New-York Historical Society

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New-York Historical Society
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Contact Information



170 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York, New York 10024

Telephone:[1]  212-873-3400

Hours and holidays:[1]  As of February 1, 2011, all of the Museum galleries will be closed for renovations. The galleries will fully reopen on November 11, 2011.The Library at the New-York Historical Society will be closed from June 3 through September 9, 2011.  When the facility reopens, hours will be as follows:

Museum Store
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday: CLOSED

Library Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - Monday: CLOSED
General Collections and Manuscript Dept.
(No appointment necessary)

Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections
(By appointment only) from Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Internet sites and databases:

  • Repository Internet site.
  • Repository catalog online. The Society is in the process of implementing a new library catalog, and some details are still being fine-tuned. In the interun contact the reference staff (212-485-9225 or 212-485-9226; e-mail reference) if you have any questions or are not finding what you want
  • On-Site Card Catalogs
    • Card catalogs available in the library's reading room provide access to portions of the manuscript collections not yet included in the library's online catalog.
    • Separate card catalogs also exist for the newspaper and sheet music collections.
    • non-electronic finding aids, a published guide to the manuscript collection, and printed inventories of circus ephemera, church records and extensive vertical files
    • Repository database. The library's menu collection can be searched using databases available in the library's reading room.

Collection Description

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Digital Collections

  • Manuscript Collections Relating to Slavery
  • Children’s Aid Society Images
  • Brooklyn Revealed 
  • Marion Mahony Griffin’s The Magic of America 
  • Examination Days: The New York African Free School Collection
  • Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society 
  • Witness to the Early American Experience
  • Alexander Hamilton Digital Project




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Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the New-York Historical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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