Museum of the City of New York Annual Reports, 1927-2007

Extent: 6 boxes (2.6 linear feet)
The Annual Reports of the Museum of the City of New York and, for a time, the Marine Museum of the City of New York are part of the institutional archives. They present financial, membership and attendance statistics since the earliest years of the Museum, as well as information on the collections and exhibitions of the Museum.

Scope and Content
The Annual Reports include written contributions from the President of the Board of Trustees, the Director of the Museum, and occasionally curators and department heads about acquisitions, special exhibitions, and educational work. The reports also include sections for statistics outlining attendance of exhibitions and programming, new and continuing membership, and number of accessions and items on loan to the museum. There is also a statement of cash receipts and disbursements under the heading of a report from the Treasurer.

The collection includes annual reports from the Marine Museum of the City of New York. The Marine Museum was founded by the Ship Model Society in 1928, and began producing annual reports in 1934. In 1953 the Museum of the City of New York and the Marine Museum of the City of New York agreed to merge their governing bodies. While each would retain its own corporate entity, this would make them, for administrative purposes, one institution. Annual reports for the Museum of the City of New York from 1954-1955 through 1962-1963 included a report from the curator of the Marine Museum of the City of New York.

The Museum had a Women’s Committee with a very active and committed membership. Reports included the list of members of the Women’s Committee and the report of the Treasurer of the Women’s Committee. Some years include reports from the Chairman of the Women’s Committee, notes about exhibitions or programs financed or supported by the Women’s Committee, and/or other information about the involvement of the Committee in Museum programming.

Each report lists bequests, contributors, and donors and lenders of objects or exhibits. Later reports list donors for whom galleries and exhibits are named. Extracts from the by-laws regarding classes of membership are in each report, followed by a listing of the membership arranged by class (e.g. patron, donor, fellow, associate, benefactor, founder, life member, contributing member, sustaining member, or annual member).

I. Museum of the City of New York
II. Marine Museum of the City of New York

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