Monday, July 9, 2012

Web Exhibit: New York City Chamber of Commerce Records

"The Chamber of Commerce of New York" is a public online exhibition created by Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML). As they describe it,
This exhibit provides a rich visual guide to the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry Records collection in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Organized thematically, it showcases the varied business that occupied the New York Chamber of Commerce over its more than two hundred years of operation. The Chamber's promotion of New York industry and infrastructure, role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, attempts to shape outreach by sponsoring civic memorials, conservation work it undertook in the Adirondacks, and many other activities are all represented here. Letters, photographs, maps, internal records, and publications produced by the Chamber and its functionaries are augmented by extensive commentary to illustrate a story that touches on most aspects of New York State's business and political development.
The New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry Records comprise committee records, minute books, printed materials, photographs, reports, and a wealth of correspondence offering insight into the motivations, activities, and influence of the organization. The Partnership for New York City (which merged with the Chamber in 2002) donated the Chamber's records to the library in 2005, augmenting the RBML's extensive holdings related to the business history of New York. These collections include the papers of families prominent in New York business, such as the Belmont Family Papers and the Mott Family Papers. RBML also holds the archives of a number of companies with a substantial presence in New York, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and W.R. Grace & Co.