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.
- Scrapbooks, ephemera, photographs, renovation files, books, pamphlets, audiovisual materials, and a few objects documenting the history of the Four Seasons, the pioneering restaurant of “New American Cuisine,” located in the Seagram Building at 99 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, from 1959 to 2016. Its spaces, designed by architect Philip Johnson, included the iconic Pool Room and Grill Room—birthplace of the “power lunch”—and gained official New York City interior landmark status in 1989. Picasso’s tapestry “Le Tricorne” (image above), now in the museum collections of New-York Historical, hung between the two dining rooms. The Four Seasons moved in 2018 to 42 East 49th Street, where it closed permanently in 2019.
- 19th and early 20th-century deeds, wills, estate inventories, legal papers, and portrait photographs documenting the intermarried Hart, Budd, and Nestell families of Westchester County, New York, and New York City. The collection includes two maps and a series of 1912 photographs of properties at Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, Los Angeles, California, many of which were lost to fire in 1915.
- Transcripts, notes, audiotapes, working files, and publicity material related to the author and career consultant Carole Hyatt’s publications, workshops, and other initiatives. These especially relate to her trilogy of books exploring the relationship of individuals to a changing workplace: “When Smart People Fail” (1987), “Shifting Gears” (1990), and “Lifetime Employability” (1995), as well as to the ramifications of women’s expanding role in the workplace. The collection holds about 670 audiotapes, principally of Hyatt’s interviews with individuals and focus groups, which underlie much of her published work. About 450 of these have been digitized for access (on-site only).
- A small collection of documents primarily related to the annual reunions of the Lost Battalion Survivors. The Lost Battalion refers to about 550 American soldiers who found themselves trapped behind enemy lines during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I. A member of that unit, David Tulchin, compiled this collection, which includes the original field message ordering the men to advance. Newsletters, photographs, survivor lists, clippings, and other documents are also in the collection.
- 32 scrapbooks and loose papers maintained by Charles Edwin West (1809-1900), an administrator at the Rutgers Female Institute (1839-1951), Buffalo Female Academy (1851-1860), and Brooklyn Heights Seminary (1860-1889), who was especially known for his inclusion of mathematics and science in his educational programs for women. The scrapbooks are primarily filled with newspaper clippings, but there is also a sizable amount of ephemera. The scrapbooks are subject-oriented and relate to education, science, art and literature, and necrologies.
And another record group from the ongoing Time, Inc. archives processing project:
- The Magazine Development Group (MDG) Records contain records from two versions of this group documenting the processes for and progress on development of new magazines at Time Inc. between 1973 and 1987. The first MDG developed and launched People and Life Special Reports. The second MDG worked extensively on Picture Week.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND GRAPHIC MATERIALS
- About 46 lithographs and chromolithographs produced by Currier & Ives. Principal topics include the patriotism of men, women and children during the Civil War; images of Jesus Christ and Christian saints; Mississippi River paddle steamboats; country landscapes; and “The Life of a Fireman” series of six plates. (New-York Historical also holds many other Currier & Ives prints in various other collections that are organized on a thematic or other basis, such as the Geographic Images Collection.)
- The collection that previously included only 14 images from Davidson’s photo project “East 100th Street” (1966-1968) was expanded to include a recent donation of about 394 images from over 20 of his photo projects undertaken between 1957 and 2001. These photographs cover a wide range of topics, such as the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force; the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., including the 1965 Selma March; street life in Chicago in 1989; a circus; the streets and gardens of Paris; and English, Scottish and Welsh towns, and portraits of Isaac Bashevis Singer. New York City is well-represented with such images as a 1950s teenage gang from Brooklyn; children at the American Museum of Natural History in 1960; the subway in the 1980s; Central Park in the 1990s; the construction of the Verrazzano Bridge in 1963-1964; New York Harbor, including the South Street Seaport, the Statue of Liberty, the shoreline, boats, ships, dock workers and ship crew members; and the Lower East Side from the 1950s-1990s.
- A small number of photographs of New York City scenes taken by Ron Galella (born 1931) and of the 1934-35 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs printed by Galella from the collection of John Riccardelli. There is also a small amount of publicity material and a Time magazine article and documentary film on DVD about Galella and his work.
- A collection of tobacciana mainly comprised of 19th and 20th century tobacco-related ephemera. It includes cigar bands, cigar box labels, tobacco tags, cigarette boxes, cigarette cards, and tobacco pouches. The ephemera is variously mounted on boards, sleeved, and displayed in scrapbooks. The collection also contains printed catalogs advertising cigar and cigarette cards, tags, labels, boxes and bands. Many of the catalogs include instructions for claiming prizes in exchange for these items. Ten reference books about tobacco, tobacco ephemera, and collecting tobacciana are also included.
- 14 drypoint etchings made in 2008 and 2013 by Australian artist Marco Luccio. All are of New York City scenes, principally of the built environment.
- Postcards showing uniforms worn by American, British, French, and Hessian regiments at Fort Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War, and at the 1758 Battle of Ticonderoga. The collection includes views of 19th and 20th-century English and Scottish regimental uniforms, and the King’s Guard / Queen’s Guard at various London landmarks.
- Twelve panoramic photographs dating from the 1980s, all but one in color, taken by New York photographer Norman Weisberg (born circa 1930). The photographs include sweeping views from the Empire State Building and the “Top of the Rock” observation deck of Rockefeller Center, and panoramas focused on particular sites including Shea Stadium, Fulton Fish Market, Ellis Island, and the World Trade Center.
This post is by Larry Weimer, Head of Archival Processing, and Holly Deakyne, Time Inc. Project Archivist.