Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

Online Catalog

Records for the majority of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library's collections are available through the Klingenstein Library's online catalog. Please contact the reference staff if you have any questions or are not finding what you are looking for.

A small portion of the Library’s printed collections are now stored offsite. Any item with the designation of “Offsite” on a catalog record may be requested for onsite use in the Library’s reading room. Please keep in mind that it will it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly. A list of call number ranges being stored offsite can be found here.

 

Collections Request System

Before visiting the library to conduct research, all researchers must register and create an account using our online collections request system. For a detailed guide to the registration and request process, please click here.

Finding Aids

Finding aids provide descriptive details about manuscript and graphic collections. All of these finding aids can be searched through a full-text searchable database. More search options are available for a small group of graphic collections.

Digital Collections

The library has been digitizing its collections since 1998, and its growing digital library now includes collections of photographs of New York City, manuscripts, maps, and broadsides from the Revolutionary War era, manuscripts relating to slavery and African American history, Civil War materials, and other historical resources. Some of the collections were digitized in partnership with other institutions such as the Library of Congress and New York University, while others are part of our ongoing program to provide remote electronic access to our collections.

The digital collections listed here are freely available over the internet. Additional online resources, only available in the library’s reading room, are listed here

Online Databases

The library has many databases that can be used online from any location. The library’s collection of printed maps can be searched here.

A complete list of the hotel files can be located here.

On-Site Resources

In addition to our online resources, there are many research tools available in the library's reading room. On-site users can access digitized primary source documents from the New-York Historical Society in Gateway to North America: The People Places, & Organizations of 19th Century New York and digitized Revolutionary War Orderly Books. The library's menu collection and collection of September 11, 2001 ephemera can be searched using on-site databases. Other subscription databases include American National Biography, American Periodical Series, Ancestry.com, Grove Art Online, Harper's Weekly, Journal of American History, JSTOR Early Journal Content, New York Online Virtual Library, Oxford English Dictionary, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers New York Times. Click here for more descriptive information.

Research Guides

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