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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 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 IX: Object Images, 1899-1995. 1.96 Linear feet

Scope and Content

The Object Images series includes photographs of objects, primarily from N-YHS's museum collection, though items from the prints and manuscript collections are also included. The bulk of the photographs include only one particular object, but some photographs include multiple objects or N-YHS staff and others displaying, demonstrating or otherwise interacting with an object. Many of the objects are unidentified and the photographs undated.

Many of the photographs are of objects not from N-YHS's collections, and these were likely used in exhibition or other research, such as found in the set of folders with New York City views. Also along these lines are a number of photographs taken in 1949 of the Prentis Murphy home in Connecticut that show the New England furnishings that would be installed at N-YHS in 1951.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in alphabetical order by subject matter of the photographs. Most of these subjects were presumably taken from original folders. Additional photographs integrated in 2015 were given subject titles by the processing archivist. A small number of miscellaneous oversize items are found at the end of the container list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Advertising
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Alland, Alexander

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographic prints and contact sheets made by Alexander Alland of photographs from the Bracklow collection (and perhaps others).

1949
Box: 26 Folder : 3 American Revolution
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 4 American School Paintings
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Ames, Ezra

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph, among others, of a gallery of works by Ames.

Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Audubon
1960s-1980s
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Audubon Writing Desk, Change Purse, Death Mask
1950s, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Bowling Green (Object 1910.8)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Bowls, Pots, Spoons, Cups
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Catlin Drawings
1969
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Chairs, Couches, Tables, Stove

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph, likely taken in N-YHS's Second Avenue building, of the "Marie Antoinette" chair before reupholstering.

Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 12 Cherry Valley, NY, circa 1880-1890 (Mrs. Arther Taft Collection)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 13 Chests & Trunks

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of a hair trunk.

Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 14 Coaches
1986, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 15 Cole, Thomas
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 16 Copley, John Singleton (Self-Portrait)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 17 Crawford, Thomas (The Indian sculpture, Object 1875.4)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 18 Currency
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 19 Dolls
1995, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 20 Draper, Ruth
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 21 Drawings
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 22 Durand, Asher B.
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 23 Duyckinck, Gerardus
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 24 Eagles (Sculptures, Textiles, Pottery, Plates)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 25 Earl, Ralph
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 26 European Collection
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 27 Fire Department
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 28 Flags, American
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 29 Flag (Banner), Pewterer's (Object 1903.12)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of banner carried by Society of Pewterer's of New York City in procession of July 23, 1788, celebrating New York's ratification of the Constitution. Photographs are before and after 1974 restoration by conservator Katherine Scott.

1974
Box: 26 Folder : 30 Fourth of July (July 4)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 31 Gavels
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 32 Glass
1992?
Box: 26 Folder : 33 Globes
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 34 Groups of People (1 of 2)
1899-circa 1930s
Box: 70 Folder : 5 Groups of People (2 of 2). Oversize
1899-circa 1930s
Box: 26 Folder : 35 Hill, John W.
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 36 Hill, Thomas (Yosemite Valley)
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 37 Hooglandt, Anna. Account Book

Scope and Contents Note

Includes negatives of various pages of the manuscript (1729-1753).

Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 38 Hudson River School
Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 39 In Brief

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a color transparency of George W. Flagg's Lady Jane Grey Preparing for Execution and a slide of a print concerning the purchase of Manhattan Island.

Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Jarvis, John Wesley
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Johnson, Eastman (Old Kentucky Home)
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 3A Lafayette
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 3B Leadbeater Drugstore
1987?
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Lighting Devices

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs from exhibitions Early American Arts and Crafts and  Early American Lighting Devices.

[1954], Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Lincoln, Abraham
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Manuscript Material
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Maps

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a color transparency of A Description of the Towne of Mannados or New Amsterdam and three other color slides.

Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Maritime

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Robert Fulton and Clermont-related objects, as well as ships, bells, astrolabe.

Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Mary Powell (Ship & Bell)
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Medals, Seals, Jewelry, Rings, Watches, Buckles, Arm Bands, Gorgets
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Miniature on Ivory of Mrs. Robert Lenox (Object 1950.244)
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Mummified Bull
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 13 Needlework

Scope and Contents Note

Includes objects from the Mrs. J. Insley Blair collection.

1943, Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 14 New York City (1 of 3). Views to Circa 1860

Scope and Contents Note

This set of folders includes photographs of landscapes, buildings, street scenes, trolleys, elevated railways and their construction, wharves, rivers, Central Park, and other New York scenes. The first folder of early views includes photographs of paintings, prints, and other formats depicting subjects from the colonial period to the mid-nineteenth century.

Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 15 New York City (2 of 3). Views from Circa 1860 to Circa 1930
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 16 New York City (3 of 3). Views from Circa 1930 and Later
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 17 New-York Historical Society. General

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of membership certificates, images, correspondence, and other items, mostly 19th century, from the N-YHS archives.

Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 18 New-York Historical Society. Medals, Seals, Tablets (1 of 2)
Undated
Box: 70 Folder : 1 New-York Historical Society. Medals, Seals, Tablets (2 of 2). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes oversize renderings of N-YHS anniversary medals, a sketch of a memorial tablet for Andrew Warner (1915), and a sketch of a tablet to be placed by N-YHS at the site of Audubon's home (1917).

1915, 1917, Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 19 New-York Historical Society. Images from the Quarterly
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Peale, Charles Wilson
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Peale, Rembrandt
Undate
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Pennsylvania Dutch (Bird Sculptures)
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Perry, Matthew C.
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Pewter

Scope and Contents Note

Includes early twentieth century photographs of the Nash Collection of pewter presented by Samuel V. Hoffman.

circa 1920s?, Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Political Campaigns
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Portraits
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Pottery
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Poughkeepsie, NY
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Prentis Murphy, Katherine

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of the home of Mrs. Katherine Prentis Murphy in Westbrook, Connecticut, including her collection of 17th and 18th century New England furnishings.

1949
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Print Matter
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Printed Textiles
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 13 Quilts
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 14 Revolver & Powder Horns
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 15 Sculpture
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 16 Shakespeare in New York (Exhibition?)
1981?
Box: 28 Folder : 17 Silver
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 18 Spinning Wheels & Looms (Colonial)
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 19 Stieffel, Herman
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 20 Stuart, Gilbert
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 21 Subway

Scope and Contents Note

See also the New York City object folders above.

Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 22 Tiffany Lamps

Scope and Contents Note

Includes color contact sheets and negatives.

Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 23 Tools, Chains, Hardware
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 24 Trinity Church
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 25 Truant Sculpture by Ives (1945.494)
1988
Box: 28 Folder : 26 Unidentified
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 27 Uniform, Clothing

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photograph of the full dress uniform of Commodore Thomas Tingey (1750-1829).

Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 28 Vanderlyn, John
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 29 Victorius Volunteer (Painting)
Undated
Box: 28 Folder : 30 World War I Posters
Undated
Box: 72 Folder : 1 Slides for Talks
1990s?
Drawer: 12A-B10 Folder : 8 Oversize Images

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a mounted photograph of an artwork The Spirit of America [?], presented by the artist (1928); Audubon prints; reproductions of a 1782 map; and labels for Ottin's  Triumphal March of the Republic, a George Washington desk, and furniture from Federal Hall.

1928, Undated

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