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J. Clarence Davies Collection
Bronx real estate mogul J. Clarence Davies (1868-1934) assembled his collection of New York City imagery over a forty year period, collecting voraciously and comprehensively. In 1929 he gave his collection to the City Museum. At the time, the gift was valued at $500,000 and included paintings, prints, maps, book illustrations, printed ephemera, and other materials that reflect all five boroughs and span the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th. In 2013 the Museum completed a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conserve more than 150 prints, maps, and paintings from this collection, and digitize 1,600. Explore those and other objects from the Davies collection here.
Rhinelander's Sugar House

Rhinelander's Sugar House


New-York & Brooklyn

New-York & Brooklyn

Drawn on stone by C. Matter. J. U. Locher St. Gall Switzerland. J. H. Locher 117 Fulton Street New-York....

Harbor of new york, 1854 (from the southeast) (bireseye view)

Harbor of new york, 1854 (from the southeast) (bireseye view)

PRINTS - LITHOGRAPH, COLORED

Plan of the City of New York, In North America: Surveyed in the Years 1766 & 1767

Plan of the City of New York, In North America: Surveyed in the Years 1766 & 1767

Publisher: Jefferys & Faden, London

Drawell at Morrissania

Drawell at Morrissania


New York Crystal Palace

New York Crystal Palace

For the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations.

Life of a fireman, (the)'. 1854 (The ruins. - 'Take up!'. - 'Man your rope!'.) lithograph, colored

Life of a fireman, (the)'. 1854 (The ruins. - 'Take up!'. - 'Man your rope!'.) lithograph, colored

FIRE DEPARTMENT

American Docks & Warehouses, New York Harbor

American Docks & Warehouses, New York Harbor

Property of the American Dock & Warehouse Trust Company, New York.

Insured in the American Insurance Company of Newark, N.J. The Fire.- "Now then with a Will- Shake Her Up Boys!"

Insured in the American Insurance Company of Newark, N.J. The Fire.- "Now then with a Will- Shake Her Up Boys!"

Firemen attempt to rescue tenants from a burning building.

New York and its Surroundings - Map of the Metropolis from the Battery to One Hundred Eighth Street, and Parks of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Jersey City and Hoboken

New York and its Surroundings - Map of the Metropolis from the Battery to One Hundred Eighth Street, and Parks of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Jersey City and Hoboken

For Gratuitous Circulation with Harper's Weekly, Number 858, June 7, 1873. | Includes list of churches....

Martel's New York Central Park

Martel's New York Central Park

Respectfully Dedicated to the Parks Commission. | Published by the Central Park Publishing Co. 720 Broadway,...

Dr. Rich's Institute for Physical Education

Dr. Rich's Institute for Physical Education

No. 159 Crosby, near Bleeker St. New York. Established for the Promotion of Health By Means of Systematic...

Map of the Great Central Subdivision of Grand Park, Westchester County, NY, Villa Plots and Lots

Map of the Great Central Subdivision of Grand Park, Westchester County, NY, Villa Plots and Lots

One sheet; color map of the area with numbered lots; geographical features indicated; General Theological...

Bird's Eye View of that Portion of the 23rd and 24th Wards of the City of New York, lying west of the N.Y. and Harlem Railroad, and of the Grand Boulevard & Concourse, 1897

Bird's Eye View of that Portion of the 23rd and 24th Wards of the City of New York, lying west of the N.Y. and Harlem Railroad, and of the Grand Boulevard & Concourse, 1897

Connects Manhattan with the park system north of Harlem.

Southern Part of West-chester County N.Y.

Southern Part of West-chester County N.Y.


Map showing Location of Jerome Park and  Fleetwood Park (New York Driving Club), 1889.

Map showing Location of Jerome Park and Fleetwood Park (New York Driving Club), 1889.


New York in 1800

New York in 1800

January 1st 1900. Compiled from original maps by Louis A. Risse, Chief Topographical Engineer of Board...

Map of the Upper Part of New York City, from Fifty - Seventh Street to King's Bridge Showing the "West Side Improvements". With Dimensions, Elevations of Grades and Distance complete.

Map of the Upper Part of New York City, from Fifty - Seventh Street to King's Bridge Showing the "West Side Improvements". With Dimensions, Elevations of Grades and Distance complete.

New York, March 1868. Compiled and drawn under the direction of Hamilton E. Towle, Civil Engineer and...

Map of the City of New York with the Adjacent Cities of Brooklyn & Jersey City & the Village of Williamsburg

Map of the City of New York with the Adjacent Cities of Brooklyn & Jersey City & the Village of Williamsburg

fold-out map of New York City and environs, bound in hard covers

Map of the West Bayard Farm.

Map of the West Bayard Farm.

The property of Nicholas and Stephen Bayard and the John Dyckman properties as surveyed and laid out...

Map of the Haring or Herring Farm

Map of the Haring or Herring Farm

Showing its original parameter as surveyed in 1784 by David Haring.

Map showing original Boundaries of the Varian, Horn, and Samler Estates.

Map showing original Boundaries of the Varian, Horn, and Samler Estates.

June 1884.

Map of Kip's Bay Farm.

Map of Kip's Bay Farm.

Showing the original farm lines, subdivisions into lots and parcels, and the old streets and present...

Map of the Hermitage Farm & the Norton Estate

Map of the Hermitage Farm & the Norton Estate

Compiled from authentic data, May 1872.

Grand Funeral Procession in Memory of Gen. Jackson.

Grand Funeral Procession in Memory of Gen. Jackson.

As it started from the City Hall New York June 24th, 1845.

Map of the country thirty three miles around the city of New York

Map of the country thirty three miles around the city of New York

Large central roundel of map with decorative foliate border; title across top of map; small key on lower...

Map showing the Perimeter of Farms in Bloomingdale and the Old Roads and Lanes as they existed One Hundred Years Ago.

Map showing the Perimeter of Farms in Bloomingdale and the Old Roads and Lanes as they existed One Hundred Years Ago.

Belonging to the Cozine, Hopper, Hegeman, Stake, Stryker, Eden, Tevon, Haynes, Horsmanden, Reis, Kelly,...

Map of the Common Lands from 26th Street To 43rd Street.

Map of the Common Lands from 26th Street To 43rd Street.

Showing the old streets and plots as surveyed and mapped in 1796 by Casimir Th. Goerck, City Surveyor,...

Map of the Louvre Farm

Map of the Louvre Farm

Showing its original parimeter, its division by partition into six parcels, and the susequent division...

Map of Property Belonging to Various Estates Between 129th and 147th Streets and 5th and 12th Avenues

Map of Property Belonging to Various Estates Between 129th and 147th Streets and 5th and 12th Avenues

Accurately made from the most reliable data, May 15, 1875

Map of the Bussing, Bradhurst, Watt & Other Estates

Map of the Bussing, Bradhurst, Watt & Other Estates

Showing farm lines, roads & lanes as the existed 100 years ago and as the now exisit. December 1885.

Map of property belonging to Clement C. Moore at Greenwich in the City of New York .

Map of property belonging to Clement C. Moore at Greenwich in the City of New York .


Map of the Jumel, Murray, Burrall, Dickey & other Estates

Map of the Jumel, Murray, Burrall, Dickey & other Estates

Showing farm lines, roads, lanes and streets existing 100 years ago & present streets, drives, and boulevards....

Map of 1000 Lots and 30 Villa Plots of the Mickle Estate, at Byaside, Queens County, Long Island.

Map of 1000 Lots and 30 Villa Plots of the Mickle Estate, at Byaside, Queens County, Long Island.


Hitchcock & Denton's Map No.2 of Ozone Park

Hitchcock & Denton's Map No.2 of Ozone Park

The "Harlem of Brooklyn," only 20 minutes from City Hall via the East River Bridge

Map of Property lying on each side of Broadway ormerly known as the Calk Hook

Map of Property lying on each side of Broadway ormerly known as the Calk Hook

Accurately made from old maps, deeds, and other reliable sources by J. B. Holmes, City Surveyor. October...

Map of the Estate of John Hopper

Map of the Estate of John Hopper

March 7, 1821.

Map of the Rutger's Farm as Existed in 1784.

Map of the Rutger's Farm as Existed in 1784.

Accurately made, April 1, 1874.

Peremtory Sale. 18 fine lots Near Depot, Fordham 24th Ward

Peremtory Sale. 18 fine lots Near Depot, Fordham 24th Ward

Held Wednesday, June 2, 1886.

Map of the Property Belonging to Phillip Milledoler

Map of the Property Belonging to Phillip Milledoler

Situated in the Twefth Ward of the City of New York. November 1850.

Map of Villa Sights at Riverdale.

Map of Villa Sights at Riverdale.

In the 24th Ward, belonging to Joseph Rosenthal, Esq. | To be sold at auction Tuesday, November, 23....

Map of Property Belonging Samson Adolphus Benson Lying in the 12th Ward of the City of New York

Map of Property Belonging Samson Adolphus Benson Lying in the 12th Ward of the City of New York

Mount Morris Homestead | May 1848.

Map of the Village of Mt. Hope

Map of the Village of Mt. Hope

Known as Western Reserve or Upper Morrisania in the county of Westchester. | February 22, 1851.

Fordham Heights

Fordham Heights

Being the eartly part of the Farm of Lewis G. Morris, on the Manor of Fordham. Town of West Farms, county...

Absolute Sale: 22 Fordham Lots Auction Including Edgar A. Poe Cottage

Absolute Sale: 22 Fordham Lots Auction Including Edgar A. Poe Cottage

Auction held April 18, 1889.

Plan of Lots in Woodland Park, City of New York

Plan of Lots in Woodland Park, City of New York

Top half contains map of lots from 148th to 151st Street, from the Hudson River east to 10th Avenue,...

Map of the Village of Mott Haven

Map of the Village of Mott Haven

In the town of Morrisania, county of Westchester, state of New York, 1864. Surveyed by R. Henwood.

Map of the Village of East Tremont in the Town of West Farms, Westchester County, New York

Map of the Village of East Tremont in the Town of West Farms, Westchester County, New York

Surveyed by William G. Livingston.

East and West De Lancey Farms

East and West De Lancey Farms

Showing the perimeter streets as surveyed under thier original owner, James De Lancey, Esq. | September...

The Widening of Broadway between 32nd and 59th Streets

The Widening of Broadway between 32nd and 59th Streets

In accordance with the plans of the Central Park Comissioners. | Hamilton Ewen, City Surveyor. | William...

Map of the Common Lands from 59th to 76th Street

Map of the Common Lands from 59th to 76th Street

Showing the Old Streets and Plots as Surveyed in 1796 by Casimir Th. Goerck, and resurveyed by Issac...

Map of Lands in the Ninth Ward in the City of New York.

Map of Lands in the Ninth Ward in the City of New York.


[Map of Intersection of Spring Street and Varick Street]

[Map of Intersection of Spring Street and Varick Street]

Figures & objects at intersection possibly indicate military activity.

Diagram Shewing a Road proposed to be opened to connect Washington Avenue with Old Boston Road

Diagram Shewing a Road proposed to be opened to connect Washington Avenue with Old Boston Road

Map showing proposed re-direction of Boston Road and Washington Avenue, between Waverly Street and First...

Map of Property belonging to Philip Hone Esquire, Situated in the 9th Ward of the City of New York

Map of Property belonging to Philip Hone Esquire, Situated in the 9th Ward of the City of New York


A Map of the Common Lands between the three and six mile stones belonging to the Corporation of the City of New York

A Map of the Common Lands between the three and six mile stones belonging to the Corporation of the City of New York

Partial map of Manhattan showing private property in pink, land for sale in yellow, and land for lease...

Map of Ground situated near Greenwich, the Property of George Lindsay

Map of Ground situated near Greenwich, the Property of George Lindsay

New York December 1815, by WW Freeman, City Surveyor | Copy E. Smith

[133rd Street to 148th Street, 6th Avenue to the Harlem River]

[133rd Street to 148th Street, 6th Avenue to the Harlem River]

Manuscript map drawn by Robert A. Serrell of 133rd Street to 148th Street, Harlem River, and 5th and...

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