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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

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Series II: New York City Views - the Bronx

Scope and Contents

Series II New York City Views - the Bronx 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.


Bronx - Boxed Material - General Views

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Aerial Views
Box: 1 Folder : 2 General views
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bronx River views
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Bridge views
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Leggett's Creek views
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Pelham Naval Station views

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Street Views

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Streets A-B
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bathgate Avenue
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Boston Road
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Streets C-E
Box: 1 Folder : 11 East Chester Road
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Streets F-G
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Fenton Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Forest Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Franklin Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Grand Concourse
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Streets H-L
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Kingsbridge Road
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Streets M-O
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Melrose Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Mosholu Parkway
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Mott Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Streets P-S
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Pelham Parkway
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Pennyfield Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Prospect Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Sedgwick Avenue
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Streets T-W
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Tremont Avenue
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Waring Avenue
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Washington Avenue
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Webster Avenue
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Westchester Avenue
Box: 3 Folder : 6 West Farms Road
Box: 3 Folder : 7 White Plains Road
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Streets X - Z
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Numbered Avenues (includes third avenue)
Box: 3 Folder : 10 132nd - 149th street
Box: 3 Folder : 11 150th - 169th street
Box: 3 Folder : 12 170th - 179th street
Box: 3 Folder : 13 180th - 189th street
Box: 3 Folder : 14 190th - 210th street
Box: 3 Folder : 15 211th - 249th street
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Unidentified street scenes

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Neighborhoods

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 City Island
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Spuyten Duyvil
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Throgs Neck

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Cemeteries

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Cemeteries (A-Z)

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Parks

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Parks (A-Z)
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Bronx Park, including Botanical Gardens, Bronx Museums
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Bronx Zoological Park
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Crotona Park
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Drake Park
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Pelham Bay Park
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Van Cordlandt Park

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Buildings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 12-22 Buildings-Churches and Synagogues
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Buildings- Clubs and Organizations
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Buildings-Government-General
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Buildings-Government-Fire Houses
Box: 5 Folder : 4-5 Buildings-Hotels A-Z
Box: 5 Folder : 6-8 Buildings-Institutions- HospitalsA-Z
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Buildings-Institutions-Shelter for Delinquent Boys
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Buildings-Manufacturing and Warehouses
Box: 5 Folder : 11-13 Buildings-Monuments and Statuary
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Buildings-Residences-A - C
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Buildings-Residences-Bartow-Pell Mansion, Pelham Bay Park
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Buildings-Residences-Bathgate, Charles Residence, West Farms
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Buildings-Residences-D - F
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Buildings-Residences-Ferris Houses
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Buildings-Residences-Fox Estate
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Buildings-Residences-G - L
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Buildings-Residences-Hadley House
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Buildings-Residences-Hunt Mansion
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Buildings-Residences-Lorillard Mansions and Snuff Mill
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Buildings-Residences-M - N
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Buildings-Residences-Morris, Gouverneur Mansion
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Buildings-Residences-Morris, William H. Mansion and Estate
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Buildings-Residences-O - S
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Buildings-Residences-Poe, Edgar Allen, Cottage
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Buildings-Residences-Poole, Townsend House
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Buildings-Residences-T - V
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Buildings-Residences-Van Cortlandt Mansion
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Buildings-Residences-W - Z
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Buildings-Residences-Zbrowski (Zabriskie) Mansion, Claremont Park
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Buildings-Residences-Unidentified
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Buildings-Restaurants (A-Z)
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Buildings-Taverns (A-Z)
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Buildings-Schools-Primary and Secondary
Box: 7 Folder : 2-4 Buildings-Colleges and Universities (including NYU and Manhattan College)
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Buildings-Sports Stadia-Yankee Stadium
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Buildings-Transportation Stations
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Buildings- Miscellaneous

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Utilities

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Utilities

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Transportation

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Bus and Trolleys
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Railroads
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Third Avenue Elevated Railroad

Bronx - Boxed Materials - Events

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Blizzard of Dec. 27, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Bronx Borough Day
Box: 7 Folder : 14-16 Parades (including firemen)
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Bronx - Boxed Materials - Unidentified photos


Bronx - Flat Material - Views

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF451 Aerial Views

Scope and Contents

includes aerial views of Tremont, the West Bronx, and City Island.

Folder: FF452 General Views - Prints

Scope and Contents

includes: 1891 auction map of lots for sale in 23rd Ward, near St. Mary's Park;

"A View of Phillip's Manor and the Rocks on the Hudson," from a drawing dated 1784;

"View of Melrose and Surroundings taken from the Ursuline Convent," 1868;

Mott Haven, showing Mott Iron Works;

1896 auction map of lots for sale at Underwood Terrace, Morris Heights, 24th ward;

"Historical Morrisania (Village)," 1861. Three versions, one with color;

"Plan of E.C. Cooper's Patent Inclined Plane Salt Works," City Island, East River, circa 1835;

"Fairmount Atheneum. Lewis Terrace, West Morrisania" undated;

"Car tracks, Cars, and Wagons on Third Avenue, Morrisania...and location of posts for proposed elevated railroad," 1881.

Folder: FF453 General Views - Photos

Scope and Contents


West Farms Village;


Spuyten Duyvil;

St. Ann's Avenue;

Washington Avenue;

Westchester Avenue;

Throgg's Neck Bridge approach;

unidentified open air theater, Mott Haven;

A. Hupfel's Sons Brewery, St. Ann's Avenue;

Folder: FF453.5 Views - Grand Concourse

Scope and Contents

Birds-eye views and street views (prints) produced by the Department of Street Improvements, showing the plans for the construction of the Grand Concourse.

Folder: FF454 Views - Parks and Gardens

Scope and Contents

Bronx Park, photo by Elwin R. Sanborn, circa 1900;

Macomb's Dam Park, athletic field, circa 1910;

Old Snuff Mill in Bronx Park (now within Bronx Botanical Gardens);

Van Cortland Mills in Van Cortland Park, photo by Edward Wenzel, 1893;

Van Cortland Mills in Van Cortland Park, unidentified photographer;

Van Cortland's Park, 1st-23rd- 71st Regiments [military encampment], 1917;

Bronx - Flat Material - Buildings

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF455 Churches

Scope and Contents

St. Ann's Protestant Episcopal Church, St. Ann's Avenue ca. 1873;

St. Edmund's Church, 176th Street;

St. Paul's Chapel, St. Ann's Parish, Morrisania;

St. Peter's Church, Westchester Avenue 1879-80;

Ursuline Convent, East Morrisania;

West Farms Reformed Church, Boston Road 1898

Folder: FF456 Clubs and Organizations

Scope and Contents

Sibberns' Club House, Jerome Avenue;

Tremont YWCA

Folder: FF457 Government Buildings - Firehouses

Scope and Contents

Independence Engine Co. #1, Williamsbridge;

Lady Washington Engine Co. #1, Fulton St.

Folder: FF458 Government Buildings - Municipal Building

Scope and Contents

consists of photographs of the Bronx Municipal Building, later called Bronx Borough Hall. It was designed by George Post and completed in 1897. Demolished 1969.

Folder: FF459 Hotels

Scope and Contents

photographs of Drovers Inn;

Nolans' Hotel;

Thwaite's Homestead Hotel

Folder: FF460 Residences - A-L

Scope and Contents

Dr. Anderson House, Throgg's Neck, print;

Ashe-Leland-Van Scheck-Mitchell-Huntington House, photo by Nash, 1905;

Bailey, N.P. House, Fordham, two photolithographs;

Bartow House, Pelham Bridge Road, photo by Nash;

Berrian-Johnson House, Spuyten Duyvil Parkway, photo by Nash, 1906;

Bourne, D.B. House, photo by Nash, 1904;

Faile, E.G., "Locusts" House, photo by Nash, 1905;

Faile, E.G., "Woodside" House;

Ferris Houses, three photos by Nash, 1904-05;

Fox-Tiffany House, Westchester Avenue, photo circa 1895.

Folder: FF461 Residences - G-P

Scope and Contents

Hadley House, Kingsbridge, photo by Nash, 1903;

Horton Farmhouse, City Island, photo by Nash, 1903;

Husted House, 221st Street, photo by Nash, 1903;

Hutchins, Waldo, Kingsbridge, photo by Nash, 1906;

Macomb, Robert House, Kingsbridge, photo by Nash, 1904;

Marshall House, City Island, photo by Nash, 1904;

Mathewson, Douglas House, 2024 Creston Avenue, drawing, circa 1911;

Miller House, Newton Ave, photo by Nash, 1906;

Montgomery Cottage, Fort Independence Avenue, photo by Nash, 1905;

Pell, Joshua House, Pelham, photo by Nash, 1904;

Poe, Edgar Allen, Cottage, photo by Edward Wenzel, 1893;

Poe, Edgar Allen, Cottage, 1902;

Poe, Edgar Allen, Cottage, circa 1910;

Powell Farmhouse, Washington Avenue, photo by Nash, 1904

Folder: FF462 Residences - Q-Z

Scope and Contents

Randall House, 1323 Franklin Avenue;

Spy House, Morrisania, photo by Nash, 1905;

Stanton House, Washington Avenue, photo by Nash, 1904;

Tippett Mansion, Riverdale Avenue, photo by Nash;

Valentine-Cornell Homestead, photo by Nash, 1903;

Van Cortlandt Manor, 1905;

Varian, Isaac, Van Cortlandt Avenue, photo by Nash, 1901;

Wilkens, Walter House, Prospect Avenue, photo circa 1899;

Wilkins Farmhouse, Unionport, photo by Nash, 1904;

Williams, John House, 215th Street, photo by Nash, 1903;

Folder: FF463 Residences - Ellis

Scope and Contents

interior and exterior views of the home of John Stoneacre Ellis. includes photos of Ellis' collection of European arms and armor.

Folder: FF464 Residences - Morris

Scope and Contents

various mansions and estates of the Morris family.

Folder: FF465 Residences - Vyse Manor

Scope and Contents

Vyse family house on their estate called "Rocklands."

Folder: FF466 Residences - Other

Scope and Contents

photos of houses taken by George W. Nash, 1903-1904.

Folder: FF467 Schools and Colleges

Scope and Contents

Grammar School #5 (later #64), Webster Avenue 1890;

Fordham University;

Manhattan College (lithograph)

Bronx Flat - Material - Events

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF468 Borough Day Parade
Folder: FF468 Breaking ground for subway construction, Westchester Avenue


Container 1     Title Date
Folder: *OS FF 523 Birds Eye View of the Proposed Speedway Concourse in Wards 24 and 25 [Bronx]

Scope and Contents

Grand Concourse.

*Super oversize, fragile, requires special handling.


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