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Don Rittner <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 5 Nov 2001 15:53:04 -0500
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I also have seen information posted in some of the 19th century magazines
like Harper's or Leslie's that might do a feature piece on some "exclusive"
club or group.  Also some of the so called 19th century "blue books" lists
many of the clubs and organizations in a city.

> From: Honor Conklin <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: "A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State
> history." <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 09:59:34 -0500
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Turn of the century research
> One source is the Social Register Locater and the Social Register.  The New
> York State Library owns several copies for various cities in the country in
> the early 1900s.
> You may also want to look into the clubs they may have joined.  Some clubs
> published pamphlets with membership lists, dinners and speaker programs.  Some
> of those pamphlets are in the New York State Library, MSS and Special
> Collections.  There are also mainstream monographs on such clubs that might
> mentioned the family.
> Also consider clubs in the resort locations they might have had homes in.
> Again pamphlets and also newspapers for both locations.
> There might be genealogies and genealogical articles published on them.
> The businsesses they were involved in - annual reports, archives for the
> business (which might be in a MSS collection), ..
> Look into extended family members and friends.  Did any of them have noted
> interests, you mention art.  Were any involved in alternative social groups,
> an interest in Harlem or gay New York.
> Some school records might be available - archives in a MSS collection,
> published annual reports and school rosters and programs.  Yearbooks.
> It is difficult to help without knowing the family but with a broad net a
> great deal of information should be available even if you choose to do the
> research from a distance, ie not contacting actual family members and friends
> for interviews.
> Honor
>>>> Julia <[log in to unmask]> 11/02/01 01:11PM >>>
> Good afternoon.
> I have joined this list because I am currently working very hard on a
> project which involves geneological research, but which has me stymied to a
> fair degree due to my collection of "lore" which contains no references to
> accurate names and dates.
> I know, for example, that the family was considered a "high society" family,
> one whose children attended so-called "society schools" in the early 1900's,
> and even a well-known art school in the 1930's, though I do not know which
> school(s).
> I know that one gentleman was a relatively well-known organist in New York
> City around the turn of the century, but that this was not his profession,
> as he held a law degree and was in the banking business.
> I would guess by now that my problem is quite clear.  The sorts of
> information I have are nonspecific in nature for the most part, and leave me
> with little ability to fine tune my research.
> My question to the list is whether anyone might have some suggestions or
> guidance for me with regard to specific resources which I might do well to
> consult for further research.  For instance, were their directories which
> made reference to the "high society" of New York City in the early 1900's?
> I am seeking any sort of resource which might allow me to engage more
> readily in the research using the vast amount of "lore" I have available to
> me.  (I do have surnames, etc., but did not know whether it would be
> appropriate to print them here.)
> I thank you very much for allowing me to post this query, and for any
> guidance and expertise which any of you might be willing to share with me.
> Thank you very much.
> Sincerely,
> Julia