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Guide to the James Olinkiewicz Collection of Photographs and Ephemera
1850s-1910, 1932
 PR 404

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 24, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection combines three unrelated parts received together from the same donor:

673 stereograph cards with mid- to late-19th century views of New York City (i.e., Manhattan) landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Trinity Church, Central Park, Broadway, and the Tombs prison. Brooklyn and Staten Island are represented by a few cards, as are various locations throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

Photographs, bylaws, printed programs, and invitations documenting the activities of the Kit Kat Club, a New York City-based association of artists organized in 1881 and incorporated in 1884. The club counted among its members such notables as lithographer Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896) and Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase (1841-1916). The Kit Kats sponsored annual summer sketching and painting excursions, three of which are represented by photographs and ephemera here: a week-long trip by barge on the Delaware and Hudson Canal (1895); a camping trip to Pelham Bay on Long Island Sound (1896); and a sail by schooner to Stony Brook, Long Island (1897). This material was assembled by William C. Ostrander, onetime president of the Kit Kat Club, and includes some items from the Salmagundi Club and the Black and White Club, other arts organizations which counted Ostrander as a member.

A scrapbook of programs, playbills, ticket stubs, and photographs from theatrical productions and musical recitals attended by one Mary E. Thayer, mostly in Boston with a few in New York, between October 1904 and September 1908. Thayer notes in the margin who attended each performance, e.g. "Norma & I," "Bert, Blanche & I," etc.


This collection is organized in three series:

Series I.
 Stereographs of New York City and Elsewhere, 1850s-circa 1900
Series II.
 Kit Kat Club Photographs and Ephemera, 1888-1908, 1932
Series III.
 Mary E. Thayer Scrapbook, 1904-1908, 1910