Re: NYCSHS collections

James Yaworsky

--- In STMFC@..., Richard Hendrickson <rhendrickson@...> wrote:

Other historical societies
(and not just those for the larger railroads) have either established
their own archives or contracted with existing libraries or museums
to store and catalog materials so that they are readily available.
What good is a historical society if its holdings are held
in disorganized limbo where they can't be accessed?

Richard Hendrickson
Richard, I totally agree with you, and you will be glad to learn the following:

From the NYCSHS website:

"The NYC collection of photographs is temporarily unavailable for purchase. The collection has been transferred to the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio for cataloging and archiving. Due to the overwhelming size of the collection, this is expected to take considerable time. After this activity has been completed, photographs will again be available for members of the New York Central System Historical Society, and to the general public at competitive rates. The collection has exhibited signs of deterioration in recent years, and the archival efforts of the WRHS will preserve these images for the foreseeable future."

And as has been noted back in this message thread, the drawing collection of the Society has been digitalized and is available. Perhaps more has to be done to ease the process of getting copies of these drawings, but they are available. This whole process is an immense task.

Jim Yaworsky

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