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Guide to the Jon Charles Acker Collection of Religious Certificates
1845-1942
 PR 360

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


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Alison Barr and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 01, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes certificates documenting marriages (58), baptisms (8), confirmations (7), and deaths (3). The bulk are of a religious nature, with many depicting Christian imagery and text. The bulk are from events that occurred in New York State, with a small number concerning out of state events that involved someone from New York (e.g., a groom from New York marrying in his bride's out of state hometown). The bulk are from the 19th century, with a few from the early 20th century. Some of the marriage certificates are of a form that allowed for the insertion of cartes-de-visite of the bride and groom; the container list identifies where such photographs are included. Some of the certificates are in German and these are also noted in the container list. All documents in the collection are identified to the item level in the container list.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by type of certificate and then chronological within type.