From the Archives


Trinity News magazine recently ran a feature article on the relationship between Mother Elizabeth Seton, the first American-born Roman Catholic saint, and Bishop John Henry Hobart. Check it out here. Read more


Contained within over 100 thick books in the Trinity Archives are handwritten registers of Trinity Parish’s “official acts” dating back to the early eighteenth century. While not every record survives (many were lost in the Great Fire of 1776), Trinity Archives has data on marriages, baptisms, and burials recorded over hundreds of years at Trinity Church and the eleven chapels that were once part of the Parish.

In 2006, the Trinity Archives began digitizing these records,

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October is National Archives Month.  To celebrate, the Mailbag has launched a special tumblr site which will feature 30 new archival artifacts in 30 days.  Check it out here. Read more

Trinity News recently ran a feature article highlighting a feud between two eighteenth-century Trinity clergy.  Check it out here.Read more

This edition of The Archivist's Mailbag was written back in 2012, but with temperatures in the mid-nineties this week it seemed a good time to revisit stories of heat waves past. 

There’s a heat wave in New York City. Temperatures exceeded 88 degrees every day for a week, topping out at 95 degrees last Sunday.

On that evening, the Trinity Choir sang in a special River to River Festival concert at St. Paul’s Chapel. The Chapel, built in 1766, lacks air

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The seal of Trinity Church

When Trinity Church was chartered in 1697, official seals served as signatures throughout much of the Western world. The Trinity Charter was imprinted with the seals of its signers; other documents related to the parish’s founding have the seal of the colonial province, the royal governor, or the crown. Seals were official, important, and commonplace.

The new parish, of course, required it’s own seal

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John Jacob Astor IV

The wee hours of Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic.

The ship was bound for New York with a notable member of the Trinity community on board: John Jacob

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This week, the Archivist's Mailbag uncovers the truth behind some other common myths about Trinity Church. Today, we tackle Myth #4: You had to be rich and white to be buried in Trinity churchyard.

Trinity’s north churchyard was originally the city burial ground of New Amsterdam, later colonial New York. This burial ground charged a small fee. In order to get around paying this

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