Chronicling Life in New York City During the 19th Century

During the “Long 19th Century,” New York City was the focal point in North America for industry, trade, commerce and immigration. Gateway to North America contains content from print and manuscript directories, member lists, travel guides and other sources. It is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, researchers and educators alike. 

  • Residential, trade and occupational directories
  • Membership lists for professional groups, philanthropic and governmental institutions,
    ethnic organizations, religious groups and leisure clubs
  • Names and physical descriptions of Civil War deserters and the incarcerated
  • Illustrated advertisements
  • Commercial listings by trade
  • Descriptions of local philanthropic, religious and governmental institutions
  • Travel schedules
  • Maps
  • Postal and tax rates
  • Town histories

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Sources Include:

  • Yearbooks and annuals
  • Tax lists
  • Elite blue books
  • Vital records
  • Burial lists
  • Registers
  • Biographical dictionaries
  • Gazetteers

Maps Include:

  • Land development and internal improvements over time
  • Travel routes
  • Locations of government buildings, churches and schools
  • Concentrations of wealth and poverty
  • Spread of disease

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