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Guide to the Myron S. Falk Papers
 MS 3047

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Alexandra Gomer (2018) and Larry Weimer (2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 12, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series II. Subject Files, 1895-1945. 2.40 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes Myron Falk's correspondence and related documents, spanning from 1895 to 1945, on a wide variety of subjects of a personal and professional nature. Included are subjects relating to his work as an engineer and other associations he took part in, such as the State Water Supply Commission, the American Bemberg Plant, Congregation Emanu-El, his work in the Ordnance Department during World War II, the Harmonie Club, and Mount Sinai Hospital. Also included are his school notebooks, documents relating to his house in Greenwich, Conn., his personal diaries and address books, and clippings concerning Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre. The scrapbook folders also contain material related to his family, such as his son Myron Falk Jr.'s graduation from Yale and his daughter's wedding invitations. There is also mixed general correspondence that contains documents often related to Falk's club memberships, Columbia, engineering jobs, and the American Silk Mission.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged by subject matter.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 16-17 Diaries (2 folders)
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 18-21 WWII/Ordnance Dept. documents (4 of 6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ammunition plant organizational maps, correspondence, and Falk's handwritten notes.

Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 3 WWII/Ordnance Dept. documents (1 of 6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Notebook with Falk's notes and other documents concerning various US ordnnce production facilities. (Part of 2021 gift.)

Box: Oversize Small Folder : 1 WWII/Ordnance Dept. documents (1 of 6 folders). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes oversized Ordnance organizational charts and maps.

Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 22-24 Water Supply Commission (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents and correspondence relating to the State Water Supply Commission report, including a report by Falk as the Consulting Engineer of the commission.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1 Bemberg Plant clipping and photographs

Scope and Contents Note

From the The Bristol Herald Courier. Includes preservation photocopies and original clipping.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2 Congregation Emanu-El documents

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plans and descriptions of the new building at 65th and Fifth Avenue.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 3 Mount Sinai Hospital correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence and reports (e.g., statistical and comparative) from Mount Sinai Hospital to committee members, especially related to the Medical Board's Dental Committee (e.g., organizational structure, services to German refugees, appointments).

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4 Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence and minutes from the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Home, which Falk was invited to as Chairman of the Building Committee. Includes the "Preliminary Study for the Future Development of the Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews" (1937) and correspondence from architects Robert D. Kohn and Charles Butler.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5 Greenwich property septic tank correspondence
Drawer: Oversize Large Oversized property maps and blueprints

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Greenwich topographical map, septic tank blueprint, linen prints of the house (1913), and a map of Greenwich (1930). Also includes a supplementary drawing of W. 53rd Street showing Route No. 101 for the subway system (1928).

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 6-8 School notebooks (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notebooks from a course in Practical Metallurgy at Columbia University, and from his travels visiting factories in Pennsylvania.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 9 Address book
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 10 The Tennyson Birthday Book
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 4 Engagements/Appointments Book

Scope and Contents

Social engagements for a period November-May of an unspecified year. Appears to be Milly Falk's book. (Part of 2021 gift.)

circa 1903?
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 5-6 Myron & Milly Wedding (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes a "souvenir" "Bride's Book" that includes some entries about the couple and their wedding. Also includes a "record of gifts" and many congratulatory telegrams and letters that had been placed inside the front cover of the Bride's Book. (Part of 2021 gift)

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 11 Scrapbook (1 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

These papers were found loose in the cover of the scrapbook. They include, among other material and subjects, an assortment of bills, correspondence, the 1934 catalog for the Hebrew Technical Institute, documents regarding a dispute about renovations to the Century Country Club, and material related to the American Silk Mission (articles from the Yokohama Tsushin, passenger list of the ship  Empress of Australia, etc.).

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 12 Scrapbook (2 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

The unbound scrapbook includes, among other material, newspaper clippings of family achievements, including real estate transactions; clippings and publicity pieces about the Mercury Theater and its productions; travel ephemera; programs from Temple Emanu-El and Columbia University reunions; and correspondence from the Ordnance department (World War I) and from Wonham, Bates & Goode.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 13 Scrapbook (3 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, clippings about Henry L. Einstein and other family members (obituaries, announcements, etc.), and bills from European travel (1910) .

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 14 Scrapbook (4 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, clippings from groups and companies Falk was associated with, such as the American Bemberg Company, State Water Supply Commission, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Columbia University.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 15 Scrapbook (5 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes material from Columbia University, Mt. Sinai, and the Harmonie Club. Includes a list of all members of the American Silk Mission, with titles and associated companies.

Offsite-Box: 2 Box : 16 Scrapbook (6 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, a handwritten biography of Myron S. Falk.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 17 Scrapbook (7 of 7 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, three letters from Myron Falk's father postmarked from Amsterdam (1890) that are written in another language (possibly Dutch), his WWI military record, and correspondence.

Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 18-21 Condolences on the death of Myron S. Falk (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes related correspondence.

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-2 Yale Graduation (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes materials from Myron S. Falk, Jr.'s graduation from Yale in 1928. See also Photographs Series for an oversize panorama of the graduating class.

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 3 Chinese porcelains guide

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of "Chinese Porcelains, Their History and How to Distinguish Their Dates and Styles" by Major Arthur De Bles from the Art Culture Institute of America. Also includes some travel ephemera and some correspondence.

Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4-5 General correspondence (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Wonham, Bates & Goode Trading Corporation correspondence, bills, Falk's driver's license, estimates for Mt. Sinai Hospital, some American Silk Mission documents, and other matters.


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