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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Museum Department Records
1765, 1830-2018
 NYHS-RG 20

New-York Historical Society
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Margaret Kaczorowski, Katherine Palm and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 21, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V. Catalogues, Inventories, Surveys, 1830-2000. 12.25 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes a wide variety of miscellaneous catalogues, inventories, and other documents related to object descriptions. These range from John Delafield's 1830 handwritten inventory of the ancient coins and medals in the N-YHS "cabinet" to the user manual for the Multi-MIMSY 2000 System, N-YHS's collection management system at the turn of the twenty-first century. The series also holds the annotated and edited manuscripts of three catalogues published in the 1970s-1980s of N-YHS's American paintings (by Richard J. Koke and by Wayne Craven) and glass paperweights (by Paul Hollister). The container list includes a complete list of the specific contents.

Arrangement Note

The material in the collection was compiled together into the series by the processing archivist. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Processing Information Note

The series was processed in September 2016 by project archivists Margaret Kaczorowski and Larry Weimer. The Craven and Hollister publication files are unprocessed and are still in their original folders.

Additional material was transferred to the archives in 2017-2020, some of wich was added to this series in 2021 by archivist Larry Weimer.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 154 Folder : 1 J. Delafield's Inventory of N-YHS's Coins & Medals
1830
Box: 154 Folder : 2-6 Printed Lists Likely Related to Coin Inventory (5 folders)
circa 1830?
Box: 154 Folder : 7 Catalogue of the N-YHS Museum & Gallery of Art
1866
Box: 154 Folder : 8 "Champlain's Astrolabe"

Scope and Contents Note

Includes typescript concerning the astrolabe written by A.J. Russell. Also includes a reprint from the N-YHS Quarterly Bulletin of George Zabriskie's article "A Story of Astrolabes."

1879
Box: 154 Folder : 9 Catalogue of the N-YHS Museum & Gallery of Art
1903
Box: 154 Folder : 10 Description of the Cabinet of Coins & Medals of John C. Kunze

Scope and Contents Note

Includes handwritten notes of drawer contents, possibly a copy of a printed description.

Undated
Box: 154 Folder : 11 "Inventory of the Jenny Lind Collection" by Leonidas Westervelt
circa 1945
Box: 154 Folder : 12 Checklist of N-YHS Sculpture & Medals
circa 1970?
Offsite-Box: 157 Folder : 1-10 Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society. Correspondence and Additional Entry Research (10 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

These folders include correspondence and some research notes related to the production of Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society, published in 1974 by Yale University Press. Wayne Craven was the author of the original manuscript, which was published after extensive further research and editing at N-YHS by Wendy Shadwell, Robert Strunsky, and Librarian James Gregory.

1959-1979
Offsite-Box: 158 Folder : 1-17 Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society (17 of 47 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

This record carton and the next two Includes Wayne Craven's manuscript for this book with further research notes and edits by Wendy Shadwell and others. The documents remain in their original folders.

circa 1970
Offsite-Box: 159 Folder : 1-21 Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society (21 of 47 folders)
circa 1970
Offsite-Box: 160 Folder : 1-9 Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society (9 of 47 folders)
circa 1970
Offsite-Box: 160 Folder : 10-19 Glass Paperweights of the New-York Historical Society

Scope and Contents Note

Includes edited, draft typescripts of Paul Hollister's book, published in 1974.

circa 1974
Offsite-Box: 160 Cards : - Glass Paperweights of the New-York Historical Society

Scope and Contents Note

Includes index cards with descriptive information for the illustrations, glossary, etc. from the book.

circa 1974
Offsite-Box: 302 Randall J. Le Boeuf, Jr. Catalogue of his Robert Fulton Collection (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

4 of 7 binders of Le Boeuf's original, annotated catalogue, covering both library and museum materials. This box holds Volumes I and II of "ALS [autograph letter signed] and other original MS [manuscript] material"; a volume of Steamboats, America and Foreign; and a volume on "Pictures," meaning "paintings, photos, engravings, prints." This last volume has an overview, dated 1976, of the entire catalogue.

circa 1970s
Offsite-Box: 303 Randall J. Le Boeuf, Jr. Catalogue of his Robert Fulton Collection (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 of 7 binders, including the three volumes covering "books, newspapers, pamphlets."

circa 1970s
Offsite-Box: 307 Volume : 1-5 American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society (Box 1 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

These 4 boxes hold 2 copies of the annotated and edited typescript for Richard J. Koke's American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society: A Catalog of the Collection, Including Historical, Narrative, and Marine Art, published in 1982. The first set consists of 13 volumes of photocopies. The second set is an incomplete 11 volume set. Although both the sets are photocopies, the second copy is marked as the original. Also there appears to be some original edits in the second set that do not appear in the first set. This first box holds set 1, volumes 1-5.

circa 1982
Offsite-Box: 308 Volume : 6-11 American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society (Box 2 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

This box holds set 1, volumes 6-11.

circa 1982
Offsite-Box: 309 American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society (Box 3 of 4)

Scope and Contents

This box holds set 1, volumes 12-13, and set 2, numbered as volumes 14-17.

circa 1982
Offsite-Box: 310 American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society (Box 4 of 4)

Scope and Contents

This box holds set 2, volumes 18-23.

circa 1982
Offsite-Box: 304 Swords

Scope and Contents

Two binders of object descriptions.

1987
Box: 154 Folder : 13 Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection
circa 1988?
Box: 154 Folder : 14 Miscellaneous Loose Tags, Labels, etc.
circa 1865-1909
Offsite-Box: 155 Folder : 1-4 Museum Collections Workbook (2 copies) (4 folders)
circa 1991
Offsite-Box: 155 Folder : 5-6 Multi-MIMSY 2000 Book. Activities (2 folders)
1997 October
Offsite-Box: 155 Folder : 7 Multi-MIMSY 2000. Implementation Manual (Draft)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes system installation and upgrade CDs.

1998 January
Offsite-Box: 156 Folder : 1-4 Multi-MIMSY 2000 Book. (4 manuals/folders)
1999
Offsite-Box: 156 Folder : 5-7 Multi-MIMSY 2000. Vocabulary List Reports
2000
Offsite-Box: 301 Index cards to reference materials

Scope and Contents

Csrds arranged by chronology and subject pointing to research resources, such as books, photos, etc., at least some of which are in N-YHS collections.

undated

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