New-York Historical Society collection of certificates
Language of Materials
The New-York Historical Society Collection of Certificates (formerly known as the Certificate File) contains certificates from private and civic societies, clubs, and organizations. Diplomas, certificates of merit and various financial and legal documents are also included. The collection contains fine examples of engravings, lithographs, and typography.
Scope and Contents Note
The New-York Historical Society Collection of Certificates (formerly known as the Certificate File) spans the period from 1700 to 1991 and contains certificates issued by a wide variey of societies, clubs and organizations. Diplomas, certificates of merit and various financial and legal documents are included as well. The collection contains fine examples of engravings, lithographs, and typography.
The collection is divided into 22 series and arranged alphabetically by subject:
III: Celebrations and Events
VII: Foreign Language
XVI: Political and Government
XVII: Regional and Ethnic
XX: Sports and Athletics
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Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.
Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions
Preferred Citation Note
This collection should be cited as the New-York Historical Collection of Certificates, PR 014, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.
Location of Materials
The collection is made up of multiple purchases and gifts acquired over time.
This collection is open to new acquisitions.
About this Guide
Processing Information Note
Processed by Kelly McAnnaney, 2008. Revised by Marybeth Kavanagh, 2018.
Series I: Art, 1816-1991, inclusive
This series contains certificates of membership to museums and art related clubs and societies. Included are certificates of membership to the Allied Artists of America, the International Art-Union, NewYork Gallery of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also included is John McComb's 1816 membership certificate for the American Academy of Fine Arts; and a hand lettered certificate, given to Samuel T. Shaw by the Salmagundi Club, to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Shaw Purchase Prize. Certificates from the National Academy of Design include those given to J. Carroll Beckwith, Asher B. Durand, and Helen M. Turner.
American Academy of the Fine Arts, 1816-1817
International Art Union, 1849
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1893, 1940
National Academy of Design, 1841-1937, inclusive
New-York Gallery of Fine Arts, 1827
Society of Iconophiles, 1905
Certificates presented to the New-York Historical Society, 1943-1991
Series II. Business, 1889-1942, inclusive
Scope and Contents Note
This series includes certificates issued by or to business organizations. Included is a certificate from the NY State Office of the Secretary of State granting Strobridge Lithographers a license to do business in New York. One certificate of note is a certificate of membership to the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, given to General William T. Sherman in 1889. Another is a hand-lettered certificate presented to Edwin B. Moore upon his retirement from the New York Tribune. Of special interest is an 1893 certificate from Tiffany and Co. presented to Adalbert Emil Herrman Nordbrock upon completion of his apprenticeship in the silversmith department.
American Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1922
New York City Mayor's Business Advisory Committee, 1942
NY State Chamber of Commerce, 1889-1899
NY State Office of the Secretary of State (business license), 1893
Rice Leaders of the World Association, 1932
Tiffany and Company, 1893
Series III: Celebrations and Events, 1852-1955, inclusive
Scope and Contents Note
This series contains certificates related to the planning, funding, and participation of a variety of expositions, fairs, events. Certificates include an invitation to the dedication ceremonies of the New York State Monument at Gettysburg in 1893, a blank certificate for the New England Sanitary Commission Fair in 1863, and a souvenir of the Civic & Industrial Parade, in New York City, 1889. Also included are certificates for the 1939 New York World's Fair and two certificates, designed and engraved by the Major & Knapp Co., for the United States Centennial Exhibition.
A beautifully detailed and hand-colored certificate created by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, thanking William Sulzer for his participation in their St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Albany, 1894. Two certificates from the 1877 Agricultural Society of New South Wales' Metropolitan Intercolonial Exhibition awarded John Rogers bronze medals for his statuary. Certificates given to J. Carroll Beckwith commemorate his participation in the Universal Exposition in St. Louis, the Exposition Universell of 1900, the First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts in Turin, and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Asher B. Durand's certificate for engraving from the 1876 International Exhibition in Philadelphia is included as well. Certificates from the American Institute Fair are heavily illustrated and engraved by the American Bank Note Company.
Of special note is an 1852 certificate issued by the Common Council of the City of New York announcing a public reception for Irish patriot Thomas Francis Meagher "in appreciation of his services in the cause of Civil Liberty."
Agricultural Society of New South Wales' Metropolitan Intercolonial Exhibition, 1877
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909
American Institute Fair, 1875, 1879
Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 1894
Civic and Industrial Parade NYC, 1889
Common Council of the City of New York Resolution for a Public Reception for Irish patriot Thomas Francis Meagher, 1852
Cotton States and International Exposition, 1895
Greater City of New York Anniversary (25th and 50th), 1923, 1948
Flag Day Proclamation, 1955
Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
Mardi Gras, 1912
New England Sanitary Commission Fair, 1863
New York State Monument at Gettysburg, 1893
New York World's Fair, 1939
Sesquicentennial International Exposition, 1926
United States International Centennial Exhibition, 1876
United States International Centennial Exhibition, 1876
Washington's Inauguration Centennial, 1889
Washington's Inauguration Centennial, 1889
World's Columbian Exhibition, 1890
World's Columbian Exhibition, 1893
World's Columbian Exhibition, 1893, inclusive
Series IV: Civic, 1778-1943, inclusive
Scope and Contents Note
This series includes commendations, membership, and professional certificates. Most were issued by fire and police departments
One fire department certificate is a colorful lithograph printed by Currier and Ives. New York City Fire Department certificates include several engraved by Peter Maverick from a drawing by Archibald Robertson. Another certificate, a fireman's exemption from jury duty, has an 1829 ten cent piece attached. Other fire department certificates were isuued by Albany, Paterson, San Francisco, and Toledo departments.
Police department certificates include appointments to various positions in the New York City and Morrisania departments as well as a membership certificate to the Police Endowment Fund Association. One 1896 certificate is signed by Theodore Roosevelt, then president of New York's Board of Police Commissioners. Certificates given to policemen to commemorate cases they helped solve are hand-lettered and illustrated. One of these has an albumen portrait of Elmira, NY Police Chief Levi D. Little attached.
Membership certificates from the Committee of Vigilance of the City of San Francisco include several that once belonged to John Stoneacre Ellis. There is also a certificate heralding the appointment of Benjamin Crane to Superintendent of Central Park 1870.
Certificates honoring retiring or resigning workers are particularly beautiful. A certificate recording the resignation of fireman Zophar Mills includes an albumen photograph of a fire engine. Another, given to Colonel J. Mayhew Wainwright upon his resignation as the Commissioner of the Westchester County Park Commission, is hand-lettered in the style of an illuminated manuscript. Also included are certificates for Columbus Ryan, George Rivet Van Namee, and John W. Chambers. An albumen photograph of John Chambers is included on his certificate.
Bronx Borough President, 1917
City of New York Department of Public Parks, 1870
Fire Departments-New York City-Manhattan, 1778-1883
Fire Departments-New York City-Manhattan, 1808-1914, undated
Fire Departments-New York City-Manhattan, 1829-1893
Fire Departments-New York City-Manhattan, 1859, 1864, inclusive
Fire Departments-New York City-Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, 1850-1901
Fire Departments-New York City-Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, 1829-1903, undated
Fire Departments-Cities other than New York, 1828-1858, undated
Fire Departments- Cities other than New York, 1851-1863, undated
Police Departments-New York City, 1851-1929
Police Departments-New York City, 1866-1918
Police Departments-New York and other cities, 1879-1884
NY State Public Service Commission, 1943
San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, 1851, undated
Westchester County Parks Commission, 1936
Series V: Education, 1802-1951, inclusive
Scope and Contents Note
This series is comprised of certificates of merit, diplomas, and teaching certificates. The bulk of the merit certificates and grammar school diplomas came from public schools in New York City. Diplomas include those from Columbia University, Cooper Union, Eastman National Business College, Princeton University, Rutgers Female Institute, the University of Maine and Yale University. Many of these certificates were printed on parchment and have elaborate seals. Includes diplomas from a variety of colleges and universities.Other certificates include teacher certifications, course completion certificates for classes at Cooper Union, a certificate of apprenticeship from the New York State Board of Pharmacy, and membership certificates for the Free-School Society of New-York and the American University Popular Course of Home Reading. There are certificates to various clubs and organizations at Columbia University and Harvard University. Library certificates include two certificates of membership to the New York Society Library.
Certificates of Merit, 1868, 1876, undated
Certificates of Merit (cased) from Mrs. Okill's Female Boarding School, 1847, 1854
Certificates of Merit-Public Schools-Manhattan, 1822-1875
Certificates of Merit–Public Schools-Manhattan, 1822-1875
Certificates of Merit–Public Schools-Brooklyn and the Bronx, 1864-1901
Certificates of Merit-Public Schools-Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, 1855-1885
Certificates of Merit-Grammar School for Boys, 1871-1881, inclusive
Scope and Contents
9 certificates: Rudolph Miller (School #34), Abram W. Applegate (#55), Fritz W. Schivensen (#16), Thomas Kelby (#19), and 5 to Victor Hugo Paltsits.
Certificates of Merit-Grammar School for Girls, 1857, 1875-1886
Certificates of Merit-Roll of Honor, 1886, 1888
Certificates of Merit–Unidentified Schools, 1820-1893
Certificates of Merit–blank, undated
Certificates-New York Free School Society, 1810, undated
Diplomas-Primary and Secondary Schools, 1856-1903
Scope and Contents
Includes Albany Female Academy, Male Grammar Schools #4, 16, 34, 35, 39, Morrisania Public School, Van Norman Institute, Female Grammar Schools #4, 25, 37, 63, Waterbury (CT) Center School District High School, Lincoln Grammar School (San Francisco), Bradford Academy (Mass), Harlem Evening High School, Berkeley School, Wilson Union School, New York Common School diploma District #6 (Porter, NY), Wadleigh High School, Brooklyn Public School #11, New York City Dept of Education elementary schools, Long Island City Public Schools, Union Free School #2 (Williamsbridge, NY), New York Grammar School #89, New York Evening High School (to Victor Hugo Paltsits), Martin Grammar School (Boston).
Diplomas-Columbia University, 1802-1934
Diplomas-Cooper Union, 1864-1904
Diplomas-Harvard University, 1857-1906
Diplomas-Normal College, 1873,1899
Diplomas-Yale University, 1868-1907
Diplomas-College and University-A-Z (small), 1870-1951
Diplomas-College and University-A-Z (large), 1858-1915
Diplomas-College and University-A-G, 1865-1943
Diplomas-College and University-H-P, 1884-1924
Diplomas-College and University-R-Z, 1829-1942
Diplomas-Helen Marie Closs, 1910-1918, inclusive
Scope and Contents
4 diplomas tracing Closs's education: New York City public school (P.S. 44 in Queens), 1910; Far Rockaway High School, 1914; College of New Rochelle, Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1917; B.A., Curatore Collegii Novae Rupellae (College of New Rochelle), 1918.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of James Fitzgerald, 2018.
Processed into collection January 2019 by archivist Larry Weimer.
Library Membership Certificates, 1833, 1870
Teaching Certificates, 1852-1895, undated
Series VI: Financial, 1840-1941, inclusive
This series contains bank notes, stocks and other financial documents. Bank notes include those for the Hungarian Fund and an uncut sheet of four bank notes from The Farmers Bank. New York stocks include stock in the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad, the Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad Company, the New York Pier and Warehouse Company, the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation and the Bennett Combined Automatic, and Manual Organ Company of New York. Many of these certificates are illustrated.
Other financial documents include Confederate States of America coupon bonds, used to raise capital for the war effort; a copy, probably printed as an advertisement, of a life insurance policy for Robert E. Lee, issued by the State Mutual Life Insurance Company; and bonds issued by the City of New Orleans.
367th Infantry Auditorium Bond, undated
Bennett Combined Automatic and Manual Organ Company Stock Certificate, circa 1880
Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation Stock Certificate, 1924-1941
Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad Stock Certificate, 1899
Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac Railroad Company Bond, 1857
Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad Company Stock Certificate, 1908
Confederate States of America Bonds, 1863-1864
Facsimile of Bank of New York Warrant No. 1, undated
Farmer's Bank, circa 1840
Hungarian Fund, 1852
LaCrosse Gold Mining Company of Colorado, 1866
New England Protection Union Stock Certificate, 1852
New Orleans City Bonds, 1862
New York Academy of Music Stock Certificate, 1885
New York Pier and Warehouse Company Stock Certificate, 1866
Peanut Club Bond, 1880
Philadelphia City Bond, 1874
Port Royal and Augusta Railway Company Bond, 1878, inclusive
Southern California Home Builders Stock Certificate, 1913
State Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1906
United States of Freedom Bond, 1895-1896
Water Stock/Water Loan of the City of New York Certificates, circa 1840
Series VII: Foreign Language, 1852-1947, inclusive
This series includes certificates in Arabic, Dutch, Danish, French, Greek, Latin, Polish, Spanish, Italian and German. The certificates have not been translated but include religious, academic, and honorary subjects.
Certificates in French are mainly honoring soldiers who served in World War I. One of these certificates of honor has the Chateau-Thierry Medal attached. The medal depicts the busts of Washington & Lafayette and the Legion of Honor on the reverse. A 1907 membership certificate records aviator Alan Hawley's membership in L'Aero-Club de France.
Dutch, 1852, undated
French, 1907-1947, inclusive
Latin, 1878-1922, undated
Spanish, 1880, 1889
Series VIII: Fraternal, 1792-1937, inclusive
This series includes certificates of membership to fraternal organizations and lodges including the Odd Fellows and the Freemasons. Freemason organizations represented include the Scottish Rite, the Police Square Club, and Knights Templar. Several certificates use the Masonic calendar, recording years in AL or AO. Many of these certificates are printed on parchment and have wax or embossed seals.
The collection includes several certificates of membership, given to John Stoneacre Ellis, to both California Freemason and Odd Fellow organizations. A colorful lithograph, titled "Masonic Chart" and printed by Strobridge & Co., contains religious and symbolic imagery. A memorial certificate for Benjamin S. Clark records his history with the masons and includes an albumen portrait.
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America [Shriners], 1889, 1902
Ancient Order of Druids, 1846
Elks Lodge, 1868
Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1904
Fraternity of Delta Psi/ St. Anthony Hall, 1882
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1834
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1844
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1858, 1864
Knights Templar, 1864, 1890
Knights Templar, 1863
Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, 1912
Order of United Americans, 1848, undated
Society of Black Friars, 1792-1795
Stuyvesant Club, 1869, inclusive
Series IX: Genealogical, 1785-1940, inclusive
This series is comprised of membership certificates to organizations that base their membership on lineage. Societies include the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, the Society of California Pioneers, the Society of the Cincinnati and Sherwood Kindred of America. Some of these certificates are printed on parchment and have original wax seals.
Association of Descendants of Andrew Ward, 1904
American College of Heraldry and Genealogical Registry, 1878
Daughters of the American Revolution, 1902, 1905, 1931
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1928
Holland Society of New York, 1885-1937
Huguenot Society of London, 1909
Hyde Association, 1880
Institute of American Genealogy, 1939
National Society of Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, 1931
Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1911, 1924
Saint Nicholas Society NYC, 1835-1894
Sherwood Kindred of America, 1940
Society of American Wars, 1911
Society of Americans of Royal Descent, 1935
Society of California Pioneers, 1859
Society of the Cincinnati, 1785-1896, undated
Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1900, 1926
Society of the Colonial Wars, 1884-1922
Society of the Daughters of 1812, 1903
Society of Magna Charta Dames, 1935
Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1923
Society of the War of 1812, 1893-1918
Sons of the Revolution, 1892, 1917-1918
Series X: Historical, 1823-1980, inclusive
This series is comprised mainly of certificates of membership and acknowledgements of financial contributions to organizations focused on commemorating various aspects of American history.
Membership certificates include those to the American Antiquarian Society, the American Historical Association, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the New-York Historical Society. New-York Historical Society membership certificates are illustrated with an image of the arrival of Henry Hudson, engraved by Asher B. Durand. Blank New-York Historical Society fellow and patron certificates include an original drawing of the certificate by its designer, E. D. French. Also included are certificates from the New Hampshire Historical Society, the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association, and a number of presidential societies. The American Bank Note Company printed the certificates of membership for the Roosevelt Memorial Association and the Alexander Hamilton National Memorial Association.
Acknowledgements of contributions include those to the Washington National Monument, the Bunker Hill Monument Association, and the National Lincoln Monument in Illinois, as well as a certificate acknowledging a donation to provide a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty.
American Antiquarian Society, 1940
American Committee on the Statue of Liberty, 1883
American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association, 1889-1913
American Historical Association, 1930
American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, 1912
Alexander Hamilton National Memorial Association, 1903
Bunker Hill Monument Association, circa 1823
Ulysses S. Grant Monument Association, 1897
Hoboken Soldiers Monument Association, undated
Abraham Lincoln Societies, 1869-1928
New-York Historical Society, 1846-1974, undated
Scope and Contents
Additional membership certificates from N-YHS can be found in the institutional archive: New-York Historical Society membership records (NYHS-RG 9).
Roosevelt Memorial Association, circa 1920
Society for the Preservation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America, 1980
Soldier's Monument Park Association of Schuylkill County, circa 1887
George Washington Societies, 1923-1938, undated
Roger Williams Monument Association, circa 1860
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, circa 1922
Series XI: Humanitarian, 1700-1910, inclusive
This series contains membership certificates for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Woman's Central Association of Relief, Cape Palmas Female Orphan Asylum Society, the Lawrence Benevolent Institution of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Sanitary Commission, the New-Jersey Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.
Certificates for the New York Marine Society, a group formed to provide assistance to widows and children of deceased sailors, include both reproductions and originals with wax seals. There are also certificates from other maritime organizations that provided assistance to sailors and their families.
Of special interest is a certificate for completion of an apprenticeship at the New York House of Refuge, circa 1870.
American Female Guardian Society and Home for the Friendless, 1857
American Seamen's Friend Society, 1848, undated
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1885
Benevolent Institution of Pennsylvania, 1825
Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair, 1864
Cape Palmas Female Orphan Asylum Society, 1854
Department of Health (New York City). Little Mothers League, 1910
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, January 1992. Added to finding aid, January 2022.
New Jersey Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, undated
New York House of Refuge, circa 1870
New York Marine Society, 1700-1862
New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1876, 1879
Newport Marine Society, undated
Provident Society of the State of New York, 1807
Sandy Hook Pilot's Charitable Fund, 1855
Womans Central Association for Relief, 1866
Series XII: Legal, 1809-1936, inclusive
This series includes birth, marriage and death certificates, passports, and certificates of admission to the bar. Some are on parchment and include wax or foil seals. Also included are leases, receipts, a deed for land in the Dakota Territories, and a certificate from the London Trade Marks Registry Office.
Of special interest is an ornate lithograph recording the marriage of Henry Lockwood and Zana Rowland in 1885. Cartes de visite of the bride and groom are attached to the verso.
Also of note is a hand-lettered document from the State of New York Executive Chamber. The certificate, created in 1913, is affixed with the pen that was used to sign a bill regarding the Highway Act into law.
Admission to the Bar, 1809-1914
Admission to the Bar, 1883-1926
Birth Certificates, circa 1850
Cemetery Deeds, 1959
Citizenship Papers, 1831-1925
Death Certificates, 1936
Land Patents, 1889
Leases, 1836, undated
Legal Advisory Boards, 1917-1919, undated
Legal Societies, 1850-1927, undated
Marriage Certificates, 1856-1917
Notices of Probate, 1881
Scope and Contents Note
issued to Daniel Parish Jr.
Trademark Registers, 1879
Series XIII: Medical, 1816-1946, 1970s?, inclusive
This series contains certificates related to the medical profession, including diplomas from medical schools, certificates of membership in medical societies, and registrations to practice medicine.
Certificates of membership from the Society of the New York Hospital are made out to John McComb, John McComb Jr., and James W. Beekman.
Commissions- Federal- Surgeons, 1890, 1911
Commissions-State of New York- Surgeons, 1816, 1818
Hospitals-American Ambulance Hospital of Paris, 1914
Hospitals-Broad Street Hospital, 1922
Hospitals-Floating Hospital of St. John's Guild, 1874-1876
Hospitals-New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1878, 1893
Hospitals-New-York Hospital, 1817-1850
Hospitals-Roosevelt Hospital, 1854-1924
Hospitals-St. Luke's Hospital, 1885
Licenses, Registers and Diplomas-Register of Physicians and Surgeons, New York County, 1869-1914
Licenses, Registers and Diplomas- State Board of Medical Examiners of New Jersey, 1921
Licenses, Registers and Diplomas-New York Board for Examination and Licensing, 1871
Licenses, Registers and Diplomas-New York State University, 1852-1913
Licenses, Registers and Diplomas- New York Medical College, 1856-1859
Medical Associations-American College of Surgeons, 1821-1924
Medical Associations-American National Red Cross, 1916-1946
Medical Associations-Medical Association of the Greater City of New York, 1899
Medical Associations-Medical Society of the County of New York, 1898
Medical Associations-National Association of Registered Nursing Homes, circa 1970s?
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Grade A accreditation awarded to Townsend Sanitarium.
Medical Associations-New York Medico Legal Society, 1872
Medical Associations-Sons and Daughters of Hygiea, State of Massachusetts, circa 1900
Medical Associations-Steuben County Medical Society, 1821
Series XIV: Memorial, 1872-1931, inclusive
This series is comprised of certificates from clubs and organizations honoring deceased members. These include certificates in memory of William de Groot from the Empire State Society, James C. Russell from the Coffee Exchange of the City of New York, and Edward L. Phalon from the John Bruning Bowling Club.
Two certificates were printed to honor fallen Civil War soldiers, including one printed by Currier and Ives. Also included are certificates in memory of James P. Harper and John McEntee Bowman.
Of special note is a memorial for Horace Greeley from the American Institute. This certificate is elaborately hand-lettered and includes an albumen portrait.
Coffee Exchange of the City of New York, 1913
Farmer's Club of the American Institute, 1872
German American Society, 1873
Hotel Association of New York City, 1931
John Bruning Bowling Club, undated
Lexington Avenue Church, undated
Sons of the American Revolution, 1899
Veteran Corps, 1873
Series XV: Military, 1838-1946, inclusive
This series includes certificates given to commemorate appointments and changes in rank, citations and discharges from service, as well as membership to various clubs and organizations. It also includes certificates of recognition for donation of time or funds to various military causes. Some are printed on parchment with original seals.
Certificates of appointment include several from both John Stoneacre Ellis and Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright. One certificate from Hempstead, Long Island dated 1819, acknowledges a soldiers enrollment in "a troop of horse artillery…comprising part of a brigade in the second regiment of the state of New York."
A War Department certificate confirms pension payments owed to Revolutionary War widow Esther Hammond.
Certificates of discharge include one for Fred W. Mather, member of the 24th Regiment, United Stated Colored Troops.
Also included are several Civil War Soldiers Memorial certificates, which list names and ranks of regiment soldiers as well as their battle history.
Appointments- Army, 1921-1926
Appointments- Army, 1866-1868, 1892, 1911
Appointments- National Army Draft Board, 1917
Appointments- National Guard, 1857-1920
Appointments- Officers' Reserve Corps, 1921
Appointments- San Francisco City Guard, undated
Appointments- United States Merchant Marines, 1919
Appointments- First California Guard, 1850-1861
Appointments- Second Brigade of the Militia of the State of California, 1862
Appointments- Second Irish Regiment, California Militia, 1864
Appointments- Second Regiment of New York State, 1819
Appointments- 12th Regiment of New York Volunteers, 1898
Appointments- 66th Regiment of New York Volunteers, 1861
Appointments- 29th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1862, undated
Citations- Albany Burgesses Corps, commemoration of the excursion to Newburgh, 1867
Citations- American Expeditonary Forces Citation for Meritorious Service, 1918-1919
Citations- Army Ordnance Association Medal of Merit, 1937
Citations- Belgian "Croix de Guerre Belge" for Meritorious Service in Ypres, 1921
Citations- British War Mission, 1918
Citations- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Testimonial of Gratitude for Patriotism, 1870
Citations- County of Richmond (S.I.) Grateful Appreciation of Patriotic Service, 1919
Citations- Distinguished Service Medal, 1925-1926
Citations- "In Honour of the Commander of the American Forces in Defence of Plattsburg", 1814
Citations- New York National Guard, 9th Infantry Regiment testimonial, 1869
Citations- New York State Cross for Conspicuous Service, 1937
Citations- New York State Decoration for Long and Faithful Service, 1899, 1928, 1935
Citations- Seventeenth Ward Volunteer Recruiting Committee, New York City testimonial, 1865
Citations- United States Food Administration, in appreciation of patriotic service during the Great War., circa 1918
Citations- United States War Department, for faithful service in the Ordnance Department, 1919
Discharges- Army, 1865, 1919
Discharges- Navy, 1862
Discharges- New York State National Guard, 1861-1959
Discharges- New York State National Guard, 1896
Memorials- Army Memorial, 1864
Memorials- New York State Volunteers, 1863
Memorials- Ohio Volunteers, 1862
Memorials- Soldiers Individual Memorial, 1866
Memorials- Union Defenders, undated
Societies and Associations- Air Warden Service, 1942
Societies and Associations- Albany Burgesses Corps, 1910
Societies and Associations- Army of the Boys in Blue, 1884
Societies and Associations- Disabled American Veterans of the World War, 1931
Societies and Associations- Knickerbocker Greys, 1896-1898
Societies and Associations- Military Order of the Loyal Legion, 1866-1905
Societies and Associations- Military Philosophical Society, undated
Societies and Associations- Minute Men of America, 1942
Societies and Associations- National Security League, 1919
Societies and Associations- Navy League of the United States, 1918
Societies and Associations- New Jersey Union League, 1863
Societies and Associations- New York Society Military and Naval Officers, 1933, 1938
Societies and Associations- New York War Fund, 1944
Societies and Associations- Scott Life Guard of the City of New York, 1859
Societies and Associations- Society of the Army of the Potomac, undated
Societies and Associations- Society of California Volunteers, 1871
Societies and Associations- Union Veteran Legion, 1903
Societies and Associations- United Service Organizations (USO), 1946
Societies and Associations- Veterans of the National Guard, 1876
Other- War Department certificate showing pension payment owed to Revolutionary War widow, 1838
Series XVI: Political and Government, 1805-1994, inclusive
This series is comprised of certificates from various government and political organizations.
Two certificates of appointment to federal positions have President Warren Harding's signature.
Tammany Society (also known as the Columbian Order) certificates contain one printed by Samuel Maverick and two that are illustrated and hand-lettered. Certificates of membership to the Tippecanoe Club are printed with images of William Henry Harrison.
One certificate of note was issued to Elisha Harris in recognition of his efforts to conduct the first sanitary survey of the city to try to combat cholera.
Government-Federal- appointment to Aide in the Inaguration Parade, 1901
Government-Federal- appointment to Assistant Secretary of War, 1921
Government-Federal- appointment to Pension Agent, 1886
Government-Federal- appointment to the Advisory Committee at the Conference of Limitation of Armanent, 1921
Government-Federal- appointment to the War Industries Board, 1918
Government-Local- City of New York- appointment of Comptroller, 1934
Government-Local- City of New York- appointment to committee for the commemoration of NYC's golden jubilee, 1948
Government-Local- City of New York- Common Council, 1851, 1878
Government-Local- City of New York- Common Council, 1861, 1863, inclusive
Government - Local - City of New York - Accumulated Debt Bond, 1869, 1879
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Bond for $2,000 issued to Mrs. H.G. Hawkins. Stamped on back as transferred to George H. Sistare's Sons in 1879. (Source: Gift from an anonymous donor, May 2019)
Government - Local - City of New York - Corporate Stock to Provide for the Supply of Water, 1906
Scope and Contents
Cancelled certificate. Issued to Matilda E. Webb. (Source: Gift from an anonymous donor, May 2019)
Government-Local- Nassau County- Proclamation in honor of 103rd birthday, 1994
Government-State- New York- State Legislature resolution, 1859
Government-State- New York- appointment to the Commission to Revise Banking Law, 1913
Government-State- New York- appointment of Commissioner of Palisades Interstate Park, 1900-1901
Government-State- New York- appointment of State Historian, 1907
Government-State- New York- appointment of Workmen's Compensation Commission member, 1914
Government-State- New York- appointment of Military Secretary to the Governor, 1913
Government-State- New York- commemoration of "An Act to amend the Highway Law", 1913
Government-State- New Jersey- appointment of commission member of Palisades Interstate Park, 1924
Government-State- Pennsylvania- appointment to the Commission to Construct a Public Steamboat Landing, 1907
Political Organizations- Citizen's Association of New York- recognition of the first sanitary survey of the city, 1867
Political Organizations- Eleventh Ward Association of New York, in appreciation of Provost Marshal, 1865, inclusive
Political Organizations- Loyal National League, 1863
Political Organizations- Republican Party of the County of New York- poll watcher's certificate, 1943
Political Organizations- Tammany Society, 1805-1897, undated
Political Organizations- Tippecanoe Club, 1840, undated
Political Organizations- Williamsbridge Democratic and Social Club, 1915
Series XVII: Regional and Ethnic, 1798-1930, inclusive
This series contains certificates of membership to societies with regional and/or ethnic interests. Certificates include the Caledonian Society of the City of New York, the Society of St. George and the South Carolina Society. The German Society certificate is written in German and has its original wax seal.
Certificates of membership in the Cape Cod Association lithographs by Sarony, Major and Knapp and are heavily illustrated with maritime images as well as views of Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Also of note is John Stoneacre Ellis' certificate of membership to the Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California.
American Ethnological Society, 1903
Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California, 1878
Caledonian Society of the City of New York, 1798
Cape Cod Association of the City of New York, undated
Columbia River Historical Expedition, 1926
German Society certificate, 1830
German Society certificate (framed), 1803
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Frederick Baker, 2018.
Herkimer County Historical Society, 1910
Hispanic Society of America, 1907
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1930
New Hampshire Historical Society, 1927
New York Southern Society, undated
Society of St. George, undated
South Carolina Society, undated
Ticonderoga Historical Society, 1910
Upper Missouri Historical Expedition, 1925
Series XVIII: Religious, 1809-1929, inclusive
This series includes certificates of baptism, communion and confirmation, as well as membership to various religious societies. Sunday school attendance and merit certificates are also part of this series.
One certificate from the American Bible Union records contributions made to the group to distribute bibles to "the Freedmen of America." A group of ephemera related to the Domestic Missionary Army of the Young Soldiers of Christ of the Protestant Episcopal Church includes a ribbon printed with the portrait of Jackson Kemper. Temperance certificates include membership to the Boston Temperance Society, the Washington Temperance Society, and several Juvenile Temperance Societies. One particularly interesting certificate is a certificate of membership for the Connecticut Cold Water Army, which includes songs of the Cold Water Army. Early membership certificates for the American Bible Society include those for Mrs. John McComb, Jr. and Gerard Beekman.
Bible and Tract Societies- American Bible Society, 1830-1874
Bible and Tract Societies- American Bible Society, 1856, undated
Bible and Tract Societies- American Bible Union, 1868
Bible and Tract Societies- American Tract Society, 1826
Bible and Tract Societies- American Tract Society, 1835-1881
Bible and Tract Societies- New York Bible Society, 1892
Missionary Societies- American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1856
Missionary Societies- American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1898
Missionary Societies- American Home Missionary Society, 1828
Missionary Societies- American Protestant Society, 1848
Missionary Societies- American Sunday School Union, 1850-1851
Missionary Societies- Children's Missionary Society, 1873-1874
Missionary Societies- Diocesan Missionary Society (Protestant Episcopal), 1854
Missionary Societies- Domestic Missionary Army of the Young Soldiers of Christ, 1868
Missionary Societies- Maine Missionary Society, 1863
Missionary Societies- Mission of the Immaculate Virgin-St. Joseph's Union, 1929
Missionary Societies- Presbyterian Church Five Million Memorial Fund, 1871
Missionary Societies- United Foreign Missionary Society, 1822, undated
Missionary Societies- Universalist Missionary Army, 1871
Sacramental Certificates- Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, 1849-1901
Sunday School Certificates, 1809-1838
Sunday School Certificates, 1826-1883
Temperance Societies- Boston Temperance Societies, 1843
Temperance Societies- Connecticut Cold Water Army, undated
Temperance Societies- Juvenile Temperance Society, 1841
Temperance Societies- Methodist Episcopal School Temperance Society, 1842
Temperance Societies- Temperance Society of the Sabbath School of Laight St. Church, 1836
Temperance Societies- Washington Temperance Society, 1842
Series XIX: Scientific, 1819-1945, inclusive
This series contains certificates of membership to societies such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Geographic Society, the New York Academy of Science, and the New York Zoological Society.
Award certificates from various environmental, agricultural, and horticultural societies include an award for "a superior market wagon" from the Queens County Agricultural Society, and "best 12 ears of sweet corn" from the Horticultural Society of Morrisania.
A certificate of membership in the Audubon Society is embellished with an engraved portrait of Audubon as well as a small image of Cedar Birds.
A hand-lettered certificate by Tiffany and Co. from the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society commemorates the retirement of Daniel Parish, Jr. Tiffany and Co. also designed the membership certificates for the American Museum of Natural History.
Also of note are certificates from The Literary and Philosophical Society, a scientific society founded by DeWitt Clinton and Samuel Latham Mitchell in New York in 1814, and dissolved 1834.
Amateur Astronomers Association, 1947
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1887-1913
American Forestry Association, 1927
American Geographical and Statistical Society, 1856
American Institute, 1856, 1885
American Museum of Natural History, 1895, 1918-1939
American Numismatic and Archaeological Society, 1896
Aquidneck Agricultural Society of Newport, Rhode Island, 1881
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, 1902
Astronomical Society of Michigan, undated
Audubon Society, 1887
Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England, 1926
Franklin Institute, 1938
Horticultural Society of Morrisania, undated
Horticultural Society of New Haven, 1846
Laboratory of Anthropology, 1945
Literary and Philosophical Society of New York, 1822, undated
Massachusetts Kennel Club, 1882
Montgomery County Agricultural Society, circa 1840
National Geographic Society, 1907-1936
New Jersey Association of Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Fanciers, 1922
New York Academy of Sciences, 1895
New York Zoological Society, 1911-1916
Patrons of Husbandry, 1896
Queens County Agricultural Society, 1849
Society for the Promoting Agriculture and Domestic Manufactures, 1819-1822
Westminster Kennel Club, New York, 1879
Series XX: Sports and Athletics, 1800-1933, inclusive
This series includes certificates of membership to the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States and the New York Sadlers' Society. Also included is a certificate qualifying Louis Senar as an instructor in the art of fencing from the Amateur Fencers League of America.
Amateur Fencers League, undated
American Athletic Union, 1887, 1933
New-York Sadler's Society, circa 1800
Series XXI: Trades, 1795-1939, inclusive
This series includes certificates of membership to professional societies, as well as one certificate of recognition from the Building Trades Employers' Association.
Three early certificates are found in this series. One, a membership certificate for the New York Coopers Society dated 1827, is illustrated with an engraving of men working along a harbor. Another, from the Society of Master Sail Makers of the City of New York dated 1795, is illustrated with several vignettes showing sail making, ship building and harbor scenes and has its original wax seal. The third, dated 1825 and printed by Peter Maverick, was given to Sarah Daniels for her "meritorious services" by the Society for the Encouragement of Fathful Domestic Servants.
A certificate awarded to John Rogers for his statuary groups from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association is included. Certificates of membership in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, printed by Maverick, include those of John McComb and John Snook. Also included is a lithograph for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers printed by the Strobridge Lithographing Company.
American Society of Civil Engineers, 1899
Brotherhood of Local Engineers, 1884
Building Trades Employers' Association, 1904
General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 1791-1878, undated
Institution of Radio Engineers Australia, 1939
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union Three, 1939, inclusive
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 1874, 1881
Mechanics Institute of the City of New York, 1853
Mechanics Mutual Protections, 1848
Merchant's Association of New York, 1908-1928
New York Building Congress, undated
New York Coopers Society, 1827
Society of Master Sail-Makers of the City of New York, 1795
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1893
Society for the Encouragement of Faithful Domestic Servants, 1825
Series XXII: Transportation, 1851-1985, inclusive
This series contains certificates of membership and commemoration; licenses; and invitations related to ship, steamboat, and railroad transport.
One certificate of membership records dues paid to the New York Cheap Transportation Association. Two licenses are included; one to operate motor boats carrying passengers for hire, the other to operate ocean or coastwise steam and motor vessels.
Two certificates commemorate the opening of the New York and Erie Rail Road. An invitation to attend the ceremony of opening the Holland Tunnel is also included in this series.
Another certificate is a resolution passed by the Central Park, North and East River Railroad Company thanking police officials for their assistance during a strike.
Also of interest are two certificates of inspection for the steamers New York and Daniel Drew.