General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, Industry and Culture Collection

Established in 1785, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (GSMT) is a non-profit organization serving the people of the City of New York for over two centuries, through educational, cultural and philanthropic programs. The 364 objects in the Industry and Culture Collection highlight items of institutional, metropolitan and national history held in the Society’s archival and museum collections.

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Coal Trade Sound Money Ribbon, 1896
Commemorative ribbon for the Sound Money Club of New York dated 1896. Lawyers and real estate clubs paraded through New York City in 1896 prior to the first election of President William McKinley. McKinley was an advocate of sound money - stable money not liable to sudden appreciation or depreciation in value.
Colonel Tarleton's Cavalry
Lantern slide depicting Colonel Banastre Tarleton's cavalry at the Battle of Cowpens, fought on January 17, 1781 during the American Revolutionary War. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 63.
Cornwallis is Taken
Lantern slide depicting the final defeat of the British during the Battle of Yorktown in which British General Charles Cornwallis was taken and later surrendered on October 19, 1781. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 68.
Cutting Down the Liberty Pole
Lantern slide depicting British soldiers cutting down the Liberty Pole in January 1770. Son's of Liberty tried to defend the pole with one man killed and two wounded. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 5.
Death of Colonel Ferguson at Kings Mountain
Lantern slide depicting the death of Patrick Ferguson, a Scottish officer in the British Army at the Battle of Kings Mountain, a battle that took place on October 7, 1780. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 57.
Death of General Montgomery
Lantern slide depicting the death of General Montgomery. This occurred during the Invasion of Canada in 1775; the first major military inititative by the newly formed Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 18.
Declaration of Idependence
Lantern slide depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence which took place on July 4, 1776. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 23.
Dedication of Grant's Tomb Program
Official program for the dedication ceremony of the monument and tomb of Ulysses S. Grant, which is now officially known as General Grant National Memorial. It is the final resting place of Grant, 18th President of the United States and his wife, Julia Dent Grant and is located in Riverside Park, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City. The ceremony took place on April 27, 1897.
Defeat of General Anthony Wayne
Lantern slide depicting the defeat of General Anthony Wayne during what came to be known as The Paoli Massacre, a battle in the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The battle took place on September 20, 1777 when the British, led by General Charles Grey surprised the Americans. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 39.
Demolition of the Sixth Avenue "L" a Public Calamity
A pamphlet published by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) in response to numerous requests for information concerning the proposed demolition of the Sixth Avenue elevated railroad. Although this pamphlet was published in 1930, the elevated railroad line was not closed until December 4, 1938 and was razed in 1939. The Independent Subway System (IND) Sixth Avenue line, the rapid transit line constructed underneath Sixth Ave was built from 1936 to 1940. It became the last trunk line of the IND system.
Donation Certificate to Presbyterian Hospital of the City of New York
Certificate for Margaret J. Orr's donation to the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York in memory of her mother Ann Boyd Orr dated March 26, 1920.
Drawing of New York City Hall Stairs, 1802
Drawing plans of the iron stairs in New York City Hall. Donated to GSMT from C.C. Alexander on May 30, 1916.
Evacuation Day Ribbon, 1883
Centennial celebration ribbon for Evacuation Day, celebrated in the City of New York on November 26, 1883.
Evacuation of Boston
Lantern slide depicting the British evacuation of Boston on March 17, 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. They were forced to evacuate after General George Washington's successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, which overlooks Boston from the south. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 20.
Execution of Nathan Hale
Lantern slide depicting the execution of Nathan Hale which took place on September 22, 1776 in New York City. Hale was a Captain in the Continental Army and was executed by the British for spying. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 28.
Exhibition Catalog: Lester Margon at Mechanics' Institute
Exhibition catalog for Lester Margon, a postgraduate student at the Mechanics' Institute. The exhibition was held at GSMT on the evening of April 17, 1917. The catalog lists the works on display and the foreward given by Margon.
Eyes for the Navy WWI Acknowledgement Certificate
Eyes for the Navy certificate awarded to George E. Hoe circa 1918. These certificates, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, were awarded to people who responded to the governments "Eyes for the Navy" appeal by sending binoculars to be used by the Navy during the war.
Female Graduate Ribbon
A female graduate ribbon dated June 14, 1893.
Fireman Certificate
Certificate for John McCullough dated July 13, 1812 certifying McCullough as a fireman of the City of New York.
Fort Moultrie
Lantern slide depicting the bombardment of Fort Moultrie which occurred during the Battle of Sullivans Island in June 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. Sir Henry Clinton, leading the British, landed 2,000 men on one of the islands ready for attack. The British fleet fired on the fort for ten hours but were forced back after heavy loss by the America forces commanded by Col. Thompson and General Charles Lee. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 21.
Fort Stanwix
Lantern slide depicting the Siege of Fort Stanwix (also known as Fort Schuyler at the time) which began on August 2, 1777, ending on August 22, 1777. Fort Stanwix was the primary defense point for the Continental Army against the British and was located in the western part of the Mohawk River Valley. The lantern slides were a gift of Mr. Frederic W. Thomas given to GSMT on May 25, 1928 and were used in a lecture on the American Revolution called 'One Flag. One Country, One People'. Slide number 43.
Founders Day Banquet and Dance Invitation, 1990
Invitation to the banquet and dance for the 250th anniversary of Founders Day of GSMT held on December 1, 1990 at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Long Island.
Fourth Annual Dinner Amory Students, 1936
Program for the Fourth Annual Dinner of the Amory Students studying architectural design under instructor, Fremont D. Amory Jr. held on April 2, 1936 at The Hotel Dryden, 150 East 39st St., New York.
Fremont D. Amory Mechanics' Institute Instructor Information Card
Instructor information card for Fremont D. Amory Jr. who worked at the Mechanics' Institute from September 26, 1932 to April 5, 1939.
Front Cover of Original By-Laws, 1798
The cover page of the first ever charter and by-laws of the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen, published in 1798.
G. W. Kittredge Book Announcement
Advertisement for 'The New Metal Worker Pattern Book' by G. W. Kittredge who was an instructor in sheet metal drafting at the Mechanics' Institute from 1905-1913.
G. W. Kittredge Mechanics' Institute Instructor Information Card
Instructor information card for George W. Kittredge, an instructor in sheet metal drafting at the Mechanics' Institute from October 3 1905 to October 16 1913.
GSMT 165th Anniversary Commemorative Flag
165th anniversary flag for the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen commemorative celebrations.
GSMT Article in the Music Trades Magazine, 1905
Historical sketch of General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen in The Music Trades Magazine. Article appeared in the December 2, 1905 edition of the magazine.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1912
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1921
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. The photos came from a visit from some members of GSMT, dated October 11, 1921.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Cemetery Plot, Cyprus Hills, 1980
Photograph of GSMT plot at Cypress Hills cemetery, a non-sectarian, non-denominational cemetery corporation organized in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
GSMT Class Listing Notice Card
GSMT library template card for class listing notice. The card has been stamped with the year 1918 in the top left hand corner.
GSMT Committee Members Ribbon, 1900
A commemorative medal for GSMT committee members with the organizational logo and motto "By Hammer and Hand All Arts Do Stand".
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1959
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day dated June 14, 1959. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: Joseph A. U'Sellis, Francis Sypher, George B. Fearn, Robert E. Hoffman. Second Row: George Coles Stephen, George F. Bodfish, Jr. Third Row: Salvatore Campagna, Anthony E. Zipprich, Albert A. Cuneo, Harry S. Wheller. Fourth Row: James McCallum, George M. Bogart, Frank W. Thompson, Andrew G. Hagstrom.
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1961
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day, dated June 14, 1961. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: Edward A. Maltby, George F. Bodfish, Jr., Albert A. Cuneo, Andrew G, Hagstrom, George Coles Stephen, Salvatore Campagna, Walter R. Lindgren. Second Row: James Patterson, James J. Downey, Jr., Anthony E. Zipprich. Third Row: Robert E. Hoffman, William J. Scully. Fourth Row: Robert W. Heinemann, William E. Golding, Edwin J. Benson.
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1964
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: Albert A. Cuneo, George F. Bodfish, Jr., William G. Eggar, Salvatore Campagna. Second Row: Robert E. Hoffman, Harry S. Wheller, Edward J. Hurley. Third Row: Thomas W. Madigan, Edward A. Maltby.
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1965
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day, dated June 14, 1965. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: George F. Bodfish, Jr., William G. Eggar, Edward J. Hurley, George Coles Stephen. Second Row: Walter R. Lindgren, David J. Erbe, Charles H. Thornton, Charles M. Bogart, Albert A. Cuneo. Third Row: Robert E. Hoffman, Edward A. Maltby, Thomas W. Madigan, George Collins (guest, non-member), Harry S. Wheller.
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1966
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day, dated June 14, 1966. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: George W. Menzer, David U. Rasanen, Robert E. Patten, Francis J. McCue, Anthony E. Zipprich. Second Row: Andrew G. Hagstrom, Walter R. Lindgren, Joseph A. U'Sellis, William J. Scully, Charles M. Bogart, Sr., Harry S. Wheller. Third Row: Charles H. Thornton, Edward A. Maltby, John J. McCann, Robert E. Hoffman.
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1967
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day, dated June 14, 1967. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: Harry L. Brumond, Charles H. Thornton, Francis J. McCue, William J. Scully. Second Row: Robert E. Patten, David U. Rasanan, James J. Downey, Jr., Charles M. Bogart, Sr. Third Row: John F. Armand, Bruce W. Kidney, Thomas W. Madigan, Edward J. Hurley, Ludwig B. Mayleas, Arnold Ludvigsen.
GSMT Flag Day Fraunces Tavern, 1968
Group shot on the steps of Fraunces Tavern on Flag Day, dated June 14, 1968. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777. Fraunces Tavern, now a national historic landmark, located at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, was a key location during the American Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for George Washington. First Row: William J. Scully, Charles H. Thornton, Albert A. Cuneo, Andrew G. Hagstrom. Second Row: Joseph A. U'Sellis, James J. Downey, Jr., Vincent J. Toto, Robert E. Hoffman. Third Row: Walter R. Lindgren, Toby Arnheim, John F. Armand.

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