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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Membership Records
1804-1983
 NYHS-RG 9

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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 05, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I. Registers, 1804-1983. 2.12 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The two volume Register of Members begins the series, followed by the various Treasurer's Registers and other records of dues payments, with each volume proceeding in chronological order.

Scope and Contents Note

The Registers series includes two sets of volumes that together provide an index to members and their election dates and document their active (dues-paying) status. The date range for the series as a whole is extensive, running from 1804 to 1983, though one set of volumes has gaps.

The first set of registers, called the Register of Members, includes two volumes, the first running from 1804-1901, the second from 1902-1982. The registers record the names of members in the chronological order of their election. The particular status (honorary, corresponding, life, etc.) is noted. Members from outside of New York state are noted as such. Addresses are included for all members beginning in 1920. Especially useful is that each volume also includes a rough alphabetical index of members, indicating the page number of the volume on which can be found the record of their election to the Society. The entries begin in 1804 with N-YHS’s first meeting, though it seems likely the earliest years were recorded after the fact.

The second set of registers, called the Treasurer's Register, includes records indicating the actual payment of dues, or lack of payment, by members. The date range is from the early 1840s to 1983, though there are gaps, especially for the 1940s and 1950s. The volumes list members alphabetically, indicating their payments over time; each volume covers specific periods (e.g., 1890-1899). The earliest volumes take a somewhat different form but include the same basic information as the later volumes. Generally, the Treasurer's Registers include only member names and amount paid.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Volume: RG9.1 Folder : - Register of Members
1804-1901
Volume: RG9.2 Folder : - Register of Members
1902-1982
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Treasurer's Register
1838-1840, 1851-1855
Volume: RG9.3 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1848-1850
Volume: RG9.4 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1855-1964
Volume: RG9.5 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1860-1869
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Treasurer's Register
1868-1876
Volume: RG9.6 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1870-1879
Volume: RG9.7 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1880-1889
Volume: RG9.8 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1890-1899
Volume: RG9.9 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1900-1909
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Loose Documents from Treasurer's Register

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents found loose inside the covers of the Treasurer's Register for 1900-1909, including notes on member mailings concerning dues, dues in arrears, and a summary of dues collected from annual and life members 1868-1908. Includes a public "circular of information" describing the N-YHS galleries, circa 1909.

1908-1909
Volume: RG9.10 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1910-1919
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Loose Documents from Treasurer's Register

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents found loose inside the covers of the Treasurer's Register for 1910-1919, including unpaid dues lists. Includes part of a catalogue of print matter from Goodspeed's Book Shop of Boston, with annotations.

1915-1918
Volume: RG9.11 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1920-1929
Volume: RG9.12 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1930-1939
Volume: RG9.13 Folder : - Treasurer's Register
1960-1964
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Dues Record. Annual Members
1964-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Dues Record. Sustaining Members
1964-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Dues Record. Pintard Fellows
1964-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Dues Record. Research Members
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Dues Record. Annual Members (1 of 3)
1974-1982
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Dues Record. Annual Members (2 of 3)
1974-1982
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Dues Record. Annual Members (3 of 3)
1974-1982
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Dues Record. Pintard Fellows
1974-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Dues Record. Corporate Members
1964-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Dues Record. Friends and Family
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Dues Record. Seniors
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Dues Record. Student Members
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Log of Dues Daily Receipts
1980-1983

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