The New York Academy of Sciences


Explore 200 years of science and medical discovery

The New York Academy of Sciences 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, 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 an enduring cultural institution in New York, and one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community. The New York Academy of Sciences has 200,000+ members from across 100+ countries and a distinguished board of governors that includes leaders from various disciplines in business, academia, and philanthropy. The Academy’s President’s Council has included 34 Nobel Laureates.

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  • Botany
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Civil/Human Rights
  • Climate Science
  • Ecology
  • Education in the Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • Geosciences
  • Medical Research
  • Natural History
  • Natural Sciences
  • North American Studies & Much More
Primary Source Materials
  • Administrative Records
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  • Data
  • Fieldwork
  • Gray Literature
  • Illustrations
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Reports & Various Ephemera