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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Pictorial Archive
1804-2009 (bulk 1900s-1970s)
 NYHS-RG 5

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Maurita Baldock (2005), with revisions and additions by Celia Hartmann (2007) and Larry Weimer (2015)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 27, 2020
Finding aid is written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

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 the New-York Historical Society pictorial archive (NYHS-RG 5), The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material

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).

Existence and Location of Copies Note

Some of the images in the Pictorial Archive have been digitized and can be viewed on flickr. The user should be aware that the box and folder numbers associated with certain images on flickr may no longer be precisely accurate because of additional processing done in 2015 with the photographs.

A large number of deteriorating negatives documenting the 1937-1938 expansion and renovation of Central Park West were digitized in 2015 by Eleanor Gillers. Information about the digital versions can be found in the Series I (Buildings) description, specifically at the folders concerning the expansion. Other than the digital versions, Series I (Buildings) holds prints of many, though not all, of the original negatives.

Processing Information Note

Until the early 2000s, the Pictorial Archive was maintained as a Print Room collection (PR). In the early 2000s, it was transferred to the institutional archive. Many of the photographic prints were processed by Maurita Baldock in 2005. In 2007, Project Archivist Celia Hartmann integrated a substantial amount of additional prints and made some changes and additions to the organization of the material. In 2015, Project Archivist Larry Weimer added a new series for the related negatives from the Print Room files, removed architectural plans into two new record groups (NYHS-RG 3 and NYHS-RG 4), integrated additional prints, and made other, minor changes to the arrangement and description.

Accruals Note

The Pictorial Archive will occasionally receive accruals of new material, although most photographs and other images are expected to be retained in the future with their contextual documents within a record group associated with the department creating the images.