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Overview Guide to the New-York Historical Society Records
1804-2018
 NYHS-RG Archives

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


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer, Margaret Kaczorowski and Brynn White

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 29, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

The New-York Historical Society institutional archive includes historical records of the institution from its founding in 1804 to the early twenty-first century. This Guide is an overview of the portion of the archive that is processed and open to researchers. Records include minute books of the Society and its governing committees through 1938; central correspondence files from 1805 through 1982; membership records to 1983; building committee and other related records from the 19th and early 20th centuries; architectural plans, principally related to the early to mid-twentieth century construction and expansion of the current Central Park West building; collection accession registers; Publication Fund shareholder records; photographs; press clippings; press releases; ephemera; publication editorial records; museum and library management; exhibitions; education and public programming; and other material. Further summary of the content is found in the Container List (see sidebar navigation to the left). More detailed description of the content is included in the Guides for the individual record groups that constitute the archive. Researchers with inquiries that appear to fall outside the scope of this material should contact the Curator of Manuscripts.

Arrangement Note

This Guide provides an overview of the New-York Historical Society, the scope of its institutional archival material, and other information concerning the overall archive and its use. The N-YHS records are organized into record groups, each described in more detail in its own finding aid. See the Container List (follow the sidebar navigation to the left) for summary information about each record group and the link to the detailed Guide for each group. The detailed Guides provide more information about the scope and arrangement of each record group, including the container inventory.

Because the detailed description of the archive is broken down by record group into individual, standalone finding aids, researchers should be sure they have identified all the record groups that might be relevant to their inquiry. Researchers can browse the list of all available record groups in two places: 1) the Container List of this overview finding aid (which includes an abstract description for each record group) and 2) the manuscript collection finding aid browse webpage at http://www.nyhistory.org/library/findingaids/manuscripts (browse under "N-YHS Archives").

The N-YHS institutional archival record groups are linked in two other ways as well. First, they are distinguished from N-YHS manuscript and other collections by use of call phrases with a unique prefix of NYHS-RG, for example, NYHS-RG 1, NYHS-RG 2, etc. To search across record groups, as well as other collections, use the NYU Special Collections search page. To limit hits to only those from the N-YHS institutional archive, use the advanced search capability, applying "NYHS-RG" to the Call No. filter field.

A second linking feature is used in the Bobcat catalog. Entries for each individual record group, as well as for this overall Guide, include at least one common subject heading: "New York Historical Society—Archives."

The access points listed in this Guide are a compilation of most of the headings used in the individual record group Guides.