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Manuscript copy, probably contemporary, of John Winthrop's sermon 'A Modell of Christian Charity,' 1630. Gift of Francis B. Winthrop, 1809., John Winthrop (12 January 1587/8 26...

Drawn from several manuscript collections at the New-York Historical Society, Abraham Lincoln drafted, signed, endorsed, or received the 192 documents presented in this digital collection during...

A record book, dated 1791-1798 and 1800-1806, kept by Abraham Varick of New York City. The book contains copies of letters to merchants in England and Germany and lists of merchandise ordered from...

Photographs by Worsinger Photo (or Worsinger Window Service), Nick Malan Studio and Freedman Photo of window and store displays at Oppenheim Collins, Bonwit Teller, and De Pinna; includes World...

Correspondence, drafts of essays and speeches, drawings, and autobiographical writings of Alexander Jackson Davis, a successful New York City architect. Includes letters to Davis and miscellaneous...

Notebook, 1772-1774, of Alexander Watson, a landowner and resident of New York City who was nephew and heir of John Watson (1685-1768). Contains receipts, lists of deeds and properties, and a note...

The New-York Historical Society's manuscript collections contain over two million items of archival materials, including family papers and organizational and business records. This website...

Asher B. Durand (1796–1886), a central artist of the Hudson River School, spent nearly twenty-four years as a successful commercial engraver. His talent as an engraver was based on his drawing...

Luis de Carvajal the Younger (1567?-December 8, 1596) was the nephew of Luis de Carvajal y de la Cueva, the governor of León, Mexico. The Carvajals are the best known conversos (‘New Christians’)...

This collection consists of 24 glass plate negatives of Polopel (Bannerman) Island and the estate Francis Bannerman VI (1851-1918) built there. Following the Civil War, Bannerman founded a company...

Autograph letters from members of the Bartram family. Two letters, both by John Bartram (1699-1777), are of particular interest: the first to Cadwallader Colden, describing his recent expedition...

Approximately 760 letters written by U.S. Army private Benjamin Segan (b. 1924) to his fiancée, Judith Berman, in New York City, describing his activities at basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey...

The 904 glass plate and film negatives in this collection were taken by Drucker & Baltes for the General Outdoor Advertising Company, a billboard company that was formed in 1925 through the...

Account book, 1856-1858, kept by the prominent slave trading firm of Bolton, Dickens & Co. of Lexington, Kentucky, with branches in Memphis, Charleston, Natchez, and New Orleans. It chiefly...

The collection contains 403 photographic negatives produced circa 1920-1980 (bulk 1920-1950) by commercial photographers on behalf of The Boys’ Club of New York ("BCNY"). The majority...

The Burr McIntosh Photograph Collection spans the period from circa 1900 to 1910 and documents McIntosh's career as a photographer of prominent figures in the arts, society, and politics,...

254 Color photographs taken of every block along Broadway on July 29, 2001. The photographs are in geographical order moving south on Broadway from 262nd Street in the Bronx to the Battery at the...

This digital collection highlights 41 presentation drawings from the Cass Gilbert Architectural Collection at the New-York Historical Society. A list of Gilbert's best-known structures...

Three handwritten pages of lyrics entitled "Castle Thunder song," undated, written by an unnamed prisoner at Castle Thunder, circa 1863. Lyrics describe life and conditions in the prison...

Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a United States senator from Massachusetts and a campaigner against slavery. This is a draft, ca. 1855, of a version of the speech delivered in New York on May 9,...

The diaries of Charles Willoughby Dayton (1846-1910) date from 1863 to 1865 and contain entries about the weather and war news. He writes negatively about African Americans, African American...

Charlotte Browne was matron of the general hospital in North America. Her diary, 1754-1757, describes a voyage from London to Virginia on board the ship London laden with hospital supplies as part...

New York City merchant Christopher Bancker's journal, May 11, 1718 to February 28, 1750, recording sales of general merchandise and accounts of business and personal transactions.,...

The New-York Historical Society's rich collections that document the Civil War include recruiting posters for New York City regiments of volunteers; stereographic views documenting the...

66 autograph letters, signed, between James B. Collins and his brother Joseph T. Collins, their parents John W. and Mary Anne Collins, and a handful of friends and relatives, all dated between...

Two volumes of account books (30 and 48 p., respectively) belonging to Loyalist Crean Brush. First volume has had several pages removed., Crean Brush emigrated to New York from Ireland in 1762....

Twenty-four letters and financial accounts created by members of the Crooke family, originally of Ulster County, N.Y. Collection includes six documents pertaining to the disposal of the estate of...

Six volumes of recipes, dated 1840-1874, accompanied by twenty-eight loose recipes (most undated), a letter to Eliza Duane from her cousin Kate, and a handwritten song to the tune of "Yankee...

This collection contains papers relating to the Duane family and associated families. The bulk of the collection concerns the papers of James Duane, a prominent New York lawyer, patriot, and land...

Letters, certificates, land grants and military orders pertaining to the life of Ebenezer Gray of Connecticut. Items include Grays commissions as major (dated 1777, signed by John Hancock) and...

1 letter book (60 pages). Letter book, New York City, August 28, 1807-July 29, 1814, containing copies of letters sent (and a few received) by Stevens as Major-General of Artillery, New York State...

Autograph letter, signed, from Edward Annely, dated Philadelphia, August 22, 1754, to William Kempe, Esq. Annely requests Kempe’s help and advice in both collecting a debt and in raising funds...

Edward Yorke McCauley's illustrated diary, from February 13th, 1853-June 10th, 1854, of his time aboard the USS Powhatan during its visit to Japan under Commodore Matthew Perry. Contains...

The collection consists of 212 negatives (most film and some glass). Among the 20 negatives from around 1925 are views of Times Square at night and Walter Chrysler’s home. Almost 80 negatives...

The collection contains 61 glass negatives of buildings, parks, events and portraits in New York City and state. Also included are three albumen prints of the steamboat Harlem and an unidentified...

Eugene L. Armbruster (1865-1943) was born in Baden-Baden, Germany, and came to the United States in 1882. His first job was with H. Henkel Cigar Box Manufacturing Company, where he continued to...

The Frank M. Ingalls Photograph Collection includes 1611 photographic prints and negatives of New York City and vicinity. Frank M. Ingalls (1862-1956) wrote that he always carried a small camera...

24 letters and one warrant signed by George Clinton (ca. 1686-1761) in his capacity as governor of New York between 1744 and 1751. The majority of the letters are written from New York, addressed...

4,670 images by George Ehler Stonebridge (d. 1941), an amateur photographer who lived and worked in the Bronx, New York. The photographs document both everyday life and special events such as...

The George P. Hall & Son collection consists of 1,649 photographic prints and negatives. The large-format views provide clear, extremely detailed and flattering depictions of a variety of...

The collection includes three volumes, correspondence, and documents, 1768-1803, related to English abolitionist and reformer Granville Sharp. The first volume contains copies of letters and...

H.N. Tiemann (1863-1957) was the proprietor of a Manhattan-based commercial photography company, H.N Tiemann & Co., which photographed New York locations and events for publication and general...

Seven autograph letters (one accompanied by envelope), signed, by Henry Burgh, and one portrait engraving autographed by Burgh. All letters are written on A.S.P.C.A. stationary and most concern...

Letter, promissory notes, and accounts relative Henry Hart of Kingsbury, N.Y., and the administration of his estate. Account of Hamilton McCollister lists numerous people with claims to Harts...

2,130 photographs, including glass plate negatives, cellulose nitrate negatives, and prints, produced by Fritz E. Bjorkman and most likely collected by Herman Blumenthal for visual research. The...

This digital collection highlights 207 of the most significant drawings from the New-York Historical Society's drawing collection. The drawing collection, numbering over 8,000 sheets, is one...

The 881 images presented here highlight the New-York Historical Society's outstanding collection of over 2,500 American paintings — primarily portraits, genre scenes, and landscapes — dating...

The extensive photograph collections in the New-York Historical Society Library's Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections are particularly strong in portraits and...

The New-York Historical Society holds an encyclopedic collection of over 800 works documenting the full range of representational sculpture in the United States from the colonial period to the...

Letters, notes, a printed circular, and one receipt pertaining to the life and activites of Horace Greeley, dated from 1840 to 1872. Nearly all letters are written by Greeley; recipents include...

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