All Collections

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, ALBA Digital Library
Founded in 1979 by the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB), the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is a non profit national organization devoted to the preservation and dissemination of the history of the North American role in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and its aftermath. The Digital Library provides access to 150 letters, postcards, and telegrams in ALBA's collection.
Bronx Community College, Hall of Fame Collection
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans collection consists of 142 photographs and documents related to the selection, election, induction and media coverage of individuals represented in the Hall of Fame located at Bronx Community College (BCC).
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Democratic Party Scrapbooks
The 223 objects in this collection consist of digitized archival materials are from the George A. Wingate, John B. Johnston, and Patrick Quinn Scrapbooks contained in the Records of the Brooklyn Democratic Party at the Brooklyn College Library.
Brooklyn College, Student Handbills
The Brooklyn College Student Handbill Collection is comprised of materials that document what took place on the campus of Brooklyn College over the years. The handbills demonstrate the students involvement in everything-the anti-war rallies,fascism, threats to the United States, inhibitions, defending professors, aid to the Chinese, academic freedom, and much more.
Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Sheet Music Covers
The Brooklyn Sheet Music Covers Collection consists of 102 pieces of sheet music from 1869 to 1987, primarily for voice and piano, all celebrating or emanating from the borough of Brooklyn. Contents include marches written in honor of a local person or business, pieces celebrating the whole or a part of the borough, songs from shows and movies set in or about Brooklyn, and pieces from Brooklyn's early 20th-century Yiddish-language theater.
Brooklyn Public Library, Fulton Street Trade Cards
The Fulton Street Trade Card Collection consists of 245 late 19th and early 20th century illustrated trade cards, all emanating from businesses in Brooklyn's historic commercial thoroughfare. The cards combine humor, bright and elegant graphic design and typography to promote a wide variety of wares and services.
CUNY Graduate Center Collection, 34th Street
This collection is a collaborative project between the Mina Rees Library, the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library, and the Gotham Center for New York City History, is a montage of 246 images of Thirty-fourth Street, past and present. Contemporary images were taken by photographer Jeanette O’Keefe during the summer of 2010. These color street shots contrast beautifully with the historic images of Thirty-fourth.
CUNY Graduate Center Collection, Murray Hill
This digital collection is made up of 280 images depicting the Murray Hill Neighborhood in Manhattan. It includes historical photographs as well as newly commissioned ones that show how the neighborhood has changed over time.
Fordham University, The Catholic Church During Italian Unification
These broadsides and pamphlets, originally owned by the Italian Cardinal Carlo Luigi Morichini (1805-1879), offer a window into the activities of the Catholic Church during the period of Italian Unification. As part of a larger collection of 1600 items, this subset of 93 items contains a large amount of unpublished printed matter, including institutional circulars, broadsides, by-laws, and annual reports from charitable organizations, especially church-run hospitals and shelters, and is particularly rich in provenance markings including handwritten dedications and marginalia.
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.
Greenburgh Public Library, The Land and People of Greenburgh
This collection of local history materials relating to Greenburgh, New York, includes access to "Atlas of the Hudson River Valley" published in 1891 and William Abbatt's book, "The Crisis of the Revolution" published in 1899.
Grolier Club, French Book Arts Trade Card Collection
The Grolier Club Library’s French Book Arts Trade Card Collection consists of 57 late 19th and early 20th century business cards of French booksellers, print sellers, stationers, and other professionals involved with the book and printing arts.
Grolier Club, Maria Gerard Messenger Women's Bookplate Collection
The Maria Gerard Messenger Women’s Bookplate Collection is a group of 2095 women's bookplates and book labels assembled by Maria Gerard Messenger (1849-1937) of Great Neck, Long Island. The collection represents women book owners from the sixteenth century to the 1930s, and includes women from North America, England, France, Germany, the Low Countries, and Spain, among other locations. It includes both well-known collectors and those with little or no documentation in the historical record. The collection was donated by Messenger to the Great Neck Public Library in April 1933, which donated it in turn to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in May 1986. The NMWA kindly donated it to the Grolier Club in March 2016.
Grolier Club, The Art Exemplar
William Stannard’s The Art Exemplar (London, 1859?) is a mid-nineteenth-century encyclopedia of illustration processes. In addition to describing traditional processes, such as etching and wood engraving, The Art Exemplar covers techniques that were new and experimental at the time. Some of these processes, such as Anaglyptography—a mechanical process of converting a three-dimensional design to an engraved plate—were in use for only a short time and are otherwise difficult to research. The techniques are thoroughly described, and nearly all are illustrated with an original print from Stannard’s own collection. Due to the finite number of original prints that Stannard could contribute to the publication, the edition was apparently limited to ten copies, including four large paper copies and six regular copies. Nine of the ten copies—including all four large paper copies—are held by institutions, and the tenth copy is in private hands. The Grolier Club copy, also from a private collection, is apparently outside the edition of ten, increasing the number of known copies to eleven. Four of the institutional copies are in England (three in London); one is in Toronto, Canada; and five are in east coast U.S. libraries (Grolier Club, Library of Congress, RIT, UVA, National Gallery of Art). The rarity of The Art Exemplar, combined with the fairly limited geographic distribution of the copies, makes it a difficult work for scholars to access. This relative inaccessibility, combined with the importance of this work for the history of graphic processes and book illustration, makes it an ideal candidate for digitization. I have found no evidence to date that any of the other holding institutions have digitized their copy, although RIT has mounted a few images on their website.
Grolier Club, Transactions and Gazette of the Grolier Club
The Transactions of the Grolier Club, published in four parts, served as the formal record of Grolier events and activities from 1885 to December 1919. After four erratically-spaced issues, the Club determined that a smaller and less splendid publication might appear more often, and with more regularity. Issue no. 1 of the Gazette of the Grolier Club was launched in May of 1921, with a mandate to publish notices of exhibitions, publications, meetings, Grolier Club Library acquisitions, and essays on bibliophile subjects. The first series of the Gazette was published irregularly between May 1921 and May 1949. After a hiatus of seventeen years the Gazette resumed publication in 1966 with a New Series, at first published occasionally 1966-1973, semi-annually in combined single issues 1974-1980, bi-annually 1981-1984, then annually 1985 to date. The Transactions and Gazette of The Grolier Club were digitized with the generous support of The Pine Tree Foundation.
Hostos Community College, Hostos Arts and Culture Collection
The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture Collection includes 101 promotional cards featuring original artwork that documents musical performances, gallery exhibitions and art installations that have taken place at Hostos Community College. The cards illustrate the incredible variety of artists and performers who have come together at this dynamic South Bronx venue.
LGBT Community Center, Bar Guides Collection
This collection consists of three New York City Gay Guides held by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center National History Archive. The collection is important in reflecting the history of LGBT groups in NYC. This collection features two of the earliest guides for the city, from the late 1960s, as well as one from the late 80s.
LGBT Community Center, The Center Records Collection
This collection features 86 issues of The Center Publications ‘The Center Voice’ and ‘Center Happenings’ held by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center National History Archive. The collection is important in reflecting the history of LGBT groups in New York City.
Lehman College, Bronx Business for Everybody
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce donated this business collection to Lehman College on August 31, 1988. The 429 digitized items shown on this site, are largely from the Bronx Board of Trade years-- focusing on the 1920s through the 1950s.
Lehman College, Childhood in the Bronx
The 61 images in this digital collection were part of the “Childhood in the Bronx” exhibit originally featured in the Lehman College Art Gallery from October 23 – December 14, 1986.
Lesbian Herstory Archives
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the largest collections of materials about lesbians in the world. Our photo collection, which we are now starting to digitize, holds tens of thousands of images, and reflects the growth of the Archives since 1974. Many of the 664 items showcased here came to us from women who simply wanted their images saved, their lives remembered. The collection holds snapshots, professional photography, found images and everything in between.
Manhattanville College, History of Social Action
Since Manhattanville’s inception in 1847, its founders have bequeathed its mission, vision and heritage the symbiotic relationship of academic excellence and social and ethical responsibility to its faculty and students. The 150 objects here depict that heritage and vision. The College continues its involvement in social action and promotion of social justice.
Manhattanville College/CNR, Social Action and the NFCCS
This collaborative collection of 250 objects brings together archival materials from Manhattanville College and The College of New Rochelle documenting the history of the National Federation of Catholic College Students (NFCCS).
Maritime College, College History and Archives
The College History and Archives Collection contains 250 objects digitized from the Stephen B. Luce Library, Archives, and Special Collections of the State University of New York Maritime College, including alumni papers, ships’ logs, prominent historical/maritime figures, and administrative records.
Maritime College, Sailors' Snug Harbor Archives
Originally opened in 1833, Sailors' Snug Harbor provided a home for retired and disabled seamen on Staten Island for over 140 years. This collection of 638 objects presents a wide range of archival materials, including photographs, newspaper clippings, and financial documents relating to the history of this unique maritime institution in the years before it relocated to North Carolina in the 1970's.
New York Academy of Medicine, Carte de Visite Collection
The Carte de Visite Collection consists of 223 late 19th and early 20th century photographs of national and international figures in medicine and public health. Many are from the New York area.
New-York Historical Society, Burr McIntosh Photograph Collection, 1898-1910
The Burr McIntosh Photograph Collection consists of 596 glass plate negatives and 3,822 photographic prints dating from 1898 to 1910. Most of the photographs are celebrity portraits from the first decade of the twentieth century. The collection also depicts society and sporting events, and contains 41 views of Cuba taken around the time of the Spanish-American War, as well as over 80 photographs documenting William Howard Taft’s good will trip to the Philippines in 1905.
New-York Historical Society, Five Timucua Language Imprints, 1612-1635
This digital collection includes five seventeenth-century Mexican imprints that are among the earliest known primary sources in the lost Timucua language of Spanish Florida and among the first works ever published in a native language of the Americas. They owe their survival to antiquarian and linguist Buckingham Smith (1810-1871), whose collection of manuscripts and books related to Native American cultures and languages was donated to the New-York Historical Society in the 1880s.
New-York Historical Society, Photographs of New York City and Beyond
This collection includes over 30,000 photographic prints and negatives depicting New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.The extensive photograph collections at the New-York Historical Society are particularly strong in portraits and documentary images of New York-area buildings and street scenes from 1839 to 1945, although contemporary photography continues to be collected.
New-York Historical Society, Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection
This collection of over 2,000 photographic negatives, featuring the work of photographer Robert L. Bracklow, depicts buildings and street views in New York City and vicinity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Pilsudski Institute of America, Photographs of Polish Soldiers and Civilians During WWII (1939-1945)
This collection of photographs displays Polish Armed Forces in the West with a focus on the Polish Armed Forces in the United Kingdom (1940-1944), the formation of the Polish Army in the USSR (under the command of General Władysław Anders), and the life of soldiers of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade in Africa (1940-1942). The formation of the Polish Armed Forces in the West took place at the outbreak of WWII when, on September 1, 1939, German troops crossed the Polish border. The Polish Army, alone in combat, could not effectively resist Germany's aggression in addition to the Soviet invasion on Eastern Polish territories on September 17, 1939. As a result, Poland was partitioned for the fourth time by Hitler and Stalin, and its government fled into exile to France and later on to Great Britain. At the same time, in the autumn of 1939, the formation of regular troops was ordered by the Polish authorities in exile. This was possible due to prior war agreements with France and Great Britain. Polish Armed Forces in the West were initially formed in France and Syria and later in Great Britain and Palestine. Land army units, the Polish Navy and Polish pilots were organized and sent to function under British forces, and participated in various Allied military operations, including the Battle of Britain, the Norwegian campaign in Narvik, the Siege of Tobruk, and D-Day in France. In February of 1940, Soviets began the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Polish civilians to Siberia and other parts of the Soviet Union, where they were imprisoned or put to work in Gulags. Following the outbreak of the Soviet-German War in 1941 and the signing of the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement, Polish citizens were free to join the Polish Army in the USSR under the command of General Władysław Anders. In the Spring and Summer of 1942, after consultation with the Soviet authorities, approximately 78,000 Polish soldiers and about 35,000 civilians were evacuated to Iran. The civilians were then transported to refugee camps in Africa, New Zealand and Mexico, while the Polish soldiers remained in Iraq where they were fed and trained. On September 12, 1942, the Polish Armed Forces in the Middle East were established from the merging of the Polish Army in the Middle East and the Polish Armed Forces in the USSR. In 1943 the Polish Army in the East, renamed the Polish II Corps, participated in the liberation of Italy and the Battle of Monte Cassino. As the war continued, the now 200,000-strong Polish Army in the West fought faithfully for Poland’s legacy and freedom until 1945, when WWII ended.
Queens College, Waterways of New York
This is a collection of historically significant cultural heritage materials documenting the waterways of New York state. It includes over 2000 items, primarily early twentieth century postcards, depicting the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal, Barge Canal and other waterways such as the Hudson River, canal feeders and tributaries.
WCS Archives, Ephemera Collection
This digital collection includes 112 items from the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives’ extensive collection of publications and printed ephemera created by WCS, which began in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. Within this digital collection are materials related to exhibits and events at WCS’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium and souvenirs from the New York Aquarium. Materials date from 1911 to 1992, with the bulk dating from the 1950s through the 1980s.
WCS Library, Bronx Zoo Maps
The Bronx Zoo opened on November 8, 1899. Over the course of its history, the Zoo's shape and appearance have undergone major changes as exhibits have come and gone. Brought about by such factors as technological developments in zoo design and exhibit creation, advances in understanding about animals and their care, and cultural shifts, these changes are reflected in the 19 maps on display here.
WCS Library, New York Aquarium Postcards
The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The Aquarium has a long history as a beloved New York City attraction, and the 75 postcards on display here show off the sights that have dazzled its viewers over the years.
WCS and NYBG Libraries, Bronx Park Postcards
This digital collection brings together postcards held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Library (which houses the archives of the Bronx Zoo) and The New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library. These 454 postcards, which range in date from 1905 to the 1980s, depict Bronx Park's natural beauty and highlight the buildings, landscapes, and inhabitants of the two iconic institutions located on this land.
Wagner College, Horrmann Library Edwin Markham Correspondence
The American poet Edwin Markham was born in Oregon in 1852 and later moved East, first to Brooklyn and later to Staten Island. This collection of 214 items represent a portion of Markham’s personal papers that were donated to Wagner College, including many manuscript letters from well-known literary and political figures of the early twentieth century such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, Carl Sandburg and Amy Lowell.
White Plains Public Library, White Plains Collection
The White Plains Collection is comprised of materials relevant to the history of White Plains, New York. This digital collection contains 322 items including photographs and documents spanning the late 19th to late 20th centuries. They document civic life, street scenes, and the dramatic change in the character of White Plains through suburban development and urban renewal. Also included are items from Community History Day, when people brought in materials related to their families, churches, personal interests, or work and added them to the collection.
Whitney Museum Library, Artists' Correspondence and Ephemera
This collection consists of 580 objects from the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The collection brings focus to a specific selection of extraordinary material found in the Whitney’s Library and Archival collections. These letters, notes, personalized announcements and invitations represent a view of the thoughts and conversations between Museum staff and the artists they represented, and provides a window into the changing tastes of the viewing public and art market.
Whitney Museum Library, Whitney Studio Club and Galleries, 1907-1930
The Whitney Studio Club and Galleries Collection, a project funded through the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation, brings together 998 of the Whitney Museum’s earliest documents. It includes archival records, photographs, checklists, and catalogs from exhibitions organized by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Juliana Force—respectively, founder and first director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Yeshiva University, Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Poster Collection
This collection consists of 177 hand drawn and printed posters from the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Records (SSSJ) held by Yeshiva University Archives. SSSJ was a national, grass-roots student organization founded in 1964 to oppose the persecution of Soviet Jews and promote their right to emigrate freely from the Soviet Union.

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