Found 24 collections related to New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century

Hall, Sophie C
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1293
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Diary kept by Sophie C. Hall (Mrs. George W. Hall) during a visit to New York in 1879. Describes stores, museums and their collections; churches and preachers; companions at her boarding house; Greenwood Cemetery; the general appearance of the... more
Chamberlain, Thomas, 1814-1891
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 510
2 v
Thomas Chamberlain (1814-1891) was an immigrant from England who worked as a printer in the United States. He married Deborah Ann Bugbee in 1845 and became a U.S. citizen in 1859. Chamberlain's diary describes his departure from Portsmouth,... more
Gilbert, George B.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4405
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
The Gilbert family papers consist of correspondence, mainly letters to George B. Gilbert of New York City, and to Mrs. Maria R. M. Gilbert from her brothers, sister, and other relatives. Some letters relate to George B. Gilbert's work with the... more
Gross, Oren.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4428
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Diary kept Jan. 1, 1861 to April 20, 1862 by O. R. Gross (believed to be Oren Gross), a piano teacher from Truro, Massachusetts, living in New York City. Discusses boarding house life and social activities; mentions giving music lessons in part... more
Rogers, Charles E
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2609
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Charles E. Rogers kept this diary while he was a young man living in New York City. He made entries between January 1, 1864 and February 5, 1865, describing his employment with A.T. Stewart & Co. in the dry goods department, his subsequent... more
Oesterle, Charles F., 1861-1889
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol NYGB 18053
.15 linear feet (1 box)
Charles F. Oesterle (1861-1889), the son of German immigrants Gottfried and Christina Oesterle, was a New York City newspaper reporter and editor at the New York Evening Telegram. He married Susan Maria Walsh in 1882. The Charles F. Oesterle... more
Johnson, F. E. (Frank Ernest)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1571
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary of Frank E. Johnson, of Brooklyn, New York, a clerk in his family store, kept from October 1878-June 1880. Diary documents his varied interests: hunting, fishing, boating, and collecting specimens of birds for his museum; hunting trips to... more
Hadden, John Aspinwall
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1275
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary of a New York City merchant kept while in the 6th Company, 27th Regt., New York Militia, primarily concerned with social life and activities in New York City; company drills and parades; visits in various Eastern states; funeral of President... more
Ford, John
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1042
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Two letters from John Ford, block maker and builder, dated 22 August, 1816, at New York; and 8 September, 1823, at York, Upper Canada (Ontario). Letters are addressed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ford of Leith, Scotland, and discuss his... more
Howson, John J
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1448
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Two pocket diaries kept by John J. Howson, actor and musician, of New York. Diaries document his work in New York, and while on tour in San Francisco, Sacramento, Virginia City, Reno, and elsewhere. Diaries contain notes on rehearsals, plays,... more
Lay, Julia Anna Hartness, 1818-1879
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1702
.25 linear feet (3 v.)
Julia Anna Hartness (1819-1879) of Albany, N.Y. married George C. Lay (1815-1881) of Lyme, Conn., a businessman, in 1841; five of their children survived to adulthood. The Lay family resided in New York City. Diaries kept by Julia Anna Hartness... more
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 23192
.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Mary Jones was the daughter of George Jones, first publisher of the New York Times. The scrapbook for her 1872 marriage to Henry Lyman Dyer contains wedding invitations, clippings, a list of invited guests, a list of... more
Jones, Alfred Goldsborough
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1585
1.26 linear feet (6 volumes)
Alfred Goldsborough Jones was a lawyer in New York City. His journals cover the period of 6 June 1840 to 27 November, 1867, and give some account of his education at Columbia and Harvard, circa 1840-1843; his legal training and practice of law;... more
Ripley, Louisa A.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4598
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Letters of Louisa A. Ripley (nee Schlossberger), wife of American clergyman and journalist George Ripley. Letters are predominantly addressed to Emily Fowler Ford and Gordon Lester Ford, and concern social matters, and discussions of the arts,... more
Spies, Adam W. (Adam William), 1800-1891
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 22287
.25 linear feet (1 box)
Adam W. Spies (1800-1891), the son of Mary Bergh and John Spies, was a hardware and military goods merchant in New York City. He was employed by the firm of C. & J. D. Wolfe, and was their agent in England in the 1820s. In 1834 he established A.... more
Crimmins, John D. (John Daniel), 1844-1917
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 22973
.08 linear feet (1 volume)
John D. (John Daniel) Crimmins (1844-1917) was the leading partner of a major New York City construction contracting firm, from which he retired in 1897. He was a prominent philanthropist and supporter of Irish-American and Roman Catholic... more
Genet, Geo. Clinton (George Clinton)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 22959
.15 linear feet (1 volume)
Cash book, 1860 January 1-1871 December 23, of George Clinton Genet (1824-1904), a prosperous American lawyer residing in New York City and Rensselaer County, New York. He was the son of Edmond Charles Genet (1763-1834), known as “Citizen Genet,”... more
Mohr, Bertha
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 23280
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Bertha Mohr was the daughter of Robert Moritz Mohr, a pipe organ maker whose family lived in Greenwich Village, New York City. The Bertha Mohr diary records her domestic and social activities of 1892, including household chores, entertainments and... more
Van Santvoord family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4662
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Typescript copies of family letters, 1824-1896, between members of the Van Santvoord family of New York City, chiefly letters to and from Alfred Van Santvoord (1819-1901), a wealthy Hudson River steamboat entrepreneur. The bulk are between Van... more
Bleecker, Elizabeth De Hart, 1781-1864
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 318
.2 linear feet (1 volume)
Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker (1781-1864) was the daughter of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker and Mary Noel of New York City. In 1800 she married Alexander Lewis McDonald (1772-1864), a Manhattan lawyer from Bedford, New York. The Elizabeth De Hart... more
Committee of Fifteen (New York, N.Y. : 1900)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 608
17.5 linear feet (49 boxes)
The Committee of Fifteen was a non-partisan citizens' committee established in 1900 to investigate the cause and extent of the increase in prostitution and gambling in New York City and to promote legislation necessary to correct the problem. The... more
Cooper, Madge Huntington
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol NYGB 18248
2.35 linear feet (8 boxes)
The Ford, Roelker, and Turle families were united by intermarriage and resided in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The members of these families include the descendants of Gordon Lester Ford (1823-1891), a prominent businessman and lawyer,... more
Meigs, Henry, 1782-1861
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 23098
.3 linear feet (4 volumes)
Henry Meigs (1782-1861) was a New York lawyer, assemblyman, and congressman. He was the recording secretary of the American Institute of the City of New York for the Encouragement of Science and Invention. The Informal Proceedings of the American... more
Smith, John T. (John Thomas), 1868-1938
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 22960
1.59 linear feet (1 box, 4 volumes)
John T. (John Thomas) Smith (1868-1938), was the son of confectioner Edward Smith (born Edward Colgan) and Anne Grady Smith. He lived his entire life at 154 Greenwich Street in Manhattan, also the site of the family's main candy store. The... more
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