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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
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New York, NY 10024
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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

Container List

Series V: Events & Publicity, 1854, 1939-2000s?. 1.2 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The Strawberry Festival and St. Nicholas Festival photographs, ranging from the 1950s into the 1980s appear first. These are followed by other events in chronological order. A few miscellaneous oversize items are found at the end of the container list.

Scope and Content

This series includes photographs of events held by N-YHS that involved public audiences, though sometimes only to a limited or invited extent, or were of a publicity nature. These events included N-YHS's Strawberry Festival, an annual springtime affair for members, and the St. Nicholas Festival, a longtime tradition of jointly celebrating the December holiday from a Netherlands and New Netherlands perspective and N-YHS's anniversary. Other events include presentations of donated objects, N-YHS's sesquicentennial anniversary dinner and reception; commercial photo shoots using N-YHS galleries and objects as backdrop; medal awards; and the History Maker's Gala fundraisers of the 1980s, among others. The series also holds a small number of posters, signage, and other such graphic materials related to N-YHS sponsored events.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Drawer: 12A-B10 Folder : 2 Print of and identification key to Distinguished Americans at a Meeting of N-YHS in the Chapel of the New York University Building at Washington Square

Scope and Contents Note

See also: two copies of "Meeting of the New-York Historical Society in the Chapel of New York University," a print by To. Doney after a painting by J. Gollman, 1854, located in the Print Room's Portrait File, PR 52, Series II, Groups, Oversize, Clubs and Organizations, NYHS Meetings.

1854
Drawer: 12A-B10 Folder : 6 Semicenntenial (50th) Anniversary Dinner

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the original seating chart for the dinner at the Astor House.

1854
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Strawberry Festival
1939, 1941
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Strawberry Festival
1942
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Strawberry Festival

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 17 photographs and one negative from 1946(?), one photograph from 1949.

1946?, 1949
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Strawberry Festival
1950
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Strawberry Festival
1951
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Strawberry Festival
1952
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Strawberry Festival
1953
Box: 22 Folder : 8 Strawberry Festival
1954
Box: 22 Folder : 9 Strawberry Festival
1955
Box: 22 Folder : 10 Strawberry Festival
1956
Box: 22 Folder : 11 Strawberry Festival (1 of 2)
1957
Box: 71 Folder : 5 Strawberry Festival (2 of 2). Oversize
1957
Box: 22 Folder : 12 Strawberry Festival
1958
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Strawberry Festival
1959
Box: 22 Folder : 14 Strawberry Festival
1950s?
Box: 22 Folder : 15 Strawberry Festival
1960
Box: 22 Folder : 16 Strawberry Festival
1961
Box: 22 Folder : 17 Strawberry Festival

Scope and Contents Note

Includes negatives for the 1971 event.

1971, 1973, 1986
Box: 22 Folder : 18 Strawberry Festival
1990
Box: 22 Folder : 19 St. Nicholas Day Party
1952
Box: 22 Folder : 20 St. Nicholas Day Party
1953
Box: 22 Folder : 21 St. Nicholas Day Party
1954
Box: 22 Folder : 22 St. Nicholas Day Party
1955
Box: 22 Folder : 23 St. Nicholas Day Party
1957
Box: 22 Folder : 24 St. Nicholas Day Party
1958
Box: 22 Folder : 25 St. Nicholas Day Party
1959
Box: 23 Folder : 1 St. Nicholas Day Party
1960-1962
Box: 23 Folder : 2 St. Nicholas Day Party
1950s-1960s?
Box: 23 Folder : 3 St. Nicholas Day Party
1980-1988
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Battle of Harlem Heights Centennial

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of a woodcut depicting the celebration.

1876
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Gold Medal for Achievement in History

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of presentations to Wilberforce Eames (1931) and to George C.D. Odell (1942).

1931, 1942
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Cruise on the 330th Anniversary of the Discovery of the River by Henry Hudson

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of the Hudson Day Line cruise for members sponsored by President George Zabriskie.

1939
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Laurance Hart (as George Washington?)
1940 February 22
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Unidentified Events & Signage

Scope and Contents Note

Includes publicity photograph for the Song Spinners and a U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph of a conference of generals. Includes a N-YHS billboard also advertising war bonds.

circa 1944
Box: 23 Folder : 9 80th Birthday Card to the New York Fire Department
1945
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Presentation of the Bell from the "Elizabeth"
1947 October 14
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Loan by N-YHS of Federal Hall Railing for Washington Inauguration Re-enactment
1949
Box: 23 Folder : 12 Treasure Chest Contest Photo Shoot

Scope and Contents Note

Includes pirate-themed publicity shots taken at N-YHS's Port of New York Gallery for Colgate-Palmolive Company's Treasure Chest Contest. Shots feature Corky Crowley and Dennis Day.

1948
Box: 23 Folder : 13 Cruise Aboard Liberte
1952 May 6
Box: 23 Folder : 14 Presentation of Tapestry Commemorating Belgian Settlers of New York
1953 September 22
Box: 23 Folder : 15 Presentation of Model of Tanker SS Socony
1954 April 14
Box: 23 Folder : 16 Telecast of NBC-TV "Home" Show
1954 May 13
Box: 23 Folder : 17 Sesquicentennial Celebrations (1 of 2). (Dinner at Union Club; Reception at N-YHS)
1954 May, November
Drawer: 12A-B10 Folder : 6 Sesquicentennial Celebrations (2 of 2). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an oversize seating chart and two oversize photographs of the dinner at the Union Club. 8x10 versions of these are in the above folder.

1954
Box: 23 Folder : 18 Chips and Twigs Clothing Photo Shoot
circa 1955
Box: 23 Folder : 19 National Dairy Council Egg Nog Season Press Event
1956 December
Box: 23 Folder : 20 Gold Medal Presentation for Distinguished Service to Thomas Streeter
1957 November 27
Box: 23 Folder : 21 John Paul Jones Movie Publicity; Photo for  Mademoiselle Guest Editor Feature

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of actors Robert Stack and Erin O'Brien with a John Paul Jones bust at N-YHS.

1958
Box: 23 Folder : 22 Lincolniana Exhibition Publicity

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of actor Richard Boone, then playing Lincoln on Broadway, in publicity shots for the exhibition opening.

1959
Box: 23 Folder : 23 Presentation of the Bell from the "Mary Powell"
circa 1959
Box: 23 Folder : 24 Unidentified Reception
1950s
Box: 23 Folder : 25 Community Opera Concert at N-YHS
1968 or 1969
Box: 23 Folder : 25 West 76th Street Block Party

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contact sheets and negatives.

1970 June
Box: 23 Folder : 26 American Museum of Natural History Outdoor Community Project

Scope and Contents Note

Includes contact sheets and negatives.

1970 September
Box: 23 Folder : 27 New York Convention and Visitors Bureau Publicity

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photograph of New York's Summer Festival Ambassador and Bureau representative Christine Busini with the Beekman carriage.

1975
Box: 23 Folder : 28 N-YHS 180th Birthday Gala
1984 November
Box: 23 Folder : 30 James Flexner Reception?
1986 September
Box: 23 Folder : 29 Palm Beach Party
1987 February
Box: 23 Folder : 30 History Makers Gala (Honoring Paul Volcker)
1988 October 31
Box: 24 Folder : 1-3 History Makers Gala (Honoring Malcolm Forbes) (3 folders)
1989 October 30
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Wine Tasting
1989 November 16
Box: 24 Folder : 5 N-YHS Signage at Subway Station and at American Museum of Natural History
1980s?, 1993
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Reunion Luncheon of Mayor John V. Lindsay and Staffers, Miscellaneous Events
1995, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Unidentified Events (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph possibly of Allan Nevins receiving his medal for achievement in history in 1954.

1950s-1970s?
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Unidentified Events (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of Kenneth Scott with James Thomas Flexner (1989), Tom Wolfe, and others.

1980s-2000s
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Unidentified Library Event
1991
Box: 24 Folder : 10A Rental Publicity Photographs

Scope and Contents Note

Includes color photographs and slides publicizing various N-YHS spaces as rental events.

circa 2000
Box: 24 Folder : 10B Luce Center Opening Reception
2000
Drawer: 12A-B10 Folder : 7 Oversize Materials

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a flier for the Strawberry Festival (1944), advertising poster for Mary Black's book Old New York in Early Photographs (1973); subway publicity signage (1940s?); and two posters from the "Remember and Rebuild" event held on July 20, 2002, at the Jacob Javits Center (2002).

1940s, 1973

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