The New York Academy of Sciences was founded in 1817 as the Lyceum of Natural History in the City of New York. Over the following 200 years, the Academy influenced the founding of the New York Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, and New York University, the New York Public Library, and the rise of modern New York City and beyond. The history of the Academy is the history of the development of science in the United States in a global context.

The mission of the New York Academy of Sciences today is to drive innovative global solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy. It does so with the enthusiasm of over 200,000 members from 100+ countries, a distinguished Board of Governors of leaders from in business, academia, and philanthropy, and a President’s Council with 30+ Nobel Laureates.

For over two centuries, the New York Academy of Sciences’ activities have delved deeply into natural history and, later, modern molecular and physical sciences, STEM education and mentoring for grade-to-graduate students, global policy, human rights of scientists, and women in science, among many others. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences has been the Academy’s scientific journal since 1823 and is distributed worldwide.

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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