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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Public Programs and Education Records
1941-2014 (bulk, 1984-2004)
 NYHS-RG 23

New-York Historical Society
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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

Container List

Series I. Program Files, 1941-2014 (bulk, 1984-1992). 32.92 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in rough topical order. During processing in 2016, the files were found with little overall arrangement, accordingly much of the arrangement and categorizations of material were established in 2016 by the processing archivist. Files on specific special programs that had especially extensive files appear first in the container list. These are followed by more general sets of files. Notes at the box level provide further information about the content and the more substantive material found there.

Scope and Contents Note

The Program Files series includes records related to the creation, publicity, outreach, funding, and implementation of N-YHS's public programs, principally for the years 1984-1992. Regular programming included, among other things, panel discussions, lectures, concerts, films, and gallery tours. The programs also included school age education programs, such as tours for schoolchildren and teacher/educator workshops, as well as special collaborations such as arts-in-education classes or programs for at-risk students. See the Historical Note above for further description of some of the specific programs well-represented in the series.

The series appears to be, in general, a compilation of records from at least seven individuals: Directors of Public Programs Carole Slatkin (1984-1989) and Rae Alexander-Minter (1989-1993), Associates for Public Programs Stephanie Starr (until about 1989) and Erika Sanger (about 1989-1993), Associate for School Programs Judith M. Giuriceo (started about 1990), and docent/volunteer coordinators Jane Lattes (until about 1989) and Marion Galison (1989-1993). The series includes program descriptions, planning documents, correspondence and memos, publicity, attendance counts, logistical records (e.g., group reservation forms, docent schedules), program evaluations, curriculum or presentation materials for school groups, background texts and some training or informational content for docents. The specific programs covered are wide-ranging and further detail on scope and content at the box level is given below in the container list.

Although the bulk of the series includes documents from 1984-1992, there is a small amount of earlier program material, principally publicity-related; this is noted in the container list. For later periods, there are also publicity brochures from the early 2000s.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1-16 Summer Institute 1987 (16 folders)
1987-1988
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 17-42 Summer Institute 1988 (26 folders)
1988-1989
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1-22 Summer Institute 1989 (22 folders)
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 23-38 Summer Institute. General Files (16 folders)

General Note

Includes files with documents relating to Institutes from multiple years (e.g. speaker biographies, participant lists, correspondence templates, etc.) and miscellaneous materials.

1987-1989
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-23 Summer Institute. Final Projects (23 folders)
1988-1989
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 24-35 Summer Institute. Resources (11 folders)

General Note

Includes miscellaneous print matter (not produced by N-YHS) related to the Constitution, materials produced in connection with the Bicentennial, and teaching resources. Includes an artifact: cards depicting images and biographies of the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

1986-1988
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1-38 Summer Institute. Readings & Resources (38 of 65 folders)

General Note

This box and the next includes files (most of which appear to be those of Gail Marcus) of Institute readings and other reference matter.

1987-1988
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1-27 Summer Institute. Readings & Resources (27 of 65 folders)
1987-1988
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 28 "We the People": Our Living Constitution. N-YHS Discovery Book
1987
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 29-32 Government by Choice: Inventing the Constitution (4 folders)

General Note

Includes a folder with documents concerning the exhibition of this name held at N-YHS from September 17, 1987-January 17, 1988. Also includes files of programs related to the exhibition including education/class tie-ins and an audiovisual slide show. See also the box of Exhibition Files (1 of 2) below; this holds several folders on program tie-ins to the Constitution Bicentennial and exhibition.

1986-1987
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1-20 U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Programs (20 folders)

General Note

Includes various programs related to the Constitution, including "United States Constitution on the Air," Bicentennial Connection, mock debates, lectures, and others. Some done in partnership with the IMPACT II program of the New York City Board of Education and funded by the Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution.

1986-1989
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 1-16 IMPACT II Materials / Arts & Cultural Education Network (16 folders)

General Note

Includes general material concerning these New York City Board of Education programs and N-YHS's connection to them.

1985-1991
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1-57 Why History? 1990 (57 of 79 folders)
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 1-22 Why History? 1990 (22 of 79 folders)
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 23-72 Why History? Race & Class 1991 (50 of 83 folders)
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 1-33 Why History? Race & Class 1991 (33 of 83 folders)
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 34-75 Why History? What is American? 1992 (42 of 97 folders)
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 1-44 Why History? What is American? 1992 (44 of 97 folders)
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 1-11 Why History? What is American? 1992 (11 of 97 folders)

General Note

This box holds transcripts of the lectures.

1992
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 45-51 Why History? General Files (7 folders)

General Note

Includes folders that include materials related to all or most of the three Why History? years/series.

1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 1-5 Collecting & Connoiseurship Symposium (5 folders)
1982, 1984
Offsite-Box: 13 Folder : 1-13 New York Walks (1 of 2 boxes)

General Note

These were walking tours of Manhattan. Includes narratives, publicity, clippings, route maps, etc.

1987-1988
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 1-9 New York Walks (2 of 2 boxes)
1987-1989, 1992
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 1-41 New York Tapes (41 folders)

General Note

Includes narrative, location permissions, interviewee releases, budgets, logistics, etc.

1990
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 1-50 Imagining the New World: Columbian Iconography Programs (50 folders)

General Note

Includes drafts and finals of teacher's packet, program evaluations, background material, and other documents concerning tie-ins to this exhibition.

1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 1-41 Lab School Programs (41 of 68 folders)

General Note

This box holds general files on Lab Schools and the files for the Luman Reed Gallery project. The general files include reference to the Seneca Village project, which is primarily in the following box.

1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 1-27 Lab School Programs (27 of 68 folders)

General Note

Includes the Seneca Village Lab School project files.

1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 28-39 Bank Street College / Liberty Scholars (12 folders)
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 1-17 Returning the Gift / Six Nations (Iroquois) Census Reprint (17 folders)
1992
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 1-49 General Program Files (1 of 5 boxes)

General Note

Generally, this set of five boxes appears to hold material primarily from the files of Carole Slatkin, Rae Alexander-Minter, Erika Sanger, and Stephanie Starr. This box includes, among other subjects, a survey of N-YHS visitors (1988), statistics (1984-1989), budgets (1986-1991), reports, and files on various tours, lectures, St. Nicholas festivals, and other programs from the late 1980s. There is a small amount of material from the 1960s-1970s, principally related to concerts.

1972-1991
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 1-54 General Program Files (2 of 5 boxes)

General Note

Includes, among other subjects, Wilkinson toy collection programs, New York: Past, Present & Future lecture series, Shelburne Sampler-related programs, wine-tasting tours and other trips, and Angela Brown recital.

1985-1990
Offsite-Box: 22 Folder : 1-41 General Program Files (3 of 5 boxes)

General Note

Includes, among other subjects, concerts (Mexican, Virtuosi Quintet); Associated Solo Artists' development of a musical work based on Thomas Cole's Course of Empire (the file includes an audiotape); survey from open house for scholars of American history and art; tours and programs associated with  Paris 1889 exhibition; a Con Edison Black History Book Cover Program (with a photograph of Dr. Rae Alexander-Minter with students at IS 44); Jewish Museum at N-YHS;  Art What Thou Eat notes and discussion guide; Luman Reed projects; and management reports on public programs, FY1990-FY1992.

1987-1992
Offsite-Box: 23 Folder : 1-50 General Program Files (4 of 5 boxes)

General Note

Includes, among other subjects, tour attendance statistics (1991); audience trends at New York museums; Audubon-related programs; Simon Schama lecture; programs in connection with McKim, Mead & White exhibition (with questionnaires); Day Without Art; program administration (ticketing, audiovisual requirements, mailings); and questionnaires from "History for Adults: Objectives & Strategies."

1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 1-50 General Program Files (5 of 5 boxes)

General Note

Includes, among other subjects, "Make Your Own Board Game!"; Thomas Cole exhibition education budget (1992); after-school workshop for educators presented by curator of manuscripts Margaret Heilbrun; proposed permanent gallery re-installation (1992); World War II film program; "Writing History: Works and Process" series; Anne Dillard reading; "Repossessing History" slide show and discussion; programs in connection with City Hall exhibition; "Reinterpreting the American West" symposium; budgets, statistics, and internal memos.

1990-1993
Offsite-Box: 25 Folder : 1-31 Exhibition Files (1 of 2 boxes)

General Note

This box and the next includes a set of files that appear to be those of volunteer coordinator Jane Lattes. The files are alphabetical by exhibition. They include various documents about the exhibition, including press releases, checklists, reference material, etc., but more relevant to this record group is that many of the files hold docent training notes, tour notes, background material prepared by N-YHS staff, program tie-ins, etc. Those files that include program-related documents in this box are: Rise & Fall of New York; P.T. Barnum; Bellow, Bobbins & Butter Churns; Centuries of Childhood; George Catlin (1941-42); Small Talk; Merchants & Mandarins / New York & the China Trade; Government by Choice: Inventing the U.S. Constitution (and other Constitution bicentennial programs); and Jasper Cropsey. In addition to the 1940s Catlin material, the box holds some photographs of models of antique cars from the collection, possibly dating from the 1950s, and some old reprints of articles.

1941-1988
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 1-40 Exhibition Files (2 of 2 boxes)

General Note

Those files that include program-related documents in this box are: domestic life (Bellows, Bobbins and American Gadgets & Gastronomy); Francis Edmonds; Firefighting on Parade; Glass & Paperweights; Heraldry; Hudson River & the Highlands; immigration conference; Jackie Robinson; Karol Kozlowski; Livingston Manor; lecture series; Arnold Newman; Niagara; Paris 1889; Liberty's Legacy; Visions of Liberty; A Child's World; and George Washington in New York.

1983-1989
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 1-52 General Education & Tours Files (1 of 7 boxes)

General Note

These seven boxes include files that appear to have been primarily those of volunteer coordinators and associates for school programs, Jane Lattes, Marion Galison and Judith Giuriceo. This first box includes files related to specific exhibitions or galleries; these are in alphabetical order and continue in the next box. Principal subjects in this box are AIDS quilt; architecture (McKim, Mead & White); Audubon; Thomas Jefferson Bryan; Andrew Carnegie; Carriage and Volunteer Fire Department Galleries; colonial New York; Art What Thou Eat/Food.

1979-1992
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 1-59 General Education & Tours Files (2 of 7 boxes)

General Note

This box concludes the files related to specific exhibitions or galleries. Principal subjects are Forever Wild (Adirondacks); Highlights Tour; Hudson River School; Luman Reed Gallery/Thomas Cole (includes synopsis of curator Tim Burgard's training session for volunteers about Course of Empire); Paris 1889; Peale; Silver; Tenth Street Studio (proposed exhibition); unguided group introductory script; World War II Home Front. The box also holds material on various subjects compiled here as they relate to paintings: Changing Face of Portraiture; Early American Leaders / Presidents, Patriots & Portraits; landscapes; frames; and American genre (includes transcript of curator Ella Foshay's talk to the volunteers about genre paintings).

1985-1992
Offsite-Box: 30 Folder : 1-61 General Education & Tours Files (3 of 7 boxes)

General Note

This box includes files on education programs more generally, including teacher workshops, open houses, letters from student visitors, school program publicity packets, teachers' center, adult and child versions of a slide show script (1986), and other actual and proposed programs. Also includes files concerning contacts with particular schools or other institutions, especially Junior League, but also Community School District 5, Symphony Space, and others.

1968-1992
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 1-81 General Education & Tours Files (4 of 7 boxes)

General Note

Includes tour and workshop evaluations by participants and by coordinators, volunteer hours (in all departments), reports and statistics (e.g., attendance on tours), schedules (see also box 6 of 7 below), and miscellaneous program correspondence and memos.

1985-1992
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 1-91 General Education & Tours Files (5 of 7 boxes)

General Note

This box includes files concerning the administration of the volunteer program, including files on sources of volunteers, blank application forms, docent meetings and training sessions, memos, the N-YHS "Handbook for Volunteers" (circa 1986), and general administrative matters. The box also holds files of various resources not clearly connected with other more specific matters, much of which was likely general background material for docents and coordinators; these files include laminated images, papers on museum education, general information about N-YHS, and an audiotape and filmstrip(?) of "Trinity Parish in New York."

1985-1992
Offsite-Box: 33 Folder : 1-34 General Education & Tours Files (6 of 7 boxes)

General Note

This box includes volunteer daily and weekly schedules and group reservation forms completed for each arranged tour. There appear to be two sets of reservation forms, one set holding the original completed at the time the reservation was made and the other filed after the actual tour. This latter set holds additional documentation about the monthly tours, including attendance, evaluations, monies collected, etc.

1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 34 Folder : 1-25 General Education & Tours Files (7 of 7 boxes)

General Note

This box holds two sets of the "Special Events/Public Programs Logistics Forms." The first set is the more complete and orderly; it is the copy from the Security Department's files and as such includes all program notification forms sent from any N-YHS unit for 1990-early 1993. (These documents were the only ones from that department in the archive and so were added to this record group). The second set are from the Program and Education files and are in some disorder.

1990-1993 January
Box: 35 Cards : - Adult Tour Mailings

General Note

Includes the file of cards with organizational contacts for mailing information on tours.

circa 1990
Offsite-Box: 36 Item : - Objects Used by Docents

General Note

Includes fragments of stained glass (Tiffany?), wig, small teapot, feathers, samples of stones (e.g., pyrite, agate, etc.), and laminated reproductions of saloon, hotel, and restaurant licenses.

circa 1990
Offsite-Box: 37 Folder : 1 Emerson Prize Winners

General Note

Includes a memo noting that Concord Review's first Emerson Prize would be awarded at a ceremony in the N-YHS Reading Room, the event program, and the special isssue of the  Review with the winning essays.

1995
Offsite-Box: 37 Folder : 2 Landmarks of New York Project. Speaker Biographies
1998 May 5-19
Offsite-Box: 37 Folder : 3 N-YHS 200th Anniversary Celebration Video

General Note

Includes contents of 3-ring binder (disbound) with photocopies of licenses, releases, transcript, and other documents pertinent to the video. A standard and loop version of the video in DVDs is in the folder.

2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 37 Folder : 4-7 Program & Exhibition Publicity Brochures (4 folders)
2005-2014

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