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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Original Building Planning & Construction Records
1848-1946
 NYHS-RG 3

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

Container List

Series IV. Central Park West Construction: Expansion, 1925-1946. 68.48 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes documents concerning the expansion of the Central Park West building in 1937-1938. This expansion primarily involved the addition of wings to the north and south sides and a fifteen floor book stack to the rear of the existing building. The series includes well over 1200 blueprints and other formats of plans created by architects Walker & GIllette, construction contractor Turner Construction Company, and various subcontractors for the project, though many of the plans are represented with multiple copies or revised versions. The series also includes construction specifications, progress reports, meeting summaries, correspondence among the principals, contracts, detailed supporting documentation from Turner Construction and their sub-contractors for work done and materials used, and payment records related to the support documentation. There are a small number of photographs of the construction site.

In addition to the 1937-1938 records, the series includes a small number of documents from the 1920s. These include York & Sawyer's 1925 proposed expansion plans, related correspondence, documents related to the 1925 acquisition of property from Sarah Straus on West 76th Street, and a certified copy of a 1926 deed conveying property on West 77th Street from John A. and Elsa A. Weekes to N-YHS. There are also a small number of plans dating from the 1940s, shortly after the 1937-1938 expansion, including preliminary plans drawn by architect Philip N. Youtz in 1945-1946 for a further expansion of the building to encompass an Education Building.

Arrangement Note

The series is organized in four subseries:

A. General Project Documents

B. Construction Management Documents

C. Plans and Drawings

D. Post-Construction Plans

Subseries IV.A. General Project Documents, 1925-1926, 1935-1939. 3.96 Linear feet in 9.5 document boxes

Scope and Contents Note

The General Project Documents subseries includes files that appear, for the most part, to have been maintained by N-YHS Director Alexander J. Wall during the construction. The subseries includes minutes and general correspondence of the Building Committee overseeing the project, architect Walker & Gillette's summaries of the regular construction status meetings they led, and correspondence with Walker & Gillette, general contractor Turner Construction Company, and other architects and contractors bidding for work. Among the architects bidding for the work, but not winning, was York & Sawyer, the architectural firm that had designed the central portion of the Central Park West building and that had offered designs for an expansion in the 1920s and in 1935; the subseries holds correspondence with that firm. The subseries holds a set of files concerning the various project sub-contractors and providers of materials; these include copies of the contracts between Turner and the sub-contractors and other documents.

The subseries holds three sets of project specifications. There appears to be substantial overlap in the three sets, but also some differences among them in their level of completeness and the documents they include. One difference appears to be in how the specifications were originally filed, and perhaps whose files the specifications came from. One set, detailed in the container list, is alphabetical by the work to be done. A second set was numbered, though that is also roughly alphabetical. The third set is bound together.

The subseries includes the monthly payment applications made by Turner Construction. These packets include detailed back-up including hours worked and materials used on the job, along with sub-contractor billings. There are also the detailed packing lists used in shipping the collection to offsite storage during the project.

The date range of the subseries begins in 1925-1926. This early date relates to documents concerning property acquisitions along West 76th and 77th streets, from Sarah Straus and John A. Weekes and Elsa A. Weekes, respectively.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged topically. The subseries begins with materials that provide an overview of the project, including Building Committee minutes, general correspondence, and minutes of the regular project meetings led by Walker & Gillette. These files are followed by correspondence of a more specific nature, including that with the architects, Walker & Gillette, and the general contractor, Turner Construction Co. These files are followed by the multiple sets of specifications, the sub-contractor files, Turner's monthly payment applications with supporting documents, and packing lists.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Building Committee Minutes (1 of 2)
1935-1936
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Building Committee Minutes (2 of 2)
1937-1938
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Building Committee Correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Primarily includes copies of Alexander Wall's outgoing correspondence to the Building Committee and its counsel. Includes the recommendation to hire Garrett H. Winter as the project's clerk of the works.

1935-1939
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Project Meeting Minutes (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include the reports prepared by Walker & Gillette of the regular meetings of the project principals. In addition to Walker & Gillette, attendees typically included representatives from N-YHS (usually just Alexander J. Wall, though George Zabriskie or others attended on occasion), Turner Construction, and clerk of the works, Garrett Winter. Some meetings included representatives of particular sub-contractors.

1936-1937
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Project Meeting Minutes (2 of 2)
1938
Box: 5 Folder : 12 West 76th and 77th Street Property Matters

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents related to property matters, including easements and conveyances, especially concerning numbers 7 through 13 on West 76th. Includes certified copies of the 1925 indenture for the sale by Sarah Strauss of 5 W. 76th and the 1926 indenture for the sale by John A. Weekes and Elsa A. Weekes of property at West 77th St.

1925-1926, 1936-1938
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Project Miscellaneous Documents

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various general documents related to the project: project budgets and cost estimates; notes on N-YHS Executive Committee resolutions; and a list of rooms that have buzzers, clocks, telephones, and push-buttons.

1937-1938
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Bids of Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Primarily includes correspondence with York & Sawyer concerning the possibility of them doing the architectural work for the expansion; this includes photostats of N-YHS's 1925 correspondence concerning the plans drawn at that time by York & Sawyer. Includes John Hill Morgan's resignation from the Executive Committee and N-YHS related to the expansion plans. Includes correspondence with Walker & Gillette offering them the contract.

1925, 1935-1936
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Bids of Contractors (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes Turner Construction Company's material concerning their bid for the N-YHS construction. Turner's documents include photographs of buildings they recently constructed: Hotel Lexington (New York), New Jersey Bell Telephone Comany (Newark), Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company (Philadelphia), Girard College Library and Chapel (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia), Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company (Philadelphia), The Breakers Hotel (Palm Beach, Fla.), Massachusetts Mutal Life Insurance Company (Springfield), and Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Company (Washington, DC).

1936, 1938
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Bids of Contractors (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes proposals from, most substantively, John Lowry, Inc., A.L. Hartridge Company, and The Whitney Company. The folder also includes a summary of some of the bids received.

1936
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Correspondence with Walker & Gillette (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the agreement between N-YHS and Walker & Gillette.

1936
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Correspondence with Walker & Gillette (2 of 3)
1937
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Correspondence with Walker & Gillette (3 of 3)
1938-1939
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Correspondence with Turner Construction Co. (1 of 2)
1936-1937
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Correspondence with Turner Construction Co. (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Turner's "Work Completed in the One Year 1937" which lists and depicts as a "city" all of Turner's projects; the N-YHS building is included in the image.

1938-1939
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Correspondence with Gaines, Silvey & Nichols (Insurance)
1936-1938
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Book Stacks
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Bronze Work, Architectural, Miscellaneous Iron
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Carpenter Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Electric Lighting Fixtures
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Electric Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Elevators
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Fireproof Floor, Roof Construction and Cinder Fill & Cement Finish Floors
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Floor Coverings
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Glass & Glazing
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Glass Block
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Granite
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Hardware
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 13 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 14 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Hollow Metal & Kalamein Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 15 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Marble Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 16 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Mason Materials, Concrete & Cement Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 17 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Metal Lathing & Furring
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 18 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Metal Windows
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 19 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Mosaic Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 20 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Painting
1937-1938
Box: 14 Folder : 21 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Pile Foundation
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 22 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Plastering
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 23 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Plumbing
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 24 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Roofing & Sheet Metal Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 25 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Skeleton
1936
Box: 14 Folder : 26 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Structural Steel
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 27 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Terrazzo Work
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 28 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Tile
1937
Box: 14 Folder : 29 Specifications (Set 1-Alphabetical). Wood Floors
1937
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Specifications (Set 2-Numbered) (1 of 4)
1937
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Specifications (Set 2-Numbered) (2 of 4)
1937
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Specifications (Set 2-Numbered) (3 of 4)
1936-1938
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Specifications (Set 2-Numbered) (4 of 4)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Specifications (Set 3-Complete, Bound)
1936-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Sub-Contractors. A.B. See Elevator Co. (Book Stack Elevator)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Sub-Contractors. Achilles Construction Co. (Steel Buildings)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Sub-Contractors. Allen Automatic, Inc. (Slide-up Door)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Sub-Contractors. Anderson Brick & Supply Co. inc (Masonry Materials)
1936
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Sub-Contractors. Anti-Hydro Waterproofing Co.
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Sub-Contractors. Arnold H. Warmolts (Leather Door Covering)
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Sub-Contractors. Baker, Smith & Co., Inc. (Heating & Ventilating)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Sub-Contractors. Bethlehem Steel Co. (Reinforcing Steel)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Sub-Contractors. C.E. Halback & Co. (Bronze Work, Etc.)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Sub-Contractors. Campbell Metal Window Corp. (Steel Windows)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Sub-Contractors. Chapman Metal Products Co. Inc. (Kalamein Work)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Sub-Contractors. Chesebro-Whitman Co. Inc. (Steel Hoist Towers)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Sub-Contractors. Chittenden Lumber Co.
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Sub-Contractors. Clarence L. Smith Foundation Corp. (Sheet Piling & Excavation)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 16 Sub-Contractors. Contractors Glass Co. Inc. (Glass & Glazing)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 17 Sub-Contractors. Cornell Iron Works, Inc. (Rolling Shutter Door)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 18 Sub-Contractors. Cranford & Joseph, Inc. (Tile Work)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 19 Sub-Contractors. Del Turco Bros. Inc. (Terrazzo & Mosaic Work)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 20 Sub-Contractors. Edwd. F. Caldwell & Co. Inc. (Lighting Fixtures)
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 21 Sub-Contractors. Ernest Capelle (Flag Poles)
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 22 Sub-Contractors. Federal Seaboard Terra Cotta Corp.
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 23 Sub-Contractors. Ferro Art Co. Inc. (Reading Room Lighting Fixtures)
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 24 Sub-Contractors. Formica Insulation Co.
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 25 Sub-Contractors. Frank Scolaro Marble Co. Inc. (Interior Marble Work)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 26 Sub-Contractors. General Bronze Corp.
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 27 Sub-Contractors. General Builders Supply Corp. (Masonry Materials)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 28 Sub-Contractors. Gunn Decorating Co. Inc. (Painting & Finishing)
1938-1939
Box: 15 Folder : 29 Sub-Contractors. Hanley Co. Inc. (Face Brick)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 30 Sub-Contractors. Hohmann & Barnard Inc. (Water Bars)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 31 Sub-Contractors. J.J. Fisher Co. Inc. (Roofing & Sheet Metal Work)
1937-1939
Box: 15 Folder : 32 Sub-Contractors. Jacobson & Co. Inc. (Metal Lath, Furring & Plastering)
1938
Box: 15 Folder : 33 Sub-Contractors. John A. McCarthy & Co. Inc. (Masonry Materials)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 34 Sub-Contractors. John L. Goss Corp. (Granite & Granite Work)
1937-1938
Box: 15 Folder : 35 Sub-Contractors. M.F.C. Shoring & Foundation Co. Inc. (Sidewalk Bridge)
1937
Box: 15 Folder : 36 Sub-Contractors. MacNutt, Watts & Tankard Inc. (Electrical Work)
1937-1939
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Sub-Contractors. Materials Delivery Corp. (Masonry Material)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Sub-Contractors. Mosler Safe Co. (Vault Door)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two photographs of Mosler vault #0-1941.

1937
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Sub-Contractors. Ostrander & Eshleman Inc. (Finished Hardware)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Sub-Contractors. Pagano Granite Corp. (Granite Sill)
1938
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Sub-Contractors. Paramount Window Cleaning Service
1938
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Sub-Contractors. Peelle Co. Inc. (Freight Elevator Doors)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Sub-Contractors. R.E. Carrick & Co. Inc (Concrete Arches, Sidewalk, Fireproofing)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Sub-Contractors. Ricci Studio (Models)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Sub-Contractors. Robert W. Hunt Co. (Concrete Testing)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Sub-Contractors. Snead & Co. (Book Stacks)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, specifications, a sketch by Walker & Gillette of the book stack floor plan, blueprint drawing # 30672 by Snead of sample shelves, Snead & Co.'s marketing brochure, photographs of Snead's shelving at Columbia University, University of Utah, and the University of Texas, and two identical photographs of the exterior of the National Archives building (Washington, DC).

1935-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Sub-Contractors. Spencer, White & Prentis Inc. (Pipe Pile Foundations)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Sub-Contractors. Sprague & Henwood (Test Boring)
1936
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Sub-Contractors. Storm Flooring Co. Inc. (Finished Wood Floors)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 14 Sub-Contractors. Strawbridge & Clothier (Asphalt Tile)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 15 Sub-Contractors. Structural Waterproofing Inc.
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 16 Sub-Contractors. Superior Steel Door & Trim Co. Inc. (Hollow Metal Work)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 17 Sub-Contractors. T.P. McLoughlin Inc. (Plumbing)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 18 Sub-Contractors. Taylor-Fichter Steel Construction Co. Inc. (Structural Steel)
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 19 Sub-Contractors. Transit Mix Concrete Co. Inc.
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 20 Sub-Contractors. United Hoisting Co. Inc. (Erection of Hoist)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 21 Sub-Contractors. Van Brunt Bros. Inc. (Lintels)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 22 Sub-Contractors. Vernon Lumber Corp.
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 23 Sub-Contractors. Walsh Wrecking Corp. (Building & Wall Demolitions)
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 24 Sub-Contractors. Westinghouse Electric Elevator Co.
1937-1938
Box: 16 Folder : 25 Sub-Contractors. William Somerville Inc. (Cabinet Work)
1937-1938
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Walker & Gillette Expense Certifications

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes the certifications to N-YHS from Walker & Gillette, confirming the appropriateness of the payment applications submitted by the construction contractors. The support documentation for certificate #1, payable to George Hollerith, is in the Walker & Gillette correspondence folder above. The support documentation for certificate #26, payable to Edwd. F. Caldwell & Co., is in the folder above under that sub-contractor's name. All other certificates, through #27, were payable to Turner Construction; the correspondence, supporting documents, and payment applications from Turner related to each certificate are in the following folders.

1936-1939
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Turner Payment Application 1 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 2
1937 February
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Turner Payment Application 2 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 3
1937 March
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Turner Payment Application 3 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 4
1937 April
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Turner Payment Application 4 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 5
1937 May
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Turner Payment Application 5 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 6
1937 June
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Turner Payment Application 6 / Walker & Gillette Certificates 7, 8, and 9
1937 July
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Turner Payment Application 7 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 10
1937 August
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Turner Payment Application 8 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 11
1937 September
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Turner Payment Application 9 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 12
1937 October
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Turner Payment Application 10 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 13
1937 November
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Turner Payment Application 11 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 14
1937 December
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Turner Payment Application 12 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 15
1938 January
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Turner Payment Application 13 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 16
1938 February
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Turner Payment Application 14 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 17
1938 March
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Turner Payment Application 15 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 18
1938 April
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Turner Payment Application 16 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 19
1938 May
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Turner Payment Application 17 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 20 and 21
1938 June
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Turner Payment Application 18 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 22
1938 July
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Turner Payment Application 19 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 23
1938 August
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Turner Payment Application 20 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 24
1938 September
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Turner Payment Application 21 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 25
1938 October
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Turner Payment Application 22 / Walker & Gillette Certificate 27
1939 February
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Packing List. Almanacs
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Packing List. Annex
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Packing List. Basement
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Packing List. Basement House
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Packing List. Charles Allen Munn Collection
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Packing List. China & Glass
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Packing List. Contents of Metal Room - New York Room
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Packing List. Directories
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 9 Packing List. 8th & 9th Floor Stacks & Library Floor Heraldry
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Packing List. Gallery
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Packing List. Imprint Section
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 12 Packing List. King Collection
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 13 Packing List. Manhattan Storage
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 14 Packing List. Manuscripts
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 15 Packing List. Miniatures
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 16 Packing List. Miscellaneous
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 17 Packing List. Nadelman Museum
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 18 Packing List. Naval History Room & Naval History Manuscripts
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 19 Packing List. N-YHS Records (Archives)
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 20 Packing List. Paintings
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 21 Packing List. Pamphlets
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 22 Packing List. Portrait Room House
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 23 Packing List. Pewter & Kindred Objects
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 24 Packing List. Riverdale Museum
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 25 Packing List. Shelf Annex
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 26 Packing List. Shipments to 80th St. & 3rd Ave.
1937?
Box: 21 Folder : 27 Packing List. Silver
1937?

Subseries IV.B. Construction Management Documents, 1931, 1935-1939. 2.5 Linear feet in 6 document boxes and one folder of oversize materials

Scope and Contents Note

The Construction Management Documents subseries includes what appear to be the files of the construction crew, specifically those of representatives of Turner Construction Company, especially Project Superintendent A.C. Gallagher, and Clerk of the Works Garrett H. Winter. There is considerable overlap between this subseries and subseries IV.A., notably with respect to specifications, subcontractor contracts, and project meeting minutes. Nonetheless, this subseries also includes other material, including correspondence among Turner, Winter, the subcontractors, and the architect, Walker & Gillette. The subseries also includes Turner's daily construction progress reports and Winter's diary, or notes, concerning daily developments on the site. There are some photographs of the construction work in progress, various small blueprints and sketches, and brochures from some of the subcontractors.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is organized in two sets of files. The first set are those that appear to have been maintained by members of Turner Construction Company. The second set are those that appear to have been maintained by Clerk of the Works Garret H. Winter. The files are arranged alphabetically by topic within each set. The topics are believed to be from the original labels.

Processing Information Note

The material in this subseries was initially processed in July 2005 and treated as a standalone collection known as the Walker and Gillette Collection (also known as the Walker and Gillette Renovation Records), with call number PR 078. In 2015, the collection was merged with N-YHS archival material as part of record group #3, forming this Construction Management Documents subseries. Although the arrangement of material was slightly modified with the merger, and a few folders of post-1930s documents were separated to be included in a future record group (NYHS-RG 4) of post-1940s buildings records, the material in this subseries remains largely as it was found in PR 078.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Accounting
circa 1937
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Access Panels
1937
Box: 22 Folder : 3 ACG [A.C. Gallagher] File

Scope and Contents Note

Includes just a few documents. A.C. Gallagher was Turner's Superintendent on the project.

1938
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Achilles Construction Co.
1937
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Arches & Fireproofing -- R.E. Carrick & Co.
1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Architects' Meeting Minutes (1 of 2)
1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Architects' Meeting Minutes (2 of 2)
1938
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Asphalt Tile -- Strawbridge & Clothier
1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Brick, Face
1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Bridge, Sidewalk -- M.F.C. Shoring & Foundation Co.
1937
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Book Stacks

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of Snead & Co. library furniture products.

1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Book Stack Elevator
1937
Box: 22 Folder : 8 Borings
1936
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Bronze Windows
1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 9 Building Congress
1938
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Cabinet Work
1938
Box: 22 Folder : 10 Change Orders & Misc.
1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 11 Check List [Book Stack Inspection]
1938
Box: 22 Folder : 12 Concrete

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a booklet "Penn-Dixie Concrete Table and Recommended Mixes for Different Kinds of Work" prepared by the Service Bureau of Pennsylvania-Dixie Cement Corp (New York sales office).

1937
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Construction Reports (1 of 6)
1937 February-May
Box: 22 Folder : 14 Construction Reports (2 of 6)
1937 June-August
Box: 22 Folder : 15 Construction Reports (3 of 6)
1937 September-December
Box: 22 Folder : 16 Construction Reports (4 of 6)
1938 January-March
Box: 22 Folder : 17 Construction Reports (5 of 6)
1938 April-July
Box: 22 Folder : 18 Construction Reports (6 of 6)
1938 August-October
Box: 22 Folder : 19 Costs
1938
Box: 22 Folder : 20 [R.L.] Cullum

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence to and from Turner's Project Manager, R.L. Cullum.

1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 21 Distribution [Payroll]
1938
Box: 22 Folder : 22 Doors
1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 8 Door, Overhead -- Allen Automatic Inc.
1937-1938
Box: 22 Folder : 23 Door Trim & Frames (#A1) Index
circa 1937
Box: 22 Folder : 24 Electric, Temporary
1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Electrical Work (1 of 2)
1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 10 Electrical Work (2 of 2)
1938
Box: 25 Folder : 11 Elevators
1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 12 Excavations
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 1 [File Codes]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes tables of files coded by plan/drawing number and related creator or sub-contractor. For example, the table indicates that File G-1 relates to granite facing Plan #1 by John L. Goss Corp. The coding relates to those found written on many of the drawings in the series.

[1937-1938]
Box: 25 Folder : 13 Flag Pole
1938
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Formica
1938
Box: 25 Folder : 14 Foundations
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Glass Block

Scope and Contents Note

Includes marketing brochure for Insulux glass block from Owens-Illinois Glass Co.

1937
Box: 25 Folder : 15 Glass -- Contractors Glass Co.
1937-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 16 Granite (1 of 6)
1937 March-August
Box: 25 Folder : 17 Granite (2 of 6)
1937 September
Box: 25 Folder : 18 Granite (3 of 6)
1937 October
Box: 25 Folder : 19 Granite (4 of 6)
1937 November
Box: 25 Folder : 20 Granite (5 of 6)
1937 November-December
Box: 25 Folder : 21 Granite (6 of 6)
1938
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Granite -- Pagano
1938
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Hardware (1 of 4)
1937-1938
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Hardware (2 of 4)
1938
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Hardware (3 of 4)
1938
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Hardware (4 of 4)
1938
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Hardware Schedule
1938
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (1 of 2)
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (2 of 2)
1938
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Hoist -- United Hoisting Co.
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Hoist Tower -- Chesbro Whitman
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Hollow Metal Work
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Hydrolithic Waterproofing
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Insurance Data
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Kalamein Work -- Chapman Metal Products
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Labor Department
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Lintels -- Van Brunt Bros.
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Lumber, Form
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Marble
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 12 Mason's Material
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 13 Millwork [Sketches]
1937-38
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Miscellaneous Iron
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 14 Models
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 12 Mosaic Floors & Terrazzo -- Del Turco Bros.
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 15 Nailcrete Corp.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes marketing brochure for Nailcrete Corporation (New York).

circa 1937
Box: 23 Folder : 16 Oil & Grease
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 13 Painting
1938
Box: 23 Folder : 17 Partitions (temporary)
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 14 Peelle Doors
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 18 Plan Notes
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 19 Plans
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 20 Plant & Tools

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a marketing brochure for the L. Best Company (New York).

1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 21 Picture Moulding
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 15 Plaster
1938
Box: 26 Folder : 16 Plumbing
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 22 Plumbing, Temporary
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 23 Plywood
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 24 Protection of Utilities & Property
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 17 Rolling Shutter Door -- Cornell Iron Works
1937-1938
Box: 26 Folder : 18 Roofing & Sheet Metal Work
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 25 Sand -- Materials Delivery Corp.
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 26 Schedule (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five photographs of the construction.

1937
Box: 23 Folder : 27 Schedule (2 of 3)
1938
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 6 Schedule (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an oversize blueprint of the progress schedule, dated May 6, 1937, though project timelines go through 1938.

1937?
Box: 23 Folder : 28 Sketches
1937-1938
Box: 26 Folder : 19 Spandrel Beam Waterproofing
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 29 Specifications, Notes
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 30 Steel, Reinforcement
1937
Box: 26 Folder : 20 Steel, Structural
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 31 Streets

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eleven construction photographs; although these photos seem chiefly interested in the curb line of West 76th and West 77th streets, they include images of the surrounding buildings and part of the sites of demolition.

1937
Box: 23 Folder : 32 Structural Lintels
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 33 Survey (1 of 2)
1937
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 6 Survey (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a blueprint of a survey by George Hollerith.

1937
Box: 23 Folder : 34 Telephone
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 35 Terra Cotta, Glazed
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 36 Terra Cotta Tile, Rough
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 37 Testing
1937
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Tile Work -- Cranford & Joseph
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 38 Tracings of Steel Lists (Ordered)
1937
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Vault Door
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 39 Water
1937
Box: 23 Folder : 40 Westinghouse (1 of 2)
1938
Box: 23 Folder : 41 Westinghouse (2 of 2)
1938
Box: 23 Folder : 42 Window Cleaning
1937
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Windows, Metal
1937-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 43 [Garret H.] Winter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes informal notes between Clerk of the Works Winter and Turner's representatives, mostly A.C. Gallagher.

1937-1938
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Wood Floors
1937-1938
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Wrecking Subcontract
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Architect's Specifications
[1937]
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Bulletin, Plant Rental Schedule
1931, 1937
Box: 27 Folder : 6 [Construction Diary of] Garrett H. Winter (2 notebooks)
1937-1938
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Comparison of Estimates
1936
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 6 Control Panel Wiring Diagrams, Elevator

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six photographs of plans by Westinghouse Electric Elevator Co.

1937
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (1 of 9)
1937 January-March
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (2 of 9)
1937 April-June
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (3 of 9)
1937 July-September
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (4 of 9)
1937 October-December
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (5 of 9)
1938 January-March
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (6 of 9)
1938 April-June
Box: 27 Folder : 13 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (7 of 9)
1938 July-September
Box: 27 Folder : 14 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (8 of 9)
1938 October-December
Box: 27 Folder : 15 Correspondence, Miscellaneous (9 of 9)
1939
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Doors & Freight Elevators

Scope and Contents Note

Includes marketing brochures for The Peelle Company (Brooklyn, NY).

1937
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Electric Work. Specifications
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Fireproof Floor, Roof Construction, Cinder Fill. Specifications
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Lighting Recommendations
1938
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Metal Lathing & Furring. Specifications
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Minutes
1937-1938
Box: 27 Folder : 16 Miscellaneous Lists
1937?-1938
Box: 24 Folder : 10 Painting. Specifications
1938
Box: 24 Folder : 11 Photographs
1938
Box: 27 Folder : 17 Pier & Foundation Data
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 12 Plastering. Specifications
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 13 Plumbing Fixtures
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 14 Roofing & Sheet Metal, Structural Steel. Specifications
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 15 Room Finishes
1937
Box: 27 Folder : 18 Schedules. Men in Building
1935-1937
Box: 24 Folder : 16 Specifications & Conditions of Contract
1937?
Box: 24 Folder : 17 Specifications. Various (1 of 5)
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 18 Specifications. Various (2 of 5)
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 19 Specifications. Various (3 of 5)
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 20 Specifications. Various (4 of 5)
1937
Box: 24 Folder : 21 Specifications. Various (5 of 5)
1937
Box: 27 Folder : 19 Wrecking Specifications & Bids
1938

Subseries IV.C. Plans and Drawings, 1925, 1935-1938. 60.73 Linear feet in many oversize folders, 2 flat boxes, 3 document boxes, and 5 rolls of blueprints

Scope and Contents Note

The Plans and Drawings subseries includes about 1200 plans related to the 1937-1938 expansion of the Central Park West building. Most of these plans are blueprints on paper or linen, though many are also bluelined whiteprints, photographic reproductions, penciled tracings, and other formats. Although most of the plans are by the architectural firm Walker & Gillette, there is also a large number of plans by the general and sub-contractors of the project.

Many of the plans, especially those of Walker & Gillette, are represented with multiple versions. Many of these are duplicates, but many are the earlier and later versions of particular plans that were created over the course of the project. Some of the plans are annotated with crayon markings.

The subseries also includes plans for the expansion proposed by York & Sawyer in 1925 and in 1935-1936. None of those plans were accepted by N-YHS, which elected to use Walker & Gillette for the job. Three drawings (watercolors?) of building designs proposed by Walker & Gillette are in the subseries, including the one signed as approved by Director Alexander J. Wall.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged in alphabetical order by name of the firm that created the plans. [Bracketed names] indicate that the firm's name is not on the document, but was attributed to it by the archivist.

For those firms with multiple folders of material, the folders are presented when possible in drawing number order.

The bulk of the plans have been flattened and are stored in oversize folders. About 200 plans, principally by Walker & Gillette, which are duplicative of or were superseded by those in the oversize folders, were not flattened. These remain either folded in three document boxes or were placed on seven rolls. These folded or rolled plans appear in the container list after the flattened drawings. These less accessible versions of the plans should be used only if need be after referring to the flattened versions.

Access Restrictions

An appointment is required for access to the material in this subseries. Please contact the Print Room at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Processing Information Note

Many of the plans in this series were formerly included with other architectural plans in Series X of a different record group, the New-York Historical Society pictorial archive (NYHS-RG 5). In May 2015, all of the 1940s and earlier plans from NYHS-RG 5 were transferred into this record group, NYHS-RG 3. Plans for the 1937-1938 expansion were included in this series, where they were combined with hundreds of related and previously uninventoried plans.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 1 Allen Automatic Inc. (Ossining, NY)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints of general layout of door 117.

1937
Box: 32 Folder : - American Bridge Co.

Scope and Contents Note

This oversize flat box includes blueprints of index to marks and of sketch sheets for struts, beams, etc. for the first, second, and third shipments (plans F1-10, C1, EF1; F201-242; F301-356; F401-476; F501-554; F601-667; F701-799, 701A-711A; F801-832; and F901-918.

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 2 American Bridge Co.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes whiteprints of bracing plans (plan #E101, E102, E103, E104, E105, E105a, E201, E202, E203, E204, E205, and [E206?]).

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 3 American Bridge Co.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes whiteprints of bracing plans (plan #E101, E102, E103, E104, E105, E105a, and E206).

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 4A American Bridge Co.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints of bracing plans, grillages, anchor bolts, etc. (plan #E1, E105a, E201, E202, E203, E204, E205, E205a, E206, E301, and others).

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 4B American Bridge Co.

Scope and Contents Note

This folder includes 20 blueprints for order H796 (sheets 1, 2, 3, and E1; E101, E102, E103, E104, E105, and E105a; E201, E202, E203, E204, E205, E205a, and E206; and E301 (3 copies, with one attached to sheet E901) and order H796.X1 (sheet E1). All are stamped approved for strength by the consulting engineer and by Walker & Gillette. Relates to grillages, anchor bolts, framing, and other structural matters for the roof, mezzanine, stacks, and other floors. All of the plans in this folder were photographed in June 2019; a list of the digital image numbers and filenames are in the folder.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 5 American Bridge Co.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints of columns, trusses, diagonals (plan #201-208; 301-309; 401-412; 501-512; 601-613; 701-711; 801-810).

1937
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 1 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 16 blueprints of plans for supply and exhaust risers and ducts (plan # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 2 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 22 blueprints of plans for supply and exhaust risers and ducts, discharge ducts, and plumbing, steam, and electrical circuits (plan # 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 3 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 21 blueprints of plans of supply, exhaust and discharge ducts, risers, and filters and stack casing for fans (plan # 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, and 29).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 4 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 22 blueprints of plans for for supply and exhaust ducts and connections to risers (plan # 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 5 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 20 blueprints of plans for supply and exhaust ducts, locations of drains, stack bases, locations of fans in basement, fan room, and connections to discharge louvres (plan # 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 51, and 52).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 6 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints of plans for a gauge board and heaters (see also the Trane Co. folder for another version of this plan and the related Trane heater plans) and two fragmented blueprints (likely plan 19 and 29).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B3 Folder : 7 Baker, Smith & Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two whiteprints of a register (eight sheets each), stamped as final by Walker & Gillette.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 6 Bishop & Babcock Manufacturing Co. (Cleveland)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plans for squirrel cage fans.

1937
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 1 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 23 blueprints of plans concerning stairs, pintels for stairs, guard rails, wall rails, and window guards (plan # 2-1, 4-1, 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4, 7-8, 8-1, 9-1, 9-2, 9-5, and 10-1). Also includes a plan numbered as 11-1, but this appears to be a mistake; the likely number is 3-1.

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 2 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 16 blueprints of plans of wall rails, steps, ladders, platforms, and trap doors (plan # 11-1, 15-1, 15-2, 16-1, 16-1-x, 17-1, 17-2, 18-1, 19-1, 19-2, and 20-1).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 3 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 22 blueprints of plans of loose lintels, bucks and saddles, fences for court, window grilles and guards, and access doors (plan # 21-1, 22-2, 22-3, 22-4, 22-5, 23-1, 24-1, 25-1, 25-2-x, 26-1, 27-1, 28-1, and 29-1).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 4 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 18 blueprints of plans of ceiling sashes, W. 77th Street entrance doors and inscription panel, transom grilles, sliding doors at Central Park West entrance, and bronze frame for glass brick openings in book stack (plan # 30-1, 30-2, 30-3, 30-4, 31-1, 31-2, 31-3, 32-1, and 39-1). Also includes two unnumbered blueprints from Walker & Gillette that relate to Halback plan 30-3.

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 5 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 17 blueprints of plans of vestibule entrance, soffitt panels, bronze register grilles, steel ceiling sash, and section of bronze entrance (plan # 41-1, 41-2, 41-3, 41-4, 41-8, 42-1, and 45-1).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 6 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six blueprints of plans of ladders in closet, bronze frames for niches in rotunda, bronze entrance at Central Park West, and bronze doors, iron frames and steel shutters (plan # 47-1, 52-1, 55-1, and 56-1).

1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 7 C. E. Halback & Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints of plans of the rail on mezzanine steps and iron gate on W. 76th Street (plan # 60-1 and 66-1).

1938
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 7 Campbell Solid Metal Window Corp. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 22 blueprints and print matter concerning windows, casements. etc.

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 8 Capelle, Ernest (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints of plans for two flag poles and related sockets.

[1937?]
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 9 Chapman Metal Products Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four blueprints concerning doors and windows.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 10 Cole Electric Products Co (Long Island City)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes several whiteprints of electrical works.

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 5 Commercial Furniture Co.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one blueprint of a plan for the Director's table.

1936
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 11 Consolidated Edison Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six blueprints (initial and revised) for layout of two bank transformers and switch vault below grade.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 12 Curtis Lighting Inc. (Chicago)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three blueprints related to gallery lighting plans.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 13 Dahlstrom Metallic Door Inc. (Jamestown, NY)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes nine blueprints related to elevators.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 14 Del Turco Brothers Inc. (Harrison, NJ)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes about fifteen blueprints of plans concerning mosaic and terrazzo floor layouts.

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 12 Edwd. F. Caldwell & Co. Inc.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two drawings of light fixtures for the Assembly Room.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 1 Federal Seaboard Terra Cotta Corp. (Perth Amboy, NJ)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three blueprints (initial and revision) of details of pieces.

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 1 Frank Scolaro Marble Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 32 blueprints of plans related to marble work throughout the building.

1938
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 2 General Bronze Corp. (Long Island City)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 26 blueprints of plans of bronze work for windows, frames for glass brick, and window stools (plan #1 through 11).

1937-1938
Roll: 7 Folder : - General Bronze Corp. (Long Island City). Rolled Plan

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the above plans, there is one rolled General Bronze plan. This is plan # 3, detail of bronze windows, with an approved date of 8/5/1937. A later version of plan 3, from October 1937, is in the above folder.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B12 Folder : 15 The Gorham Company

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a rejected sketch design for a cast bronze tablet memorializing Egbert Benson.

1938
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 11 Hollerith, George

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four blueprints of surveys.

1936-1937
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 9 J. J. Fisher Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints of skylight details, plan #581 (4 sheets, multiple copies, some fragmented).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 10 J. J. Fisher Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints of gutter lining, snowguard, louvre, and other roof and skylight details (plan #582, 584, 585, 589, 591, 593, 625, 627, and others without numbers due to fragmenting).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 3 John L. Goss Corp. (Stonington, Maine)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 14 blueprints of plans related to granite work, including facing for the 76th and 77th Street wings, isolated sills and copings for the rear walls and roof, and sidewalk curbs.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 2 M. T. Davidson Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one blueprint of a pump & receiver.

1936
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 3 MacNutt, Watts & Tankard (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes whiteprints and one blueprint related to electric work, including a schedule (six sheets, 2 copies).

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 4 Norton Lasier Co. (Chicago)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six blueprints related to floor closers.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 5 Peelle Co. (Brooklyn)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five whiteprints of plans for manually-operated doors.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 6 Quaker City Iron Works (Philadelphia)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints of a plan for a fire tank.

1937
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 7 Snead & Co. (Jersey City, NJ)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 36 blueprints of plans for the book stacks, including connections to structural steel, floor plans, stair and elevator layouts, work desks, enclosures, and columns. Also plans for office partitions.

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 8 Snead & Co. (Jersey City, NJ)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 18 blueprints of plans for book stacks, including connections to structural steel, floor plans, stair and elevator layouts, sliding reference shelves, work desks, and enclosures.

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 7 Spencer, White & Prentis

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight blueprints concerning piles, pile locations, and piers.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 8 Sprague & Henwood (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one whiteprint concerning borings.

1936
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 9 Sprague & Henwood (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints concerning borings.

1936
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 10 Strawbridge & Clothier (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints concerning the book stacks' tile floor.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 11 Structural Contracting Corp. (Westbury, L.I.)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints of detail of window grilles and of skylight sub-sash for office of Mr. Winter.

1938
Box: 31 Folder : - Superior Steel Door and Trim Co. (College Point, NY)

Scope and Contents Note

This oversize flat box includes three sets of about fifty blueprints each of plans of doors, trim, etc.

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B2 Folder : 8 Superior Steel Door and Trim Co. (College Point, NY)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 16 blueprints of plans of doors, trim, frames, etc.

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 12 Taylor-Fichter Steel Construction Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six blueprints of plans concerning alterations to the 2nd floor mezzanine.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 13 Trane Co. (La Crosse, Wis.)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten blueprints of plans for heating units, coil assembly, etc. One of the plans is missing a title box; the unfragmented version can be found in the Baker-Smith folders (drawing BS101).

1935-1937
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (1 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next three include many small blueprints of sketches made by Turner concerning details for doors, granite, wall slots, pits, and other matters. This first folder includes a partial inventory for sketches numbered 1 through 63. Not all the sketches recorded on the inventory are in the folders, and the final folder holds sketches not on the inventory. The original cover sheet for these sketches, also in this first folder, referred to these as "extra copies" of Turner sketches. In addition to the inventory, this first folder holds a schedule of interior wood jambs, a schedule of door trim, and sketches # 1 through 9.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (2 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Turner sketches # 10 through 29.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (3 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Turner sketches # 30 through 64.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (4 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Turner sketches # A through U, with gaps.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next two include various small blueprints of sketches made by Turner. The original cover sheet, found in this first folder, referred to these as miscellaneous sketches. This first folder includes three plot plans drawn by Walker & Gillette, with Turner's related sketches attached to two of them.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a schedule of interior wood jambs, a schedule of door trim, and a schedule of lintels by room.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Turner Construction Co. (New York) (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various sketches related to doors, granite, wood trim, lintel, skylight roof openings, and other details.

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 13 Turner Construction Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes several blueprints of Turner's sketches, most lettered from A through P, with some numbered (39, 39a, 49a, 51, and 52).

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 14 Turner Construction Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints by Turner: drawing # 73A (detail of steps, assembly room) and drawing S1000 concerning the steps from the 1st mezzanine to book stack.

1938
Box: 28 Folder : 15 [Turner Construction Co. (New York)?]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes several blueprints of lists of hardware for doors.

1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 14 Turner Construction Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a whiteprint List of Architectural & Misc Metals (2 sheets).

1937
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 15 Turner Construction Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 20 blueprints (4 sets) of schedules of wood trim and wood doors (plan # H101through H105).

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 16 Turner Construction Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 20 blueprints and two whiteprints of plans of various construction details.

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 17 [Turner Construction Co. (New York)?]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five plans on tracing paper, possibly prepared by Turner. Subjects include a sidewalk bridge, proposed plant layout, ductwork(?), and two details.

1937
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 18 Various Subcontractors

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints from American Air Filter Co. (vent), Chesebro-Whitman Co. (tubular steel towers), Cornell Iron Works (tubular steel doors; two plans), Miller & Doing, Inc. (copper cheneau), Mosler Safe Co. (masonry), New York Steam Corp. (proposed 6" service), Snead & Co? (book stack arrangement), T.P. McLoughlin, Inc. (plumber's plan-stone tubs), and Whitney Duplicating Check Co. (coat room equipment layout).

1937-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 16 Various Subcontractors

Scope and Contents Note

Includes small blueprints concerning sump pumps by Quimby Pump Co. (Newark, NJ), Josam Manufacturing Co. (Michigan City, Ind.), and Cutler-Hammer Inc. (New York).

1935-1937
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 19 W. D. Allen Manufacturing Co. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten blueprints of plans concerning fire hose cabinets.

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 4 W. S. Tyler Co.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes nine blueprints of plans concerning details of the three elevators.

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 9 Walker & Gillette List of Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes cards listing plans by number and title. Though not noted as such, the bulk are Walker & Gillette plans, though at least one appears to refer to Sprague & Henwood's boring Plan (# 0-0). These can be helpful at further identifying the subject of the specific plans noted in the Walker & Gillette list that follows.

[1938?]
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 1 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a blueprint (six sheets) of Walker & Gillette's "Scheme #1" and two other blueprints of sections and a plan of the reading room.

1936
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 2 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two sets of reproductions of Walker & Gillette's proposed floor plans of 1936, six sheets in each set, one a positive image, the other negative.

1936
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 2 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes schematic plans of the first and second floors on hard backing.

[1936?]
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 3 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three drawings of building design proposals, with the accepted one signed as approved by Director Alexander Wall.

[1937?]
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 3 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 13 blueprints of a north-south section for excavation, and floor plans for the basement and 1st floor (plan # 2 and 3).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 4 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eleven blueprints of the 2nd floor plan (plan # 4).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 5 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 13 blueprints of the 2nd floor mezzanine plan and revisions to the plan (plan # 5 and 5A.flap).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 6 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 21 blueprints of the 3rd floor plan, revision to the 3rd floor plan, and the attic floor plan (plan # 6, 6A, and 6A.flap).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 7 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 17 blueprints of the roof plan and the Central Park West elevation (plan # 7 and 8).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 8 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 20 blueprints of the 76th Street, 77th Street, and rear elevations (plan # 9, 10, and 11).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 9 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 16 blueprints of longitudinal section A-A and revision to the section (plan # 12 and 12A.flap).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 10 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 17 blueprints of cross section B-B, revision to the cross section, and longitudinal C-C (plan # 13.P3, 13A.flap, and 14).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 11 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 18 blueprints of details of existing stonework, exterior detail and wall section, typical book stack floor, southwest corridor plan, interior elevations, and revision to court elevation (plan # 15, 16, 17A, 18, 19, and 19A).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 12 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 34 blueprints of cross-sections, interior elevations, roof and skylights, typical stack wall treatment with ducts, and details of stairs (plan # 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 (one copy attached to SK.104 and an associated letter from Walker & Gillette to Turner), 27, 28, and 29).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 1 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a set of 15 blueprints, originally rolled together, that were issued to all trades on 2 June 1937. Plan # 5A. flap, 6A.flap, 10, 12A.flap, 13A.flap, 14, 16, 18, 19, 19A, 20, 23, 24, 26, and 28.

1937
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 5 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 19 blueprints of elevations and details (some full scale) of Views of Old New York Room and Executive Committee Room, detail of paneling in director's room, location of wall registers, door trims and frames, and details of toilet rooms, locker room, kitchen, and elsewhere (plan # 30, 35, 41, 42, 43, 47, and 48).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B3 Folder : 13 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 29 blueprints of corridors, wall sections, partitions, window grilles, etc. (plan # 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, and 39).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 2 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten blueprints of plans of schedules of doors; ceiling heights, furring, and registers; and skylights (plan # 40, 44, and 46).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 3 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a whiteprint with original pencilling of the Specification Schedule of Material (plan #49, sheets 1, 2, 3, and 5).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 4 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six sets (5 sheets each, one for each floor basement through third) of blueprints of the Specification Schedule of Material (plan #49) and a blueprint of a preliminary progress schedule.

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 5 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 19 blueprints of plans of plaster work at new opening and elsewhere, corridor and hall details, list of rooms where plaster coves are required, design for floor in passenger & book stack elevator, bronze lettering, and other details (plan # 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55.Rev, 56, 57, 58, and 59).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 6 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 20 blueprints of plans for a telephone booth, wood molding under the skylights and elsewhere, changes in niches in the rotunda, a bronze panel in the rotunda and other bronze work, steel sash and glass brick, and color scheme for elevator car 1 (plan # 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67).

1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 7 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 11 blueprints of plans of details in the east corridor and elsewhere, detail for the 77th Street vestibule, elevations of changes in assembly hall, alterations and marble & mosaic in the Old New York Room, and detail of street wall for property adjoining N-YHS (plan # 70 and 70A (these replace plan 51), 71, 73, 74, and 75).

1938
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 6 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten blueprints of plans for ornamental iron stairs, freight elevator door, bucks and loading platform, full scale details of pilasters for 76th and 77th Street elevators, main cornice detail, and granite detail in base course and elsewhere (plan # 101, 102, 102A, 103, and 104).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 8 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 12 blueprints of plans of details of elevator dials, register grilles, brick window sills, granite thresholds, jamb and sills of elevators, bronze windows, plaster ornament, and exit light (plan # 105, 106, 109, 112, 116, and 117).

1937-1938
Drawer: 9B-B4 Folder : 7 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 13 blueprints of plans of details (some full scale) of bronze entrance doors on 77th Street, windows, Views of Old New York Room, marble work, rotunda to assembly hall door, bronze inscription tablet dedicating the wings to the Thompsons (whose bequest was used to fund the expansion), and bulletin board (plan # 107, 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, and 115A).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 9 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes seven whiteprints (linens) of electric work (plan # E.01, E.1, E.2, E.2m, E.3, E.4, E.5-2).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 10 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five whiteprints of plans concerning electric work (plan # E.01, E.1, E.2m, E.3, and E.4).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 11 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 33 blueprints of plans concerning electric work (plan # E.01, E.1, E.2, E.2m, E.3, E.3 supplement, portion of E.3 Rev, E.4, E.5-2, E.6-1 (from MacNutt, Watts & Tankard), E-7, and one unidentified number of a riser diagram).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 12 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten plans of electric work on tracing paper (plan # E.01, E.1, E.2, E.2m, E.3, E.3 supplement, E.4, E.5-2, E-7, and one unidentified number of a riser diagram).

1938
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 1 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six linen whiteprints, stamped "record drawing," of plans concerning heating & ventilating (plan # H&V.1, H&V.2, H&V.3, H&V.4, H&V.5, and H&V.6).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 2 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six linen whiteprints of plans concerning heating & ventilating (plan # H&V.1, H&V.2, H&V.3, H&V.4, H&V.5, and H&V.6).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 3 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 21 whiteprints of plans concerning heating & ventilating (plan # H&V.1, H&V.2, H&V.3, H&V.4, H&V.5, and H&V.6).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 4 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 25 blueprints of plans concerning heating & ventilating (plan # H&V.1, H&V.2, H&V.3, H&V.4, H&V.5, and H&V.6).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 5 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eleven blueprints of plans concerning plumbing, drainage and standpipes (plan # P.1, P.2, P.4, P.5, and unnumbered).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 6 [Walker & Gillette?]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 21 blueprints of plans concerning plumbing and drainage. One is Walker & Gillette's plan # P.4. The creators of the other plans are unidentified.

1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 7 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four plans on tracing paper concerning plumbing and drainage (plan # P.1, P.2, P.4, and P.5).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 8 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 11 blueprints and one reproduction of framing and foundation plans (plan # S.2, S.3, S.4, S.5, S.6, S.7, S.8, S.9, S.10, S.12, and S.13). The blueprints are linen, stamped as the inspector's official copy.

1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 9 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 21 blueprints of framing and foundation plans (plan # S.1, S.2, S.3, S.4, S.5, S.6, S.7, S.8, S.9, S.10, and S.13).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 10 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plans on tracing paper: three related to the book stacks (plan #17a, 20 , and one unnumbered); an unnumbered elevation from 1936 of the original building; plans related to granite, cornices, ornamental iron, bronze, pilasters, and other matters (plan # 101, 102, 102a, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115a, and 117); sketches related to granite, marble, metal grilles, and a lighting panel (sketch # SK.100, SK.101, SK.102, SK.103, and SK.104); and lighting fixture designs (design # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7a, 7b, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 17a, and one unnumbered).

1936-1937
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 11 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five blueprints: two sketches concerning granite (SK.100 and SK.101) and three unnumbered plans concerning bronze doors and vestibules.

1937?
Drawer: 12A-B5 Folder : 12 Walker & Gillette

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various fragmented blueprints of plans concerning lighting strips, doors, toilets, electric panels, and heating & ventilating.

1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 13 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight Mylar(?) reproductions of elevations (plan # 8, 9, 10, and 11).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 14 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four Mylar(?) reproductions of elevations (plan # 8, 9, 10, and 11).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 15 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five reproductions (reduced size) of floor plans (plan # 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 16 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four reproductions of elevations (plan # 8, 9, 10, and 11).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 17 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eleven reproductions of elevations (plan # 8, 9, 10, and 11).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 18 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five reproductions of elevations, details of existing stonework, and exterior details and wall sections (plan # 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16).

1937
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 19 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four reproductions wth backward images of elevations (plan # 8, 9, 10, and 11).

1937-1938
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 20 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes reproductions of various plans. Negative images, unnumbered.

1937?
Drawer: 12A-B4 Folder : 21 Walker & Gillette. Reproductions

Scope and Contents

17 plans from February-April 1937: basement plan (plan #2), first floor plan (#3), second floor plan (#4), second floor mezzanine plan (#5), third floor plan (#6), attic floor plan (#6-A), roof plan (#7?), Central Park West elevation (#8), 76th street elevation (#9), 77th street elevation (#10), rear elevation (#11), longitudinal section A-A (#12), cross section B-3 (#13P3), longitudinal C-C (#14), revised basement and other floors with SW corridor (#18), wall sections (#20), cross section D-D (#22). These plans were transferred to the Archives from the Capital Projects department in June 2019. At that time they were digitally photographed.

1937
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (1 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

This set of 16 folders includes folded (unflattened) blueprints. They can be used only with assistance from the Public Services staff. This folder includes six blueprints concerning stonework, book stack, corridors, interior court elevations, and wall treatment: # 15, 17a (1936), 18, 19, 20a, and 25.

1936-1938
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (2 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five blueprints concerning elevations of grilles and sash, elevation of new entrance on 77th Street, details of stairs, and Executive Committee room: # 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.

1937
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (3 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes seven blueprints concerning corridors, grilles, air outlets, details of kitchen and various rooms, partitions, and sleeves in wall: # 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, and 38.

1937-1938
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (4 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four blueprints concerning elevations & schedules of doors, door trims and frames, paneling in the Director's room, and the Views of Old New York gallery: # 40, 41, 47, and 48.

1937
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (5 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the blueprint of the Specification Schedule of Material, # 49 (5 sheets).

1937-1938
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (6 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six blueprints concerning plaster work, corridors and stair hall, floor design for the elevators, bronze lettering in 77th Street doorway, push bars for vestibule doors, and window enclosures: # 50, 51, 52, 55.Rev, 56, 57, 58, and 59.

1937-1938
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (7 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight blueprints concerning color scheme for elevator #1, changes to niches, wood molding, telephone booth, changes in floor levels, details of steel sash and glass brick, bronze plaque in rotunda floor, and bronze doors and frame: # 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67.

1938
Box: 29 Folder : 8 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (8 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight blueprints concerning bronze doors, corridors, 77th Street vestibule, Assembly Hall changes, marble and mosaic floors, detail of street wall for property adjoining N-YHS, and layout for garden walls on 76th Street: # 68, 70, 70a, 71, 73, 74, 75, and 76.

1938
Box: 29 Folder : 9 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (9 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueprints concerning granite details: # 101 and 102.

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (10 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three blueprints concerning cornice details, pilasters, and ornamental iron: # 102a, 103, and 104.

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (11 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four blueprints concerning jamb and sills, bronze entrance doors, brick window sills, granite thresholds, and 2nd floor windows: # 106, 107, 109, and 110.

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (12 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four blueprints concerning details of Views of Old New York gallery, dials for elevators, marble work, and door from rotunda to Assembly Hall: # 111, 112, 113, and 114.

1937-1938
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (13 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three blueprints concerning bronze inscription tablet (full size), bulletin board, and plaster ornament and exit light: # 115, 115a, and 117.

1938
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (14 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes seven blueline whiteprints of electric work: # E.01 (basement), E.1 (1st floor), E.2 (2nd floor), E.2m (2nd floor mezz), E.3 (3rd floor), E.4 (roof), and E.5-2 (book stack).

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (15 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight blueprints concerning framing, typical floor and roof slabs, and various alterations: # S.3, S.4, S.5, S.8, S.10, S.11, S.12, and S.13.

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Walker & Gillette. Folded Plans (16 of 16)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten blueprints of sketches concerning book stacks, roof openings, doors, granite, Kalamein details, and other matter: # SK.100, SK.101, SK.102, SK.104, and unnumbered.

1937
Roll: 1 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (1 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

In addition to the above plans, there are 6 rolls of Walker & Gillette blueprints. These rolled plans are duplicates or earlier versions of the plans found above. Following are the plan numbers in this roll. The date shown is the latest date found above the title block on the plan (i.e., latest of revised or issued date). Plan # 5A.flap (12/27/37), 9 (6/24/37), 10 (10/7/37), 11 (6/24/37), 12A.flap (12/27/37), 13A.flap (6/24/37), 13P3 (6/24/37), 13P3 (9/9/37), 14 (2 copies, both 9/9/37), 18 (2/11/38), 19 (6/24/37), 19A (6/24/37), 22 (9/9/37), 38 (7/8/37), and 44 (9/16/37).

1937-1938
Roll: 2 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (2 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plan # 2 (7/29/37), 3 (6/24/37), 4 (12/27/37), 5 (6/24/37), 5 (12/27/37), 6 (2 copies of 9/9/37), 6 (3/8/38), 6a (9/9/37), 6a (3/8/38), 7 (2 copies of 9/9/37), 7 (10/9/37), and 7 (3/8/38).

1937-1938
Roll: 3 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (3 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plan # 27 (6/24/37), 31 (8/11/37), 31(12/10/37), 32 (2 copies of 7/9/37), 32 (12/10/37), 33 (2 copies of 7/9/37), 33 (12/10/37), 35 (7/8/37), 40 (9/24/37), 43 (2 copies of 9/23/37), 51 (1/17/38; voided and replaced by 70 & 70A); 57 (1/21/38), and 114 (1/26/38).

1937-1938
Roll: 4 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (4 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plan # 23 (6/2/37), 23 (2 copies of 7/2/37), 24 (6/2/37), E.01 (5/5/37), E.01 (4/4/38), E.1 (5/2/38), E.1 (6/1/38), E.2 (4/4/38), E.2m (4/4/38), E.4 (2/9/38), H&V 2 (4/12/37), H&V 5 (4/12/37), and H&V 6 (4/12/37).

1937-1938
Roll: 5 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (5 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plan # 30 (9/2/37), 30 (9/9/37), 47 (9/27/37), 48 (12/31/37), 102A (7/16/37), 103 (5/7/37), 104 (5/24/37), 110 (10/11/37), 110 (12/27/37), 111 (12/27/37), 115 (3/22/37), and 115A (5/18/38).

1937-1938
Roll: 6 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (6 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three sets (5 sheets each) of the Specification Schedule of Material (drawing 49): Sheet 1 (11/26/37), Sheet 2 (11/26/37), Sheet 3 (11/26/37), Sheet 4 (11/26/37), and Sheet 5 (12/29/37).

1937-1938
Roll: 7 Folder : - Walker & Gillette. Rolled Plans (7 of 7)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plan # 101 (4/21/37) and 102 (5/7/37). (This roll also includes General Bronze plan # 3.)

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 20 Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three whiteprints of controller diagrams.

1937-1938
Drawer: 7A-B13 Folder : 21 Westinghouse Electric Elevator Co. (Chicago)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 3 Westinghouse blueprints concerning elevators, stamped approved by Walker & Gillette. Also includes Walker & Gillette's related plan #106 (details of jamb & sills of passenger elevator #1 and stack elevator #3).

1937
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Westinghouse Electric Elevator Co. (Chicago). Folded Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four blueprints concerning elevators, stamped approved by Walker & Gillette.

1937
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 6 William Somerville, Inc. (New York)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight blueprints of detail & schedule of wood doors and details for the director's room and Executive Committee room.

1938
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 22 York & Sawyer

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight blueprints of floor plans proposed by York & Sawyer in 1925 for the expansion.

1925
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 1 York & Sawyer

Scope and Contents Note

Includes ten sets of blueprints of York & Sawyer's proposals updated to 1935 for the expansion. Most of the sets are identical.

1935-1936
Drawer: 12A-B Folder : 2 Unidentified (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include two sets of sketches on kraft paper of floor plans and other matter.

1937?
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 3 Unidentified (2 of 2)
1937?
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 4 Unidentified

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two sets of photographic reproductions of schematic floor plans showing the planned purposes of the various spaces in the building.

[1937?]
Drawer: 12A-B6 Folder : 1 Unidentified

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one hand drawn schematic on kraft paper of a plan for a library table. The creator of the plan is unidentified.

[1938?]

Subseries IV.D. Post-Construction Plans, 1940, 1945-1946, undated. 1.3 Linear feet in six oversize folders.

Scope and Contents Note

The Post-Construction Plans subseries includes a small number of plans from the 1940s, the period of time shortly after the completion of the expansion of the Central Park West building in the late 1930s. Most of the subseries includes preliminary blueprints from 1945-1946 developed by Philip N. Youtz concerning a further expansion of the N-YHS building along West 76th Street; these plans were unrealized. The subseries also includes a blueprint prepared by N-YHS engineer Garrett H. Winter of the boiler and engine room (1940) and a set of schematic floor plans, possibly from the 1940s.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged in chronological order.

Access Restrictions

An appointment is required for access to the material in this subseries. Please contact the Print Room at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Processing Information Note

The Youtz and undated floor plans were formerly included with other architectural plans in Series X of a different record group, the New-York Historical Society pictorial archive (NYHS-RG 5). In May 2015, all of the plans from the 1940s and earlier in NYHS-RG 5 were transferred into this record group, NYHS-RG 3. The plans from the 1940s were placed in this series.

Related Archival Materials Note

Correspondence with Philip Youtz related to his plans can be found in the General Correspondence record group (NYHS-RG 2).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 5 Boiler and Engine Room

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five blueprints prepared by engineer Garrett H. Winter.

1940
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 8 Education Building

Scope and Contents Note

Includes multiple sets of Philip Youtz's preliminary blueprints for an expansion of N-YHS to include an Education Building.

1945
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 1 Layout Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Philip N. Youtz's preliminary plan for a 76th Street expansion of the N-YHS building.

1946
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 2 Layout Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Philip N. Youtz's preliminary plan for a 76th Street expansion of the N-YHS building.

1946
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 7 Layout Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes reproductions of Philip N. Youtz's preliminary plan for a 76th Street expansion of the N-YHS building.

1946
Drawer: 12A-B2 Folder : 4 Unidentified Set of Floor Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a set of schematic floor plans.

1940s?

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