlight one building, search under BUILDINGS. However, researchers should also search the street scenes for other images of a specific building, especially those which may also show surrounding buildings and street and sidewalk traffic. Street scenes are arranged alphabetically or numerically. Researchers interested in specific areas should also consult surrounding streets, such as the avenues and appropriate cross streets.

PARKS and GARDENS include images of parks and gardens, some now defunct.

BUILDINGS are prints or photographs that spotlight a specific building. Churches and houses of worship are filed alphabetically by name

NOTE: Churches and Synagogues may also include temples, other houses of worship, convents, retreat houses, and cemeteries.  Government buildings include police and fire stations.  Residences are filed alphabetically by the last name of the owner, or by their own name, if applicable. Cross-references have been provided in those cases. Named apartment complexes are filed in alphabetically with residences, and unnamed apartment buildings can be found at the end of the run.

TRANSPORTATION includes images of all sorts of transportation found within the boundaries of New York City. For more general transportation (i.e. generic railroad images), look in the Subject File (PR 068). This category mainly includes images of buses, carriages, elevated railroads and subway images. Images of shipping boats can sometimes be found in Harbor Views, and also in the Maritime History File (PR 100).

EVENTS include views of special events, such as parades, funeral processions, celebrations, and fairs. Material housed flat has been separated into two categories based on format: Prints and Photographs. Within each format, material has been arranged into the above categories. Each image filed under the Buildings categories is separately listed in the finding aid below. In other categories, attempts have been made to provide more specific information about images in each folder, to reduce browsing and encourage more specific use.


Staten Island - Boxed Material - Views

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Aerial views
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Beach views
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Happy Land Amusement Park, South Beach
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Views of the Harbor, Bay, and Narrows- Prints

Scope and Contents Note

includes mid-19th century engravings and lithographs, including views by W.H. Bartlett.

Box: 1 Folder : 5 Views of the Harbor, Bay and Narrows- photos
Box: 1 Folder : 6 General views

Staten Island - Boxed Material - Buildings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Buildings-General

Scope and Contents Note

includes hospitals, schools, government buildings, hotels,and warehouses

Box: 1 Folder : 8 Churches
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Residences-A - E
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Residences-Billopp House,Tottenville
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Residences-F - P
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Residences-Q - Z
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Restoration-Historic Richmond town

Staten Island - Boxed Material - Transportation

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Transportation


Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF496 General Views - Prints

Scope and Contents

Encampment of Company A - Tompkins Blues - Capt. John Mayher, at Fort Tompkins, Staten Island, Aug. 20th, 1842, lithograph by Thayer and Co., published by James L. Hewitt.

Richmond Seminary, Staten Island, N.Y., lithograph by F. & S. Palmer, circa 1847-1848;

The Narrows and Part of Staten Island, lithograph by Deroy, after a drawing by Aug. Kollner, 1850;

View of the New York Quarantine, Staten Island, lithograph by Hayward, 1851;

View of the Marine Hospital and Quarantine Grounds, Staten Island, New York, lithograph by Gustav Wenige, printed by Brown and Quinlan, 1854;

View of the Quarantine Grounds and Buildings, Staten Island, lithograph by G. Hayward, 1858 (3 copies);

Caprera Hotel and Garden, Clifton, Staten Island, photogravure, circa 1890;

Tottenville, Borough of Richmond, New York, G.H. Bailey, 1902 (photoreproduction);


Encampment of Company A – Tompkins Blues – Capt. John Mayher, at Fort Tompkins, Aug. 20, 1842

Folder: FF497 General Views - Photographs

Scope and Contents

The Old Mill, Fresh Kills Meadow, Richmond, circa 1900;

U.S. Coast Guard Station, Staten Island, photograph by Marilyn Schwartz, 1978;

Richmond Iron Mining Company, Staten Island, 2 photographs of workers by F. L. Huff, circa 1880;

New York Bay from Staten Island, panoramic photograph by A. Loeffler, 1897;

Folder: FF498 Buildings

Scope and Contents

Billop House, a.k.a. the Conference House, (2 photographs);

Britton Cottage, a.k.a Cubberly House;

Comstock, D.A. House, "Rose Bank," New Brighton, 3 views, lithograph by William Endicott and Co., G.M. Root, delineator;

Cortelyou, Aaron Homestead, a.k.a. Lake or Gifford House;

Dongan, Thomas House (colonial governor of New York, later Earl of Limerick);

Guyon-Clark House, 360 Guyon Avenue, photograph by E. Wenzel;

Kreuzer-Pelton House, 1262 Richmond Terrace;

Lake-Tysen House;

Ward, W.G., "Oneata," 1867

Folder: FF499 Clippings

Scope and Contents

Clippings from "The Staten Islander" 1901-1905.

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