New-York Historical Society

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New-York Historical Society, New York City. Founded in 1804, the society is a repository of art, artifacts, and literature relating to American, especially New York, history. Among its celebrated permanent collections are 435 watercolors by John James Audubon for his engraved folio volumes, The Birds of America, and American paintings from colonial times through the 19th cent. The society's educational programs include changing exhibitions of American cultural subjects, lectures by noted scholars and historians, and a large library facility providing extensive material to scholars on early America.