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Guide to the Myron S. Falk Papers
1867-1950
 MS 3047

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

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Falk, Myron S. (Myron Samuel)
Title: Myron S. Falk family papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1867-1950
Abstract: The Myron S. Falk family papers include correspondence, financial ledgers, diaries, photographs, print matter, artifacts, and film pricipally related to Falk, a New York City based engineer, and his immediate family, and to a lesser extent to his wife Milly's family, the Einsteins . Myron Falk (1878-1945) worked as a consulting and chief engineer for the New York State Water Supply Commission and multiple construction and manufacturing companies. He was also on the Board of Directors or an officer of various institutions, including Wonham, Bates, and Goode Trading Corp. and Mt. Sinai Hospital. Additionally, Falk was Vice President at the American Bemberg Corporation, and served as a Lieutenant during World War I and World War II in the Ordnance Department building ammunition plants. For his work, Falk traveled often, going to Cuba, Brazil, and the Mediterranean, as well as China, Japan, and Korea with the American Silk Mission in 1923, during which he wrote detailed correspondence to his children.
Quantity: 17.67 Linear feet in 17 boxes of various sizes and four oversize folders
Language: Materials primarily in English, with some correspondence and bills in French, Italian, Asian languages, and, possibly, Dutch.
Call Phrase: MS 3047

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Biographical/Historical Note

Myron S. Falk was born in New York City on 13 September 1878. His parents were Arnold Falk (1843-1891) and Fannie Falk (1856-1920). Falk graduated as a Civil Engineer from Columbia University in 1899, and as a Mechanical Engineer from Stevens Institute in 1900. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1904. He spent ten years at Columbia teaching in the Civil Engineering Department, where he wrote text books on the design of bridges with Professor of Civil Engineering, William A. Burr. While teaching, Falk was made head of the Testing Laboratory which resulted in his book "Cements, Mortars and Concretes." In 1904 he was appointed a member of the New York Bay Pollution Commission by Governor Benjamin B. Odell to investigate the pollution of New York Harbor. In 1905 he was appointed Consulting Engineer to the New York State Water Supply Commission, which had control and supervision of all water supplies in the state, including New York City. In 1905, he became Chief Engineer of the Godwin Construction Company. Two years later he became Chief Engineer of H.H. Oddie Inc, a New York construction firm. At the same time, he formed an association with Albert B. Hager, Civil Engineer, with whom he designed many steel building frames for architects.

In 1917 Falk was appointed Major in the Ordnance Department of the Army and was in charge of the production of raw materials for the Ammunition Division during World War I. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement in July 1919. He became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wonham, Bates & Goode Trading Corporation in 1920, which was a branch of M. Samuel & Co. Ltd, of London, an importing and exporting firm for whom he made trips to China, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, etc. In 1923, he traveled with the American Silk Mission to China, Japan, and Korea to discuss silk trade. He resigned his position at Wonham in 1927 to become Vice President and Chief Engineer of the American Bemberg Corporation, for which he built a large plant for the manufacture of rayon at Johnson City, Tennessee. He was also Consulting Engineer to many other projects, such as the construction of the Temple Emanu-El at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. He also served as an officer and director of the Mercury Theatre.

Falk retired from all active work in 1928 but in 1941, in the months leading to America's entry into World War II, he returned to the Ordnance Department as Consulting Engineer to the Ammunition Division. Based primarily in Washington, Falk was a special assistant to the chief of the division on matters concerning the construction and operation of about seventy powder, explosives and loading plants. In late 1942, Falk was commissioned into the Army and assigned to the St. Louis Ammunition Branch as Head Engineer, before transferring in 1943 to the New York District as Principal Engineer of Industrial Production.

Falk was also associated with various organizations, some referencing his Jewish heritage, such as the Hebrew Technical Institute, the Institute for the Deaf, the Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews, chairman of the Lavanburg Foundation, and trustee and chairman of the Building and Laboratory Committees of Mt. Sinai Hospital. He was in Harmonie Club, Engineers Club, Columbia University Club, and the Army-Navy Club.

In 1903, Falk married Milly Judith Einstein (1883-1915) whose father was Henry L. Einstein, a wool manufacturer and owner of New York Press. The Falks had two daughters, Eleanor and Mildred, and a son, Myron Falk Jr., who was known as "Johnny." Falk purchased in 1913 Tophill Farm on King Street in Greenwich, Conn.; the property is commonly referred to in the documents as being in Port Chester, N.Y., which was the closest town center/train station. After Falk's death in 1945, the property was sold to the Thermix Corporation as their new headquarters. It was in the vicinity of what is now the Brunswick School's pre-and lower schools.

[This biography was drawn primarily from biographical notes found within the collection, and a New York Times obituary.]

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Scope and Contents Note

The Myron S. Falk papers include documents related to the personal and professional life of Myron S. Falk (1878-1945), an engineer from New York City. The collection spans from 1867-1947, although the bulk of the collection dates from the 20th century, after Falk graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Columbia University (1899) and Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology (1900).

Falk's professional career is represented in this collection through his published works on engineering and his correspondence with companies he worked for, such as H.H. Oddie Inc, the American Bemberg Corporation, and the trading company Wonham, Bates, and Goode, for whom he would often travel.

A significant portion of travel correspondence, ephemera, and photographs derives from his journey in 1923 to China, Japan, and Korea with the American Silk Mission, which met with and discussed trade with silk manufacturers.

Additionally, there is an abundance of financial and legal documents regarding Falk and his family, including wills, estate and trust accounts, tax documents, ledgers, appraisals of his homes, and general financial correspondence and bills, some of which touch upon his involvement with Mercury Theatre.

There is also a scrapbook that contains information that commemorates important events involving Falk and his family, such as Columbia University Class of 1899 memorabilia, World War I and World War II clippings, clippings on their home Tophill Farm, and his children's wedding invitations and graduation pamphlets.

Also included in the collection is correspondence from Falk's time in the Ordnance Department during World War I and World War II, where he worked designing and manufacturing ammunition plants. Correspondence and artifacts also represent the numerous associations he was involved in, such as the Harmonie Club, the Society of American Magicians, Mt. Sinai Hospital committees, and Congregation Emanu-El. There is also a significant amount of condolence notes from when Falk died in 1945.

The collection also holds an assortment of photographs of his family and travels, some of which are in photo albums with captions or indexes, and others are loose with little identifying information.

Also in the collection are reels of film. Many of these were taken by Falk on his travels during the 1920s and later and many are home movies of his family. Several of the reels are from the years after Falk's death and were taken by Myron Falk, Jr. The family had many of these digitized and the digital files are on a USB and a set of DVDs.

Arrangement Note

The records are arranged in seven series as follows:

Series I. Travel (1888-1937)

Series II. Subject Files (1895-1945)

Series III. Financial and Legal Papers (1910-1947)

Series IV. Print Matter (1889-1932)

Series V. Photographs (1903-1928, undated)

Series VI. Artifacts (1869-1945, undated)

Series VII. Film (circa 1920s-1950s)

The collection arrived in a somewhat disorganized fashion and the processing archivist established the above overall organization. Nonetheless, if materials of various formats or subjects were found together in envelopes or folders, the archivist did not sort them into various series, but left them together. Therefore, although the series may appear rigid, the subject matter can be found in various parts of the collection. Accordingly, it is recommended that researchers look through all the series to ensure they have identified all relevant materials.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Einstein, Henry L., 1849-1918
  • Falk, Johnny, 1906-1992
  • Falk, Myron S. (Myron Samuel)

Document Type

  • Blueprints (reprographic copies).
  • Certificates.
  • Diaries.
  • Ephemera.
  • Financial records.
  • Home movies.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.

Subject Organizations

  • Mercury Theatre
  • Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Medical Board
  • Wonham, Bates & Goode Trading Corporation (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Civil engineers -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Decedents' estates -- New York (State)
  • Jewish engineers -- New York (State) -- New York.

Subject Places

  • Asia -- Description and travel
  • Greenwich (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Myron S. Falk family papers, MS 3047, New-York Historical Society.

Separated Materials Note

Nitrate negatives were removed from the collection and placed into separate storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Robert Lewis Lenzner, 2016. Film donated by Nancy Falk and Michael S. Falk, 2016. Additional materials collected from various family members and donated by Nina Lenzner Evison, February 2021.

Processing Information Note

Collection processed by archival intern Alexandra Gomer, Spring 2018. Additional materials were donated in 2021 and processed by archivist Larry Weimer.

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Container List

Series I. Travel , 1888-1937. 1.45 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes material related to Myron S. Falk's travels, much of which was done for the company Wonham, Bates & Goode for whom he was Chairman of the Board of Directors. Most documents are dated 1923 or after, excluding one travel diary written by Falk at 10 years old in 1888. There is also a diary that dates 1910-1934, in which Falk details some of the trips he went on, which also have material within this series. A set of snapshots from 1910-11 depict Myron and Milly on travels to Europe (primaily Italy) and to the Caribbean and Panama where they saw construction underway on the canal.

A significant amount of material in this series was obtained in his journeys with the American Silk Mission, which was a group of businessmen who traveled around East Asia visiting silk manufacturers and factories in order to discuss the silk trade. Included are newspaper clippings from regional newspapers in Asia that welcomed the Silk Mission and give context to their travels, as well as itineraries and ephemera from each factory visited. There are also many photographs, some taken by Falk, which are more candid and also larger, posed ones given to him by the factories. Of particular significance is the detailed correspondence of his journeys through China, Japan, and Korea through which he not only details his daily travels, but also comments on cultural customs of these countries through a Western perspective. Korea was occupied by Japan during this period and the impact of that occupation is noted at times by Falk. Also within this correspondence is a description of a brief meeting with Sun Yat Sen, the first provisional President of the Republic of China.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged in chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Travel diaries

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two diaries. One is a travel diary written by Falk in 1888 concerning his travels in Germany, England, Austria, and France. The second diary, from 1910-1934, includes entries that relate to some of the material listed in this series. Includes some Jamaica-related documents from the diary.

1888, 1910-1934
Offsite-Box: 14 Photographs (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes captioned snapshots from Myron and Milly's travels to Europe (1910) and Caribbean/Panama in 1911. Europe includes mostly various ports of call in Italy (Genoa, Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Pompei, Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice) as well as Azores, Madeira, and Algecira, with a few from England, Versailles, and on-board ships. Caribbean includes Puerto Rico/San Juan, Panama (canal construction), and Bermuda. (Part of 2021 gift)

1910-1911
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 General family correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among others, letters from Myron to his father (1890) and later letters between Myron and his children. Subject matter varies widely and includes some travel-related. Bulk sections of the correspondence date from the summer of 1928 and January-February 1936.

1890-1943
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3-5 American Silk Mission. Correspondence to children (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three typed transcripts of Falk's correspondence to his children during his trip with the American Silk Mission to China, Japan and Korea during 1923. Includes, among other things, a description of a meeting with Dr. Sun Yat Sen, first provisional president of Republic of China and leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party.

1923
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6-9 American Silk Mission. Documents and ephemera (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes menus, itineraries, invitations, informational brochures, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs obtained throughout China, Japan, and Korea.

1923
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 10 American Silk Mission. Photographs (1 of 3)
1923
Drawer: Oversize Large American Silk Mission. Photographs, oversize (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Panorama of participants in the American Silk Mission in China.

1923
Box: 7 Folder : 3 American Silk Mission. Photographs, flat file (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Photographs from dinners during American Silk Mission. Includes Yokohama Raw and Waste Silk Guild, Chamber of Commerce and Silk Guild of Nanzing, China Export Co. Lmt. (Shanghai), Yung Tah Silk Filature & Soy Lun Anchor Filature (Shanghai).

1923
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 1 American Silk Mission. Newspapers

Scope and Contents Note

Includes articles welcoming the American Silk Mission from Nanshin Hibi Shinbun and  The Japan Advertiser.

1923
Box: 7 American Silk Mission. Rolled textile, flat file.
1923
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 11 Mediterranean. Correspondence to children during trip
1927
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Brazil. Correspondence to children during trip

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of daughter Mildred's birth certificate, Myron's small pox vaccination record, and photographs.

1930
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12A Correspondence

Scope and Contents

4 letters: from New York (1930), on board Vulcania (1931), on board Virginia (1932), and at Panama Canal Zone (1932). Photocopy of 1932 passenger list of Scythia and obituary of Falk mentor William Hubert Burr (1934).

1930-1934
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13-14 Caribbean and Central America. Photographs (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Unbound photo album of travels to Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, and Miami. Contains an original typed index with descriptions of each photo. The archivist wrote numbers on the backing of each photograph in brackets to facilitate the use of the index with the corresponding photo.

1934
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 15 Mediterranean. Correspondence from Myron and Mildred to family
1937

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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)
1908-1938
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.

1942-1944
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.)

1940-1942
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.

1942-1944
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.

1905-1906
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.

1927
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.

1927-1929
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).

1938-1940
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.

1937-1938
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5 Greenwich property septic tank correspondence
1942
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).

1913-1930
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.

1895-1902
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 9 Address book
Undated
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 10 The Tennyson Birthday Book
Undated
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)

1903
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.).

1922-1934
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.

1906-1939
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) .

1910-1943
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.

1899-1925
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.

1899-1944
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.

1930-1945
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.

1922-1932
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 18-21 Condolences on the death of Myron S. Falk (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes related correspondence.

1945
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.

1928
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.

1921-1931
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.

1920-1923

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Series III. Financial and Legal Papers, 1905-1947. 1.96 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes the financial and legal papers of Myron Falk and his family members, including his wife, Milly Falk, his father-in-law, Henry L. Einstein, and his children, Mildred, Eleanor and Myron Falk Jr. from 1898-1946. The series includes financial diaries, appraisals of his properties at 130 East 44th St and in Greenwich, Conn. (often referred to as Port Chester, N.Y.), and documents relating to estates, trusts, wills and testaments, tax documents, and insurance policies. A large portion of this series contains general financial and legal correspondence, bills, club dues, and account statements. Some correspondence relates to Falk's investment in the Mercury Theatre and a dispute with Orson Welles concerning use of the Mercury name outside of the Theatre's interests.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in rough chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 6-9 Financial diaries (4 folders)
1910-1945
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 10 Investment accounts diary
1926-1930
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 11-12 Ledger books (2 folders)
1911-1935
Box: 6 Ledger book. Flat box
1917-1936
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 13 Appraisal of 130 East 44th St
1921 April
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 14 Inventory and Appraisal of Furnishings and Personal Effects of Myron S. Falk, King Street, Port Chester, N.Y.

Scope and Contents Note

Also contains bills and receipts from Japan dated 1923 for items possibly bought during the Silk Mission (artwork, sculptures, textiles, etc.).

1921, 1923
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 15-16 Estate of Milly E. Falk (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

3 account books.

1916-1922, 1939-1940
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 17 Last Will and Testaments of Milly E. Falk and Henry Einstein

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other documents, certified copy of Milly E. Falk's last will and testament; Estate of Milly E. Falk "B" Account checkbook; Myron Falk's Income Tax Record Book (income, deductions, securities) for 1918-1934; Falk's diary notes for August 6-September 17, 1945; and printed version of last will and testament of Henry L. Einstein.a letter to Myron Falk Jr.

1898-1947
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 18 U.S. Trust Company (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Relates primarily to financial matters with the trusts set up under Henry Einstein's will for his grandchildren, Mildred and Myron Jr. Includes blueprint for West 53rd street (Falk owned building 44 W. 53rd).

1927-1944
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 U.S. Trust Company (2 of 2). Oversize
1926-1944
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 19 126 East 70th Street documents
1927-1946
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1 Insurance policies
1940-1945
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 2-3 Financial and legal correspondence (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, general financial correspondence, bills, tax related documents, Harmonie Club correspondence, Mercury Theatre/Orson Welles debt matters, photocopies of 1905 letters betwen Falk and William H. Burr on their joint interest in their published books, and legal documents regarding the trust of Henry L. Einstein.

1905-1944
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 4a-b Financial and legal correspondence (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, correspondence mentioning Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre, WWII clippings and correspondence, bills, invoices, estimates, trust related documents, membership cards to clubs, and monthly statements for his properties.

1941-1945
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 5-6 Financial and legal correspondence (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other material, stock certificates, bills, invoices, correspondence relating to World War II Ordnance department, taxes, insurance, trust accounts, and the Harmonie Club.

1944-1945
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 7 Myron Falk Estate Matters

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Myron Falk, Jr. regarding estate matters, including bequest to Mt. Sinai Hospital for endowment of a bed in the Chidren's Pavilion; letter regarding arrangements for sale of the Tophill Farm property; allocation of securities among trusts; and letter from the farm caretaker(?) regarding repairs, egg accounts and other matters. (Part of 2021 gift)

1946-1947

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Series IV. Print Matter, 1887-1932. 0.95 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains a mixture of published material from 1889-1932, the bulk of which was authored by Myron S. Falk. There are three hardcover engineering books written by Falk, as well as the Second Annual State Water Commission report which includes Falk's individual report. There are also numerous copies of booklet reprints of Falk's engineering writings. Material not written by Falk include, among others, Union Prayer books, engineering textbooks, and two books inscribed to Henry L. Einstein and to Lewis Einstein.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged by format and then chronologically, beginning with the hardcover books authored by Falk, followed by the Second Annual Report of New York State Water Commission, the reprint booklets, and then books in the collection not authored by Falk.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 1 Cements, Mortars, and Concretes by Myron S. Falk

Scope and Contents Note

Inscribed to Henry Einstein

1904
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 2 Design and Construction of Metallic Bridges by William H. Burr and Myron S. Falk
1908
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 3 Influence Lines for Bridges and Roofs by William H. Burr and Myron S. Falk
1909
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 4 Second Annual Report of the New York State Water Supply Commission

Scope and Contents Note

Stamped with 'Myron S. Falk. Mar 5 - 1907.'

Report of Myron S. Falk - Appendix I. Pages 24-69.

1907
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 The Sanitary Disposal of Municipal Refuse. An Informal Discussion.

Scope and Contents Note

By Messrs. Rudolph Hering, John McGaw Woodbury, H. De B. Parsons, W. F. Morse, George A. Soper, Theodore Horton, W. J. Baldwin, Charles B. Ball, M. N. Baker, Elmer W. Firth, Myron S. Falk, Charles H. Haswell, W. H. Booth, and H. A. Young.

Reprinted from Transactions, Vol. L, page 95. (1903.)

1903
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 Note on the Coefficient of Elasticity of Concrete and Mortar Beams During Flexure

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from Transactions, Vol. L, p. 473 (1903).

1903
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 On the Use of Influence Lines in Graphic Statics

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from the School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. XXIV, January, No. 2, April, No.3, and July, No. 4, 1903.

1903
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 The Detailed Design of a Railroad Bridge

Scope and Contents Note

By Wm. H. Burr and Myron S. Falk

Reprinted from The School of Mines Quarterly Vol. XXV, April, 1904, No. 3, and July, 1904, No. 4

1904
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 Some Primary Truss Principles
1904-1905
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 Notes on The Design of High Masonry Dams
1905
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 Influence Lines for Suspended Cantilevers

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from the School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3.

1907
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 The Deflection Polygon of a Framed Structure as a Funicular Polygon

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from the School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. XXX, No. 1.

1908
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 Displacement Diagrams of Framed Structures by Deflection Angles

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from the School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, No. 3.

1908
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 A System of Cost Keeping

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from Transactions, Vol. LXIV, p. 401 (1909).

1909
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 Two Reinforced Concrete Coal Pockets

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from Transactions, Vol. LXXI, p. 192 (1911).

1911
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 The Production of Toluol from Gas Plants

Scope and Contents Note

Reprinted from Transactions, Vol. LXXXIII, p. 904 (1920).

1920
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 9-11 Copies of Falk booklet reprints (3 folders)
1903-1920
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 12 Engineering books

Scope and Contents Note

Books not written by Myron S. Falk.

American Society of Civil Engineers: "Address at the Annual Convention, Hotel Wentworth, Near Portsmouth, N.H., June 21st, 1922." by John R Freeman ; "Charges and Method of Making Charges for Professional Services" 1930

"Notes on Code Words" by W.F. Friedman and C. J. Mendelsohn; inscription to Myron S. Falk by Charles J. Mendelsohn. 1932

"Report of Board of Engineer Officers as to Maximum Span Practicable for Suspension Bridges" - Major Chas W. Raymond, Captain Wm. H. Bixby, Captain Edward Burr, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Members of the Board. 1894

"Notes on Foundations: Prepared for the Senior Class in Civil Engineering at Columbia University" By Wm. H. Burr

1894-1932
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 13 Le Siege de Berlin et Autres Contes par Alphonse Daudet

Scope and Contents Note

Was Lewis Einstein's copy of "The Siege of Berlin and Other Tales" by Alphonse Daudet. L. Einstein and drawings are written on the cover in pencil.

1890
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 8 Poetical Works of John Godfrey Saxe

Scope and Contents

Inscribed "To Lewis Einstein from Columbia Grammar School for Excellence in English Composition, June 8, 1894." Cover (detached) embossed "Lewis Einstein."

1887
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 1 Paris Universal Exposition. Civil Engineering, Public Works, and Architecture

Scope and Contents Note

By William Watson

1889
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 2 The Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship Part I and II

Scope and Contents Note

'Regine Wallach' written in ink on front page of Part 1; Myron S. Falk inscribed on Part II.

1895
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 9 Program for the show "Uncle"

Scope and Contents

Presented by the Columbia University sophomores, Class of 1899, as a benefit for '99 Freshman Crew team. (Part of 2021 gift)

1897
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 10 Columbia University Commencement Programs

Scope and Contents

Part of 2021 gift.

1899, 1901, 1904

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Series V. Photographs and Drawings, circa 1870s-1950, undated. 3.74 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series brings together photographs that were not found with other documents or related correspondence in the collection. They include personal photographs of Falk and his family, friends, and associates. There are also three photograph albums, one from 1903 in Yellowstone with captions, one likely from circa 1880s-90s relating to the Einstein family, and a third which could not be placed. Also included are oversize photos and drawings depicting a variety of subjects, such as dinners, a panorama of Myron Jr.'s Yale graduation, the Ordnance Department in Washington, D.C. during World War I, and Falk's parents. There is also a book of pictures of buildings with their addresses, built by H.H. Oddie Inc of which Falk was Chief Engineer.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged by subject matter, then chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1-2 American Silk Mission and other photographs (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs from two envelopes. One labeled "Japanese Trip" and other is a Kodak envelope. Includes a mix of photographs other than from American Silk Mission. Nitrate negatives from the Kodak packet were removed for separate storage.

Undated
Box: 6 Myron Falk headshots. Flat box
Undated
Box: 15 Item : 1 Arnold Falk (Myron's father as young man). Charcoal drawing. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Item unframed and mounted by N-YHS conservator Alan Balicki, March 2021.

1879
Box: 15 Item : 2 Kaufman Wallach (Myron's grandfather). Charcoal drawing. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Item unframed and mounted by N-YHS conservator Alan Balicki, March 2021.

1879
Box: 15 Item : 3 Regine Wallach (Myron's grandmother). Charcoal drawing. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Item unframed and mounted by N-YHS conservator Alan Balicki, March 2021.

1879
Box: 17 Item : 1 Myron S. Falk (as infant). Charcoal drawing. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Signed "Falk." Item unframed and mounted by N-YHS conservator Alan Balicki, March 2021.

1879
Box: 16 Item : 1 Arnold Falk (Myron's father as elderly man). Charcoal drawing. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Item unframed and mounted by N-YHS conservator Alan Balicki, March 2021. Frame is also in box.

undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 4 Family photographs
Undated
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 11 Tophill Farm / Thermix Corporation (1 of 2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 documents: 8x11 version of the oversize aerial view found in the following folder; a color photograph of the exterior of the main building, labeled "The House of Thermix," subsequent to its acquisition by the Thermix Corporation in 1950; and a marketing brochure of the company with images of the house, with cover letter to Falk, Jr., transmitting the brochure. (Photos in this folder and the next were part of 2021 gift.)

1950, undated
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 Tophill Farm / Thermix Corporation (2 of 2 folders) Oversize

Scope and Contents

Oversize aerial view of property and main building in Greenwich, Conn.

undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 7-8 Photo albums (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

One album appears to be of a camping or hiking trip. The other album includes photos of ships, docks, a parade, storefronts, at least one view of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and other subjects. One nitrate negative was removed for separate storage.

Undated
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 12 Photo album

Scope and Contents

Photo album of cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite and tintypes. All are unidentified, however there are some photos of boys in baseball uniforms with the initials CGS, which is perhaps Columbia Grammar School, suggesting that these are photos of Lewis Einstein and the Einstein (Milly's) family.

circa 1880s-1890s
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 5-6 Photo album of Yellowstone/Colorado Springs (2 folders)
1903
Box: 7 H. H. Oddie. Flat box (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes pictures of the Kelly-Springfield Building (1919), N.Y. Telephone Building (167th St and Grand View Pl), Revillon Freres Building (1923). Examples of other photos include the Town Hall (concert hall), the Martin Beck Residence, The Cluny, 6th Municipal District Court, Ziegler Building, the State Bank (Madison Square Branch). The bulk of the photographs were taken by the Wurts Brothers or by H. Shobbrook Collins. There are also photographs of foundations built by Miller-Daybill & Co.

1919-1923
Drawer: Oversize Large Dinner in honor of Shozabura Hoshino given by Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Atwood at the Hotel Astor. Oversize
1925 January 14
Drawer: Oversize Large Society of American Magicians 22nd Annual Dinner at the Hotel McAlpin. Oversize
1926 June 14
Drawer: Oversize Large Canoeing panorama. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Thompson Photo Co. Rahway, NJ. n9 8011

Undated
Drawer: Oversize Large Yale Graduation panorama. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Yale balloon in the middle

1928
Drawer: Oversize Large Ordnance Department, Washington, D.C. panorama. Oversize
1919 January 3

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Series VI. Artifacts, 1867-1945, undated. 3.17 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains artifacts found throughout the collection, including diplomas and certificates from Columbia University, the War Department (World War II), and Congregation Emanu-El. The container list itemizes all artifacts.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged in chronological order with undated at the end.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 Citizenship Naturalization Certificate

Scope and Contents

Certificate issued by the New York Court of Common Pleas granting U.S. citzenship to Arnold Falk (Myron Falk's father).

1867
Offsite-Box: 8 Napoleon III Emperor medal
1869
Offsite-Box: 13 Item : 1 Einstein Family Bible

Scope and Contents

Text translated to English by Isaac Leeser, Third Edition, Printed Philadelphia by Sherman & Co. for the Rev. Abraham De Sola. At back of book are three sheets of genealogical details (births, deaths, marriages), primarily for Milly Falk's parents, Henry L. Einstein (1849-1918) and Cecilia Sulzbacher (1855 or 1856-1943), and their immediate ancestors and two later generations.

5633 [1873]
Offsite-Box: 8 World's Columbian Exposition medallion to Bound Brook Woolen Mills
1892-1893
Box: 7 Diploma for Lewis Einstein from Columbia Grammar School. Flat box
1894
Box: 7 Diploma from Columbia for Civil Engineering. Flat box
1899
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 Diploma from Stevens Institute of Technology. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Degree of Mechanical Engineer to Myron S. Falk.

1900
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 Certificate/diploma granting Ph.D. to Myron Falk from Columbia. Oversize
1904
Offsite-Box: 8 Two-handled cup

Scope and Contents

Small metal cup with two handles made of antlers(?), with inscription "To Myron S. Falk. With best wishes of Class of 1904, Civil Engineers, Columbia University." There is no maker's mark.

1904?
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 3 National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Membership Certificate. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Awarded to Milly Einstein Falk, national number 106998, given her descent from David Leivis, a soldier in the American Revolution.

1914
Offsite-Box: 8 Do Right and Fear No Man medal
1916
Offsite-Box: 8 Merritt Haviland Smith medallion

Scope and Contents Note

Inscripted: "Engineer for 40 years of the Water Supply of the City of New York - Colonel of Artillery in the Great War 1862-1926"

1926
Box: 7 Emanu-El donation receipt in honor of Arnold and Fannie Falk. Flat box
1927
Box: 7 World War II Commendation for Service. Flat box
1945
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 9 Wallet

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the business card and scrap papers found in Falk's wallet. One nitrate negative from the wallet was removed for separate storage.

Undated
Offsite-Box: 8 Seal stamps (2)

Scope and Contents Note

Seal stamp 1 reads "Myron S. Falk Incorporated"; Seal stamp 2 reads "Myron S. Falk Chairman of Building Committee"

Undated
Offsite-Box: 8 The "Aluminum" pocket seal with box
Undated
Box: 6 Thermometers (2). Flat box
Undated
Offsite-Box: 8 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Lines golf tees
Undated
Offsite-Box: 8 Weaved paper
Undated
Offsite-Box: 8 Coral
Undated

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Series VII. Film, 1920s-1950s. 4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes film taken mostly by Myron Falk in the 1920s-1930s. Falk's travels to the Middle East, Egypt, Europe, Panama, Brazil, Caribbean, and Western United States are included, but there do not appear to be any images from the American Silk Mission or other Asian travel. Falk's films also include images of home and family in Greenwich, Connecticut (commonly referred to in the collection as Port Chester, New York) and elsewhere. Some moving images were made by Myron Falk Jr. (Johnny), including European travel in the 1930s and later family images. Much of the film was digitized by the family and digital copies were included with the collection and in the series.

During processing, the film was not viewed. Subject content noted in the container list was derived from the various labeling found on the reels and their canisters. Various labels appear to have been added over time and the container list notes their references, to the extent they could be read. All but a few reels included a reference number and a "new" number; both numbers are included in the container list.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged, with minor adjustment, as presented to N-YHS by the donor. Film related to "travel" opens the series and is found in boxes 9 and 10. These are followed by film related to "family" in boxes 11 and 12.

Most of the reels were originally in four tin storage cases, labeled A-D. During processing at N-YHS, the film reels were rehoused into archival containers. The tin storage containers were discarded, however, the tins that housed the individual reels were retained as they have information written on them. Reels that were loose in the collection (i.e., not stored in one of the four tins) are also in Box 10. Digital media provided by the donor are noted at the close of the series.

Processing Information Note

The series was inventoried by archivist Larry Weimer in May 2018. The film was surveyed by conservator Alan Balicki in May 2018 who confirmed that it was safety film; the materials were labeled as such by him. The film was also rehoused into archival containers by the conservator in 2018.

Access Restrictions

The film reels are restricted from being viewed though the cans can be accessed for their information. The DVDs and USB with the digitized content provided by the donor are also restricted to avoid corruption of the original files. However, the contents were copied to N-YHS's network. For access to the files, contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #21 / New #26

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can includes notes in Falk's handwriting, but cannot be fully made out: [2 words?] pictures of Scythian[?] trip. Modern tape on can: "Egypt."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #22 / New #27

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can is faded, but appears to refer to Luxor and other sites, 1923-1924. Original tape around can has notations: "Scythia trip", "Feb 23, 1927: Ferry up Nile River trip," "ED * FOU," and [Trip 2/24 Luxor?]. White leader on film marked as "Kids 1938 & 1939."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #23 / New #28

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can and similar to tape around can: "2/26/27: Nile, Luxor, Assuan, Kamomba [Kom Umbu?]." Modern tape on top of can: "Egypt."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #24 / New #29

Scope and Contents

Original handwritten note around can: "Scythia trip 1927, March." There are many other words; those that can be made out are: Jerusalem street scenes, Wailing Wall, Palestine, Bethlehem. Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Jerusalem, Egypt." Tape on reel: "Herbert [name?] Scythia trip, Feb-Apr 1927."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #25 / New #30

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Mixture, Jerusalem, Venice." Modern tape: "Jerusalem."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #26 / New #31

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on tape around can: "Feb 1927: Constantinople, the Mosques[?], American College, Stadium, Acropolis, The Scythia [word?], Venice, St. Marks." White leader on reel marked: Panama 1932.

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #27 / New #32

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can is too faded to read, but dates from March 14-22. Modern tape: Munich 192?

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #28 / New #33

Scope and Contents

Original handwritten note around can: "Scythia trip, March 1927: Rhine [Bemberg?] Factory [several unidentified words], Amsterdam, [Brussels?], Paris Races, [Alice Cocher?]." Original handwritten on bottom of can: [?] 3/26, Amsterdam 3/28, Brussels 3/31, Paris Apr 1-[4?]." Modern tape: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #30 / New #34

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Colored [word?], Pictures Panama, 1929 [1927 also appears]." Modern tape: "Panama 1927. Myron, Eleanor, Mildred "boy dancing" good. rest is boring." "Reviewed by Mike & Lynne, 12/3/12."

Offsite-Box: 9 Reel : - #37 / New #37

Scope and Contents

Written on bottom of can: "Montego Bay, 1934" and "Rapps, Pursells, Hoggs."

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #36 / New #39

Scope and Contents

Handwritten on bottom of can: "Panama, Feb 1933. [word?] Caracas, [word?], Panama." Modern tape on can and on reel: "Panama 1933, ?, Caracas, Caracas, Panama. Myron Falk, Cruise."

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #35 / New #40

Scope and Contents

No can. Modern plastic reel. Tape on reel: "1932: Panama, Havana [3 words]."

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #39 / New #41

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Scythia, #1 Pier, 4 Madeira, Granada." Original tape around can: "Roma, Feb 1937." Modern tape: "SS Romo '37, Medit"

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #34 / New #43

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Mexico City, Ribera, Cuernavaca, Buckingham Palace, [Berongaria?] Howes, Bemberg Pl."

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #33 / New #44

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Mexico, Apr 20/31."

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #38 / New #45

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: 1936: Auto trip #2, Grand Canyon [other words unclear, including Patricia?]"

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #5 / New #2

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "Duck hunting, football, Pre-28." Original tape around is difficult to read, but seems to include: [Yale West Point football?], Duck hunting, Naumberg, Bemberg officials, Godwin, Eleanor, Our house. Modern tape: "1925: Picnic, Duck hunting, aereal views of Portchester." On white leader of film: 1925: "Duck hunt/aereal."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #4 / New #3

Scope and Contents

Original handwritten on bottom of can: "Bucklands, Yale Game, Portchester scenes, 1925." Original tape around can is difficult to read but seems to include the following words, among many others: Portchester, father, Johnny on horse, Yale, Bucklands. Modern tape: 1925: "Family, football game, Portchester." On white leader of film: "Family 1925."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #6 / New #4

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "2nd Godwin, Naumberg, Parties [word?]" Original tape around can is difficult to read, but includes the following words, among others: summer, Grandma & children in garden, Godwin, Eleanor. Modern tape: "1926, football, Godwin Co Picnic, family w/dogs" and "1926 Godwin Co Picnic."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #8 / New #5

Scope and Contents

On bottom of can: '28. Modern tape: "1928: swimming, golf, dog play, Army vs. Yale game" and "1928: swim/golf."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #7 / New #6

Scope and Contents

On bottom of can: "circa 1927." No other subject information.

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #1 / New #7

Scope and Contents

Modern tape: "Portchester in the 20s! Lots of the 3 kids, golf swings, an Isadora Duncan like dance, Perhaps Eleanor as child."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #10 / New #8

Scope and Contents

Written on bottom of can: "Old pictures, Cornell-Pa game, 1933, [caponizing hens?], Lake Placid, 1933."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #9 / New #9

Scope and Contents

Written on bottom of can: "Fire Island, July 1932; Jones Beach, Gill Haig, Johnny, Placid."

Offsite-Box: 11 Reel : - #11 / New #10

Scope and Contents

Written on can: "Feb 10, 1935: Miami, Coral Gables, [3 other words]". "[word?] Century, Arthur, Jesse, [word?], MSF: 1934." "Martin Erdmar, 1936." "Johnny @ Bermuda, 1936; Albert Hellers [word?] 1936."

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #15 / New #12

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: Eleanor's [honey?]moon, Mildred's graduation, Johnny flying: 1933"; "[Tex?] OK 1948." Modern tape: "1. Joe & Eleanor leaving on boat for honeymoon?, 2. Mildred's graduating, 3. Construction? 4. NY family: Joe, Eleanor, Mildred, Grandpa, Uncle George P. Andrea [?] Einstein. Mike 5/15/14"

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #13 / New #16

Scope and Contents

Written on can: "Johnny's wedding trip, 1935. Italy, Berlin." On white leader on reel marked: "MSF & PB Wedding Trip (No USSR)."

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #17 / New #14

Scope and Contents

Written on bottom of can (over "Rio" and other words): "Mildred Wedding, July 11, '39." Also labeled on such on reel.

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #12 / New #15

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can cannot be read. Original tape around can: "Pat & Bobby." On top of can: "Baby Pat & Bobby." On reel: "Baby Pat & Robert."

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #13 / New #16

Scope and Contents

No can. No subject label on reel. Notes from donor indicate this reel includes "Kids '38 & '39."

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #14 / New #17

Scope and Contents

Original handwriting on bottom of can: "[2 words?], Taormina[?], Pompeii[?]" Modern tape: "Pat & Bobby, 1941." On white leader of film: "Bobby & Pat, 1941?"

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #18 / New #19

Scope and Contents

Written on bottom of can: "Europe 1952." Written on reel: "Children in Europe.'

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - #19 / New #20

Scope and Contents

Written on bottom of can: "Europe, Johnny, II." Written on top of can: "Europe." Written on reel: "Europe, 1934 [overwritten to be 1930?], MSF Jr."

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #2 / New #1

Scope and Contents

No original can. White leader on film: "Sports & family, Portchester, 1924?"

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #3 / New #11

Scope and Contents

Film in deteriorated condition. Written on reel: "Wedding trip, 1935, Italy & Berlin." Written on tape on reel: "Lake Placid." Written on Post-it: "Could be Portchester, 1920s/1924, Lake Placid, year?"

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #31 / No new # (2 reels)

Scope and Contents

No original cans. Two reels. Card describes as "Paris/Bremen/Berlin, 1931?"

Offsite-Box: 10 Reel : - #? / New #18

Scope and Contents

No original can. On white leader of film: "Color, 66th Street, B-Day/Portchester, 1941/Elberon 1942."

Offsite-Box: 12 Reel : - No numbers

Scope and Contents

Small reel in box labeled as from Edgar Loew for development, subject "Alison at farm." DVD of the film has Post-it label "Mildred Falk Loew and Alison Loew, Summer 1943, Top Hill Farm, Port Chester.

1943
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 10 14 DVDs and 1 USB Drive (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

Digitized versions of at least some of the film, provided by the donor. These versions include the film of Falk's travels and home movies. These discs are restricted from use. However the contents were copied to N-YHS's network. For access to the files, contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org.

1920s-1950s
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 11 Notes and labels removed from film cans

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