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Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library

Museum Highlights


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...


Museum Collection

This collection contains 111 images of drawings and text, depicting both important events and everyday scenes from the Civil War. The pencil, pen-and-ink, crayon and wash drawings range in...


Museum Collection

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...


Museum Collection

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 —...


Museum Collection

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...


Museum Collection

Louis C. Tiffany (1848–1933) was the artistic genius behind Tiffany Studios. However, he was not the exclusive designer of its lamps, windows, and luxury objects: Clara Driscoll (1861–1944),...


Museum Collection

"A collection of thirty-three maps, plans, and views of the fortifications constructed on Manhattan Island during the War of 1812 originally bound up with a beautifully engrossed Report...


Museum Collection

This collection of thirteen sketches (graphite, and black ink and wash on paper) has been digitized from a small sketchbook in the New-York Historical Society's Museum. Most of these...


Museum Collection

Library Highlights


The New-York Historical Society's manuscript collections contain over 20,000 linear feet of archival materials, including family papers and organizational and business records. This...


Library Collection

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...


Library Collection

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...


Library Collection

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...


Library Collection

The New-York Historical Society's ephemera collections, currently being digitized, include broadsides, posters, and dining menus, as well as hundreds of thousands of items of many...


Library Collection

The New-York Historical Society holds fifteen important manuscript collections relating to slavery in the United States and the Atlantic slave trade. With over 12,000 pages of text dating...


Library Collection

The New-York Historical Society's map collection ranges from the 17th century to the present and includes both printed and manuscript items. Geographic scope varies by time period, but...


Library Collection

The New-York Historical Society Quarterly (1917-1980) is an outstanding resource for the study of nearly every aspect of New York and American history and material culture, especially as...


Library Collection

The extensive photograph collections at the New-York Historical Society are particularly strong in portraits and documentary images of New York-area buildings and street scenes from 1839 to...


Library Collection

The 7th Regiment records, 1767-1983 (bulk 1830-1947) document the history and administration of the 7th Regiment of New York. The bulk of the material pertains to regimental management,...


Library Collection

Part of the extensive Time Inc. archive donated to the New-York Historical Society in 2015, this collection of Time Inc. department head lists and directories spanning nearly four decades...


Library Collection

This collection contains digital images of historical documents from the New-York Historical Society's Library that preserve the words of hundreds of eyewitnesses to the American...


Library Collection