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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Original Building Planning & Construction Records

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 July 19, 2019
Finding aid is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. The architectural drawings in the record group are available only by prior appointment. Please contact the Print Room at

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 original buildings planning & construction records (NYHS-RG 3), 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 original buildings & construction records (NYHS-RG 3) are as follows:

The N-YHS minute books and official papers include much material concerning N-YHS's buildings projects. See: New-York Historical Society management committee records (NYHS-RG 1).

The New-York Historical Society General Correspondence record group (NYHS-RG 2) contains a variety of materials related to N-YHS building planning and construction, including solicitations, advertisements, and receipts for services. Most related material features officers internally debating logistics and decisions, with a majority of the discourse concerning fundraising. Effort was made during processing of the general correspondence to note items of significance in the finding aid.

Correspondence, mostly acceptances and regrets to invitations for the Central Park West re-opening ceremony of 1939, can be found in the New-York Historical Society celebratory and memorial event records (NYHS-RG 12).

Photographs of the N-YHS buildings, including the Central Park West construction projects documented in this record group, can be found in the New-York Historical Society pictorial archive (NYHS-RG 5). The pictorial archive also includes a folder with photographs of drawings of N-YHS's early homes and architect Richard Hunt's drawings for a proposed N-YHS building in Central Park.

In addition to the N-YHS archives, there are other N-YHS holdings that relate to the buildings:

A photograph album of the construction of the Central Portion of the Central Park West building and interior views of the 2nd Avenue building galleries can be found in N-YHS's Print Room collections; see: "New-York Historical Society: Construction of Central Park West Building, and view of the ..." (PR-002-165). Also, the Print Room's Geographic File - New York City (PR 020) includes a folder for West 76th Street that includes photographs of the N-YHS building and bordering neighborhood.

Three floor plans made by Mettam & Burke for N-YHS's 2nd Avenue building can be found in the Print Room's Architect & Engineer File (PR 3); see series PR 3-51.

Processing Information Note

This record group was processed by Larry Weimer in April-August 2015. Hundreds of blueprints received conservation treatment, especially humidification and flattening, by N-YHS conservator Alan Balicki.