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Objects from "big stories" throughout New York City history, selected by Curator Deborah Waters, 4/18/2003
BIG STORY 2003
Department: Collections Management
Dates: 04/18/2003 --
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Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians


Van Nieuw Engelandt. t' Fort nieuw Amsterdam op de Manhatans

Van Nieuw Engelandt. t' Fort nieuw Amsterdam op de Manhatans

Printed in the book published by Joost Hartgers, "Beschrijvinghe van Virginia, Nieuw Nederlandt, Nieuw...

Katrien Van Cortlandt

Katrien Van Cortlandt

This portrait was brought from Holland to New Amsterdam in 1638 in the ship "Haring" by the sitter's...

Memorial Spoon

Memorial Spoon

Memorial spoon with trifid upturned handle above broad lopsided oval bowl and shaped rattail on bowl...

[Declaration of the West India Company acknowledging the sale of the Company's farm on Manhattan Island to Jan Jansz Damen on behalf of Petrus Stuyvesant.]

[Declaration of the West India Company acknowledging the sale of the Company's farm on Manhattan Island to Jan Jansz Damen on behalf of Petrus Stuyvesant.]

The earliest dated document in the Museum records the purchase of property by Governor Peter Stuyvesant,...

Fall-front Secretary

Fall-front Secretary

Unique fall-front secretary, or escatoire, known as the Brinckerhoff secretary. The exterior is veneered...

A View of Fort George with the City of New York from the Southwest

A View of Fort George with the City of New York from the Southwest

I. Carwitham Sculp lower right. Printed for Carrington Bowles Map & Printseller at No. 69 in St. Paul's...

To the Honourable Rip Van Dam, Esq. President of His Majesty's Council for the Province of New York. This View of the New Dutch Church is most humbly Dedicated by your Honour most Obedient Serv't Wm.

To the Honourable Rip Van Dam, Esq. President of His Majesty's Council for the Province of New York. This View of the New Dutch Church is most humbly Dedicated by your Honour most Obedient Serv't Wm.

This Church was founded A.D. 1727 & finished A.D. 1731. The Rev. Mr. Walter Du Bois & Mr. Henry Boel...

Grace Mears Levy

Grace Mears Levy

Seated, 3/4 length, female portrait, landscape background.

A South East View of the City of New York in North America

A South East View of the City of New York in North America

1. New Colledge. 2. Old English Church. 3. City Hall. 4. French Church. 5. North River. 6. Staten Island....

Medal

Medal

Round silver prize medal from The Literary Society of King's College (now Columbia University) to Benjamin...

Coffee Pot

Coffee Pot

Silver coffee pot with raised inverted pear-shaped body on molded splayed circular foot, hinged, molded,...

New-York Assembly

New-York Assembly

At Mr. Edward Willets. This ticket admits Miss Jones for the season.

Pulling Down the Statue of George III by "The Sons of Freedom".

Pulling Down the Statue of George III by "The Sons of Freedom".

At the Bowling Green of New York July 1776. Painted by Johannes A. Oertal. Engraved by John C. McRae....

A Plan of New York Island, With Part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey

A Plan of New York Island, With Part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey

With a particular description of the engagement of the Woody Heights of Long Island, between Flatbush...

Alexander Hamilton as a Soldier

Alexander Hamilton as a Soldier


George Washington entering New York in 1783

George Washington entering New York in 1783


Jug

Jug

Salt-glazed stoneware "Evacuation Day Jug" with gray body, interior ochre slip, ovoid body with short...

Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, Jr.

Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, Jr.


New-York, January 25, 1794. Theatre. By the Old American Company, a comedy, "The West Indian", Monday evening, January 27

New-York, January 25, 1794. Theatre. By the Old American Company, a comedy, "The West Indian", Monday evening, January 27

To which will be added a farce, "Who's the Dupe". Places in boxes may be taken of Mr. Faulkner, at the...

This Map of the City of New York and Island of New York as laid out by the Commissioners appointed to the Legislature

This Map of the City of New York and Island of New York as laid out by the Commissioners appointed to the Legislature

is Respectfully Dedicated to the Mayor, Alderman and Community thereof. By their most Obedient Servant,...

Erie Canal Celebration, New York

Erie Canal Celebration, New York

This painting depicts the celebration of the opening of the Erie Canal, an engineering feat in 1825,...

Hanover Square

Hanover Square

The scene depicts a gathering in Hanover Square, which was a public common as early as 1637. There was...

Ruins of the Merchant's Exchange N.Y.

Ruins of the Merchant's Exchange N.Y.

After the Destructive Conflagration of Decbr. 16 & 17, 1835. Published by J. Disturnell 156 Broad Way...

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton


Jug

Jug

Octagonal pyriform jug with paneled body, conforming domed cover surmounted by octagonal finial, flushing...

Full-rigged ship model

Full-rigged ship model

Attributed to William McFee.

Proposed Arcade Railway. Under Broadway. View Near Wall Street.

Proposed Arcade Railway. Under Broadway. View Near Wall Street.


The Tiger's Share

The Tiger's Share

Artist attributed.

Glass Globe Ballot Box

Glass Globe Ballot Box

Ballot box with glass globe in cast iron frame, also known as a Tweed voting bowl. Ballot boxes like...

Cane gold handle in form of tiger's head with enamel tongue and teeth, ruby eyes

Cane gold handle in form of tiger's head with enamel tongue and teeth, ruby eyes

Wooden cane with gold handle in the shape of a tiger's head, with mouth open to display enameled teeth...

Richard Croker

Richard Croker

This is an elegant, dignified portrait of Richard Croker, A three-quarter standing figure, one arm rests...

Showing Foot Bridge [of East River Bridge] and Anchor Bars (in part)

Showing Foot Bridge [of East River Bridge] and Anchor Bars (in part)


Bird's-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks on the Opening Night.

Bird's-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks on the Opening Night.


Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Terracotta maquette for the Statue of Liberty.

[Susan B. Anthony.]

[Susan B. Anthony.]


The End of the Climb.

The End of the Climb.


Railroad Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Railroad Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Nocturnal view of the exterior of the Railroad Building. Four decorative posts with swirl-shaped lights...

Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair

View of the Trylon and Perisphere from the distance. Rows of flower gardens can be seen in the foreground....

Ruins of Trinity Church, 1776.

Ruins of Trinity Church, 1776.


Ruins of Trinity Church, North Side 1776.

Ruins of Trinity Church, North Side 1776.


Ruins of Old Trinity Church, burned 1776, front on Wall Street.

Ruins of Old Trinity Church, burned 1776, front on Wall Street.


New-York Dancing Assembly

New-York Dancing Assembly

The honor of Miss B. Beekman's company, is requested the ensuing season.

Union of Erie with the Atlantic

Union of Erie with the Atlantic

Grand Canal Celebration medal; silver, with original "curious" wooden box made by turner Daniel Karr...

The Bay and Harbor of New York

The Bay and Harbor of New York


All Kinds of Omnibuses Manufactured by John Stephenson New-York

All Kinds of Omnibuses Manufactured by John Stephenson New-York


The Emigrant's Lament

The Emigrant's Lament

I've lived full five years in this land of the free, But niver an office has bin haped upon me! By whom...

Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty)

Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty)

The scene shows the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886 with several boats filled with...

Opening Ceremonies of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge

Opening Ceremonies of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge

May 24, 1883

I March for Full Suffrage June 7th.  Will you?

I March for Full Suffrage June 7th. Will you?

Woman's Suffrage Button

We Want to Vote for President in 1904

We Want to Vote for President in 1904

Woman's Suffrage Button

Vote "No" on Woman Suffrage

Vote "No" on Woman Suffrage

Woman's Suffrage Button

I'm a Voter

I'm a Voter

Woman's Suffrage Button

Votes for Women

Votes for Women

Woman's Suffrage Button

Vote Yes on Woman Suffrage

Vote Yes on Woman Suffrage


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