New-York Historical Society

Artstor and the New-York Historical Society are collaborating to release approximately 2,000 images of paintings and sculptures from the museum's collection and 20,000 images from the library collection in the Digital Library.

The New-York Historical Society, comprising a library and museum, was founded in 1804. The museum, which is the oldest in the city, tells the history of New York and the United States through material culture and art. It has rich holdings in the decorative arts, painting, sculpture, and drawing, as well as a collection of assorted historical artifacts. Its art holdings consist of more than 1.6 million world-class works, including a collection of Hudson River School paintings, iconic genre and history paintings, a variety of American portraits, all 435 of John James Audubon’s extant preparatory watercolors for Birds of America, and 800 works of American representational sculpture. The museum also holds much of sculptor Elie Nadelman’s legendary American folk art collection, which includes furniture and household accessories, as well as paintings, toys, weathervanes, sculptural woodcarvings, and chalkware. 

The New-York Historical Society’s library contains vast holdings of historical documentation and primary source materials, including numerous graphic, print, and manuscript collections. The library began digitizing its holdings in 1998, and the growing number of digitized materials includes historical photographs of New York City, American historical manuscripts, maps and broadsides from the Revolutionary War era, manuscripts relating to slavery and African American history, and Civil War ephemera.