NYPL Archives Record Group 10 consists of visual materials that document New York Public Library buildings, programs, staff and predecessor institutions from 1875 to the present. Formats include photoprints, negatives, transparencies, albums, drawings, prints and postcards. Major subjects include the Astor Library, the NYPL Branch Libraries, celebrations, construction of the landmark Central Building on Fifth Avenue, the Croton Reservoir, exhibits, the free circulating libraries of New York City, individuals associated with the Library, the Lenox Library, the NYPL Research Libraries, staff organizations, parades in front of the Central Building, and activities during World War I and World War II. There are also photographs of children's activities in the branch libraries taken by Lewis Hine for the Child Welfare Exhibit of 1911.The photographs were taken in three boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
Biographical/historical: The New York Public Library Archives was established in the mid-1980s to collect, preserve and make accessible historical records that document The Library and its predecessor institutions. Archives holdings date chiefly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and include early records of NYPL Branch Libraries and Research Libraries, as well those of the Astor Library, Lenox Library, Tilden Trust and New York Free Circulating Library. The Archives also houses an extensive collection of historical images of NYPL buildings, collections and programs. In 1992, this material along with a parallel holding in the Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, received an inventory grant from the New York State Documentary Heritage Program, the results of which are available in the departments for consultation.