New-York Historical Society

Historic Photographs of N-YHS Now Online

Photographs depicting the history of the New-York Historical Society are now available online. Users can locate the photographs through the collection’s finding aid. Simply click on the thumbnail picture to view all of the photographs in a folder. Or just view the images through our Flickr account here.  It is a simple and fun way to look at images of the Society throughout our history.

The photographs provide an overview of the cultural history of N-YHS and New York, including changes in the buildings and the content of museum exhibits.

Enjoy viewing the past homes of the Society, the Society’s Central Park West building under construction, old exhibit galleries, old staff parties, the Red Cross at N-YHS during World War II, Tom Thumb visiting the museum, and more.

A special thanks goes out to intern Jefferson Bailey who selected the images, digitized them, and put them into Flickr and then the finding aid.

3 Comments to Historic Photographs of N-YHS Now Online

  1. Susan Crotty's Gravatar Susan Crotty
    September 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Need photo of Metropolitam theatre as we have one by that name here in Iowa
    and understand ours was built to resemble the one in NYC (which has been razed. Thanks

  2. Philip LeStrange's Gravatar Philip LeStrange
    January 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for photos or sketches of the rail lines that went through Van Cortlandt Park: The Putnam Division and The Getty Square Rail Line. Both had stations that are of particular interest: Van Cortlandt Station and Mosholu Station which was taken down in 1943.

    Thank you for any help you may be able to furnish my research.
    Philip LeStrange

    • Print Room Reference Librarian's Gravatar Print Room Reference Librarian
      January 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Hello Philip,

      Thank you for your interest in the New York Historical Society.You can direct research questions about our Graphics Collections to

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