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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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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 III. Dues Collection Records, 1838-1963. 3.21 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The Dues Collection Records series is arranged by format, and chronologically within format. The series opens with the various certificate books from which were sent the forms notifying members of payments due, followed by booklets used to record collections, and closing with receipts and other documents concerning the payment or non-payment of dues. Although some receipts were found loose during processing, most were found in bound packets and these were kept together.

Scope and Contents Note

The Dues Collection Records series includes a variety of records related to the actual collection of dues and initiation fees from members. The bulk includes 24 volumes of receipt books from which were sent notices for payments. Aside from some unused blank receipts, these books only have the stubs remaining, some of which indicate the name of the person who was sent the associated receipt. There are three sets of these receipt books: regular annual dues (1838-circa 1855), life member dues (1847-1963), and new member initiation fees, which included dues for the first year (1849-1857, 1879-1939). There are also two books for Fellows and for Patrons; these have only a few entries in them from the early twentieth century. An annual dues receipt book for 1853 was discarded because it held mold spores; the content of the book can be gleaned from the other dues books of the early 1850s, which remain in the series.

Many of the receipts sent from the annual dues books appear to have been returned to N-YHS without payment. This series includes those receipts, principally from the 1840s-1850s, many of which are annotated with the reason for non-payment.

The series also includes a set of small booklets that were used to record monies collected, ranging from 1867-1921, with some earlier periods (1840s, 1857).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Volume: RG9.83 Folder : - Annual Receipts
1838-1843 [1844]
Volume: RG9.84 Folder : - Annual Receipts
1844-1845
Volume: RG9.85 Folder : - Annual Receipts
1846-1847
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Loose Documents from Receipts Book
1846-1847
Volume: RG9.86 Folder : - Annual Receipts
[1848]
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Loose Documents from Receipts Book
[1848]
Volume: RG9.87 Folder : - Receipts for Dues
[1949?]
Volume: RG9.88 Folder : - Annual Dues
1850
Volume: RG9.89 Folder : - Dues
1851
Volume: RG9.90 Folder : - Dues
1852
Volume: RG9.91 Folder : - Dues
1854
Volume: RG9.92 Folder : - Dues
1855
Volume: RG9.93 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1849-1852 April
Volume: RG9.94 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1852 April-1857
Volume: RG9.95 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1879-1889
Volume: RG9.96 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1890-1895
Volume: RG9.97 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1895-1902
Volume: RG9.98 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1903-1909 May
Volume: RG9.99 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1909 June-1924
Volume: RG9.100 Folder : - Initiation Fees
1925-1939
Volume: RG9.101 Folder : - Life Certificates
1847-1867
Volume: RG9.102 Folder : - Life Membership Fees
1868-1901
Volume: RG9.103 Folder : - Life Membership Records
1902-1948 January
Volume: RG9.104 Folder : - Life Membership Records
1948-1963
Box: 3 Folder : 42 Fellows
1903-1909, 1914
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Patrons
1904-1908, 1921
Box: 3 Folder : 44 New York Historical Society Tax
1840-1842
Box: 3 Folder : 45 Annual Receipts

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a booklet recording monies received for an unidentified year (likely 1846 or 1847) and various receipts for 1840-1847 found in the booklet.

1840-1847
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Resident Members Proposed by W.K. Strong

Scope and Contents Note

Though found with membership records, the amounts recorded in the booklet ($100 and $50) suggest that this might be related to a subscription drive for the N-YHS building or other matter.

1857
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Collector's Returns
1867
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Collector's Book
1868-1874 May
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Collector's Book
1874 May-1883
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Collector's Book
1884-1893 February
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Collector's Book
1893 February-1907
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Collector's Book
1908-1923
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Annual Dues Receipts (1 of 8)

Scope and Contents Note

This set of eight folders includes receipt certificates, most, and perhaps all, of which appear to have been returned to N-YHS without payment of the requested amount.

1833-1842
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Annual Dues Receipts (2 of 8)
1841, 1844-1845
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Annual Dues Receipts (3 of 8)
1845-1848
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Annual Dues Receipts (4 of 8)
1844-1845, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Annual Dues Receipts (5 of 8)
1847-1849
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Annual Dues Receipts (6 of 8)
1848-1850
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Annual Dues Receipts (7 of 8)
1849-1851
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Annual Dues Receipts (8 of 8)
1852-1855
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Life Member Fee Receipts
1850-1853
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Resignations & Life Members (Receipts)
1909-1921
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Membership Slips Returned by Members
1943, 1946-1947

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