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New York Historical Society

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Listed in African American, Books, Charitable Organizations, Free, Histories & Stories, Indigenous Cultures, Maps & Geography, New York, Newspapers, US Civil War

  • New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street) New York, NY 10024
  • 212-873-3400

“The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City.”

Of most interest to genealogists is the New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, “one of the oldest and most distinguished in the United States, containing more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases,newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs and architectural drawings. The Klingenstein Library is one of only sixteen libraries in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association. Among its collections are far-ranging materials relating to the founding and early history of the nation; one of the best collections of eighteenth-century newspapers in the United States; an outstanding collection of materials documenting slavery and Reconstruction; an exceptional collection of Civil War material, including Ulysses S. Grant’s terms of surrender for Robert E. Lee; collections relating to trials in the United States prior to 1860; American fiction, poetry and belles-lettres prior to 1850; a broad range of materials relating to the history of the circus; and American travel accounts from the colonial era to the present day. ”

A few online photographic and manuscript exhibitions/collections include:

 

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