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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Manuscripts of Lectures and Addresses
1809-1957, 2001, 2015-2016
 NYHS-RG 11

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Reverend Doctor [Samuel] Miller. Discourse Commemorative of the Discovery of the Hudson

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a typescript of Miller's discourse, likely from the late 19th or early 20th century.

1809 September 4
Box: 1 Folder : 2 DeWitt Clinton. Anniversary Address [Geographical, Political, and Historical View of the Indians Who Inhabited New York]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Clinton's paper with notes and appendices. Includes the resolution of thanks abstracted from the minutes by Recording Secretary John Pintard.

1811 December 6
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Gouverneur Morris. [Reflections on Prominent Historical Facts and Geographical Circumstances Which Distinguish New York]
[1812 December 6]
Box: 1 Folder : 4 [Gouverneur Morris]. [Inaugural Discourse: Reflections on Lessons of History]
[1816 September 4]
Box: 1 Folder : 5 [Alexander Garden]. [The Fascinating Power of Serpents]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photostat copy of the abstract of Garden's address as published in The American Monthly Magazine and Critical Review of November 1817, Vol III, p. 55-56. See also record group NYHS-RG 1 (New-York Historical Society management committee records), Series IV. Official Papers, for a manuscript about serpents by G. Schulte presented at the N-YHS meeting of 10 November 1818.

[1817 September 9]
Box: 1 Folder : 6 George Gibbs. Description of Certain Human Skeletons Supposed to be in Armor, Found at Fall River or Troy in Massachusetts
1840 February [March 3]
Box: 1 Folder : 7 William Beach Lawrence. Anniversary Address

Scope and Contents Note

Lawrence's remarks appear to be a survey of N-YHS's history, collections and publications.

1842 [November 1]
Box: 1 Folder : 8 [Henry R. Schoolcraft]. Scientific Associations Abroad
1842 December 6
Box: 1 Folder : 9 C. F. [Charles Fenno] Hoffman. North American Mythology

Scope and Contents Note

Includes handwritten prefatory remarks and the published text of the subject matter. It appears to have been published over time in three parts, though the source publication is not identified. The second part has a publication date of 14 August 1847, from a New York publication of which Hoffman was the editor.

[1843 December 5]
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Thomas De Witt. New Netherland
1844 January 2
Box: 1 Folder : 11 [Lewis H.] Morgan. On the Territorial Limits, Geographical Names, and Trails of the Iroquois (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the text of Morgan's remarks, the documents include a manuscript map of the subject territory, with a schedule of explanatory comments linked numerically to places on the map. The map and schedule were separated to the following oversize folder.

[1847 May 4]
Drawer: 12A-B10 Folder : 14 [Lewis H.] Morgan. On the Territorial Limits, Geographical Names, and Trails of the Iroquois (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the oversize map and associated schedule separated from the manuscript of Lewis Morgan's paper.

1847
Box: 1 Folder : 12 James W. Beekman. Early European Colonies on the Delaware
1847 June 1
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Thomas Barlow. An Incident of the Revolution
1847 August 7
Box: 1 Folder : 14 David E. Bartlett. Language, Considered Chiefly in Reference to its Modes of Adaptation to the Understanding

Scope and Contents Note

Bartlett was associated with the New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb.

1847 October 5
Box: 1 Folder : 15 James Searing [Benjamin F. Thompson, copyist]. The Battle of Ticonderoga, 1758

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the text of James Searing's 1758 account as copied from the original by Benjamin Thompson, and presented to N-YHS. Includes Thompson's prefatory remarks about the manuscript.

1847 October 5
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Oran W. Morris. Indian Names, Burial Places, Etc.
1848 February 1
Box: 1 Folder : 17 George Copway. The Wars in Canada West by the Ojibways & Iroquois, 1648
1848 March 7
Box: 1 Folder : 18 [Thomas De Witt]. The Sources of Some of the Early Settlements in the State of New York
[1848 April 4]
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Guillaume Tell Poussin. Discourse [Reflections on the American Example of Democracy and on the Press]
1848 November 7
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Frederic De Peyster. The Ancient and Present Depth of Butter Milk Channel
1848 December 5
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Frederic De Peyster. Paper Read on the Occasion of Presenting the Idol from the Ruins of Tustepeque
1848 December 5
Box: 1 Folder : 22 [Orsamus H. Marshall]. Champlain in the Onondaga Valley

Scope and Contents Note

Read by Mr. Bartlett. See also Marshall's later paper on this subject below in October 1885.

1849 March 2
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Nathan Burchard.Tionuniot, or the Oneida Stone, and the Remains of Indian Antiquities in its Vicinity
1849 April 3
Box: 1 Folder : 24 [Luther Bradish]. Annual Address [The Philosophy of History, With Some Sense of the Progress of the World During the Past Century]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies of Bradish's remarks.

1849 [November 20]
Box: 1 Folder : 25 [Henry C. Murphy?]. On the Limits of New Netherland

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Murphy's(?) address and a manuscript translation of Adrian van der Donck's "Description of the Limits of New Netherland" (1651).

[Circa 1850?]
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Peter J. Van Pelt. Historical Facts in Connection with the First Settlement of the City of New York & Its Environs, Etc.
1850 April 2
Box: 1 Folder : 27 William W. Campbell. Anniversary Address. [The Progress of Historical Research in the U.S. in the Last 25 Years]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clippings of the published version of the address, with annotations, possibly from a newspaper.

1850 November 19
Box: 1 Folder : 28 W. B. Taylor. History of the New York Post Office and Postal Arrangements

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscripts: a rough draft and a final.

1851 October 1
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Edwin Williams. The Importance of a General Index to American Newspapers.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clippings of a published version of Williams's remarks, likely from a newspaper.

1851 December 2
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Chief Justice Jones and Charles O'Conor. [Motion and Second for a Resolution Thanking Daniel Webster for his Address]
[1852 February]
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Pliny Miles. Icelandic History
1853 March 1
Box: 1 Folder : 32 William Allen. On Presenting an Aukook, or Indian Pot or Kettle
1854 November 7
Box: 1 Folder : 33 [Frederic De Peyster]. [On Presenting the Portrait of De Witt Clinton]
1854 October 7
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Celebration of the 50th Anniversary

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafts of the toasts, responses to the toasts, prayers, remarks, and other materials compiled to publish in the Proceedings. The documents include George Bancroft's response to the toast to him, but not his oration of the day. A portion of the printed  Proceedings is in the folder.

1854 November 20
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Henry T. Drowne. The Nocturnal

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the paper written by Drowne and read by George H. Moore at the 5 June meeting. The folder also includes the two drawings of the nocturnal (a nautical instrument) presented by Drowne with his paper: top view and under view. Both drawn from Capt. Anthony Lewis's original instrument by his descendant and owner of the nocturnal in June 1855, John Holden Arnold.

1855 June
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Frederick [Friedrich] Kapp. The Early Life and Character of General von Steuben
1855 June 5
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Henry C. Van Schaack. Reminiscences of Egbert Benson

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies and Van Schaack's transmittal letter to George Moore of one of the copies.

1856 February 5
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Frederick [Friedrich] Kapp. The Hessians in the American Revolution (First Part)
1856 June 3
Box: 2 Folder : 6 James Riker. Early Settlement of the Wallabout

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies and Riker's transmittal letter to Andrew Warner of one of the copies. Riker's paper engages in part with the Rapelje family, their settlement at Wallabout, and the birth of Sarah Rapelje, said to be the first child of European parentage born in New York.

1857 May 5
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Luther Bradish. Dedication of the New Fireproof Library Edifice of the New-York Historical Society
1857 November 3
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Peter J. Van Pelt. [Dedication of the N-YHS Building]
1857 November 3
Box: 2 Folder : 9 [Henry B. Dawson]. Retreats [of the American Army] through Westchester County in 1776 (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next two include at least two manuscript copies of Dawson's remarks, with sourced footnotes. Also includes transcriptions of source documents. A note from W.K. (likely William Kelby) indicates that the documents were purchased by N-YHS at the sale of Dawson's library on 19 May 1890. Also includes typed abstracts from documents and publications from 1861-1889 related to the Battle of Harlem Plains; one of these abstracts refers to a Dawson presentation on the subject at an N-YHS meeting of 18 June 1861.

[1858 April 20]
Box: 2 Folder : 10 [Henry B. Dawson]. Retreats [of the American Army] through Westchester County in 1776 (2 of 3)
[1858 April 20]
Box: 2 Folder : 11 [Henry B. Dawson]. Retreats [of the American Army] through Westchester County in 1776 (3 of 3)
[1858 April 20]
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Thomas F. De Voe. An Historical Outline of All the Public Markets of the City of New York

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies.

1858 May 4
Box: 2 Folder : 13 [George H. Moore?]. Mr. Lee's Plan, 29 March 1777

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a transcription of a document, with George H. Moore's instructions to a printer for setting it. The document was likely used in connection with Moore's paper "Treason of Major General Charles Lee" read to N-YHS on 22 June 1858.

[Circa 1858 June 22]
Box: 2 Folder : 14 [John Wakefield Francis?]. Reminiscences of Washington Irving
[1859 December 6]
Box: 2 Folder : 15 William James Hubard. Washington's Likeness and the National Standard For It

Scope and Contents Note

The folder includes Hubard's paper on the subject, written in 1859 or 1860. It was not read to N-YHS until 2 March 1875, by Librarian George H. Moore. In addition, the folder includes letters from Hubard to Andrew Warner, an officer of N-YHS, concerning the paper and Hubard's sculpture of Washington. The folder holds other related correspondence and the 1860 report of the New York City Committee on Arts and Sciences recommending the purchase of Hubard's copy of Houdon's statue of Washington.

1859-1860
Box: 2 Folder : 16 George H. McWhorter. [W. Wright Hawkes, copyist]. Memoir of General Alexander McDougall

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the transcription of McWhorter's original taken and read by Hawkes to N-YHS.

1860?
Box: 2 Folder : 17 [Benjamin Robert Winthrop]. Old New York
[1862 February 4]
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Frederic De Peyster. Memoir of the Honorable Rip Van Dam

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies, one of which is incomplete.

1862 November 4
Box: 2 Folder : 19 George H. McWhorter. Recollections of the Period of the Declaration of Independence

Scope and Contents Note

Paper read at the 17 February meeting by George H. Moore

[1863 February 17]
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Rev. Roswell D. Hitchcock. The Life, Writings, and Character of Rev. Edward Robinson, D.D., LL.D
1863 March 24
Box: 3 Folder : 2 [Frederic De Peyster]. [The Inauguration of Washington in 1789].
[1864 March 1]
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Isaac J. Greenwood, Jr. Memoir of John Bailey and the War Sword of Washington
1864 May 3
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Prof. G. [Gustavus] Seyffarth. Remarks on Prof. Anderson's Mummy-Coffins
[1864 December]
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Isaac J. Greenwood, Jr. The Montauk Indians: An Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a paper submitted by Greenwood to George H. Moore for the collections of N-YHS. From the document and an accompanying letter to Moore, it is not evident that the paper was read to the N-YHS.

1864 December 30
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Henry C. Van Schaack. A Gentleman of the Old School, and a Non-a-genarian

Scope and Contents Note

The subject is Henry Van Schaack (circa 1732-1823).

1865 February 7
Box: 3 Folder : 7 John F. Aiken. The History of Liberty
1866 February 6
Box: 3 Folder : 8 [Thomas Ewbank]. North American Rock-Writing and other Aboriginal Inscriptions

Scope and Contents Note

The paper was read at the 6 March meeting by George H. Moore. In addition to the paper, the folder includes an apparently unrelated copy of Ewbank's letter of December 1868 to Miss Eliza M. Ewbank of Rio de Janeiro.

[1866 March 6]
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Col. J. G. [James Grant] Wilson. The Red River Dam
[1866 March 6]
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Charles C. Savage. George Bruce and His Connection with the Art of Printing

Scope and Contents Note

The bound text includes a tipped-in page from August 1858 with examples of George Bruce's patented scripts. Charles Savage is identified as the President of the N.Y. Typographical Society.

1866 October 2
Box: 3 Folder : 11 S. [Solomon] Alofsen. [Saint Nicholas and His Festival in Amsterdam].

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence from Alofsen to Librarian George Moore describing the Saint Nicholas traditions of the Netherlands, sheet music from Amsterdam with Dutch lyrics and Alofsen's annotations, and Alofsen's translation of the lyrics. The Alofsen material dates from 1865-66. Also in the folder is a 1939 reprint from N-YHS of a version of the Saint Nicholas song distributed by N-YHS in 1864 and of a broadside distributed in 1810, and photoreproductions of several of the documents.

1865-1866
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Evert A. Duyckinck. Memorial of Francis L. Hawks, D.D.

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the memorial, the folder includes a bibliography of the writings of Hawks compiled at the direction of William Gowanus and forwarded by him in 1870 to Duyckinck.

1866 December
Box: 3 Folder : 13 John Austin Stevens, Jr. The Merchants of New-York, 1765-1775: Non-Importation Agreements. Committee of Correspondence
1867 June 4
Box: 3 Folder : 14 [George H. Moore, copyist]. [Letters of Jo. Clark Etc.]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes transcriptions of letters of the 1670s to and from Silvester Salisbury, Governor of Fort Albany. The minutes of the N-YHS meeting of 2 February 1869 indicate that George H. Moore read one of these letters, that of Jo. Clark to Salisbury.

1869 February 2
Box: 3 Folder : 15 George C. McWhorter. Biographical Sketch of the Life of John Lawrance

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 2 versions. According to one of the documents, one is the February text read by George H. Moore to N-YHS on 15 May 1869, and the second is a revised version, apparently also from 1869, received by N-YHS on 5 January 1886.

1869 February
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Henry C. Van Schaack. Alderman Benson's Memoir of the Benson Family, with an Introduction and Additional Paper in Reference to Judge Egbert Benson
1869 April 6
Box: 3 Folder : 17 William F. Morgan, D.D. Conservatism and Its Relation to Progress

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies of this anniversary address.

1869 November
Box: 3 Folder : 18 [Unidentified]. [Trends in American Aboriginal History]
[Circa 1870?]
Box: 3 Folder : 19 William P. Prentice. A Historical Sketch of the Courts of New York

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the paper, the folder includes two letters from Prentice, including his transmittal to George Moore of the paper.

1870 February 1
Box: 4 Folder : 1 [Benson J. Lossing]. [Memorial for Alexander Anderson, the First Engraver on Wood in America]

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to Lossing's text, there is a letter from Evert A. Duyckinck to Lossing about Anderson, which was read by Lossing as part of his remarks.

[1870 October 5]
Box: 4 Folder : 2 [Horace Greeley]. The American Desert

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes of Greeley's address, on 22 slips of paper.

[1870 December 6]
Box: 4 Folder : 3 George C. McWhorter. An Incident in the War Between the United States and Mexico

Scope and Contents Note

Read by George H. Moore at the N-YHS meeting of 7 May.

[1872 May 7]
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Isaac J. Greenwood. The Samuel Maverick Lot of 1669 on Broadway
1873 February 22
Box: 4 Folder : 5 [George Washington Greene]. German Troops in the War of Independence

Scope and Contents Note

Read by George H. Moore at the N-YHS meeting of 3 June.

[1873 June 3]
Box: 4 Folder : 6 [John Austin Stevens]. [Memorial of] George Gibbs

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies.

[1873 October 7]
Box: 4 Folder : 7 [James C. Welling]. [Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence of 1775]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Welling's address and two manuscript copies of remarks that appear to have been delivered in response to Welling's address. These remarks were likely those of either Joseph B. Varnum or Erastus C. Benedict; according to the minutes of the meeting, both made comments in connection with making a motion for a resolution of thanks to Welling.

[1874 February 3]
Box: 4 Folder : 8 John Austin Stevens. The Progress of New York in a Century, 1776-1876

Scope and Contents Note

See also the set of folders below for related material: [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?].

1875 December 7
Box: 4 Folder : 9 George Bancroft. The Place in History of Washington's Letter of March 1781 to Pendleton, Wythe and Jefferson of Virginia

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Bancroft's paper, with letters of December 1875 to George Moore transmitting the paper, and the meeting announcement.

[1876 March 7]
Box: 4 Folder : 10 [George H. Moore]. Memorial of Life of Thomas Barron, Deceased

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the text of the memorial, there is a clipping of the obituary of Barron from the New York Evening Post of 6 September 1875 and a transcript of the obituary.

[1876 March 7]
Box: 4 Folder : 11 John Austin Stevens. The New-York Delegation to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776

Scope and Contents Note

The paper was read twice, on 4 April 1876 and on 2 May 1876.

1876 April 4
Box: 4 Folder : 12 [Charles O'Conor]. [The Constitutions]

Scope and Contents Note

Lecture given as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the New York State Constitution, held at the Academy of Music. In addition to the address, the folder includes an admission ticket to the event.

[1877 May 8]
Box: 4 Folder : 13 George W.W. Houghton. The Last British Commander at New-York: Sir Guy Carleton
1881 November 1
Box: 4 Folder : 14 [William Beach Lawrence]. Albert Gallatin (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

The paper was read by Edward F. de Lancey at the February 1882 N-YHS meeting. This set of folders includes two manuscript copies of the address, one of which appears to be incomplete, research notes, and the 1880 letter from Secretary of the Executive Committee Jacob Moore requesting Lawrence to deliver the address on the occasion of N-YHS's 76th anniversary in that year.

[1882 February 7]
Box: 4 Folder : 15 [William Beach Lawrence]. Albert Gallatin (2 of 3)
[1882 February 7]
Box: 4 Folder : 16 [William Beach Lawrence]. Albert Gallatin (3 of 3)
1880-1882
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Orsamus H. Marshall. Expedition of the Sieur de Champlain Against the Onondagas in 1615.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two typescripts (one incomplete) that were advance sheets for an edition of Marshall's writings published by Joel Munsell's Sons, dated 1885 on the sheets. The sheets indicate that the original paper was sent to N-YHS in October 1875, which is confirmed by the meeting minutes of 5 October 1875, though it does not appear to have been read then. See also Marshall's paper on the same subject above in 1849.

1885
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Harman C. Westervelt. Early Colonial Dutch Churches

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Westervelt's paper and his transmittal letter of it to Recording Secretary Andrew Warner. Also includes Westervelt's 8 January 1886 letter to Domestic Corresponding Secretary Edward de Lancey concerning Westervelt's attribution to John Milton Bennett of the alliteration "Seige of Belgrade."

1885 December 22
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Rocellus S. Guernsey. New York City in the War of 1812-15 (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes pages 1-150 and the meeting announcement.

[1888 March 6]
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Rocellus S. Guernsey. New York City in the War of 1812-15 (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes pages 151-264, with unnumbered pages at the end.

1888 March 3
Box: 5 Folder : 5 John Austin Stevens. The Merchants of New York in 1789
1889 May 7
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Albert Ross Parsons. New Light Upon the Immemorial Antiquity of the Name of America and the Significance of the Arms of the United States

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Parsons's printed map inserted at the back of his paper that illustrates his point regarding the linkage between constellations and geographic names and national symbols.

1893 May 2
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Isaac J. Greenwood. Early Equestrian Performances in Europe and America

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to Greenwood's paper, there are 11 engravings likely used as illustrations in connection with his address.

1893 November 7
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Monsignor [Robert] Seton, D.D. [The First Episcopal See of America]

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to Seton's paper, the folder includes the meeting announcement.

1895 February 5
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Dr. Paul Richard Brown. [Paul Richard (1697-1756), 29th Mayor of New York City]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photostat copy taken by N-YHS in 1939 of a privately-owned typescript "History and Genealogy of the Richard Family."

[1896 February 4]
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Ellen Hardin Walworth. Robert R. Livingston in the Revolutionary War
1896 March 5
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Monsignor [Robert] Seton, D.D. An American Traveler in Egypt
1898 February 1
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Daniel Van Pelt. The Borough of Manhattan

Scope and Contents Note

Paper read by A. Emerson Palmer. Includes Van Pelt's paper, his transmittal letter to Librarian William Kelby, and the meeting announcement card.

1899 March 7
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Henry R. Stiles. The Borough of Brooklyn

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Stiles's paper, his transmittal letter to William Kelby, and the meeting announcement card.

1899 April 4
Box: 5 Folder : 14 William F. Wyckoff. The Borough of Queens
1899 May 2
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Ira K. Morris. The Borough of Richmond

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Morris's paper and the meeting announcement. The folder also includes a color advertisement (cut in half) on heavy stock paper for the 1900 New York World Almanac.

1899 June 6
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Frederic Wendell Jackson. The Borough of the Bronx

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Jackson's paper and the meeting announcement.

1899 October 3
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Sidney H. Carney, Jr., M.D. The New York Medical Profession in 1800

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Carney's paper and the meeting announcement.

1900 February 3
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Edward L. Tilton. New York Architecture in the Past Century

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Tilton's paper and the meeting announcement.

1900 March 6
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Francis W. Halsey. Journalism in New York City in 1800

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Halsey's paper and the meeting announcement. Halsey is identified as the editor of the New York Times Saturday Review.

1900 April 3
Box: 6 Folder : 1 [John Austin Stevens]. Progress of New York in a Century, 1800-1900 (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

See also the set of folders below for related material: [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?].

[1900 May 1]
Box: 6 Folder : 2 [John Austin Stevens]. Progress of New York in a Century, 1800-1900 (2 of 2)
[1900 May 1]
Box: 6 Folder : 3 [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?] (1 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

This set of five folders includes what appears to be research notes and other documents compiled by John Austin Stevens and/or William Kelby for Stevens. The first four folders appear to relate to Stevens's Progress of New York, and there are some letters here from 1901 concerning the possible publication of that work. The last folder concerns commemorations of the dates of George Washington's birth and death. These documents were found boxed together. Although nothing else explicitly links all of the documents together, most of them were tri-folded together in small packets. Sheets originally tri-folded together were kept together in paper slings in each folder.

circa 1899-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 4 [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?] (2 of 5)
circa 1899-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 5 [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?] (3 of 5)
circa 1899-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 6 [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?] (4 of 5)
circa 1899-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 7 [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?] (5 of 5)
circa 1899-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 8 [Asa Bird Gardiner].The Bench and Bar of the City of New York During the 19th Century
[1900 October 2]
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Frank Warren Crane. New York Amusements in 1800

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Crane's paper and the meeting announcement.

1900 November 7
Box: 6 Folder : 10 William S. Pelletreau. The Days of the Stage Coach, or Travel To and From This City in 1800

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Pelletreau's paper and the meeting announcement.

1900 December 4
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Francis W. Halsey. The Indians of New York and Their Famous League

Scope and Contents Note

Halsey is identified as the editor of the New York Times Saturday Review.

1901 March 5
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Randall Comfort. Colonial Homes in the Bronx

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Comfort's paper and the meeting announcement.

1901 November 6
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Frank Warren Crane. History and Humor in Colonial Advertisements

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Crane's paper and the meeting announcement.

1902 March 4
Box: 6 Folder : 14 [Thomas J. Burton]. Greenwich Village and Landmarks in its Vicinity

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two manuscript copies, including a rough draft, the meeting announcement, and a published article by Burton on the subject (1894?). Burton gave the talk again on 4 April 1904 to another audience at the University Place Presbyterian Church; the card announcing that lecture, with an engraved illustration, is also in the folder.

[1903 October 6]
Box: 7 Folder : 1 [William S. Pelletreau]. The Village of Chelsea and Its Surroundings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Pelletreau's address, the meeting announcement, a list of negatives acquired by Pelletreau for his stereopticon talk, notes that might be talking points related to the lantern slides used, and a typescript of a 1750 indenture between members of the Somerindyck and Egbert Hereman families and Thomas Clarke (all of New York).

[1903 November 4]
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Frank Warren Crane. Yorkville (Yorkville Village and its Landmarks)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Crane's paper and the meeting announcement.

[1903 December 1]
Box: 7 Folder : 3 [Francis W. Leggett]. New Harlem (The Village of Harlem and its Environs)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Leggett's talk with references in the text numbered to relate to the included list of slides used in the stereopticon presentation. Also included is the meeting announcement and genealogical notes on Jacob Smith (b. 1817) and the Chesterman family.

[1904 February 2]
Box: 7 Folder : 4 [Hopper Striker Mott]. The Bloomingdale District

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Mott's talk with references in the text numbered to relate to the included list of slides and captions used in the stereopticon presentation, and the meeting announcement. Also included is a separate document titled "The Bloomingdale Road, From a Historical and Legal Viewpoint" intended as a chapter of "The Bloomingdale District." The pages of "Bloomingdale Road" are pasted into the right (credit) side of an account book for the period January-March 1875 maintained by an unidentified individual. The debit accounts on the left are still readable, though Mott's annotations on his text are also on those pages; the credit accounts can be discerned with some difficulty.

[1904 March 1]
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Reginald Pelham Bolton. Fort Washington and Vicinity

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Bolton's address, the transmittal letter to Librarian Robert Kelby, and the meeting announcement.

[1904 April 5]
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Edward Hagaman Hall. Fort Amsterdam & Its Successors

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Hall's address, the transmittal letter to Librarian Robert Kelby, and the meeting announcement.

1904 May 3
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Clarence Storm. Burton's Views of New York, 1830

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two copies of the address and the meeting announcement. See also the set of folders below for related material: [Clarence Storm]. [Research Notes].

1904 June 7
Box: 7 Folder : 8 [Frank Warren Crane]. [City Hall Park and Vicinity]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Crane's paper and the meeting announcement.

[1904 October 4]
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Robert Hendre Kelby. The New York Historical Society: A Retrospect

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Kelby's paper and the meeting announcement.

1904 November 1
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Report of Speeches at the Dinner of the New York Historical Society, Delmonico's [Centennial Anniversary] (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next includes drafts of the report of the speeches given at the banquet. It also includes the banquet program. The folder also includes the text and list of slides for Reginald Pelham Bolton's talk "Indian Life in the Great Metropolis" although this does not appear to be related to the anniversary banquet.

1904 November 22
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Report of Speeches at the Dinner of the New York Historical Society, Delmonico's [Centennial Anniversary] (2 of 2)
1904 November 22
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Rocellus S. Guernsey. New York City During the War of 1812

Scope and Contents Note

Read by Robert Kelby as an introduction to Guernsey's stereopticon presentation (not included). Includes two manuscript copies of Guernsey's paper and the meeting announcement.

1904 December 6
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Oswald Garrison Villard, A.M.. The Early History of Wall Street, 1653-1789

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Villard's paper and the meeting announcement.

[1905 May 2]
Box: 8 Folder : 1 [Hopper Striker Mott]. Madison Square and Vicinage

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Mott's address in a notebook that also includes Mott's references, notes, two letters (1907), and clippings to 1909. Also included is a typescript version and the meeting announcement.

1905 June 6
Box: 8 Folder : 2 [William S. Pelletreau.] Union Square and Its History

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Pelletreau's address, the list of associated stereopticon views, the meeting announcement, a 1911 letter from the New York City Parks Department to Robert Kelby regarding the removal of railings formerly enclosing Madison and Union Squares, and a photocopy of a 1985 New York Times article about Union Square.

[1905 October 3]
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Thomas J. Burton. Washington Square

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Burton's paper and the meeting announcement.

[1905 November 8]
Box: 8 Folder : 4 [Clarence Storm]. Bowling Green and its Vicinity (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next includes multiple copies, drafts, and notes of Storm's paper. The folder also includes multiple copies of undated addresses on Old New York made by Storm to the Sons of the Revolution, St. Nicholas Club and the Colonial Order. See also the set of folders below for related material: [Clarence Storm]. [Research Notes].

[1906 October 2]
Box: 8 Folder : 5 [Clarence Storm]. Bowling Green and its Vicinity (2 of 2)
[circa 1906]
Box: 8 Folder : 6 [Clarence Storm]. [Research Notes] (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

These two folders include clippings, correspondence, images (engravings, postcards), a map of lower Manhattan distributed by a realtor as a marketing piece, and other documents that appear to have been compiled in connection with Storm's research for his talks on old New York.

circa 1904-1914
Box: 8 Folder : 7 [Clarence Storm]. [Research Notes] (2 of 2)
circa 1904-1914
Box: 8 Folder : 8 John Austin Stevens. Physical Development of the City of New York (On the Plan of the Commissioners): A Centennial Contrast, 1807-1907. Clarence Storm. [Introductory Remarks]

Scope and Contents Note

Stevens's paper was read by Robert Kelby at the 2 April 1907 meeting and by Clarence Storm at the 7 May 1907 meeting. Includes a draft and final text of Stevens's paper, his transmittal of it to Kelby, the 2 April meeting announcement, and Storm's introductory comments to his reading of the paper. See also the set of folders above for possibly related material: [John Austin Stevens?]. [Research Notes?].

1907 April 2 and May 7
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Edward Hagaman Hall. [Robert Fulton and Steam Navigation]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Hall's address, an appendix with citations sent the following month to Robert Kelby, Hall's request of Kelby for his assistance in acquiring photographic images from the Robert Fulton Monument Association for his slide presentation, and the meeting announcement. The announcement indicates that the meeting will be in the Hall of N-YHS's new building on Central Park West so this is possibly the first paper read there.

1907 October 1
Box: 9 Folder : 1 [Clarence Storm]. [Powder Horns of the French and Indian War and the War of the Revolution]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes multiple drafts and versions of Storm's paper on powder horns. He spoke on the topic to at least two organizations other than N-YHS: the Society of Colonial Wars and the Sons of the Revolution. Each presentation varied apparently in different time periods covered (colonial or Revolutionary). All the presentations are in the folder, though there appears to be some confusion in the paging. The stereopticon illustrations used were from N-YHS's Isaac J. Greenwood collection of watercolors. The folder also includes the newspaper The Sun for 20 June 1909, with an article on powder horns on page 8.

[1909 June 1]
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Mrs. A.T. [Alice Crary] Sutcliffe. Robert Fulton, the Man
[1909 November 9]
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Dr. H. T. [Herman Theodoor] Colenbrander. [Holland as a Colonizing Power]

Scope and Contents Note

Read at N-YHS before both N-YHS and the Holland Society of New York.

1910 January 11
Box: 9 Folder : 4 J. W. Rutherford. Progress of Transportation in New York City, Etc.
1910 May 3
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Robert Hendre Kelby. New York in the Pre-Revolutionary Period, 1765-1774

Scope and Contents Note

Read by Kelby on both dates. In addition to Kelby's paper, the folder includes what appears to be an original clipping from a circa 1773 newspaper, with annotations. The clipping is a table titled "An exact account of the number of inhabitants of the city and county of New-York, as appears by the returns of the several constables of the said city and county," annotated to be as of October 1770.

1910 November 1; 1913 December 2
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Robert Hendre Kelby. New York During the Revolution
1912 April 2
Box: 9 Folder : 7 William Henry Shelton. Washington at the Morris House (Roger Morris House of the Revolution)
1912 May 7
Box: 9 Folder : 8 [Clarence Storm]. Old New York Fires and Fire Laddies

Scope and Contents Note

Includes multiple copies of the paper, drafts, clippings, and notes.

[1912 December 3]
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Robert Hendre Kelby. New York After the Revolution, 1783-1789
1917 April 3
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Everett P. Wheeler. Daniel Webster: Lawgiver and Statesman
1918 January 8
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Worthington C. Ford. [The Importance of Personal Papers and Diaries for Research into New York History]
1922 January 3
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Winthrop P. Tryon. How John Jay Kept New York From Going Tory
1923 March 6
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Dixon Ryan Fox. [The New England Puritans]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a typescript taken by Master Reporting Service of Dixon's address and N-YHS President John A. Weekes's introductory and concluding remarks, on the occasion of N-YHS's 119th anniversary. A second copy of the typescript includes edits to Weekes's remarks.

1923 November 20
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Speeches Delivered at Reception Tendered to Mr. Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three addresses on New York history: Alexander C. Flick (New York State Historian), "The Dutch Period"; John H. Finley (Editor, New York Times), "The English Period"; and Robert E. Dowling (President, City Investing Company), "The American Period."

1925 November 17
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Poultney Bigelow. John Bigelow and How He Prevented Napoleon III from Assisting Jefferson Davis During the Great Civil War

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Bigelow's address and a photograph of a monument to John Bigelow at Malden on Hudson.

[1931 December 1]
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Leon Dabo. Presentation of the New York Historical Society's Gold Medal to Mr. DeWitt McClellan Lockman

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a typescript of portions of the N-YHS meeting commemorating its 129th anniversary and at which Lockman received N-YHS's gold medal. The bulk of the document includes Dabo's comments, which concern the underappreciation of American artists by Americans and Europeans. The remainder of the document includes Executive Committee Chairman Robert E. Dowling's introductory and concluding remarks.

1933 November 20
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Nicholas Murray Butler. Dedication Ceremonies

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a typescript taken by the State Law Reporting Company of portions of the dedication ceremony for the newly-expanded N-YHS building on Central Park West. The bulk of the document includes Butler's address, which concerns the importance of studying history, continuing revelations in the study of New York's history, and the importance of N-YHS in historical inquiry.The document also includes the introductory and concluding remarks of First Vice-President R. Horace Gallatin.

1939 March 30
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Alexander J. Wall, Jr. How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus
[1939 December 6]
Box: 10 Folder : 5 [Marian Sadtler Hornor]. St. Nicholas Came to New York

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Hornor's address and the program for the related Christmas event.

[1941 December 15]
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Carl Van Doren. [The Daily Life of the Continental Army]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two typescripts, with edits, of Van Doren's address taken by the Stenotype Reporting Company at the opening of N-YHS's exhibition Our G.I.'s in Seven Wars. The typescript also includes the introductory and concluding remarks of Director R.W.G. Vail. The typescript is marked by Vail as being restricted from publication.

1945 February 13
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Major General Orlando Ward. Possible and Practical Use of Military History

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Ward's address given in connection with a new military gallery and special exhibition at N-YHS commemorating the 150th anniversary of West Point and the brochure for the lecture event.

1952 March 4
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Sigmund Spaeth. New York's History in Song.

Scope and Contents Note

Appears to be an outline of Spaeth's survey of New York-related songs (3 copies).

1953 June 8
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Allan Nevins. The Golden Thread in the History of New York

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Nevins's address and his transmittal letter to N-YHS Director R.W.G. Vail.

1954 November 16
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Grayson D. Kirk. The Marquis de LaFayette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a partial text of Kirk's lecture as released by the News Office of Columbia University. The folder also includes an invitation for the event, which was in conjunction with the N-YHS exhibition LaFayette and the New-York Historical Society.

1957 October 30
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Rebecca B. Rankin. The Quintessence of New Yorkism

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Rankin's lecture and the related invitation/admittance ticket for the event, which was held in conjunction with the N-YHS exhibition The Second Hardest Job in the World: Mayors of New York City 1784-1957.

[1957 November 13]
Box: 10 Folder : 12 William Jefferson Clinton. [Reflections on America on the 225th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two copies of a typescript of the remarks made at the N-YHS event An Evening with Former President William Jefferson Clinton and copies of the invitation to the event. The typescript includes introductory remarks by Kenneth Jackson, Betsy Gotbaum, and Bernard Schwartz; Clinton's remarks; Jackson's questions at the conclusion of Clinton's remarks; and Clinton's responses.

2001 July 17
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Firth Haring Fabend. Govert Loockermans: Local Boy Makes Good

Scope and Contents Note

Remarks made at reception celebrating the donation by the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames of the loockermans land patent signed by Petrus Stuyvesant in 1664. File includes the program with an image of the patent and a translation of it.

2015 October 20
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Wynton Marsalis. [Remarks on Introducing Ken Burns as 2016 History Makers Award Honoree]
2016 September 26