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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
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: New-York Historical Society
Title: New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event records
Dates [inclusive]: 1854-1954
Abstract: The New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event record group includes correspondence, invitations, event programs, tickets, and other material associated with about twenty of the special events held by N-YHS from 1854-1954. These events included major N-YHS anniversaries, commemorations of Washington Irving (1860) and William Cullen Bryant (1878), the completion of the Central Park West building (1939), and others. The record group also includes documents related to the Robert Fulton exhibition installed at N-YHS in 1909 in conjunction with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration.
Quantity: 7.7 Linear feet in 13 document boxes, two card boxes, and one oversize folder.
Location: 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.
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Call Phrase: NYHS-RG 12
Sponsor: This record group was processed as part of the 2015-2016 N-YHS Institutional Archives project, made possible by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Biographical/Historical Note

Founded in November 1804, the members of the New-York Historical Society would often gather throughout its history to commemorate and celebrate important anniversaries or events. (Not all of these commemorations are represented in this particular record group, so the following note emphasizes in its examples those events for which documents are present. See the Related Material Note for references to other N-YHS record groups with documents concerning commemorative events.)

Certainly one significant and regular gathering marked the annual anniversary of N-YHS itself. N-YHS often sought noteworthy speakers for these anniversaries, such as Charles Francis Adams (1870) and Richard Salter Storrs (1875), who were among those who made addresses on these occasions. In 1925, N-YHS initiated an award "For Achievement in History." The gold medal was presented at N-YHS's anniversary meeting, though it was not awarded every year. Among the recipients were Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1925), Wilberforce Eames (1931), DeWitt M. Lockman (1933), and George Clinton Densmore Odell (1942).

Major anniversaries of N-YHS's founding called for more than the usual celebration. The semi-centennial (50th) anniversary included an address by George Bancroft and a dinner at the Astor House. The centennial celebration included a dinner and subsequent toasts and speeches at Delmonico's restaurant, an event that generated controversy as the women members of N-YHS were excluded from the dinner and relegated to the balcony with non-members for the after-dinner orations. The sesqui-centennial (150th) anniversary was a two-part affair, with a dinner in May 1954 for a select group at the Union Club and an address by Columbia University President Grayson L. Kirk, followed in November with a full meeting that included an address by historian Allan Nevins. For both the centennial and sesqui-centennial, commemorative medals were struck and histories of N-YHS were written, both offered for sale.

Aside from its anniversaries, N-YHS also celebrated other events in its institutional history, such as the completion of its building on Central Park West in 1939 (see New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records (NYHS-RG 3) for more information about the history of the institution's buildings), the opening of its new Early American Rooms (1951), and the publication of a biography about the nineteenth century singer Emma Thursby (1940). And N-YHS memorialized its members who had recently died, typically with remarks at a regular meeting of the members, but on occasion at a larger public gathering. In at least one instance, for former Treasurer Robert Schell, N-YHS arranged the publication of a memorial book (1901). Some of these memorial events concerned individuals who were national figures as well as N-YHS members, including Washington Irving (1860) and William Cullen Bryant (1878). Bryant's memorial, held in New York's Academy of Music, was attended by U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and members of his Cabinet.

Beyond its own history, N-YHS commemorated important historical events of a national, state or local character, such as the 100th Anniversary of the New York State Constitution (1877) and the 200th Anniversary of the Introduction of Printing in New York City (1893). A significant occasion along these lines was the 1909 joint celebration of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the river that would later carry his name and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton's successful use of steam for traveling on the Hudson. The overall activities for the weeks-long celebration were coordinated by a Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, funded by the state, city and private donors. In cooperation with the Commission and other groups, especially the Colonial Dames of America, N-YHS installed the event's official Robert Fulton loan exhibition in its newly-built Dexter Hall. N-YHS was also the location for one of the reviewing stands along the route of the three parades that took place during the late September and early October celebration. After the close of the celebration and the Commission completed its work, it donated its records to N-YHS (the records are available; see manuscript call number MS 314).

Not all events at N-YHS were grand commemorations. Public lecture series, long a staple of N-YHS programming and commonly illustrated with lantern slides, continued in the twentieth century, featuring popular speakers such as Gilbert McClurg, Alvin F. Harlow, and Charles Wellington Furlong in the 1930s and Harry Twyford Peters in the 1940s. But programming also expanded in new directions, including musicales and other concert programs. Some of these musical programs were tied to other events at N-YHS, including to the revivals in 1939 of two nineteenth century N-YHS traditions: the springtime reception called the Strawberry Festival after its featured refreshment and the December celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, N-YHS often linked the timing of its November anniversary celebrations to the Dutch traditions of St. Nicholas Day in December; in 1939 this tradition was revived with public programming associated with December holiday festivities.

(The principal source for this note was N-YHS Director R.W.G. Vail's Knickerbocker Birthday, published in conjunction with the institution's sesqui-centennial anniversary in 1954. See especially the section "Elegant Dinners and Eloquent Diners" on pages 361-445.)

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Scope and Contents Note

The New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event record group includes correspondence, invitations, event programs, tickets, and other material associated with some of the special events held by N-YHS over part of its history. About twenty events are represented in the record group, beginning with the celebration of N-YHS's semi-centennial (50th) anniversary in 1854 and ending with the sesqui-centennial (150th) anniversary in 1954. The inclusion of these events, and not others, in this record group reflects the original organization of the material in N-YHS's archive; the particular criteria, if any, distinguishing these events is not known. (See the Related Materials Note in this finding aid.)

The bulk of the record group includes correspondence, invitation lists, and other documents related to attendance at the events, that is, much of the material consists of acceptances or regrets from N-YHS members and invited guests in response to offers to attend an event. These events include major N-YHS anniversaries (50th, 100th, and 150th), anniversaries featuring major speakers (66th/Charles Francis Adams and 75th/Richard Salter Storrs), presentations of N-YHS's Achievement in History award (to Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, Wilberforce Eames, DeWitt McClellan Lockman, and George Clinton Densmore Odell), memorials (Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant), and other N-YHS achievements (completion of Central Park West building, publication of a biography of Emma Thursby, and opening of Early American Rooms). The correspondence for the Bryant commemoration includes an autograph letter signed by U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes accepting the invitation to attend the event.

There is rich material in the record group concerning N-YHS's installation of the Robert Fulton loan exhibition as part of New York City's 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration. The documents relate principally to the planning for this exhibition, including correspondence and other records of objects loaned to the exhibition. There are also some documents concerning the donation of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission records (MS 314) to N-YHS.

Some of the events include documents concerning the planning for the event itself. These can be found primarily in the case of the major N-YHS anniversaries, the Bryant commemoration, and the William Bradford/Introduction of printing to New York City commemmoration. Although N-YHS's history of lecture series and other public programs do not appear prominently in the record group, there are two folders of documents concerning arrangements for lectures in the 1930s. Some documents concern the preparation of a memorial book for former Treasurer Robert Schell. There are two artifacts from the sesqui-centennial anniversary in the record group: two medals and a steel stamp.

Arrangement Note

The record group is arranged by event, in chronological order.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Programs (documents).
  • Invitations.
  • Correspondence.
  • Admission tickets.
  • Eulogies (documents).

Subject Organizations

  • Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission -- Correspondence
  • New-York Historical Society -- Anniversaries, etc.
  • New-York Historical Society -- Archives
  • New-York Historical Society -- Centennial celebrations, etc.

Subject Topics

  • Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 1909 -- Exhibitions

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Societies, etc.

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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.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Committee on Arrangements. Minute Book
1854
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Committee on Arrangements. Loose Sheets from Minute Book

Scope and Contents Note

Includes some 1857 clippings related to the dedication of the new 2nd Ave. building.

1854, 1857
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Committee on Arrangements. Reports, Notes, Etc.
1854
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Includes responses to invitations.

1854
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Print Matter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitations, list of stewards, toasts, Theodore E. Tomlinson's "Tribute to Woman" (response to Luther Bradish's toast), event proceedings, George Bancroft's oration "The Necessity, the Reality, and the Promise of the Progress of the Human Race," and the menu from the Astor House, among other documents.

1854
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Documents from after the Event

Scope and Contents Note

Documents relate to the distribution of the proceedings and attempts to collect payments on ticket subscription commitments.

1854-1855
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 N-YHS Semi-Centennial (50th) Anniversary. Clippings
1854 November
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Washington Irving Commemoration. December Meeting Resolutions, Etc.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes abstracts, correspondence, and speeches related to the December 6, 1859, N-YHS meeting at which Irving's death was announced, and the resolutions concerning holding a commemorative event in April 1860.

1859 December
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9 Washington Irving Commemoration. Correspondence (1 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

This set of folders principally includes responses to the invitations for tickets to the Irving celebration. See also: N-YHS General Correspondence (NYHS-RG 2), Series I, for a folder of many letters related to this event, including letters by William Cullen Bryant, Jared Sparks, Martin Van Buren, and others.

1860 March
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 10 Washington Irving Commemoration. Correspondence (2 of 5)
1860 March
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 11 Washington Irving Commemoration. Correspondence (3 of 5)
1860 March
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Washington Irving Commemoration. Correspondence (4 of 5)
1860 March
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13 Washington Irving Commemoration. Correspondence (5 of 5)
1860 April
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 14 Washington Irving Commemoration. Print Matter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the featured orator Edward Everett's letter conveying a newspaper clipping of his remarks at the event, with his annotated corrections, event tickets, and other print matter.

1860 April
Box: OS-1 Folder : 10 St. Nicholas Festival

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three copies of the 1864 N-YHS document that reproduced John Pintard's 1810 festival document, with additional engravings. See also: Multiple additional copies of the 1864 reprint are also in the Print Room's Broadside Collection. The Print Room also holds one copy of the original 1810 document; see call number SY1810 no.94.

1864
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1 66th Anniversary/Charles Francis Adams Address. Invitations and Tickets
1870 December
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2 66th Anniversary/Charles Francis Adams Address. Correspondence (Ticket Requests)
1870 December
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 3 66th Anniversary/Charles Francis Adams Address. Clippings
1870 December
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4 70th Anniversary/Richard S. Storrs Address. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (1 of 4)
1875 April
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5 70th Anniversary/Richard S. Storrs Address. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (2 of 4)
1875 April
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 6 70th Anniversary/Richard S. Storrs Address. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (3 of 4)
1875 April
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 7 70th Anniversary/Richard S. Storrs Address. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (4 of 4)
1875 April
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 8 100th Anniversary of the New York State Constitution. Invitations and Tickets
1877 May
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 9 100th Anniversary of the New York State Constitution. Proceedings and other Notes
1877 May
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 10 100th Anniversary of the New York State Constitution. Correspondence (Ticket Requests)
1877 May
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Committee on Arrangements (1 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes minutes of committee meetings, lists of individuals sitting on the stage for the discourse by George William Curtis, Reception Committee candidates, and other lists.

1878
Box: OS-1 Folder : 5 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Committee on Arrangements (2 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two seating charts of the Academy of Music, with some annotations indicating box seat assignments for some individuals.

1878
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 2 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Committee on Arrangements (3 of 5)

Access Restrictions

The original President Hayes letter is restricted. Researchers will be given a photocopy to use.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acceptances to attend the event from U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and from four Cabinet officials. Includes correspondence between Committee members.

1878 December
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 3 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Committee on Arrangements (4 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acceptances and regrets concerning invitations to be on the event's Reception Committee.

1878 December
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Committee on Arrangements (5 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes printed invitations and tickets. The folder also includes two forms of 1874 related to Bryant: a form for subscribing toward funds for a vase in honor of Bryant to be placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a form directed to Bryant informing him of the initiative.

1874, 1878
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 5 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (1 of 2)
1878 December
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 6 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (2 of 2)
1878 December
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 7 William Cullen Bryant Commemoration. Clippings
1878 December
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 1 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Committee Resolutions & Reports (1 of 2)
1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 2 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Committee Resolutions & Reports (2 of 2)
1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 3 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Correspondence (1 of 2)
1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 4 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Correspondence (2 of 2)
1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 5 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Invitation Lists
1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 6 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Library Reception Tickets
1893 May 21
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 7 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Remarks of John A. King
1893 April 8
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 8 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Research Notes (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include notes regarding N-YHS's research into the location of Bradford's printing office.

1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 9 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Research Notes (2 of 2)
1893
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 10 William Bradford Commemoration (200th Anniversary of Introduction of Printing in New York). Clippings
1893
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 8 Robert Schell Memorial Book

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the memorial book produced by N-YHS.

1901
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 9 Robert Schell Memorial Book. German Savings Bank Memorial Book
1900
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 10 Robert Schell Memorial Book. Bank of the Metropolis Memorial Book
1900
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 11 Robert Schell Memorial Book. Minutes and Memorials

Scope and Contents Note

Memorials provided for the N-YHS memorial book by: New York University, Presbyterian Hospital, Rutgers College, and Woodlawn Cemetery. Also included is a manuscript form of the N-YHS memorial.

1900
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 12 Robert Schell Memorial Book. Publication Preparation

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a few documents related to the printing of the memorial.

[1901]
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 13 Robert Schell Memorial Book. Correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acknowledgements from institutions that received one of the distributed memorial books.

1901
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Subscriptions (Ticket Purchase Commitments) (1 of 2)
1904 September-November
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 2 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Subscriptions (Ticket Purchase Commitments) (2 of 2)
1904 September-November
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 3 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Includes responses from special invitees and notices from member ticket purchasers of the names of their guests. The correspondence includes signed letters of regret from Woodrow Wilson (then President of Princeton University) and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay. The letters also include two letters of regret sent on behalf of the President from the White House.

1904 November
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 4 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Register of Correspondents(?)
1904
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 5 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Arrangements

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to planning aspects of the banquet, especially the design of the commemorative menu (Dempsey & Carroll, designer), seating plan, wine purchases, and lists of attendees.

1904 September-November
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 6 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Print Matter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ephemera and other printed items: guest invitation, forms related to ticket subscriptions and purchases, admission tickets to dinner (men only), admission tickets to the balcony (after dinner, women only), wine list, and seating plan. Also includes two silk(?) artifacts.

1904 September-November
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 N-YHS Centennial Banquet. Commemorative Menu
1904 November 22
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence. Victor D. Brenner (Designer)
1903-1904
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 9 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence. Gorham Manufacturing Co.
1904-1905
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 10 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Offering Circulars
1904-1905
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 11 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence. Subscribers (1 of 5)
1904 October
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 12 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence. Subscribers (2 of 5)
1904 October-December
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence. Subscribers (3 of 5)
1905 January-June
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 2 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence. Subscribers (4 of 5)
1905 September-1906 May
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 3 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Correspondence (Postcards). Subscribers (5 of 5)
1905-1906
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 4 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Subscriber Lists
1904-1906
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 5 N-YHS Centennial Medal. Register of Correspondents(?)
1904
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 6 N-YHS Centennial History. Announcement Cards
1905 December
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, Alphabetical (1 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

This set of five folders includes correspondence originally arranged in alphabetical order. Generally, this is by correspondent but related matters are held together as noted by summary notations on the reverse of each letter, which is a distinguishing characteristic of all the correspondence in these five folders. It is possible that this set of correspondence was maintained by N-YHS President Samuel V. Hoffman, who is the dominant addressee or signatory of the letters. Several of the correspondents and related subjects are also found in the second set of correspondence below.

1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 2 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, Alphabetical (2 of 5)
1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 3 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, Alphabetical (3 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes a list (L) of objects promised to the exhibition and minutes (M) of two meetings of N-YHS officers, including Samuel Hoffman, with the Committee of the Colonial Dames of America, including Alice Crary Sutcliffe.

1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 4 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, Alphabetical (4 of 5)
1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 5 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, Alphabetical (5 of 5)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Alice Crary Sutcliffe.

1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 6 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, General (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

This second set of correspondence was originally apart from the above set, and may have been a file of Librarian Robert Kelby. There is no definitive overall order to the documents, but it appears that this first folder includes correspondence with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission on various matters, including the donation of the Commission's records to N-YHS, while the second and third folders include other correspondents, principally concerning exhibition loans. Several of the correspondents and topics also appear in the above set of correspondence.

1909-1912
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 7 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, General (2 of 3)
1909-1910
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 8 Fulton Exhibition. Correspondence, General (3 of 3)
1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 9 Fulton Exhibition. Reproduction Permissions
[1909]
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 7 Fulton Exhibition. Loan Register

Scope and Contents Note

At the back of the register is an index by lender name.

1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 10 Fulton Exhibition. Loans and Loan Returns
1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 11 Fulton Exhibition. Registered Mail Receipts.
1909
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 12 Fulton Exhibition. Catalogue (2)
1909
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1 Hudson-Fulton Reviewing Stand. Print Matter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the ticket offering circular, tickets, ticket stubs, and acknowledgement forms.

1909 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 2 Hudson-Fulton Reviewing Stand. Payment Lists and Seating Assignments
1909 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 3 Hudson-Fulton Reviewing Stand. Correspondence (1 of 2)
1909 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 4 Hudson-Fulton Reviewing Stand. Correspondence (2 of 2)
1909 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 5 Hudson-Fulton Reviewing Stand. Payment Enclosure
1909 October
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 6 Stokes Reception. Correspondence with Stokes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a manuscript copy of Stokes's address.

1925-1926
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 7 Stokes Reception. Invitations and Event Program
1925 November
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 8 Stokes Reception. Invitation Lists
1925
Offsite-Box: 13 Cards : - Stokes Reception. Invitation Response Cards
1925
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 9 Stokes Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (1 of 2)
1925
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 10 Stokes Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (2 of 2)
1925
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 11 Stokes Reception. Proceedings and Addresses (Print)
1925 November 17
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 12 Eames Reception. Invitations and Event Program
1931 November 20
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 13 Eames Reception. Attendee Lists (1 of 2)
1931
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 14 Eames Reception. Attendee Lists (2 of 2)
1931
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 1 Eames Reception. Correspondence, Acceptances (1 of 2)
1931 October-November
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 2 Eames Reception. Correspondence, Acceptances (2 of 2)
1931 October-November
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 3 Eames Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (1 of 2)
1931 October-November
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 4 Eames Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (2 of 2)
1931 October-November
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 5 Eames Reception. Proceedings and Addresses (Print)
1931 November 20
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 6 Lockman Reception. Invitations and Event Program
1933 November 20
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 7 Lockman Reception. Attendee Lists
1933
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 8 Lockman Reception. Correspondence, Acceptances
1933 November
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 9 Lockman Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (1 of 2)
1933 November
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 1 Lockman Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (2 of 2)
1933 November
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 2 Lockman Reception. Proceedings and Addresses (Print)
1933 November 20
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 3 Lectures. Correspondence (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes marketing brochures of: speakers Charles Brook, George Francis Dow, William Osgood Field, Gilbert E. Gable, Gilbert McClurg, Harold Stark, and Fanny Washington; performers American Operatic Players, Laurance Hart (impersonating George Washington), Princess Atalie (singer), Te Ata (singer, dancer), and Lucia Gario.

1931-1934
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 4 Lectures. Correspondence (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes marketing brochures of speakers Madame Barry-Orlova, Victor Branson De Cou, William Webster Ellsworth, Charles Wellington Furlong, Ellsworth Jaeger, and various from Bralans Lecture Bureau.

1933-1936
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 1 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Acceptances (1 of 5)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 2 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Acceptances (2 of 5)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 3 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Acceptances (3 of 5)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 4 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Acceptances (4 of 5)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 5 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Acceptances (5 of 5)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 6 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Regrets (1 of 3)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 7 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Regrets (2 of 3)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 8 CPW Opening Ceremony. Correspondence, Regrets (3 of 3)
1939 March
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 5 Musicale & Strawberry Festival. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (1 of 2)
1939 May-June
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 6 Musicale & Strawberry Festival. Correspondence (Ticket Requests) (2 of 2)
1939 May-June
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 7 St. Nicholas Festival. Program & "Sancte Claus, Goed Heylig Man!" facsimile score

Scope and Contents Note

This folder holds copies of the score that was originally distributed by N-YHS in December 1964; see also: New-York Historical Society manuscripts of lectures and addresses (NYHS-RG 11) for correspondence of 1865-1866 related to the original score.

1939 December 6
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 8 Emma Thursby Celebration.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes invitations, correspondence (acceptances and regrets), and event programs.

1940 December
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 9 Harry T. Peters Reception

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a small number of acceptances and regrets for a reception for lecturer Peters.

1942 March
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 1 Odell Reception. Invitations and Event Program
1942 October 23
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 2 Odell Reception. Correspondence, General (1 of 2)
1942
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 3 Odell Reception. Correspondence, General (2 of 2)
1942
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 4 Odell Reception. Invitation Lists
1942
Offsite-Box: 14 Cards : - Odell Reception. Invitation Contact Information

Scope and Contents Note

Includes unused tickets to N-YHS events of September 1941-June 1942 repurposed as index cards, with contact information for potential invitees to the Odell event written on the back of the tickets.

1942
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 5 Odell Reception. Correspondence, Acceptances (1 of 2)
1942 October
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 6 Odell Reception. Correspondence, Acceptances (2 of 2)
1942 October
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 7 Odell Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (1 of 2)
1942 October
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 8 Odell Reception. Correspondence, Regrets (2 of 2)
1942 October
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 9 Odell Reception. Walter Hampden Address

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Hampden's remarks at the Odell event as recorded by the stenographer, with Hampden's edits.

1942 November
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 10 Odell Reception. Typescript of Proceedings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the remarks made at the event as recorded by the Stenotype Recording Company. Speakers include: George A. Zabriskie, Millard L. Robinson, Joseph Wood Krutch, Arthur Hobson Quinn, Walter Hampden, Walter Prichard Eaton, William Lyons Phelps, letter read from Nicholas Murray Butler, and George Clinton Densmore Odell.

1942 October 23
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 11 Odell Reception. Correspondence, Distribution of Proceedings
1943
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 1 Opening of Early American Rooms. Correspondence, Acceptances (1 of 3)
1951 May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 2 Opening of Early American Rooms. Correspondence, Acceptances (2 of 3)
1951 May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 3 Opening of Early American Rooms. Correspondence, Acceptances (3 of 3)
1951 May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 4 Opening of Early American Rooms. Correspondence, Regrets (1 of 3)
1951 May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 5 Opening of Early American Rooms. Correspondence, Regrets (2 of 3)
1951 May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 6 Opening of Early American Rooms. Correspondence, Regrets (3 of 3)
1951 May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 7 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Arrangements Committee
1952-1953
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 8 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Dinner Invitations, Menu, Program, Lists
1954 March-May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 9 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Correspondence, Dinner Acceptances
1954 April-May
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 10 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Correspondence, Dinner Regrets
1954 April
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 11 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Dinner Remarks by Fenwick Beekman

Scope and Contents Note

Includes N-YHS President Beekman's remarks introducing speaker Grayson L. Kirk.

1954 May 3
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 12 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Meeting Invitations and Program
1954 November 19
Offsite-Box: 13 Cards : - Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Meeting Ticket Requests
1954 November
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 13 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Correspondence, Regrets
1954 November
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 14 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Meeting Ticket Distribution Lists
1954 November
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 15 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Meeting Remarks of Fenwick Beekman

Scope and Contents Note

See also New-York Historical Society manuscripts of lectures and addresses (NYHS-RG 11) for a manuscript copy of Allan Nevins's address at this event, titled "The Golden Thread in the History of New York."

[1954 November 19]
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 16 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the offering brochure for purchases of the sesqui-centennial medal, an award of merit to N-YHS from the American Association for State and Local History, and invoices.

1954
Offsite-Box: 13 Envelope : 1 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Commemorative Medal (2)
1954
Offsite-Box: 13 Envelope : 2 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Steel Stamp
1954
Box: OS-1 Folder : 6 Sesqui-Centennial (150th) Anniversary. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence concerning the Commemorative Medal and a poster board from 1954 signed by the N-YHS staff.

1953-1954
Offsite-Box: 16 Excess Ephemera (Restricted)

Scope and Contents Note

This box includes only excess copies of tickets and other ephemera culled from the folders in the record group. Events represented in the box are: 66th Anniversary/Charles Francis Adams address, 100th Anniversary of the New York State Constitution/Charles O'Conor address, N-YHS Centennial Banquet, and "Sancte Claus, Goed Heylig Man!" facsimile score. Because the material is redundant it is available for internal use only.

1870, 1877, 1904, 1939

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