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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Mechanics' Institute Lecture Series 1842-1843
Annoucement and listing of 1842-1843 Mechanics' Institute lecture series, the twelth annual course of lectures offered by GSMT. They were held at the Soceity's offices which was then, 12 Chambers Street, on Friday evenings. The listing gave the title of the lecture and the instructor's name.
Mechanics' Institute Math Teacher and Student
Photograph of Mechanics' Institute teacher and student.
Mechanics' Institute News Subscription and Ad Contract Cards, 1919
Subscription card and advertising contract card for Mechanics' Institute News, both dated July 24, 1919.
Mechanics' Institute Players Fraternity Club Program
Program for The Mechanics' Institute Players "Variety: The Spice of Life" show held on April 9th, 1929 at the Fraternity Club. Includes list of plays and performances.
Mechanics' Institute Quarterly, Vol. 2 No. 2
Vol. 2, No. 2. issue of Mechanics Institute Quarterly published in December, 1913.
Mechanics' Institute Students in Classroom
Photograph of students at Mechanics' Institute taking notes during a lecture.
Mechanics' Institute Students on Staircase Entering School
Photograph of Mechanics' Institute students climbing the stairwell at 20 West 44th St.
Molly Pitcher and The Battle of Monmouth
Lantern slide depicting Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth, fought on June 28, 1778 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 50.
Mortgage Agreement: General Society and Richard Varick, 1803
Mortgage agreement filed April 6, 1803 by Richard Varick, lawyer, on behalf of GSMT.
Mrs. Schuyler Burning the Grain
Lantern slide depicting Mrs. Catherine Schuyler burning her wheat fields on the approach of the British to stop them harvesting them. 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 45.
Mrs. Steele and General Greene
Lantern slide depicting Nathanael Greene, an American General with Elizabeth Steele, a tavern owner. Elizabeth Steele gave money to Greene to supply him and his army in February 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 61.
New York Building Congress Honors Mechanics' Institute
Honorium for the Mechanics' Institute from the New York Building Congress for their extraordinary achievement and dedication to the interest of the building industry, dated April 27, 1967.
New York City Chapter Ashrae Bulletin, 1964
February 1964 edition of the Ashrae Bulletin, New York Chapter. On page 3, there is a feature article on GSMT's free evening technical school.
New York City Monthly Statistics, Oct 1960
New York Monthly Statistics, Vol 3, No. 8 published by the Department of Commerce and Public Events dated October, 1960.
Old Library Book Plate (Jacob Lorillard)
This is a typical early General Society Apprentices' Library Bookplate, used whenever a volume was donated. Jacob Lorillard, a prosperous leather merchant, became a General Society member in 1796. He served the Society as Vice President (1811) and President (1812).
Original Piece of Atlantic Cable
A piece of the original Atlantic cable mounted on wood and donated to GSMT by Henry W Merrill.
Parade of the Sons of Liberty
Lantern slide depicting a torch light parade in New York City of Sons of Liberty against the Stamp Act of 1870. The Stamp Act was an Act of British Parliament requiring all publications and legal and commercial documents in the American colonies to bear a tax stamp. 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 3.
Passport for George E. Hoe
United States passport for George E. Hoe, with Hoe's physical characteristics listed on the left hand side.
Patrick Henry's Address
Lantern slide of Patrick Henry addressing the Virginia Assembly in 1765. He was the first man to voice objection to King George III of Great Britain. 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 2.
Photo Portrait, William Webb
Photo portrait of William Webb. Mr. Webb (1816-1899) became a member of the General Society in 1841. Besides his legendary work as a prominent shipbuilder, he was the founder of "Webb’s Academy and Home for Shipbuilders" in 1894, which still exists today as the Glen Cove Long Island based "Webb Institute."
Photo of Louis Rouillion, 1940
Portrait photograph of Louis Rouillion, seated and holding a book. Rouillion was director of GSMT from 1900 to 1945 and founded the Alumni Association.
Photograph of Original Minutes Book
Photograph of the original minutes book of the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen with its case. The minutes in the first volume ranged from November 17, 1785 to December 1, 1802.
Postcard Related to Elevated Railroad Removal
Postcard with the question 'do you want the elevated structures taken down?' printed on it, dated November, 1939. The postcard had the printed address 'Mr. George D. Burchell, Secretary, 9 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City' on the reverse side. Underneath the address is written 'Association of Owners - Second, Ninth Avenues Inc. The elevated railroad on Ninth Avenue ceased operation on June 11, 1940 after it was replaced with the 8th Ave subway line, which opened in 1932.
President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial Ticket
Gallery pass for admittance to the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States. He was impeached on February 24, 1868 on 11 articles of impeachment and was acquitted of all charges in May, 1868. The ticket was used by Gilbert J. Bogert, a member of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.
President Bill Clinton Impeachment Trial Ticket
Gallery pass for admittance to the last day of the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States. He was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges on December 19, 1998 and was acquitted of all charges on February 12, 1999.
Program to Founders Day Celebration
Souvenir program for GSMT's Founders Day celebration activities, marking the founding of the society on November 17, 1785. 22 Mechanics and Tradesmen from various trades came together and called themselves 'The General Committee of Mechanics'. The name General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen was used as early as 1786 and was officially adopted when the Charter was granted in 1790. The celebration was held on November 18, 1950 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Program to Founders Day honoring Carnegie
Souvenir program for GSMT's Founders Day celebration activities, marking the founding of the society on November 17, 1785. 22 Mechanics and Tradesmen from various trades came together and called themselves 'The General Committee of Mechanics'. The name General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen was used as early as 1786 and was officially adopted when the Charter was granted in 1790. The celebration was held on November 18, 1905 at Delmonico's in New York. The celebration honored Mr and Mrs Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie, himself a member of GSMT, contributed over half a million dollars to the General Society between 1899 and 1908.
Prospectus of the Free School Department, 1900
1900 prospectus for the Free School Department of the Mechanics' Institute including listings of courses of instruction and a history of the Mechanics' Institute.
Pulling Down Statue of George III
Lantern slide depicting the minute men pulling down the lead statue of George III in Bowling Green, New York City. It was taken to Conneticut and melted into bullets. 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'.
Putnam's Escape
Lantern slide depicting the escape of Israel Putnam, an American Army General, from the British during the Revolutionary War. On February 26, 1779 he escaped by riding down a steep slope in Greenwich, Connecticut, for which he became famous. 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 51.
Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 5 No. 2, April, 1931
Vol. 5, No. 2. Quarterly Bulletin of GSMT published in April, 1931.
Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 6 No. 2, April-May, 1932
Vol. 6 No. 2 Quarterly Bulletin of GSMT for April-May 1932.
Raising the Liberty Pole
Lantern slide depicting the raising of the Liberty Pole in City Hall Park, New York City. 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 4.
Remember Belgium WW1 Poster
A World War One propaganda poster depicting a German soldier, wearing pointed helmet, leading a girl by hand, with city burning in background. The poster was published in 1918, the year after America joined the Allied war effort.
Reply Card to Founders Day honoring Carnegie
Reply card for the Founders Day banquet honoring Mr and Mrs Carnegie. The celebration was held on November 18, 1905 at Delmonico's in New York and honored Mr and Mrs Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie, himself a member of GSMT, contributed over half a million dollars to the General Society between 1899 and 1908.
Retreat of British from Concord
Lantern slide depicting the retreat of the British led by British Commander, Col. Smith. During the retreat, the British lost 273 men with the Americans losing 89 men. 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 12.
Retreat through New Jersey
Lantern slide depicting the retreat of Washington's Army through New Jersey. This occurred after the abandonment of Fort Lee in November 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 32.
Roosevelt and Fairbanks Ribbon, 1905
Commemorative inauguration medal from the Republican Club of the City of New York for Theodore Roosevelt's election to a second term in office as 26th President of the United States. Charles Fairbanks served as Vice President during this term from 1905-1909. Rooselvelt was first elected in 1901.
Sacking and Burning of New London
Lantern slide depicting the burning of New London, Conneticut by the British on September 6, 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 65.
Sergeant Jasper at Defense of Fort Moultrie
Lantern slide depicting Sergeant Jasper's defense during the bombardment of Fort Moultrie which occurred during the Battle of Sullivans Island in June 1776 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 22.
Siege of Charleston
Lantern slide depicting the Battle of Charleston, a major battle in the American Revolutionary War that took place from March 29 to May 12, 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 54.
Southeast Corner of 5th Ave and 44 St., 1860
Photograph showing the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 44th Street in 1860.
Souvenir Program for Brooklyn Bridge Opening Ceremony
Souvenir program to the opening ceremony of the Brooklyn Bridge that took place on May 24, 1883.
Struggle on Concord Bridge
Lantern slide depicting the struggle on Concord Bridge. The British approach to Concord was halted on the bridge when the Americans charged the bridge and drove the British from it. 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 11.
Students' Tribute to Mechanics' Institute
A student tribute to the Mechanics' Institute with a handwritten message dated April 24, 1930 and the student's signatures written below. The tribute is from the class of Decorative Design and they express appreciation and gratitude towards the Institute and Louis Rouillion, the then president for the opportunites they have been afforded.
Surrender of Burgoyne
Lantern slide depicting the surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga on October 17, 1777, ten days after the second Battle of Saratoga. 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 48.
Surrender of Cornwallis
Lantern slide depicting the surrender of British General Charles Cornwallis on October 19, 1781 at the Battle of Yorktown, the last major battle of 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 67.
The Greatest Mother in the World, WW1 Poster
A Word War One propaganda poster depicting a Red Cross nurse cradling a wounded soldier who is laying on a stretcher. The poster was published in 1918, the year after America joined the Allied war effort.
The Jewelers Circular Mechanics' Institute Student Exhibit and Awards
An article in The Jewelers' Circular, April 24, 1930, on examples of work by students at the Mechanics' Institute attracting favorable comments during an annual exhibition of applied jewelry design.
The Sixth Avenue Association Membership Application
Membership application card for membership to the Sixth Avenue Association Inc.

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