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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

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: New-York Historical Society
Title: New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records
Dates [inclusive]: 1848-1946
Abstract: The New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records include material concerning construction of the two buildings by N-YHS that served as its home from 1857-1908 (2nd Avenue and 11th Street) and from 1908 to the present (Central Park West, between West 76th and 77th streets). The record group includes both the construction of the Central Park West building's central portion in the first decade of the twentieth century and the major expansion of the building in the late 1930s. These records include documentation related to the planning and administration of the construction projects, contracts, financial matters, and over 1200 architectural and other plans, primarily in connection with the 1937-1938 expansion. The record group also includes correspondence and other substantive matter related to N-YHS's unsuccessful attempt in the 1860s and 1870s to establish in Central Park a Museum of Antiquities, Science, and Art.
Quantity: 84.73 Linear feet in document boxes, flat boxes, bound volumes, oversize folders, and rolled architectural plans
Call Phrase: NYHS-RG 3
Sponsor: This record group was processed as part of the 2015-2016 N-YHS Institutional Archives project, made possible by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Biographical/Historical Note

For the first 53 years of its existence, from 1804 until 1857, the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) did not own its own building, but operated out of rented or other quarters. On November 3, 1857, N-YHS dedicated its newly-constructed eighth home, the first it owned, at 2nd Avenue and 11th Street. The push for this building officially began on June 1, 1847, when N-YHS members voted to raise $50,000 to erect a fireproof building. A Buildings Committee was formed to solicit subscriptions for a Building Fund. Luther Bradish was named Chairman of the committee.

By January 15, 1850, the committee was able to report at a N-YHS meeting that $25,000 had been subscribed. This was the level at which the subscription commitments became binding and collections into the Fund began. Administratively, this triggered the creation of a new committee to implement the project itself: the Committee, or Trustees, of the Building Fund. At the trustees' first meeting, on January 29, 1850, Frederic De Peyster became Chairman and Benjamin H. Field was named to the Treasurer position. The trustees also created various (sub)committees to carry the work forward. Among these was the Buildings Committee, which had responsibilities for site selection, solicitation of design plans, and other core project activities. Luther Bradish, who had become N-YHS president at this same point in time, in January 1850, was named Chairman of the trustees' Buildings Committee.

It is worth emphasizing that the Buildings Committee formed in January 1850 was a sub-committee of the Building Fund trustees. It differed from the earlier Buildings Committee mentioned above, which was formed in 1847 and was a committee of N-YHS itself. The N-YHS Buildings Committee continued to exist after 1850 and to solicit additional subscriptions because the anticipated full project cost had not yet been achieved. By 1852, the N-YHS Buildings Committee was known as the Committee on Subscriptions to the Building Fund and remained in operation until 1857. (These distinctions are important to note in part because the minutes for the committees were maintained in separate books; all three are found in Series I of this record group.)

After consideration of various sites, and even the possibility of jointly acquiring land and constructing a building with the New York Society Library, the 2nd Avenue and 11th Street site was selected and purchased from Peter and Julia Stuyvesant in early 1854. Plans for the building were then solicited; among the designs submitted were those from Georg Carstensen & Carl Gildemeister, the team that had designed the New York Crystal Palace in 1853. Eventually though the firm of Mettam & Burke won the job. The architects' specifications for the mason and other work were distributed in 1855 and contracts awarded. The cornerstone for the new building was laid on October 17, 1855.

Despite this progress, there remained insufficient funds to complete the desired building. Accordingly, it seems that cutbacks in the plans were initially made, while efforts to acquire further funds continued, with a renewed appeal in 1856. These efforts were successful, leading to changes in design during the project to accomplish N-YHS's goals. By late 1857, construction was complete and the building was dedicated on November 3, 1857. The location would remain N-YHS's home for fifty years, until the Society moved to the present Central Park West site in 1907. In 1911, the 2nd Avenue property was sold.

Shortly after moving into the 2nd Avenue building, N-YHS began expanding its museum and art collections in significant ways: in 1858, it acquired the collection of the New York Gallery of Fine Art; in 1859, James Lenox donated his collection of Nineveh sculptures; and in 1860, the purchase of the Abbott Egyptian collection was completed. Consequently, almost immediately the possibility of acquiring expanded quarters was a consideration. This possibility was pursued for a time, beginning at an Executive Committee meeting on August 14, 1860, when Librarian George Moore broached the topic of locating a Museum of Antiquities, Science, and Art on the site of the Arsenal in Central Park. A committee, chaired by Luther Bradish, was formed to look into the matter.

By March 1861, the committee had considered and agreed on the desirability of the Arsenal site, and they approached the Board of Commissioners of Central Park with a proposed memorial to offer the State Legislature. By late 1861 the Commissioners had concurred with N-YHS's proposal and a bill was proposed in the Assembly. The bill passed on March 25, 1862, authorizing the Commissioners to set aside the Arsenal and surrounding land for N-YHS. In response, N-YHS formed another committee, also chaired by Bradish, to establish a plan for proceeding. This committee delivered its report to the Executive Committee on June 1, 1863, resulting in the formation of a Building Committee, chaired by Bradish, and a Committee on Subscriptions, chaired by Frederic De Peyster. Bradish died shortly after and Charles D. Kirkland assumed the chair.

Partly as a result of Bradish's death, the Arsenal effort stalled for a time, but was resurrected in early 1864 by Kirkland. Through 1864, Kirkland was in contact with Andrew Green, Comptroller of the Board of Commissioners, to acquire a resolution from the Commissioners agreeing to the conveyance pursuant to the Legislature's Act of 1862. It appears that disagreements between N-YHS and the Commissioners developed over the conditions to be attached to the conveyance, and negotiations carried into 1865. Finally, the Commissioners approved a resolution on May 11, 1865, which was accepted, apparently with some reservations, by the Society. Conditions of the resolution included the requirement that N-YHS commence building within two years, completing it within five years. Separately, on the fundraising front, an effort to raise subscriptions had not gone forward, pending the approval of building plans by the Commissioners.

By December 1865, N-YHS submitted to the Commissioners designs developed by architect Richard M. Hunt. These plans were not accepted by the Commissioners, and N-YHS was requested to submit new plans for a new location north of the Arsenal site, on 5th Avenue between 79th and 85th streets. This was a subject of negotiation between N-YHS and the Commissioners through 1866, until in December 1866, the Commissioners communicated formally to N-YHS that the original Arsenal plan was not satisfactory and would not go forward. This set back the N-YHS effort and the Building Committee was disbanded in July 1867.

Still, N-YHS had not completely given up on the possibility of a Central Park site. A new committee was formed in July 1867 to reconsider the matter, leading eventually in April 1868 to acceptance of the Commissioners' proposed site. The committee sent a memorial to Albany requesting appropriate legislation and this was passed in April 1868, authorizing the Commissioners to provide the 5th Ave and 79th to 85th street site to N-YHS. Little subsequent action seems to have occurred until January 1871 when N-YHS contacted the Commissioners to re-open discussions about plans. No response was received. A follow-up letter from N-YHS in April 1872 led to meetings that year, with no resolution. Although N-YHS maintained committees on the subject, no action took place. The matter lingered with N-YHS as late as January 1876 when Edward de Lancey reported to the Society on the desirability of reopening discussion with the Commissioners, but the moment, if it ever was truly an option, was gone.

Nonetheless, N-YHS's interest in moving to new quarters did not end with the close of the Central Park possibility. In March 1880, N-YHS established a General Committee to consider the future of the organization, particularly in terms of securing a new building, developing an endowment, preserving its collections, and strengthening its Publications Fund. Although subscriptions were solicited in 1880-81 for the endowment, the building initiative was not advanced until May 1885 when the Executive Committee formed a new committee for the purpose of raising funds for a building. The effort was encouraged by a conditional gift from an anonymous donor: $100,000 had been placed in trust, to be distributed to N-YHS if it was able to raise an additional $300,000 for a building by November 1887. An appeal was distributed, but less than half the $300,000 was raised by the deadline. Rather than withdraw the offer, the donor agreed to reduce the target amount to $150,000 and to extend the deadline to November 1888. With a final push in mid-1888, $150,000 in commitments was raised and the funds collected that fall, just in time to meet the deadline and have the $100,000 held in trust at Central Trust Company of New York released to N-YHS. A few years later, the donor was identified as Mrs. Robert L. Stuart.

With these funds in hand, N-YHS began seeking a new site. In early 1891, N-YHS acquired much of its current site--ten city lots on Central Park West (8th Avenue) between West 77th and West 76th streets. But the purchase price of $186,500 left N-YHS with insufficient funds for construction. A Committee of Fifteen was formed in November 1891 to issue an appeal for construction funds of $1 million. By 1893 the funds had not been committed and, with the onset of the Panic of 1893, the subscription effort was ended. Consequently, the Central Park West site remained vacant and N-YHS remained in the 2nd Avenue quarters through the 1890s.

A renewed, and ultimately fruitful, fundraising initiative began in March 1901, led by N-YHS President Eugene A. Hoffman. In order to increase the likelihood of success, the initiative focused on raising funds to construct just a portion of the desired building. This would become known as the "central portion," with north and south wings to be funded and built at a future time. In the summer of 1901, with fundraising just beginning, the Committee called for design proposals from architects. The firm of York & Sawyer was selected, and their renderings and floor plans were featured in the fundraising appeals by early 1902. In December 1901, York & Sawyer was authorized to begin developing full working drawings. In June 1902, Eugene Hoffman died. In January 1903, his position as N-YHS President and as leader of the building initiative was filled by his son, Samuel V. Hoffman.

By October 1902 only about $165,000 had been raised by the Building Committee, well short of its $300,000 target for the central portion. Nonetheless, the Committee decided to move forward with construction, anticipating that progress would spur additional contributions, as well as out of a wish to be able to occupy the new building by N-YHS's 100th anniversary in November 1904. The possibility of cutting back the scope (and cost) of work was also considered when estimates were requested of contractors. Ground was broken at the site in September 1902, and excavation work and the laying of the foundation was done by John F. O'Rourke. In November 1903, the cornerstone was laid.

Significant funding was still needed so in late 1903, Librarian Robert H. Kelby suggested to Samuel Hoffman that he might approach long time N-YHS member Henry Dexter to ask him to consider a sizable donation in memory of his son, Orrando Perry Dexter. Orrando had been murdered in September 1903 at his estate in the Adirondacks. Dexter proved to be agreeable to this, although with various stipulations that had to be negotiated, including the type and source of the granite to be used. By November 1904, a formal agreement with Dexter was in place, and he deposited $150,000 in trust at the Van Norden Trust Company. As construction progressed, funds were transferred from the trust account into N-YHS's Building Fund to pay the bills presented by the general contractor, Andrew J. Robinson Company. Dexter would later agree to additional donations, eventually totaling about $250,000. The Building Committee turned its principal focus from raising funds to expending them, renaming itself the Trustees of the Building Fund.

Dexter's donations ensured that the central portion of N-YHS's building would be completed. It opened to the public in December 1908, and final work in the galleries was completed by mid-1909. It was a happy conclusion to a project that, over the course of a decade, had been fraught with disputes and ill feelings: between York & Sawyer and the Building Committee over changes in plans and billings; between Dexter and Samuel Hoffman over perceived delays in construction and personal slights; and between Building Committee members, especially between Hoffman and N-YHS Recording Secretary and Committee Secretary Sydney Carney, who would resign from his active role.

Still, the building was understood to be incomplete, particularly in terms of the desirability of adding north and south wings to it. Short of major expansion, renovations of the book stacks and other aspects of the library were conducted in the 1910s. Steps toward expanding the building were taken in the 1920s as property on both West 77th and West 76th streets were purchased. York & Sawyer submitted plans in 1925. But no construction was undertaken until the late 1930s. The triggering event was the death in April 1935 of Mary Gardiner Thompson. The death of Thompson, the last of three siblings, resulted eventually in the release of a bequest of about $4 million to N-YHS. N-YHS, then under the leadership of President John A. Weekes and Librarian (Director, after 1937) Alexander J. Wall, decided to use part of the bequest to expand the building.

Although York & Sawyer, architects of the central portion, presented a design in 1936 (updated and revised from their 1925 proposal), N-YHS did not select them for the expansion. Instead the firm of Walker & Gillette was chosen. Perhaps because adequate funds were in hand, experienced leaders headed the organization, and a more efficient governance structure was in place, the construction project seems to have gone much more smoothly than the project of 1902-1909.

At a special meeting of N-YHS in June 1936, authorization was granted to proceed with the project. The building closed for construction in May 1937, the adjoining buildings purchased in the 1920s and 1930s for this moment were demolished, construction was completed in 1938, and the new building was officially reopened to the public in April 1939. In addition to the long envisioned north and south wings, the project also included fifteen floors of new book stacks by Snead & Company of Jersey City at the rear of the central portion, as well as other renovations in the original building. Turner Construction Company was the general contractor for the job. Garrett H. Winter was hired, at N-YHS's insistence, by Walker & Gillette as Clerk of the Works to inspect the work. (Winter would later be hired by N-YHS as its Superintendent of Buildings, a position he held until about 1960.) One notable aspect of the project was the desire to include state of the art museum lighting techniques in the building; the resulting skylights were drafted and installed by J. J. Fisher Company of Brooklyn.

Although the N-YHS building was now completed, new possibilities continued to present themselves. Some properties acquired by N-YHS on West 76th Street had not been used in the 1937-1938 expansion and so were employed as a garden. In the mid-1940s, the possibility of expanding the N-YHS building into this section to create an Education Building was considered. Architect Philip N. Youtz drew up preliminary plans, but the project was not pursued. In any case, although renovations would continue into the twenty-first century, by the close of the 1930s, N-YHS had established the fundamental footprint and structure of its current Central Park West building.

(Principal sources for the above were R.W.G. Vail's Knickerbocker Birthday and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents Note

The New-York Historical Society original buildings planning & construction records include material concerning construction of the two buildings by N-YHS that served as N-YHS's home from 1857-1908 (2nd Avenue and 11th Street) and from 1908 to the present (Central Park West, between West 76th and 77th streets). For the Central Park West site, the record group includes both the construction of the building's central portion in the first decade of the twentieth century and the major expansion of the late 1930s. The record group also includes a rich set of correspondence, N-YHS committee meeting minutes, and other documents related to N-YHS's unsuccessful attempt in the 1860s-1870s to establish in Central Park a Museum of Antiquities, Science, and Art.

The record group includes substantial documentation related to the planning and administration of the construction projects, including minute books of the planning and oversight committees; correspondence of N-YHS, the architects, the construction contractors, subcontractors, and others; work specifications; and construction progress reports and details. The Central Park West construction projects are documented to a far greater extent than that of the 1850s 2nd Avenue construction, yet that project also holds substantial material.

All the projects hold rich material on the financial aspects of the project, especially in terms of the costs incurred for labor and material. The Central Park West projects include all the supporting documents submitted for payment by the general contractors, Andrew J. Robinson in the early 1900s and Turner Construction Company in the 1930s, and others. The record group includes the printed appeals, subscription books, and other documents related to the fundraising efforts for the 2nd Avenue building and acquisition of the Central Park West site and the construction of the central portion. The record group also holds substantial documentation concerning Henry Dexter's vital donation and subsequent involvement in support of the Central Park West construction. The title abstracts, title searches, and deeds for the ten lots on Central Park West purchased by N-YHS in 1891 are in the record group.

The record group holds well over 1200 blueprints and other formats of architectural and other plans. The bulk of these by far relate to the 1937-1938 Central Park West expansion, many of which are multiple versions of particular plans drawn by architects Walker & Gillette and the subcontractors on the project. Nonetheless, there are also many 1904-1908 plans drawn by architects York & Sawyer for the central portion of the N-YHS building. There are only a few plans for the 2nd Avenue project, though none that appear attributable to the architects Mettam & Burke. At least some, and perhaps all, of the 2nd Avenue plans in the record group were proposals by architects George B. Carstesen & C.H. Gildemeister. The record group also holds a small number of plans from the 1940s, including an unrealized plan for a further expansion of the Central Park West building to create an Education Building.

Aside from textual documents and architectural plans, the record group includes a small number of photographs of the 1937-1938 construction work and of the cornerstone laying ceremony at Central Park West in 1904. There are also some artifacts (e.g., ribbons, pins) from that ceremony.

Arrangement Note

The New-York Historical Society original building planning and construction records are organized in 4 series:

Series I. 2nd Avenue Building

Series II. Proposed Central Park Building

SerIes III. Central Park West Construction: Central Portion

Series IV. Central Park West Construction: Expansion

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Architectural records
  • Contracts.
  • Invoices
  • Letters (correspondence).
  • Minute books
  • Specifications
  • Subscription lists

Subject Organizations

  • Andrew J. Robinson Company
  • New-York Historical Society -- Archives
  • New-York Historical Society -- Buildings
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Walker & Gillette
  • York & Sawyer

Subject Topics

  • Architectural firms -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Learned institutions and societies  -- New York (State)  -- New York  -- Designs and plans
  • Learned institutions and societies  -- New York (State)  -- New York  -- Drawings
  • Libraries and institutions  -- New York (State)  -- New York  -- Designs and plans
  • Libraries and institutions  -- New York (State)  -- New York  -- Drawings
  • Museum buildings  -- New York (State)  -- New York  -- Designs and plans
  • Museum buildings  --  New York (State)  --  New York  --  Drawings

Subject Places

  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Central Park West (New York, N.Y.)  -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Societies, etc.

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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 printroom@nyhistory.org.

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.

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Container List

Series I. 2nd Avenue Building, 1848-1860, 1906-1912. 1.23 Linear feet in 2 document boxes and 3 oversize folders

Scope and Contents Note

The 2nd Avenue Building series includes documents concerning N-YHS's initiative in the mid-nineteenth century to construct a fireproof building to house and to present its collections. The series includes the minute books for three of the committees involved with the project: the committee to raise funds for the project, the trustees of the Building Fund, and the Building Committee charged by the trustees with responsibility for land acquisition and building design and construction. The series includes the printed specifications for the project, estimates received from contractors for the various aspects of the construction, contracts with some of the contractors, and summaries of the project revenue and expenses. There are several subscription books from both the original drive for funds in the late 1840s-early 1850s, and the drive for additional funds in 1856.

The correspondence includes several letters from the project's architects, Mettam & Burke, as well as from the various craftsmen bidding for work or responding to changes in the project's original specifications. The correspondence also includes a few offers to N-YHS for real estate in 1850-1851, and documents concerning N-YHS's eventual sale of the building in the early twentieth century.

The series holds about 25 architectural drawings, including floor plans, elevations, transverse views, longitudinal views, and others. Some of these are dated as from 1854 and are stamped or signed as the work product of architects (George B.) Carstesen & (C.H.) Gildemeister; these are likely the proposals that were ultimately not accepted by N-YHS. The other drawings in the series are undated and unsigned.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged by format, beginning with minute books and other documents related to the overall activities of the building committees. These are followed by other formats, such as subscription books, that relate to particular aspects of the project. These formats proceed in a rough chronological order.

Processing Information Note

The architectural drawings 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 plans from the 1940s and earlier from NYHS-RG 5 were transferred into this record group, NYHS-RG 3. Plans related to the 2nd Avenue building were placed in this series.

Access Restrictions

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

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Minutes. Building Committee and Committee on Subscriptions to the Building Fund

Scope and Contents Note

The book includes the minutes for Building Committee meetings from February 22, 1848, to December 9, 1851, and the minutes for the Committee on Subscriptions to the Building Fund meetings from January 26, 1852, to its final meeting on February 2, 1857, with its final report of February 3, 1857, written by Chairman Luther Bradish. Loose sheets found in the book were separated to the following folder.

1848-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two sheets, including a list of individuals associated with an unnamed committee.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Minutes. Committee, or Trustees, of the Building Fund.

Scope and Contents Note

The minutes book includes a copy of the appeal of October 30, 1848, for funds for a fireproof building, with the trustees' meeting minutes from January 29, 1850, to June 2, 1855. Loose sheets found in the book were separated to the following folder.

1848-1855
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lists of trustees, trustee donations, a copy of the 1856 appeal for building donations, draft minutes of the January 31, 1855, meeting, and some Building Fund financial records (1855-57).

1855-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Minutes. Building Committee

Scope and Contents Note

The minutes book includes an opening note recounting the authorization of the committee from its creation on January 29, 1850, to the beginning of its minutes in this book on December 9, 1853. The note states that proceedings for pre-1853 meetings are recorded in the reports of the committee found in the minutes book of the Trustees of the Building Fund (see above). The minutes end on May 9, 1857, though later dated loose sheets found in the book were separated to the following folder.

1850, 1853-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Loose Documents Removed from Minutes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes from committee meetings held in May and June 1857, and a letter from Andrew Warner to B.R. Winthrop of September 29, 1857, commenting on the construction and financial matters.

1857
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Committee Reports, Drafts, Notes (1 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two reports from 1850 regarding the effort to raise subscriptions for the proposed building and one report from 1850 regarding N-YHS and the New York Society Library's consideration of jointly purchasing and occupying a site, with the results of their review of available properties. Includes notes and correspondence (1853-1854) concerning meetings of the Buildings Committee and negotiations with neighboring Tabernacle Baptist Church for acquisition of a strip of land. Includes miscellaneous subscription materials (circa 1854).

1850-1854, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Committee Reports, Drafts, Notes (2 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes notes or draft minutes of building trustee meetings, with financial data and reports from the trustees' Buildings Committee.

1855-1858, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Committee Reports, Drafts, Notes (3 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes draft reports of the Buildings Committee and the Subscription Committee; Luther Bradish's remarks at the dedication of the building; an admission ticket to the dedication; financial and other notes, at least some of which were supplied to Bradish by Librarian George Moore; and an agreement for mason work on 4th Avenue to which N-YHS was not a party (this is possibly a form of agreement referenced by Bradish).

1853, 1860, undated
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 4 Committee Reports, Drafts, Notes (4 of 4)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one oversize pencil drawing on tracing paper of a building. The drawing is undated and unattributed and was found with the Building Committee reports. It does not appear to be the N-YHS building as built.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Subscription Books (4)
circa 1848
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Subscription Book (1)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one booklet and loose sheets (correspondence and a subscriber list) from the booklet.

1850-1851
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Subscription Books (2)

Scope and Contents Note

Appears to be two summary lists of subscribers from 1848-1854.

1856-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Subscription Books (5) (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include booklets recording subscriptions for the 1856 appeal to complete the building, especially the galleries for art.

1856-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Subscription Books (1) (2 of 2)
1856-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Building Fund Lecture Admission Ticket
1852-1853
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Offers of Property

Scope and Contents Note

Offers from Francis B. Cutting (Lafayette Place), Samuel B. Ruggles (4th Ave between 17th and 18th), and Edward Ludlow (5th Ave between 17th and 18th).

1850-1851, undated
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 2 Architectural Drawings (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include presentation drawings for the 2nd Avenue building, including floor plans, elevations, interior and exterior views, and longitudinal and transverse views. Several of the drawings are signed or stamped as created by Carstensen & Gildemeister. An appointment is required for access to these architectural drawings. Please contact the Print Room at printroom@nyhistory.org.

1854, undated
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 3 Architectural Drawings (2 of 2)
1854, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Specifications

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the printed specifications from architects Mettam & Burke for: carpenter's work, iron work, marble work, mason's work, and stone work. The folder also includes the mason and carpenter specifications for the New York Society Library to be built in University Place.

1855
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next two include correspondence with estimates from contractors, a progress report (December 1856) and other correspondence from architects Mettam & Burke, and other documents related to work on the building.

1854-1857
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence (2 of 3)
1855-1857
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence (3 of 3)
1855-1857
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Contracts (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contracts with J.B. and W.W. Cornell (iron work) and Masterton, Smith, and Sinclair (stonecutting).

1855-1856
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Contracts (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contracts with Benjamin F. Camp (mason work and coal vault) and draft contract with John Galier (carpenter).

1855-1856
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Financial (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next hold records related to the costs of the building project. This first folder holds records concerning the history of payments over the course of the project and notes on contracted payments, extras, and other financial matters. The next folder holds some bills and some miscellaneous notes about subscriptions.

1857
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Financial (2 of 2)
1856-1858
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 23 Designs for Lamps

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six undated and unattributed designs for what appear to be table top reading lamps. It is believed that these designs relate to N-YHS's 2nd Avenue building, though there is no clear basis for that. A notation with the drawings indicates that they were a gift of Phyllis Lucas of the Old Print Gallery in 1976.

Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Offers for 2nd Avenue Building
1906-1907
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Sale of 2nd Avenue Building
1911-1912

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Series II. Proposed Central Park Building, 1860-1876. 0.58 Linear feet in one bound volume, one document box, and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes a rich set of material documenting N-YHS's eventually unsuccessful attempt to establish a Museum of Antiquities, Science, and Art on the site of the Arsenal in Central Park. The series includes the minutes of the Building Committee formed in 1863 to pursue the Central Park initiative. The minutes, which run until January 1867, have introductory entries transcribing earlier related documents, beginning August 14, 1860. Other documents include correspondence between N-YHS committee members, such as Luther Bradish, George Moore, and Charles Kirkland, and between N-YHS and the Board of Commissioners of Central Park, including Comptroller Andrew H. Green. There is one letter each from Frederick Law Olmsted and J.J. Jarves. Other documents include N-YHS resolutions, committee reports, copies of N-YHS's memorials to the New York State legislature, the 1862 legislative bill authorizing the Commissioners to set apart the Arsenal for N-YHS, and others. There are various summaries of the progress of events over the years, some in draft form, including an 1876 summary written by Edward de Lancey. The series includes one oversize 1865 advertisement for real estate and stock auctioneers Adrian H. Muller, P.R. Wilkins & Co.; the advertisement is in the form of a pictorial map of Central Park with surrounding lots.

Arrangement Note

The series opens with the minutes of the Building Committee (1863-67). The remainder of the series is arranged in rough chronological order. Some documents, though out of strict chronological order, were kept together as found because they were all supporting documents used at particular N-YHS or Executive Committee meetings; these are in order of meeting date. Also, documents were kept together regardless of sequence when it appeared they had been originally filed together.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Volume: RG3.1 Folder : - Minutes of the Building Committee
1863 June 9-1867 January 25
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Central Park Matter
1860-1862
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Central Park Matter
1862-1863
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Central Park Matter
1863-1864
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Central Park Matter
1865
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Central Park Matter (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a October 22, 1864, letter from J.J. Jarves to Frederic De Peyster regarding the size of various major European museums. The folder includes a portion of the original envelope that held some of these documents; an annotation on that envelope indicates that the documents were presented to N-YHS by Gen. J. Watts DePeyster on Dec. 17, 1907.

1863-1866
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 21 Central Park Matter (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one oversize 1865 advertisement removed from the above folder. The ad is for real estate and stock auctioneers Adrian H. Muller, P.R. Wilkins & Co. and is in the form of a pictorial map of Central Park with surrounding lots.

1865
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Central Park Matter
1865-1866
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Central Park Matter
1866-1867
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Central Park Matter
1868
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Central Park Matter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a letter of October 3, 1872, from Frederick Law Olmsted to R. Martin proposing a meeting to discuss the N-YHS matter.

1871-1872
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Central Park Matter
1876
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Central Park Matter
undated

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Series III. Central Park West Construction: Central Portion, 1880-1918. 14.43 Linear feet in 7 document boxes, one artifact box, 23 oversize folders, and one roll of drawings

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes a wide range of materials documenting N-YHS's acquisition in 1891 of its current Central Park West site and the construction in the first decade of the twentieth century of the central portion of the building. These documents include financial records, such as the various appeals over decades for funds, subscription books, Building Fund checkbooks and cancelled checks, and contractor invoices and other payments made from the Fund. These financial records also include the arrangements made with Henry Dexter in connection with his donations in support of the construction project. The 1891 purchase of the Central Park West property is documented primarily by the title abstracts, the related official title searches, and the deeds to the purchased lots as compiled and bound by N-YHS's attorney, Weekes Brothers.

There is also much other material related to the design and construction of the building, in addition to that found in the financial records. These include minutes and correspondence of the N-YHS committees and officers leading the project, correspondence with architects York & Sawyer and others, architectural and other drawings, contracts, and bids and estimates. The bulk of the drawings are by York & Sawyer; others are by civil engineer Peter E. Nostrand and the Library Bureau (library and museum furniture). A small number of post-construction plans, from the 1910s, by the Library Bureau and by the firms of Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes (heating & ventilating) and Snead & Co. (ironwork) are included in the series.

There is material related to the cornerstone ceremony of November 1903, including artifacts such as pins and ribbons, a small album of photographs, York & Sawyer's plan for the grandstand, and related correspondence.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged roughly by format and subject matter. The series opens with the earliest material, the subscription books and appeals of the late 1800s, leading to materials related to the purchase of the Central Park West property in 1891. The series then continues with financial matters related to the development of the Building Fund in the early 1900s, banking records of the Fund, and the expenditures from the Fund for construction and other property-related purposes through 1909. The series then presents the minutes and other general documentation related to the Building Committee, the Trustees of the New Building, and Henry Dexter's donation and involvement with the project. The series closes with materials related to York & Sawyer and other contractor and construction matters, including architectural and other drawings.

Most of the drawings in the series are standalone documents, no longer directly connected with any underlying contextual material (e.g., transmittal letters) that might have accompanied them originally; any oversize drawings found with such context are referred to at that point in the container list, though the oversize drawing itself was flattened and moved to an appropriate container.

Processing Information Note

Most 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 plans from the 1940s and earlier were transferred from NYHS-RG 5 were transferred into this record group, NYHS-RG 3. Plans related to the construction of the Central Park West central portion were placed in this series.

Access Restrictions

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

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Subscription Books (2)
1880-1881
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Subscription Books (3)

Scope and Contents Note

One of the three booklets appears to have been used to keep the meeting minutes, or at least some form of the minutes, for the Committee on Subscriptions for a New Building from May 12, 1885, to January 23, 1886.

1885-1886
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Subscription Books (6)
1887-1888
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Subscription Book (1)

Scope and Contents Note

The folder includes loose notes and correspondence related to subscriptions found in the booklet.

1886-1891
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Subscription Lists

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the 1885 appeal and responses, and includes lists of subscribers with entries to 1891.

1885-1891
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Subscription Appeal and Responses (1 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various printed appeals for subscriptions and payment.

1888
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Subscription Appeal and Responses (2 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include the commitments received in response to the 1888 appeal for subscriptions.

1888 May-June
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Subscription Appeal and Responses (3 of 6)
1888 May-June
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Subscription Appeal and Responses (4 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes lists of subscribers.

1888
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Subscription Appeal and Responses (5 of 6)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include the responses to the appeal for payment of the committed subscriptions.

1888 October-November
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Subscription Appeal and Responses (6 of 6)
1888 November-December
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Committee on Subscriptions (1 of 2). Minutes
1885-1888
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Committee on Subscriptions (2 of 2). Correspondence
1886-1888
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Certifications

Scope and Contents Note

Includes duplicates of two certifications made by the president and treasurer of N-YHS in connection with the Building Fund: that sufficient subscriptions were raised to satisfy the conditions of an 1885 trust deed made to the Central Trust Company of New York, and that N-YHS received from Central Trust the proceeds of the trust.

1888 November 28
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Property & Construction Offers (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence from real estate agents, contractors, and others related to N-YHS's interest in acquiring property during this period.

1881, 1885, 1888
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Property & Construction Offers (2 of 3)
1889
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Property & Construction Offers (3 of 3)
1890-1891, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Committee Recommendation for Purchase of the Central Park West Site
1891
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Correspondence Concerning Closings
1891
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Abstract of the Title of N-YHS to Ten Lots of Land in the City of New York

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the abstract of title and the related official title searches for the Central Park West property prepared and bound by N-YHS's attorneys, Weekes Brothers. Included in the bound documents are the deeds/indentures conveying the purchased lots to N-YHS. Also included is the attorneys' memorandum of charges and disbursements in the matter.

1891 August 19
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Abstract of the Title of N-YHS to Ten Lots of Land in the City of New York (photocopy)

Scope and Contents Note

This is a modern photocopy of the original document, except that the attorney's cover letter is not included.

1891 August 19
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Declaration of Uses of Property, Recorded with New York County
1891 December 6
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Clark Estate Property Matter
1901-1902
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Easement on West 76th Street Lot

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from Oscar Straus to N-YHS concerning an easement granted to N-YHS in 1891.

1902
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Property Tax Remission Matter (1 of 2)
1903
Box: OS-1 Folder : 1 Property Tax Remission Matter (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of "Notice of sale of lands and tenements within that part of the City of New York known as the borough of Manhattan, for unpaid taxes for the years 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, and 1897, also for unpaid Croton water rents for the years... : The Aldermanic Chamber in the City Hall, Borough of Manhattan, City of New York, on Wednesday, September 2, 1903, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon / William E. McFaddin, collector of assessments and arrears of the City of New York. New York, 1903." The reference to N-YHS's unpaid amounts is found on page 29.

1903
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Committee of Fifteen

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, lists, and the 1892 appeal for $1 million to construct a new building on the Central Park West site.

1891-1893
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Circulars and Appeals for Funds for New Building Construction
1901-1902
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Building Fund Subscription Committee Minutes
1901-1903
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Building Fund Subscription Appeal Responses
1901-1905
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Building Fund Bank Books and Cancelled Checks (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next includes the passbooks, check books with stubs, and the returned checks, numbered 1-139, for expenses paid out of the Building Fund held at Central Trust Co. of New York. The stubs include descriptive transaction information. The folder also includes a booklet summarizing subscriptions into the Fund and expenses paid out through 1902. See the following set of folders for the invoices, etc. supporting the payments.

1891-1909
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Building Fund Bank Books and Cancelled Checks (2 of 2)
1891-1909
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Building Fund Expenditures (1 of 8). Payments #13-52

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next seven include the invoices and other supporting documents for payments from the Building Fund. The documents are in sequence of payments made as noted on the reverse of the documents; the sequence number corresponds with the cancelled check number from the Central Trust account (see above folders). Some payments have multiple supporting documents; the payment number is generally noted on only one of the sheets. There are no documents for payments 1-12 and 138-139; see the checkstubs and cancelled checks for those transactions.

1894-1904
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Building Fund Expenditures (2 of 8). Payments #53-58
1905
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Building Fund Expenditures (3 of 8). Payments #59-64
1905
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Building Fund Expenditures (4 of 8). Payments #65-70
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Building Fund Expenditures (5 of 8). Payments #71-74
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Building Fund Expenditures (6 of 8). Payments #75-82
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Building Fund Expenditures (7 of 8). Payments #83-120
1907-1908
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Building Fund Expenditures (8 of 8). Payments #121-137
1908-1909
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Other Expenditures

Scope and Contents Note

Includes building-related expenses not paid from the Building Fund.

1894, 1900, 1908
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Building Committee Minutes and Trustees of the New Building Minutes
1901 June 5-1907 October 15
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Building Committee. General (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next includes drafts of minutes, notes and correspondence, including correspondence concerning York & Sawyer.

1901-1903
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Building Committee. General (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence between Committee Secretary Sydney Carney and Committee Chair Samuel Hoffman; see also NYHS-RG 1, Series IV. Official Papers for other documents concerning the Carney and Hoffman exchange.

1904
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Trustees of the New Building. General (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next two includes drafts of minutes, notes and correspondence.

1904-1905
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Trustees of the New Building. General (2 of 3)
1906
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Trustees of the New Building. General (3 of 3)
1907-1908
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Letterpress Book

Scope and Contents Note

This is a letterpress book started by Clarence Storm in 1904 for the Building Committee, when he became secretary of that committee. It includes only 3 outgoing letters bound in the book (all to York & Sawyer), and two others loose at the front of the book.

1904, 1906
Box: OS-1 Folder : 17 Howells & Stokes. Competitive Design for the N-YHS's Building

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the design proposed by architects Howells & Stokes as published in American Architect and Architecture Vol. 84, June 4, 1904. This published plate appears to have been purchased by N-YHS for the Print Room collection. The number 2011.9 is noted on the back. It was moved to the institutional archive in 2016.

1904
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Henry Dexter Donation (1 of 8)
1904-1908
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Henry Dexter Donation (2 of 8)
1905-1908
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Henry Dexter Donation (3 of 8)
1905-1906
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Henry Dexter Donation (4 of 8)
1906-1907
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Henry Dexter Donation (5 of 8)
1908
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Henry Dexter Donation (6 of 8)
1906?
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Henry Dexter Donation (7 of 8). Van Norden Trust Co. Account Books and Cancelled Checks

Scope and Contents Note

Also includes the financial report for Van Norden Trust Company as of January 1, 1908.

1905-1906, 1908
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Henry Dexter Donation (8 of 8). Second National Bank Account Books and Cancelled Checks
1906
Box: 8 Folder : 12 York & Sawyer Matters (1 of 12)
1901-1902
Box: 9 Folder : 1 York & Sawyer Matters (2 of 12)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes specifications for the work, dated November 19, 1903. Oversize blueprint of retaining wall, enclosed by York & Sawyer with their letter of February 19, 1903, was removed to an oversize container; see folder 12 of 12 below.

1903
Box: 9 Folder : 2 York & Sawyer Matters (3 of 12)

Scope and Contents Note

A former label indicating that some of the documents in this series were from the Hoffman papers, received April 1943, is in this folder.

1904 January-September
Box: 9 Folder : 3 York & Sawyer Matters (4 of 12)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes specifications as of October 1, 1904.

1904 October 1
Box: 9 Folder : 4 York & Sawyer Matters (5 of 12)
1904 October-December
Box: 9 Folder : 5 York & Sawyer Matters (6 of 12)
1905 January-March
Box: 9 Folder : 6 York & Sawyer Matters (7 of 12)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an addenda to the specifications, dated July 27, 1905.

1905 April-December
Box: 9 Folder : 7 York & Sawyer Matters (8 of 12)
1906 January-May
Box: 9 Folder : 8 York & Sawyer Matters (9 of 12)
1906 June-December
Box: 9 Folder : 9 York & Sawyer Matters (10 of 12)
1907
Box: 9 Folder : 10 York & Sawyer Matters (11 of 12)
1908, 1910
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 18 York & Sawyer Matters (12 of 12)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes oversize material removed from above folder 2 of 12: blueprint of retaining wall on rear property.

[1903]
Box: 9 Folder : 11 York & Sawyer. Weekly Reports of Work Done at Site
1904 December-1907 February
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Contractor Bids, Circulars, and Offers (1 of 3)
1901-1902
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Contractor Bids, Circulars, and Offers (2 of 3)
1903-1904
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Contractor Bids, Circulars, and Offers (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Morgan & Brothers bid for moving collections from the 2nd Avenue site to Central Park West.

1905-1909
Box: 10 Folder : 2 John F. O'Rourke Contract and Correspondence
1902-1903
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Heating Plant System
1902, 1905, 1907
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Library Bureau Contract and Correspondence (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Blueprints were removed to an oversize container; see the next folder.

1906, 1908
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 5 Library Bureau Contract and Correspondence (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 5 oversize blueprints of museum cases from the Library Bureau.

1909-1910
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Contracts and Other Project Records (1 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next include signed contracts and correspondence, bids, and records of payments to various contractors. The Andrew J. Robinson Company and its sub-contractors are well-represented here. There is also some correspondence with York & Sawyer. Several documents relate to the arrangements agreed upon between N-YHS and Henry Dexter. The contents of the folders appear to have come entirely or in substantial part from the papers of Samuel V. Hoffman.

1904-1906
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Contracts and Other Project Records (2 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a signed contract, and drafts, with the Andrew J. Robinson Co.

1903-1904
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Contracts and Other Project Records (3 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contract between the Andrew J. Robinson Co. and the American Bonding Co.

1904
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Contracts and Other Project Records (4 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes signed contracts with the Andrew J. Robinson Co.

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Contracts and Other Project Records (5 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contracts between Andrew J. Robinson Co. and its sub-contractors: Baker, Smith & Co (heating & ventilating), J.B. & J.M. Cornell Co. (iron work), McWilliam Brothers (granite setting), Peet, McAnerney & Powers (electric), and R. Guastavino Co. (tile arches).

1905
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Contracts and Other Project Records (6 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contracts of 1906 between Andrew J. Robinson Co. and its sub-contractors: James Morrison, Jr. (plastering), Library Bureau (book stacks, lift and elevator), P. & F. Corbin (hardware), Ronald Taylor (concrete), Traitel Marble Co. (marble work for main staircase), and Voightmann & Co (copper windows). Includes the contract of 1908 between Robinson Co and Henry Dexter for completion of the Museum Room.

1906, 1908-1909
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Contracts and Other Project Records (7 of 9)
1904-1907
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Contracts and Other Project Records (8 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

This folder and the next primarily includes correspondence between the Andrew J. Robinson Company and Samuel V. Hoffman.

1902, 1904-1905
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Contracts and Other Project Records (9 of 9)
1906-1908
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Utilities Certifications

Scope and Contents Note

Includes certifications from the New York Board of Fire Underwriters and the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity.

1907, 1909
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Cornerstone Ceremony (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the announcement to newspaper editors of the event; sample invitations, including one directed to Daniel Parish, Jr.; a photograph album of the event with six images; a list of objects in the cornerstone (fragmented); and correspondence, principally with York & Sawyer concerning arrangements.

1903
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 10 Cornerstone Ceremony (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one oversize blueprint of the grandstand for the ceremony and a plan showing the location of the cornerstone, both from York & Sawyer.

1903
Box: 11 Folder : - Cornerstone Ceremony (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes artifacts related to the event including ribbons, pins, and other items.

1903
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 8 Civil Engineer Surveys

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four drawings (whiteprints) of surveys of the Central Park West site conducted by civil engineer and city surveyor Peter E. Nostrand. The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1901-1902
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 16 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three drawings (whiteprints): transverse (#5), Central Park West elevation (#6), and 77th Street elevation (#8). The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1902
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 15 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 17 drawings (whiteprints) concerning floor plans, foundation, framing, and others: drawings #1, #2, #3, #4, #7 (rear elevation), #10, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22 (retaining wall at rear property line), #23, and #24. The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1902
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 14 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three reproductions of plans related to foundation piers and beams: drawings #15, 16, and 17. The plans were stamped by the New York City Bureau of Buildings as received on November 3, 1902. The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1902
Roll: - York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes several conserved, rolled linens. The documents were not unrolled during processing so the specific plans included are undescribed.

1903-1904
Drawer: 9B-B1 Folder : 4 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two drawings (blueprints): framing plan of 1st floor (#46) and framing plan of 2nd floor (#47). The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1904
Drawer: 9B-B1 Folder : 2 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one drawing (blueprint) of transverse section, drawing #30. The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1904
Drawer: 9B-B1 Folder : 3 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one drawing (blueprint) of the roof plan. Title box partially missing; plan number unknown. The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1904
Drawer: 9B-B1 Folder : 1 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three drawings (blueprints): framing plan of 3rd floor (#missing; dated June 3), framing plan of roof (#missing; dated June 3); and 77th Street elevation (number missing; date missing). The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

[1904]
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 11 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two drawings (whiteprints): section through entrance (#60, 1904) and plumbing section (#102, 1905).

1904-1905
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 17 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three drawings (whiteprints): front elevation (#51, rev, 1904), library stack room (#130; 1905), and granite work (#58, undated).

1904-1905, undated
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 12 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes five drawings (blueprints): #51 (front elevation), #52 (section of entrance, 2 copies), #54 (granite), and #201 (main stairway, 1906).

1904, 1906
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 1 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a watercolor (?) of the proposed Central Park West building, signed by York & Sawyer, and a black and white reproduction of the original.

[1904]
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 13 York & Sawyer Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 13 drawings (blueprints) concerning library: drawings #239, #251, #252 (stairs), #254, #255, #256, #257, #258, #259 (rev), #260, #265, #273, and #274.

1907
Drawer: 9B-B1 Folder : 5 [York & Sawyer] Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one drawing (blueprint) of cross-section of north and south end (#269). The contents were photographed in June 2019 and the digital files are available; a list of the filenames and digital image numbers are in the folder.

1907
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 9 {York & Sawyer?] Drawing

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one drawing of the floor design for the 77th Street entrance.

undated
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 6 Library Bureau Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight drawings (blueprints) of the book stack room, book lift and steel shelving. With the possible exception of one drawing, all appear to be from the Library Bureau, though not all are identified as such.

1906
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 7 Library Bureau Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 23 drawings (blueprints) of library cases, chairs, desk, and other furniture, and of the library floor plan.

1908
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 19 Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes Drawings (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a specification report and three associated plans from consulting engineers for additions and alterations to the ventilating apparatus for the N-YHS auditorium and library.

1915
Drawer: 12A-B1 Folder : 20 Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes Drawings (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three linens with plans for the ventilating work.

1915
Drawer: 9B-B1 Folder : 6 Snead & Co. Iron Works and Library Bureau Drawings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six drawings (blueprints) of details of exhibition and museum cases by Snead & Co. There is also one undated drawing, possibly from Snead, of a cast iron leg. Also includes two drawings (blueprints) by Library Bureau of manuscript cases (1918) and the stack layout (undated).

1917-1918, undated

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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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