The Bronx County Historical Society

The Bronx County Historical Society is a private non-profit organization that collects and disseminates historical material and information about The Bronx, a borough of the City of New York.

The Bronx County Historical Society
The seal depicts Jonas Bronck and a Native American surveying the Bronck farm "Emmaus" in 1639.
Named afterCounty of The Bronx
MottoPer Palum Ac Librum
Established1955 (1955)
FoundersBurt Gumpert, Joseph Duffy, Theodore Schliessman, Fred E.J. Kracke, John McNamara, Ronald Schliessman, Theodore Kazimiroff, and Vincent Hunt
Legal statusprivate, non-profit
Purposeeducational and cultural
Headquarters3309 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10467
Gary Hermalyn
Bronx Historian
Llyod Ultan
Director of Museums/Curator
Kathleen A. McAuley
Director of Programs and External Relations
Angel Hernandez
PublicationThe Bronx County Historical Society Journal
SubsidiariesMuseum of Bronx History, Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, BCHS Research Library, The Bronx County Archives
AffiliationsHistoric House Trust, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,

The Society's ongoing mission

The Society continues to collect all sorts of information such as books, reports, photographs, archival records, objects, and other artifacts about The Bronx. It then makes this information available to thousands of people each year, in its Research Library and Archives, by mail and over the phone, and via the Internet.[1] The Society also works with the Bronx Library Center and Branch Libraries in sharing these resources. As for the future, The Bronx County Historical Society is expected to start their digitization project in 2017.[2][3]

For over 50 years, The Bronx County Historical Society has honored Bronx High School Valedictorians with an awards ceremony held at the Museum for Bronx History. The event offers the opportunity to accentuate the positive in The Bronx and to meet and honor the borough's future leaders.[4]

The Society is also the largest publisher of books and articles about The Bronx and produces the oldest continuously published historical periodical in The Greater City of New York, The Bronx County Historical Society Journal.

Partnerships and special projects

The Bronx County Historical Society is a joint sponsor with Fordham University’s Department of African and African American Studies of The Bronx African American History Project.[5][6] Over 230 oral histories have been done so far, four major archival collections accessioned, and many books, articles, and exhibitions have been produced.[7] The oral histories are being cataloged and will be available to the public at The Bronx Archives Building.[8] In 2009-2010, the Historical Society is continuing an Archival Survey of the records of African Americans in The Bronx.

In 2010, The Society launched The Bronx Latino History Project, which highlights Latinos who lived or contributed to The Bronx throughout its history.[9][10] Because the Latino population is the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the borough since the mid-20th century (comprising more than half of the county's population), The Society’s education department is continuing the process of increasing its collections to reflect The Bronx's current diversity.[11] With the assistance of community organizations and devoted individuals, The Society will continue to fulfill its mission to preserve and share information that highlights major turning points in Bronx history.

Official Historians of the Bronx

  • Lloyd Ultan (1996 - present)
  • William A. Tieck (1989 to 1996)[12]
  • Theodore Kazimiroff [13]
  • Cyrus C. Miller[14]

See also


  1. Zoe, Rosenberg. "In Photos: Exploring the Bronx County Historical Society's Hidden Archives". Curbed New York. Curbed New York. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. Clarke, Erin. "Bronx Historical Society to be Revamped, Jump into the Future". Time Warner Cable News. Time Warner Cable News. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. Cruz, David. "BCHS Embarks on Digital Preservation of Relics" (PDF). Norwood News. Norwood News. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. "Bronx County Historical Honors Top Students". Bronx Times. June 17–23, 2010.
  5. Wall, Patrick (April 5, 2013). "Ten Year Project Records Story of Blacks in the Bronx". DNA Info. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. "Bronx African American History Project". Fordham University. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  7. Gonzalez, David (October 22, 2004). "Lost and Found: An Era in The Bronx". The New York Times. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  8. "Bronx Jazz Scene Back in Swing at Historical Society". Norwood News. December 14, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  9. Samuels, Tanyanika (October 18, 2011). "Injecting life into Bronx's Latino history". The New York Daily News. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  10. "Bronx Latino Project Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month". News 12, The Bronx. September 16, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  11. "QuickFacts - Bronx County (Bronx Borough), New York". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  12. Thomas, Robert Mcg. Jr. (January 20, 1997). "Dr. William A. Tieck, Minister And a Bronx Historian, 89". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  13. Bell, Blake A. "Historic Pelham: Mysterious Rock Construction on Two Trees Island Off the Shores of Pelham". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  14. Hellman, Geoffrey T. (21 March 1953). "Bronx Historian". The New Yorker. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  15. "The Bronx African American History Project staff". Fordham University. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
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