On November 20, 1804, a group of prominent, history-minded New Yorkers met to form the New-York Historical Society. Two hundred years later the Society would hold one of the premiere research and museum collections of Americana in the country. This book recounts the history of the Society's remarkable achievements in collection building, from the earliest gatherings of natural history specimens and ancient Egyptian artifacts to its rich holdings in the following areas: colonial and Revolutionary War manuscripts; rare books, including the first ones printed in New York; colonial and eighteenth century newspapers; approximately one million pieces of advertising ephemera; maps, prints and thousands of paintings, including Audubon's watercolors for his famous Birds of America, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture; and much more. The story weaves its way from the Society's first home in in Lower Manhattan to its present building on Central Park West, and discusses many of its prominent members and officers. The New-York Historical Society's story tells the history of New York and its prominent place in the development of the United States.