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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Currier & Ives Prints
 PR 230

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 24, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection holds about 46 lithographs and chromolithographs produced by Currier & Ives, with some by Nathaniel Currier dating before his partnership with James Ives. (N-YHS holds about 900 Currier & Ives prints across several collections; see the Related Materials Note in this finding aid.) Principal topics in this collection include the patriotism of men, women and children during the Civil War; images of Jesus Christ and Christian saints; Mississippi River paddle steamboats; and country landscapes. There is a complete set of six plates for the series "The Life of a Fireman." A few images concern commentary or satire on political or social matters. There is a marriage certificate and a family photograph registry, unusual formats for the Currier & Ives firm.

The container list includes the titles of all items in the collection. A "Peters" catalogue number was recorded in the container list if one was noted on the print.


Prints are arranged in six folders by size and, roughly, by subject, as follows:

FF1: Civil War soldiers
FF2: Religious
FF3: Certificates and registers
FF4: Miscellaneous
FF5: "Life of a Fireman" plates
FF6: Miscellaneous (steamboats, landscapes, etc)