This post is one in a quarterly series in which the New-York Historical Society highlights the collections for which detailed finding aids were published over the prior three months. All collections receive at least a summary description in our catalog, Bobcat. But many collections have such depth or are simply so large or complex that a fuller roadmap to them is warranted. Follow this link to the full text search engine for all N-YHS finding aids.
- The collection consists primarily of the papers of Mary Coolidge Rentschler (1892–1988), her extended Coolidge, Shepley, Shurtleff, and Clapp relatives, as well as the family of her first husband, Edwin Farnsworth Atkins Jr. (1892–1923), which was involved in sugar planting in Cuba. Mary’s second husband, Gordon Sohn Rentschler (1885–1948), a descendant of 19th-century German immigrants (named Rentschler and Schwab) to Ohio, was chairman of National City Bank of New York (1940–1948).
- Deeds, indentures, surveys, leases, patents, charters, tax lists, receipts, promissory notes, warrants, accounts, petitions of early subscribers and city residents, memoranda, bills, charters, military orders, receipts, and commissions; acts; election records; summons; official correspondence; minutes of meetings of residents and local officials; and various other public and private documents, 1688-1883 (bulk 1710-1840), pertaining to the city and residents of Schenectady, New York.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND GRAPHIC MATERIALS
- Drypoints by Polish-born artist Mortimer Borne (1902–1987) depicting Manhattan streets, skylines, harbors, churches, parks (especially Central Park), and elevated trains. Includes views of Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Spuyten Duyvil, and the 1939–1940 World’s Fair Grounds at night.
- Prints, photographs, and one drawing, from the Bryan Gallery of Christian Art, assembled by Thomas Jefferson Bryan and given to the New-York Historical Society in 1867. All 158 prints are European works, mainly of religious subjects, but including some portraits, landscapes, and allegorical scenes. Portraits include some from a set of portraits of the six wives of Henry VIII, and several self-portraits, mainly by Italian artists. Artists represented include: David Teniers, Rubens, Van Dyck, Watteau, Dürer, Titian, Philips Wouwerman, Nicolas Lancret, Aelbert Cuyp, Holbein, and Guido Reni. Engravers represented include Francesco Bartolozzi, Schelte Bolswert, Cornelis Cort, Christoffel Jegher, Jacques-Philippe Le Bas, Jean Moyreau, William Sharp, Cornelis Vermeulen, and Lucas Emil Vorsterman. The prints include etchings, engravings, stipple engravings, and mezzotints. The albumen photographs show the Alhambra in Spain, and paintings in Perugia, Italy. The collection also contains one amateur crayon or pastel drawing, and two photomechanical reproductions (one in color) of engravings.
- Collection of black and white photographs and photonegatives taken by the urban redevelopment firm of Clarke & Rapuano, representing many of their projects in New York City, with the earliest images dating to the 1930s. Includes cityscapes, aerial views, and photographs of architectural models and designs. Projects include the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s housing developments at Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, and Parkchester. Numerous ground and aerial views show the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Other projects represented include buildings for the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and 1964, restoration of Bryant Park, Central Park Zoo and Conservatory, JFK International Airport, Queens Zoo, the Van Wyck Expressway, Henry Hudson Parkway, Major Deegan Expressway, and Washington Square in Greenwich Village. Additional materials include printed material documenting several urban redevelopment projects carried out by the firm, and reports for projects on which Clarke or Rapuano were consulted by city agencies.
- A collection of European engravings, over half of which consists of leaves disbound from the catalog Theatrum Pictorium, compiled in the 1660s by the painter David Teniers, which depicts paintings from the collection of his patron, Leopold Wilhelm, Archduke of Austria. Most of the paintings represented are Italian, by the artists Titian, Giorgione, Polidoro da Lanciano, Tintoretto, Veronese, Andrea Schiavone, Francesco Bassano, Francesco Bassano the Younger, Palma il Giovane, Palma il Vecchio, and Domenico Fetti. Engravers include Coryn Boel, Nikolaus van Hoy, Theodor van Kessel, Pieter van Lisebetten, Jan van Ossenbeeck, Lucas Vorsterman II, and Johannes Popels. The collection includes an additional 94 European engravings from other sources, mostly after religious or allegorical works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Rubens, Titian, and Anthony Van Dyck. Three prints show sculptures by Antonio Canova. There are also two works by Albrecht Dürer. Engravers include Francesco Bartolozzi, Pietro Fontana, Domenico Marchetti, Raffaello Morghen, and Lucas Vorsterman.
- Thirty-five prints by the French-American lithographer Anthony Imbert after drawings by the artists Alexander Jackson Davis, Dominico Canova, Gherlando Marsiglia, and Antonio Meucci. Along with views of locations in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and upstate New York, the collection includes a number of Manhattan scenes produced as plates for Cadwallader Colden’s Memoir prepared at the request of the Common Council of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals (New York: W. A. Davis, 1825), and for Davis’s Views of The Public Buildings in the City of New-York [1826–1828]. Also present are several portraits, and one of the earliest pieces of sheet music lithographed in New York.
- Collection includes a 13 plate photographic panorama of San Francisco, 1878, and 23 collotype plates from Muybridge’s published series of photographs “Animal Locomotion” (Philadelphia Photogravure Company of New York, 1887).
- The collection, compiled by Harry T. Peters, includes approximately 10,500 prints (mostly black and white wood engravings) from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Harper’s Weekly, and other publications from circa 1845 to 1920. Subject matter includes entertainment, sports, ships, politics, views of New York City, and other topics.
- Portraits of major American and European artists, writers, capitalists, politicians, and historical figures executed by Jacques Reich (1852–1923), a Hungarian-born artist who moved to the United States in 1873. In addition to privately commissioned portraits, Reich executed some 2,000 illustrations for Appletons’ Cyclopædia of American Biography, and created most of those in Scribner’s Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings.
- A record of the travels of bicycling and photography enthusiast John Judson Trappan (1867–1957), a Brooklyn, New York native whose trips took him to Long Island, upstate New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More distant visits found Trappan in Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893), in Buffalo for the Pan-American Exposition (1901), in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt (1901), and in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. for his honeymoon (1903), all of which are documented by photographs in the collection. Other scenes depict his family in Brooklyn, a church dinner, local outings, landmarks in various cities, and some of Trappan’s coworkers at Bruce & Cook, the Manhattan sheet metal firm where he was employed as a bookkeeper. Formats include 10 albums (containing 462 photographic prints), circa 290 loose and mounted prints, and 659 negatives (385 glass, mostly 4 x 5 inches, and 274 film). The collection is supplemented by the photographer’s logbook, two handwritten journals, a few postcards, souvenir view books, clippings, bicycling ephemera, travel brochures, a painted canvas book cover, and material from Bruce & Cook.
Significant enhancements, such as new series or expansion of item details, were added to the finding aids of the following collections:
- Architect & Engineer File (Additional series and item details)
- James W. Martens Architectural Drawings (Additional item details)
- McKim, Mead and White Architectural Records (Additional detail for the correspondence (including project names) and photograph series)
- Stereographs Collection (Additional item details)
Finally, the finding aids for the following collections, formerly available in PDF only, were converted to html to enable discovery in the NYU search portal:
This post is by Larry Weimer, Head of Archival Processing.