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Collection of 108 photographs taken circa 1890-1899 by J.S Johnston, a New York City based marine and scenic photographer, including original glass negatives and modern gelatin silver photographic...

A manuscript copy, signed and with corrections in James Buchanan’s hand, of his inaugural address at his swearing-in as the fifteenth president of the United States. Notorious as the president...

James F. Brown (1793-1868) was the ex-slave gardener of the Verplanck family at Mount Gulian, Fishkill, New York. Brown was a runaway slave from Maryland, and the Verplancks purchased his time...

The James Reuel Smith Springs and Wells Photograph Collection includes 852 glass negatives, acetate negatives, and photographic prints relating to his book "Springs and Wells of Manhattan and...

The Jessie Tarbox Beals Collection contains 420 black and white photographs, circa 1900-1940, primarily of New York City and its inhabitants. It also includes postcards, as well as larger prints,...

John Clarkson (1764-1828) was an English abolitionist, agent for the Sierra Leone Company, and lieutenant in the British Royal Navy. The collection consists of Clarkson's manuscripts, written...

Drafts of Major John Coffin's statements in reply to the defense of Lieutenant-Colonel George Campbell at Campbell's court martial. Major John Coffin and Lieutenant-Colonel George...

Manuscript book of music given to Greenwood by a British fife-major, probably after 1780. According to 'Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, 15891839: An Index' (http...

Notebook of John Watson, the painter, containing miscellaneous notes and personal account information written by Watson in 1726 and by Watson's nephew, Alexander Watson in 1775-1778. There...

Joseph Goodwin was a plantation manager in Cuba originally from Hudson, N.Y. This diary was presumably kept by Goodwin, although it may have been kept by his brother. After leaving home in Hudson...

Two autograph letters, signed, from Joshua B. Aldridge to Anthony Van Schaick, Esq. of Albany, dated Ballston Spa, N.Y., August 23 and September 15, 1806, regarding the collection of a debt from...

Mahlon Day (1790-1854) was a Quaker, publisher of children's books, printer, and bookseller in New York City. This is a contemporary copy of a diary kept by Day while on a tour of the West...

Untitled poem attributed to Jupiter Hammon, a slave, who belonged to the Lloyd family, proprietors of the Manor of Queens Village in what is now the Village of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. It was composed...

The records of the Ladies' Christian Union include annual reports, minutes, financial and real estate records, correspondence, photographs, biographical writings, membership lists, ephemera,...

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 from the...

Papers, 1774-1868, mainly consisting of correspondence and legal documents relating to Martha Bradsteets attempts to regain title to land in Utica (N.Y.), which was originally part of the property...

Diary kept by Mary Guion Brown (1800-1852, bulk 1800-1808). Beginning when she was 17, she records, in considerable detail, the personal and social life of a young girl in Westchester County, N.Y...

Journal, May 17, 1779-October 17, 1779, kept while Sproule was quartermaster sergeant in the Third New Jersey Regiment on Sullivan's Indian Campaign. The journal records events of the...

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...

These records cover the latter portion of the African Free-Schools' existence, ending two years before oversight for the schools was transferred to the Public School Society. They relate to...

New-York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, commonly known as the New-York Manumission Society, was established 1785 to publicly promote the abolition of slavery and manumission of...

This digital collection includes 3,417 cellulose nitrate photographic negatives from the Norvin H. Green Collection of Elevated Railroad Photographs. Norvin Hewitt Green (1894-1955) was a business...

Also known as the 'Loyalist declaration of dependence', this was the second petition addressed to the Royal Commissioners Richard and William Howe from loyalists seeking special...

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 1945,...

The Association for the Benefit of Colored Orphans was founded in 1836 and was originally located on Fifth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets in Manhattan. The Colored Orphan Asylum was among...

"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 on...

The New-York Historical Society has an extensive collection of broadsides that document the American Revolution and the tumultuous events leading up to it. Broadsides, the technical term for any...

Richard Varick, born in New Jersey, 1753, served as Captain, deputy muster-master-general, and George Washington's secretary during the Revolutionary war. He was appointed one of the first...

This series of field sketches and finished maps of projected battle sites in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary war was begun by Robert Erskine, geographer...

Robert Louis Bracklow (1849-1919) was an amateur photographer and stationer. He was an active member of the Society of Amateur Photographers of New York (later the Camera Club), where he exhibited...

Letters, postcards and envelopes (1917-1919) produced by Salvator Cillis after being drafted for service in World War I. The correspondence covers his basic training at Camp Upton, Long Island...

Diary kept by Solomon Nash from January 1776-January 1777, while serving in Captain Jotham Drury's artillery company in Massachusetts and New York. Nash writes of his daily routine in the...

Four letters from Stephen Bayard to Gilbert Livingston of Kingston, N.Y., and one to Evert Wendell of Albany, datedNewYorkbetween 1728 and 1743, before Bayard became mayor of the city. The...

This is a selection of 91 images from the Subway Construction Photograph Collection, 1900 to 1950, which includes over 65,000 photographs taken by various New York City transportation agencies...

Original manuscript of the poem ""The Legend of Breakneck,"" written and illustrated by artist Thomas Prichard Rossiter. Manuscript contains 67 full and half page black and...

Birth records and deeds of manumission for African American children in the town of Castleton, Staten Island, N.Y. between 1799 and 1827.

Account book, 1748 Dec.-1749 Jul., kept aboard the sloop Rhode Island while on a voyage to Africa to procure slaves for her owners, Philip Livingston and sons, New York City. Peter James was...

Commemorative volume, 1824-1825, containing transcripts of resolutions and addresses of various organizations and prepared by the New York Common Council as a duplicate of the volume created by...

Three folders (62 items) of mostlyofficialsigned documents from Burnets tenure as governor of New York and New Jersey, including land grants, warrants for letters patent, memorials, leases,...

William Davis Hassler (1877-1921) worked as a commercial photographer in New York City from 1909 to his death in 1921. He shot a wide range of subjects for a variety of clients, from magazines to...

This collection of 476 photographs by William J. Roege (1893-1970) includes film and glass plate negatives taken between 1910 and 1937, and contact prints made between 1968 and 1970 by Klein...

Tunebook of musician William Morris of Captain Tucker's Company, New Jersey's First Regiment, Hunterdon County, dated 1776-1777. Volume contains approximately fifty patriotic and martial...

Correspondence of William Pitt Fesssenden, and his sons Francis Fessenden and James Deering Fessenden. The majority of letters are addressed to William Pitt Fessenden on financial and political...

William Yarrington's diary, September 21, 1759-October 30, 1776, recording his military experiences in the Crown Point area during the French & Indian War (1759) and also in the...

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

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