The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) was founded in 1817 as the Lyceum of Natural History in the City of New York, with strong organizational connections to the New York Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, and New York University and New York Public Library. Today, the New York Academy of Sciences continues to pursue its mission of driving innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. Among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, it has become not only an enduring cultural institution in New York, but also one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community. The NYAS has 200,000+ members from across 100+ countries. NYAS’ distinguished Board of Governors has included leaders from various disciplines in business, academia, and philanthropy and its President’s Council has included 34 Nobel Laureates.

NYAS promotes education in the sciences towards its goal of furthering the dissemination of scientific and medical research and information to the public. NYAS brings individuals and organizations together to drive real-world solutions to global challenges. NYAS publishes Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest scientific journals in the United States, and among the top five cited multidisciplinary scientific serials worldwide.

The NYAS archives cover a history of development in scientific thought and medicine, and NYAS has played key roles in the advancement of science. NYAS and its members have helped to shape public perception of the sciences, contributed to the prominent place with science holds in youth education and have helped to shape public policy in the United States and abroad as it related to important topics such as climate, health, pollution, and the environment.


Collection Features:

  • Administrative Records
  • Correspondence
  • Data
  • Ephemera
  • Fieldwork
  • Gray Literature
  • Illustrations
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Monographs
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs
  • Proceedings
  • Reports
  • & More!

Collection specifics:

  • Papers of Nathaniel Lord Britton
  • Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Survey
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Supporting Materials

The New York Academy of Sciences: A Wiley Digital Archives Collection brochure

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The New York Academy of Sciences Fact Sheet

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The New York Academy of Sciences Collection Finding Aid

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