Found 80 collections related to New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs

Van Wart, Irving, 1808-
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3143
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Irving Van Wart kept this diary from November 3, 1854 through May 11, 1855. He was thirteen years old in 1854, when he began the diary, and he kept it on behalf of himself and his twin brother, Ames, at their home in New York City and country home... more
Gaffney family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1099
.8 linear feet (3 boxes)
Collection consists of correspondence, 1917-1919, of Joseph F. Gaffney while a member of the 29th Engineers, stationed at Camp Devens, Mass., and later with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, describing camp life, duties, recreation,... more
Toussaint, Pierre, 1766-1853
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3011
2 linear feet (5 boxes); 3 microfilm reels
Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853?) was born a slave in Haiti (then Saint Domingue) and came to New York City in 1787 with the family of Pierre Berard. After becoming a successful hairdresser, Toussaint supported the Berard family and bought the freedom... more
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3142
156.3 linear feet (208 boxes, 339 v.)
Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a writer, promoter of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance, patron of the arts, and photographer. After he graduated from the University of Chicago in 1930, he entered upon a career as a reporter... more
Ferguson family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol NYGB 18092
13.86 linear feet (33 boxes)
The Fergusons were an English family that settled in New York City beginning around 1802. The patriarch, Samuel Ferguson, was a prosperous merchant who established familial and commercial relationships with other wealthy and socially prominent New... more
Hering, Oswald Constantin, 1874-1941
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1387
3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Collection consists of papers of Oswald C. Hering, his third wife, Adelaide Arms Hering, and his mother, Fanny Field Hering; and includes correspondence, photographs, photostats, architectural drawings, clippings, printed ephemera, and books.... more
Dubois, Marguerite Delavarre
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 850
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Marguerite Delavarre Dubois kept this diary from 1907-1908. Most entries were made in 1907 and describe her social life in New York City; study of French and German; painting; attendance at theaters; visits to Saratoga, Lake George, Plattsburgh,... more
Mendelssohn Glee Club (New York, N.Y.)
Music Division | JPB 06-5
37.5 linear feet (51 boxes)
The Mendelssohn Glee club is the oldest singing organization still current and the second oldest musical organization in the United States. The collection includes many scrapbooks, along with administrative files, correspondence, ledgers,... more
Kester, Paul, 1870-1933
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1641
43 linear feet (42 boxes)
Paul Kester (1870-1933) was an American dramatist and author. He wrote popular novels and also plays which were produced on Broadway with well-known American and British actors. His older brother, Vaughan Kester (1869-1911) was a journalist and... more
Leslie, Rosette King
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol NYGB 18282
.42 linear feet (1 box)
Rosette King Leslie married George Robert Leslie III. George Leslie attended the Bovee School, a private boys' academy in New York City between 1925-1927. He died in 1968 The papers consist of one folder of material relating to the Bovee School,... more
King, Rufus, 1838-1924
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol NYGB 18162
4.83 linear feet (12 boxes)
Rufus King (1838-1924) was a banker by profession as well as a respected genealogist. The son of Rufus Sylvester and Phoebe Odell King, his New England ancestors included the revolutionary war veteran and New York State Senator Rufus King, after... more
Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1154
22 linear feet (46 boxes)
Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), American poet and editor, served as editor-in-chief of Scribner's Monthly and its successor The Century Illustrated Monthly. He was active in many civic improvement and public service organizations. Collection... more
Bonner, Robert, 1824-1899
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 335
7.8 linear feet (19 boxes)
Robert Bonner (1824-1899) was a newspaper publisher and trotting horse breeder. He owned and published the New York Ledger. Collection consists of general correspondence, trotting horse papers, financial documents, writings, photographs, and... more
Yard, Robert Sterling, 1861-1945
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3404
.2 linear feet (1 box)
Robert Sterling Yard (1861-1945) was an American journalist and Sunday editor of the New York Herald Tribune. Diary kept by Yard chronicles his personal life at the turn of the 20th century. Events covered are his engagement and marriage to Mary... more
Ward, Samuel, 1814-1884
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3221
2.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Samuel Ward (1814-1884) was an American lobbyist, financier, author, and adventurer. He was the son of the banker Samuel Ward (1786-1839) and the grandson of Samuel Ward (1756-1832) soldier and merchant. His sister was Julia Ward Howe, author of... more
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 44
23.71 linear feet (64 boxes)
The records of the Schomburg Center document the activities of the six individuals who managed the library, dating to its establishment by Ernestine Rose. The records are divided into the following series: General Correspondence, Reference... more
America's Making (1921 : New York, N.Y.)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 60
ca. 150 items
Corrrespondence, minutes, and other papers relating to the preparatory work of the Scottish Section of a festival held in New York City, October 19 through November, 12, 1921, under the auspices of the New York State and city departments of... more
Poor family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 18776
.21 linear feet (1 box)
Henry William Poor (1844-1915) co-founded of the firm which became Standard & Poor's with his father, Henry Varnum Poor. He married Constance Brandon and raised five children in Manhattan and Tuxedo, New York. The Poor family correspondence... more
Oppenheim, Amy Schwartz, 1878-1955
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2295
38 linear feet (91 boxes)
Amy Schwartz Oppenheim (1878-1955) was a founder of the School Art League of New York City. She also was active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations as well as organizations devoted to preservation of the arts. Collection consists of... more
Morrison, Allan, 1916-1968
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Micro R-3537
Correspondence, writings, speeches, research files on notable persons and organizations, personal papers and speeches, news clippings, and printed material (chiefly political) relating to Morrison's career and interests. Includes material from his... more
Allied Loyalty League (New York, N.Y.)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 55
1 linear foot (1 box)
The Allied Loyalty League was founded in 1919, and apparently dissolved in 1922. Its stated purpose was to promote greater international amity among the allied nations after World War I, build up and maintain a greater spirit of Americanism, and... more
Olugebefola, Ademola
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Micro R-6653
Collection contains personal papers, 1968-1988, consisting primarily of files for cultural organizations on whose boards of directors Ademola served, such as Across Culture, Caribbean/American Cultural Exchange, and Society of Africans from America.
Belles Lettres Club (New York, N.Y.)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 255
.4 linear feet (3 v.)
The Belles Lettres Club was a debating society in New York City. Collection consists of minutes of debates, texts of arguments, addresses of members on their election to the presidency of the club, reports of the committee on criticism regarding... more
Morje, Benjamin
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2059
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Benjamin Morje made entries in this diary in June 1870 and January-February 1871. Entries describe life in Brooklyn and Manhattan, weather, parks, friends visited, theater and opera attended, popular music, Beethoven's centennial, news of Charles... more
Post, Augustus, 1873-
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2461
1 linear foot (4 boxes)
Augustus Post (1873-1952) was a pioneer aviator, editor, author, and lecturer on aeronautics. He started ballooning in 1900 and was one of the first group of heavier-than-air pilots after the Wright brothers. He was a charter member of the Aero... more
Bigelow family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 299
64.72 linear feet (113 boxes)
The Bigelow family papers include correspondence, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks of memorabilia, photographs, and printed matter belonging to John Bigelow and various relatives, particularly his granddaughter, Charlotte Kenner Harding.
Bliss family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 320
4.5 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 package)
George Bliss (1816-1896) of New York City was a partner in the banking firms of Morton, Bliss & Co. and Phelps, Dodge & Co. His son, George T. Bliss (ca. 1851-1901) was a businessman in New York City. George T. Bliss was married to Jeanette Dwight... more
British Apprentice Club
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 397
9.10 linear feet (29 boxes)
The British Apprentice Club (BAC) was founded in 1921 by two American women, M. Moyca Newell and Katherine Mayo. The purpose of the club was to provide hospitality for cadets from the British merchant navy while their ships were berthed in the... more
Colles family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 17772
14 linear feet (33 boxes, 3 vols)
The Colles family papers contain extensive correspondence, diaries, financial records, photographs, and personal miscellany of three generations of the Colles family, 1801-1957. Over half of the collection is devoted to the papers of prominent New... more
Committee of Fourteen (New York, N.Y.)
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 609
91.69 linear feet (103 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Records of a citizens' association dedicated to the abolition of commercialized vice (especially prostitution) in New York City, 1905-1932.
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