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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Celebratory and Memorial Event Records
1854-1954
 NYHS-RG 12

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


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 10, 2021
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. One document box includes only excess copies of ephemera culled from some of the other folders in the record group; this box of redundant material is available for N-YHS staff use only.

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

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote to: Manuscript Curator, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024.

Preferred Citation Note

This record group should be cited as New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event records (NYHS-RG 12), The New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the New-York Historical Society archives. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the Guide to the New-York Historical Society Archives (NYHS-RG Archives). Other record groups that are processed and available to researchers and are especially related to the New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event records (NYHS-RG 12) are as follows:

The New-York Historical Society management committee record group (NYHS-RG 1) holds many documents related to memorials and various events. Many of the events are referenced in the minute books and the "official papers" hold correspondence, arrangement committee notes, tickets, and other matter. Some of this documentation relates to events found in NYHS-RG 12, such as the Washington Irving commemoration, while others events found in NYHS-RG 1 are not represented in NYHS-RG 12, such as the Washington Inauguration Anniversary Commemoration (1839) and the Daniel Webster lecture (1852).

The New-York Historical Society general correspondence record group (NYHS-RG 2) includes the principal files for correspondence of all matters at N-YHS into the twentieth century. These files should be referred to for all correspondence related to events, including ticket requests, invitation replies, responses to election to event committees and delegations, and ephemera such as invitations and programs. In cases of substantial material related to a specific event, items have been grouped and/or noted in the finding aid.

The New-York Historical Society pictorial archive (NYHS-RG 5) includes the oversize seating charts for the 1854 and 1954 anniversary dinners, along with photographs related to the 1954 events. The pictorial archive also includes photographs and other images from other N-YHS exhibitions, programs, and events.

The New-York Historical Society manuscripts of lectures and addresses (NYHS-RG 11) includes the manuscript form of various anniversary addresses, memorials, lectures, and other presentations made at N-YHS over time. Among those relating specifically to NYHS-RG 12 are the toasts and other statements made at N-YHS's 50th and 100th anniversary celebrations, Charles O'Conor's comments on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the New York State Constitution, and speeches made at the receptions for Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes and DeWitt McClellan Lockman.

The New-York Historical Society ephemera record group (NYHS-RG 14) contains invitations, tickets, programs, and other print material related to N-YHS special events.

Processing Information Note

This record group was processed perhaps circa 2000, with documents transferred from original folders to archival containers. In August-September 2015, project archivist Larry Weimer made minor changes to the arrangement and provided description in a finding aid for the record group.