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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Certificates
1700-1991
 PR 014

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney (2008). Revised by Marybeth Kavanagh (2018).

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Series V: Education, 1802-1951

Scope and Contents Note

This series is comprised of certificates of merit, diplomas, and teaching certificates. The bulk of the merit certificates and grammar school diplomas came from public schools in New York City. Diplomas include those from Columbia University, Cooper Union, Eastman National Business College, Princeton University, Rutgers Female Institute, the University of Maine and Yale University. Many of these certificates were printed on parchment and have elaborate seals. Includes diplomas from a variety of colleges and universities.Other certificates include teacher certifications, course completion certificates for classes at Cooper Union, a certificate of apprenticeship from the New York State Board of Pharmacy, and membership certificates for the Free-School Society of New-York and the American University Popular Course of Home Reading. There are certificates to various clubs and organizations at Columbia University and Harvard University. Library certificates include two certificates of membership to the New York Society Library.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Certificates of Merit
1868, 1876, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2-3 Certificates of Merit (cased) from Mrs. Okill's Female Boarding School
1847, 1854
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Certificates of Merit-Public Schools-Manhattan
1822-1875
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Certificates of Merit–Public Schools-Manhattan
1822-1875
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Certificates of Merit–Public Schools-Brooklyn and the Bronx
1864-1901
Folder: FF10 Certificates of Merit-Public Schools-Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx
1855-1885
Folder: FF11 Certificates of Merit-Grammar School for Boys

Scope and Contents

9 certificates: Rudolph Miller (School #34), Abram W. Applegate (#55), Fritz W. Schivensen (#16), Thomas Kelby (#19), and 5 to Victor Hugo Paltsits.

1871-1881
Folder: FF12 Certificates of Merit-Grammar School for Girls
1857, 1875-1886
Folder: FF13 Certificates of Merit-Roll of Honor
1886, 1888
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Certificates of Merit–Unidentified Schools
1820-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Certificates of Merit–blank
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Certificates-New York Free School Society
1810, undated
Folder: FF14-FF15 Diplomas-Primary and Secondary Schools

Scope and Contents

Includes Albany Female Academy, Male Grammar Schools #4, 16, 34, 35, 39, Morrisania Public School, Van Norman Institute, Female Grammar Schools #4, 25, 37, 63, Waterbury (CT) Center School District High School, Lincoln Grammar School (San Francisco), Bradford Academy (Mass), Harlem Evening High School, Berkeley School, Wilson Union School, New York Common School diploma District #6 (Porter, NY), Wadleigh High School, Brooklyn Public School #11, New York City Dept of Education elementary schools, Long Island City Public Schools, Union Free School #2 (Williamsbridge, NY), New York Grammar School #89, New York Evening High School (to Victor Hugo Paltsits), Martin Grammar School (Boston).

1856-1903
Folder: FF16-FF17 Diplomas-Columbia University
1802-1934
Folder: FF18 Diplomas-Cooper Union
1864-1904
Folder: FF19 Diplomas-Harvard University
1857-1906
Folder: FF20 Diplomas-Normal College
1873,1899
Folder: FF21 Diplomas-Yale University
1868-1907
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Diplomas-College and University-A-Z (small)
1870-1951
Folder: FF64 Diplomas-College and University-A-Z (large)
1858-1915
Folder: FF22 Diplomas-College and University-A-G
1865-1943
Folder: FF23 Diplomas-College and University-H-P
1884-1924
Folder: FF24 Diplomas-College and University-R-Z
1829-1942
Folder: FF25 Diplomas-Seminary
1869-1871
Folder: FF-26a Diplomas-Helen Marie Closs

Scope and Contents

4 diplomas tracing Closs's education: New York City public school (P.S. 44 in Queens), 1910; Far Rockaway High School, 1914; College of New Rochelle, Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1917; B.A., Curatore Collegii Novae Rupellae (College of New Rochelle), 1918.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Fitzgerald, 2018.

Processing Information

Processed into collection January 2019 by archivist Larry Weimer.

1910-1918
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Library Membership Certificates
1833, 1870
Folder: FF26 Teaching Certificates
1852-1895, undated

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