• The Living Room in the Vanderbilt Mansion

    Vanderbilt Mansion

    National Historic Site New York

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  • Vanderbilt Mansion will be closed to the public on Wednesday morning July 30th.

    Signs will be installed at the Main and Coach House gates to inform the public of the temporary closure and will be removed when the park reopens. Park guests may wish to visit the Home of FDR or Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill in the morning.

Research

Research
 

Historic archival material serves as the basis for the restoration and interpretation of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Documentary resources include original estate records, ledgers, account books, diaries, and photographs that illustrate the history of estate management and offer insight into the operation of the farm, the park and formal gardens, as well as the mansion, pavilion, and coachhouse. The significance of this collection lies not just in its relative completeness, but also in its potential to serve historians.

The archives collection and reference library include architectural drawings, photographs, the estate accounting ledgers, maps, oral histories, historian's files and clippings, and the park's resource management documents. Consult the Repository Finding Aid for more information.

Research materials in the park's reference library and archives are available to the public by appointment. Additionally, many research documents published by the park are available online. For further inquiries or to make an appointment, contact the Collection Manager by email, or by calling (845-229-2465.

 

Did You Know?

Outside view of the Vanderbilt Powerhouse

The Vanderbilt Mansion was the first home in the Town of Hyde Park to have electricity. It was generated by a hydroelectric power plant, located on Crum Elbow Creek that runs through the property.