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Guide to the Seventh Regiment Fund Court Case Records
1950–2010
(bulk, 1996-2007)
 MS 3032

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta, August 2017.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 08, 2021
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Seventh Regiment Fund
Title: Seventh Regiment Fund court case records
Dates [inclusive]: 1950–2010 (bulk, 1996-2007)
Abstract: A small collection of legal documents accompanying a 1996 lawsuit brought by New York's Attorney General against the Seventh Regiment Fund over ownership of the artwork, objects, and memorabilia housed in the Seventh Regiment Armory at 643 Park Avenue, Manhattan. A 2006 ruling decided in favor of New York State's ownership of the material.
Quantity: 3 Linear feet (3 record cartons)
Language: .
Call Phrase: MS 3032

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Historical Note

The Seventh Regiment, known as the "silk stocking regiment" for its well-heeled members, descends from four volunteer militia companies organized in 1806 to protect New York from attack by the British. The Seventh Regiment, along with other military and social organizations, has been housed since 1880 in the massive armory at 643 Park Avenue, which incorporates rooms for company offices, a library, galleries, and a block-long drill hall. The Armory's interiors were designed by such Gilded Age giants as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Stanford White.

The Seventh Regiment Fund was incorporated in 1909 "to promote and conserve the interests and welfare of the Seventh Regiment, National Guard, New York, and its successors, and to that end and for those purposes to take and hold by gift, bequest, purchase or lease, either absolutely or in trust, real or personal property, to apply the same and the income, rents, issues and profits, derived from the investment thereof, for the purposes aforesaid, in such manner and at such times as the Board of Directors may from time to time direct."

By their interpretation, the Seventh Regiment Fund controlled the contents of the armory, and could dispose of them with impunity. But in 1996, New York Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco filed suit against the Seventh Regiment Fund, charging that its directors had illegally assumed title to the artifacts in their care, and had possibly lost or sold many of them without turning over proceeds to the state. In 2006 a judge ruled in favor of New York State's ownership of the disputed memorabilia.

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Scope and Contents

This small collection documents the 1996 lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco against the Seventh Regiment Fund and other involved parties, disputing ownership of the artifacts, artwork, memorabilia, etc., housed in the Seventh Regiment Armory (643 Park Avenue) and charged to have been lost or illegally disposed of by the Seventh Regiment Fund. It includes object lists, pleading files and other court papers, printed by-laws of the Seventh Regiment Fund, newspaper clippings, and copies of legal research and supporting material.

Arrangement

With minor exceptions, the records are filed in the order imposed by the donor. Clarifying titles [in brackets] were supplied by the archivist.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Seventh Regiment Armory (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Armories -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Regiments -- 7th New York State Militia.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before 1 January 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Seventh Regiment Fund Court Case Records, MS 3032, New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials

The New-York Historical Society holds the Records of the 7th Regiment 1767-1983, as well as the 9,000-volume Seventh Regiment Military Library, the titles from which may be found in the  N-YHS Library Catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Seventh Regiment Fund, July 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by archivist Joseph Ditta, August 2017.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Guide to the Records of the 7th Regiment 1767–1983

Scope and Contents

A bound printout of the finding aid to the 7th Regiment records housed at the New-York Historical Society. For the latest version see http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/nyhs/7threg/.

2004 May 10
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 [Object list: Complete Database List]

Scope and Contents

Contents of a 3-section binder labeled "Master Notebook I":

n.d.
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 [Object list: gallery 111]
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 [Object list: gallery 112—Colonel's Reception Room]
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 [Object list: gallery 113—Veteran's Room]
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 [Object list: gallery 114A—Curator's Office]
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 [Object list: missing and problematic]

Scope and Contents

Contents of a 4-section binder:

n.d.
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8–12 Pleading files: Supreme Court of The State of New York
(Index No. 103638/06)
[5 folders]

Scope and Contents

In the Matter of the Application of Rita C. Chu, The Seventh Regiment Fund and The Veterans of the Seventh Regiment v. NY State Urban Development Corp. d/b/a Empire State Development Corp and Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy, Inc.

2006
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1-21 Pleading files: Supreme Court of The State of New York
(Index No. 406660/96)
[21 folders]

Scope and Contents

The State of New York v. The Seventh Regiment Fund, Inc., and The Members of the Board of Directors of the Seventh Regiment Fund, Inc., individually and as Directors, The Members of the Board of Officers of the 107th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, a/k/a The HHC, 107th Brigade, a/k/a The HHC, 205th Support Group, individually.

1996
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-4 Pleading files: Supreme Court of The State of New York, Appellate Division
(Index No. 406660/96)
[4 folders]

Scope and Contents

The State of New York v. The Seventh Regiment Fund, Inc., and The Members of the Board of Directors of the Seventh Regiment Fund, Inc., individually and as Directors, The Members of the Board of Officers of the 107th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, a/k/a THE HHC, 107th Brigade, a/k/a THE HHC, 205th Support Group, individually.

1998–2002
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 5-6 Pleading files: Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Albany
(Index No. 122330/97)
[2 folders]

Scope and Contents

Seventh Regiment Fund, Inc. v. The Adjutant General, Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

1997–2001
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 7 Complaint: United States District Court Southern District of New York
(Index No. 01civ0819)

Scope and Contents

The Seventh Regiment Fund, Associates of the Engineer Corps and Company K, Seventh Regiment, Inc., and the Veterans of the Seventh Regiment v. George Pataki, et al.

2001
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 8 Memorandum of Law In Support of Preliminary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order
(Index No. 17465/05)

Scope and Contents

Supreme Court of New York—County of New York—David L. Dalva II, v. George Pataki, et al.

2005 December 6
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 9-11 Pleading files: Supreme Court of New York, County of New York
(Index No. 116965/05)
[3 folders]

Scope and Contents

David L. Dalva II, v. George Pataki, et. al.

2005 December 6–2007 October 2
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 12 Summons: Supreme Court of New York, County of New York
(Index No. 115703/05)

Scope and Contents

The Seventh Regiment Fund v. Joseph Clark.

2005 November 11
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 13-16 Brief for Plaintiff-Appellant and Record on Appeal
(Docket Nos. 09-02448 and 09-02449)
(Oneida County Clerk's Index No. 2002-000808)
[4 folders]

Scope and Contents

New York Supreme Court—Appellate Division—Fourth Department—Utica Mutual Insurance Co. v. McAteer & Fitzgerald, Inc. and Kenyon B. Fitzgerald, an individual v. Michael McAteer, an individual

2010 April 12
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 17 Seventh Regiment Fund constitution and by-laws
1950, 1985, n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 18 Tobin / LaGuardia Record on Appeal
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 19 Legal Research / Tobin Cases
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 20 Chapter 932 of Laws of New York, 1942
[1942]
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 21 Legislative History—Chapter 932 of Laws of New York, 1942
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 22 [Newspaper clippings and press releases]
1996–1999
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 23 The Seventh Regiment Fund / Trustees—Client Documents
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 24 [Military Code of the State of New York]
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 25–26 The Seventh Regiment Fund / New York State Motion for Reargument Research [2 folders]
n.d.
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 27 [loose documents]
n.d.

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