New-York Historical Society

Delve into the rich history of "The Big Apple" through the collection of images from the city’s first museum, the New-York Historical Society, with new content available for licensing through the Bridgeman archive.

Pennsylvania Station, c.1910 / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

 

New York City’s first museum

 

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society was New York’s first museum, outdating the Metropolitan Museum by almost 70 years. Housing historical documents, artifacts and American artwork, the New-York Historical collection defines the rich history of the city’s past and present. Retaining their historical roots, the museum and library still goes by the 19th century hyphenated spelling of New York (New-York), maintaining their unique identity.  

The Bridgeman archive has recently acquired a host of new images from the New-York Historical Society collection, from historical photographs to antique city maps, all available for licensing.

Flags on 57th Street, Winter 1918 / Childe Hassam / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

 

Pierre Toussaint / Anthony Meucci / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

 

Controversial Collections

 

After hitting hard times due to the loss of funding in the late 1970’s, the Society now thrives as a publicly funded museum, with special collections including The Underground Rail Road, The Hudson River School, and Famous American Portraiture.

Over the years, the New-York Historical Society has displayed several exhibitions that have caught the media’s attentions. Most notably of which was the two year exhibition on Slavery in New York the museum hosted beginning 2005.

After the 2001 terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center, staff from the New-York Historical Society worked in compiling, cataloging and exhibiting artifacts and relics from the wake of the disaster. The collection has also received donations and eye-witness objects to be displayed in memoriam.

The Rapalje Children / John Durand / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

 

Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John A. McClernand / Alexander Gardner / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

 

Find out more

Bridgeman represents over 70 American museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Dallas Museum of Art.

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Visit The New-York Historical Society Website.

New-York City, County, and vicinity, 1864 / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 


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