Fellows may conduct research within the archival holdings of any institution located in the five boroughs of New York City including, but not limited to, the locations listed below. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact each research location directly for information on availability and access to collections. Fellows are subject to all policies of each individual research location.
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
The Gilder Lehrman Collection consists of letters and diaries, maps, pamphlets, sketchbooks, printed books, photographs, and other materials. The Collection’s holdings range from Columbus to recent times but concentrate in the period from 1760 to 1876.
The Brooklyn Historical Society
The Othmer Library at the Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized research library. Collections document the rich histories of Brooklyn and Long Island, from the beginning of the written record of settlement of the area to the present day.
Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library is strong in every area of American history and contains both printed books and documents. Holdings are particularly rich in the history of publishing, New York City politics, and journalism.
The Morgan Library & Museum
Founded by J. P. Morgan, the Morgan Library & Museum’s collection includes manuscripts and printed books pertaining to American history, literature, and art. Autograph letters, journals, and archival material are especially valuable sources for American political, military, and economic history.
The Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York’s collection documents the city’s heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation, spanning from the seventeenth century to the present. You may search portions of the collection via the online portal as well as learn more about the museum’s research services.
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library’s research holdings are strong in every period of American history in both manuscripts and printed books. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street is the home to the General Research Division, Art & Architecture Collection, Dorot Jewish Division, Periodicals Room, Map Division, Microforms, US History, Local History & Genealogy, the Slavic and East European Collections, and Special Collections. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the premier archives of African American history, art, and culture. The Center’s archives contain extensive materials on the history of slavery and abolition, the African diaspora, religion, African American culture, and the Civil Rights Movement.
The New-York Historical Society
The Library of the New-York Historical Society is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States, with vast manuscript and printed book collections covering four centuries; it contains one of the world’s largest collections of pre-1820 newspapers.