New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
Costumed troops guard the front hall.
The New-York Historical Society is an American history museum and library in New York City. The society holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Tiffany designer Clara Driscol, and the history of the Constitution. Its art holdings comprise more than 1.6 million works.
Its research library contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Among its collections are far-ranging materials relating to the founding and early history of the nation; 18th-century newspapers; materials documenting slavery and Reconstruction; Civil War material; collections relating to trials in the United States prior to 1860; American fiction, poetry, and belles-lettres prior to 1850; a broad range of materials relating to the history of the circus; and American travel accounts from the colonial era to the present day.
The Society operates a website showing many images from its collection.