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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 VI. Object Images, 1765, circa 1864-circa 1990. 23.96 Linear feet in 23 document boxes and cartons, and 13 small boxes of slides

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes the museum's photograph files for select objects, which generally appears to be paintings, drawings and sculpture. The photograph files also hold some other documents, such as correspondence related to acquisitions, research notes, inquiries, and other matters. The series also holds a set of negatives for the Stuart collection, lantern slides of the works of American and European artists, and photographs of the Grider, Catlin and Dunsmore drawings.

Arrangement Note

The series is organized in two subseries:

Subseries VI.A. Image Files

Subseries VI.B. Sets of Images

Subseries VI.A. Image Files, 1765, circa 1864-circa 1990. 8.25 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes the museum's photograph files for select objects, which generally appears to be paintings, drawings, and some sculpture. The series retains the original folders, which include the object/accession number, the negative number of the object's image and, for some, other notes. For the bulk of the folders, the content includes only one or two black and white photographic prints. Many of the folders hold no documents, but those empty folders were also retained in the series.

In addition to photographs, a considerable number of folders also include other documents. These documents concern the object's acquisition, attributions, research notes on the object's subject, inquiries from outside N-YHS about the object, conservation/restoration reports, deaccession in some cases, and other matter. A small number of these additional documents are exceptional, such as the original 1765 declaration of John Cruger naming Joseph Drake a freeman and citizen of New York City (object 1957.64) and Frederic De Peyster's 1864 letter presenting the drawing by John J. Audubon of John Cleeves Symmes to N-YHS (object 1864.4). Also, some files include a negative or transparency (often color) of the object. During processing, the archivist attempted on a time limited best efforts basis to identify which files held documents other than black and white prints and these instances are noted in the container list below; researchers should not rely exclusively on these notes as other files may well hold useful documentation, such as descriptions written on the back of photographs.

Arrangement Note

The series follows the original order of the files, which includes three sets, each of which is in object number order. The first set includes objects related to boats or ships. The second set, which is the bulk of the series, includes objects other than boats or ships. The third set includes a small number of loaned objects.

Processing Information Note

The series was described and minimally processed in September 2016 by project archivists Margaret Kaczorowski and Larry Weimer. The documents remain in their original folders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 161 Folder : - Boats or Ships. x.160 - x.281
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Offsite-Box: 161 Folder : - Boats or Ships. 1899.1 - 1947.66

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1924.102, 1924.120, 1936.806, 1938.410, 1938.411, 1938.413, 1938.415, 1941.926, 1942.248); correspondence/notes (1924.111, 1925.107, 1926.76, 1947.66).

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Offsite-Box: 162 Folder : - Boats or Ships. 1948.485 - 1981.14

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1948.488); correspondence/notes (1948.486, 1950.292, 1954.167).

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Offsite-Box: 162 Folder : - 1816.1 - 1867.391

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1818.1,1854.1, 1856.3, 1863.10, 1867.298, 1867.306); correspondence/notes (1816.1, 1816.2, 1817.1, 1817.6, 1817.10, 1854.1, 1857.7, 1860.90, 1860.91, 1860.96, 1862.5, 1864.1, 1864.4, 1867.294, 1867.301); negatives/transparencies (1867.294, 1867.298, 1867.302, 1867.306, 1867.312). Includes the original April 5, 1864, letter from Frederic De Peyster describing and presenting the drawing by John J. Audubon of John Cleeves Symmes to N-YHS (object 1864.4).

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Offsite-Box: 163 Folder : - 1867.392 - 1899.7

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1867.438, 1871.1, 1887.6, 1897.1); correspondence/notes (1873.4, 1874.2, 1881.21, 1881.22, 1887.8, 1895.8, 1896.2); negatives/transparencies (1873.4, 1880.10, 1887.6); slides (1873.5 to 1873.19).

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Offsite-Box: 164 Folder : - 1900.7 - 1910.62

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1905.292, 1907.3, 1908.8, 1909.20, 1910.5); correspondence/notes (1900.7, 1903.3, 1903.13, 1904.1, 1904.36, 1905.184, 1906.2, 1906.4, 1907.7, 1907.32, 1907.10, 1908.2, 1909.14, 1909.26, 1910.12, 1910.23, 1910.47); negatives/transparencies (1906.4, 1907.10, 1909.16, 1910.8); slides (1904.1).

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Offsite-Box: 165 Folder : - 1911.2 - 1921.118

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1918.6, 1918.16, 1918.17, 1920.4, 1921.11); correspondence/notes (1911.24, 1912.5, 1915.1. 1915.7, 1917.3, 1920.4); negatives/transparencies (1918.6, 1920.150, 1921.108).

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Offsite-Box: 166 Folder : - 1922.6 - 1925.196

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1925.5, 1925.14); correspondence/notes (1923.10, 1923.161 A + B, 1924.11, 1925.177, 1925.29a, 1925.100, 1925.177); negatives/transparencies (1923.5, 1923.137, 1923.138).

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Offsite-Box: 167 Folder : - 1926.2 - 1935.59

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1929.26, 1930.2, 1932.4); correspondence/notes (1931.4, 1932.10, 1932.16, 1932.237, 1933.4, 1933.8, 1934.5, 1934.11, 1934.13, 1934.14, 1935.30); negatives/transparencies (1930.2, 1932.21, 1932.23, 1933.8).

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Offsite-Box: 168 Folder : - 1935.78 - 1936.1016

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1935.98, 1936.404, 1936.799); correspondence/notes (1935.87, 1935.92, 1935.101, 1936.799); negatives/transparencies (1935.157).

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Offsite-Box: 169 Folder : - 1937.36 - 1941.481

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1937.162, 1937.450, 1940.76, 1940.451, 1941.240, 1941.269, 1941.363, 1941.425); correspondence/notes (1937.451, 1937.583, 1937.1718, 1937.1721, 1938.316, 1938.350, 1939.11, 1940.463, 1940.486; 1940.971, 1941.93, 1941.132, 1941.133, 1941.136, 1941.241, 1941.363); negatives/transparencies (1937.138, 1937.1805, 1939.11, 1939.243, 1939.244, 1940.451). Includes documents regarding the estate settlement of Elizabeth B. Knight (1940.350).

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Offsite-Box: 170 Folder : - 1941.640 - 1944.392 to .428

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1941.640, 1941.725, 1944.17); correspondence/notes (1941.1178, 1942.323, 1942.351, 1943.168, 1943.388, 1944.72, 1944.73, 1944.150, 1944.151, 1944.357, 1944.359); negatives/transparencies (1941.1210, 1942.323, 1942.324, 1942.356, 1942.357). Includes an attribution note from 1898 (1943.388).

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Offsite-Box: 171 Folder : - 1945.2 - 1947.188

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1925.5, 1925.14); correspondence/notes (1945.37, 1945.138, 1945.454, 1945.580, 1946.51, 1946.159, 1946.179, 1946.293, 1946.294, 1946.296, 1946.299, 1946.300, 1946.345, 1947.99); negatives/transparencies (1945.580, 1946.135, 1946.139, 1946.163, 1946.290).

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Offsite-Box: 172 Folder : - 1947.189 - 1948.115

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1925.5, 1925.14); correspondence/notes (1947.368, 1947.414a and b, 1947.415, 1947.450, 1947.462, 1947.507, 1947.523, 1948.40 to .42).

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Offsite-Box: 173 Folder : - 1948.122 - 1950.308

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence/notes (1948.174, 1948.469, 1948.473, 1948.577, 1949.23, 1949.136, 1949.273, 1950.5, 1950.7, 1950.27, 1950.30, 1950.46, 1950.78, 1950.230, 1950.237, 1950.303a-j, 1950.308); negatives/transparencies (1950.27).

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Offsite-Box: 174 Folder : - 1950.309 - 1952.441

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence/notes (1950.309,1950.311, 1950.333, 1950.335, 1951.9, 1951.76, 1951.80, 1951.444, 1951.466, 1951.468, 1951.475, 1952.80, 1952.82, 1952.84, 1952.289, 1952.335, 1952.381, 1952.425); negatives/transparencies (1951.11, 1951.77, 1952.29, 1952.80).

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Offsite-Box: 175 Folder : - 1953.1 - 1955.297

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence/notes (1953.63, 1953.71, 1953.101, 1953.185, 1954.39, 1955.172, 1955.275, 1953.238, 1953.318, 1954.39, 1954.57, 1954.177, 1954.197, 1955.96, 1955.97, 1955.98, 1955.172, 1955.275); negatives/transparencies (1953.63, 1953.198, 1953.292, 1955.263).

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Offsite-Box: 176 Folder : - 1955.6 - 1959.19

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1957.64); correspondence/notes (1956.6, 1956.54, 1956.69, 1956.192, 1957.23, 1957.39, 1957.57, 1957.64, 1957.65, 1957.73, 1957.80, 1957.135, 1957.232, 1957.249, 1957.261, 1958.85, 1958.139, 1959.1 1959.2); negatives/transparencies (1956.145, 1957.52, 1957.64, 1957.97); slide (1957.112, 1957.114). Includes original 1765 declaration of John Cruger naming Joseph Drake a freeman and citizen of New York City (1957.64).

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Offsite-Box: 177 Folder : - 1959.20 - 1968.39

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence/notes (1960.48, 1961.63, 1962.19, 1961.36, 1962.42, 1962.69, 1962.71, 1962.72, 1962.73, 1962.78, 1963.9, 1963.45, 1964.16, 1966.19, 1966.21, 1966.34, 1966.48, 1966.60, 1966.66); negatives/transparencies (1961.44).

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Offsite-Box: 178 Folder : - 1969.16 a,b - 1982.16

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (1973.36); correspondence/notes (1969.20, 1969.30, 1969.43, 1969.44, 1969.45, 1969.48, 1969.53, 1970.73, 1971.3, 1971.97, 1971.100, 1971.114, 1971.115, 1971.116, 1971.118, 1971.125, 1973.8, 1973.20, 1973.35, 1973.39, 1974.31, 1974.32, 1974.61, 1975.1, 1975.18, 1979.80); transparencies/slides (1969.26, 1970.75, 1971.119, 1973.38, 1973.54 (Van Vorst), 1976.68, 1978.46, 1979.80, 1980.56, 1981.12). Includes gift of unidentified gentleman and lady from Mr. and Mrs. William Middendorf II (1970.72, 1970.73) and gift of Peck portraits from Mrs. Cecil G. Hemsley (1974.29); portrait of Seth Low by Eastman Johnson (1975.18); deed of gift for the Portrait of Mrs. Van Vorst by Mary Foote from Edward Foote (1978.31).

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Offsite-Box: 179 Folder : - 1983.32 - 1985.17

Scope and Contents Note

Negatives/transparencies/slides (1984.121). Includes gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Feld (1983.50, 1983.51, 1983.52, 1983.53, 1983.54, 1983.55); gift from Mrs. Rose Newman of Raphael Soyer drawing (1985.17).

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Offsite-Box: 179 Folder : - X.5 - x.521

Scope and Contents Note

Includes restoration notes (x.5, x.27, x.63); correspondence/notes (x.26, x.63, x.273, x.293, x.515); negatives/transparencies (x.474).

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Offsite-Box: 179 Folder : - L1927.1 - L1972.1

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence/notes on loans (L1927.1, L1945.3, L1946.1, L1946.2, L1946.6, L1947.5, L1947.8, L1948.4, L1948.5, L1952.1, L1953.2, L1953.5, L1954.1, L1954.5, L1954.6, L1955.1, L1955.2, L1955.7). Includes loan of Lord and Lady Stirling portraits from Goodhue Livingston (L1960.5).

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Subseries VI.B. Sets of Images, Undated. 15.71 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries includes sets of images representing portions of N-YHS's current or past collections. The subseries currently holds only a few such sets: negatives of the Stuart collection, small (4" x 3") lantern slides of works by American and European artists, and photographs of the Rufus A. Grider powder horns, George Catlin drawings, and Dunsmore drawings.

In 2019, several trays of slides were transferred to the archives. These appear to be of various objects and of objects in exhibitions. Some slides appear to be reference objects from other institutions.

Processing Information Note

It is unclear when the sets were originally compiled and boxed. The Stuart glass negatives were boxed by conservator Alan Balicki in October 2016. The material was integrated and described with the Museum Department records in 2016 by archivist Larry Weimer. additional slides were processed into the collection in 2021 by Weimer.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 180 Envelope : 1-139 Stuart Collection Negatives (Acetate)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes acetate negatives, mostly 8x11, of Stuart collection objects. Emails in the box from 2007 suggest that these were scanned and have digital versions.

Undated
Box: 181 Folder : - Stuart Collection Negatives (Glass)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten 8x11 plates: #26, 114, 141, 169, 172, 186, 200, 229, 232, 239.

Undated
Box: 182 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Alexander to Chapman
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Box: 183 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Child to Durand
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Box: 184 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Durand to Feke
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Box: 185 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Feke to Hesselius
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Box: 186 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Hesselius to Jarvis
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Box: 187 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Jennys to Mount
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Box: 188 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Mount to Robertson
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Box: 189 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Savage to Stuart
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Box: 190 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Stuart to Vanderlyn
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Box: 191 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Vanderlyn to Wright
Undated
Box: 192 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Unknown
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Box: 193 Item : - Lantern Slides. American Artists. Unknown; European (Italian, Spanish)
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Box: 194 Item : - Lantern Slides. European Artists (Dutch, English, Flemish, French, Italian)
Undated
Offsite-Box: 275 Folder : 1-21 Photographs & inventory. Rufus A. Grider Powder Horn Drawings (21 folders)
Undated
Offsite-Box: 275 Folder : 22 Photographs. Dunsmore Drawings
Undated
Offsite-Box: 275 Folder : 23-30 Photographs. George Catlin Drawings (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a report on the Catlin Collection by Curator Ella Foshay.

Circa 1987?
Offsite-Box: 300 Miscellaneous Slides
undated
Offsite-Box: 301 Miscellaneous Slides
undated

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