American Institute of the City of New York

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The American Institute of the City of New York, or, The American Institute of the City of New York for the Encouragement of Science and Invention was a civic organization that existed from ca. 1838 - ca. 1930.[1]

The Institute was an association of inventors. It organized exhibitions, lecture series and radio broadcasts to inform the public about new technologies, and served as a locus for inventors’ professional activities.

The American Institute of The City of New York was chartered on 2 May 1829. Eventually, The American Institute was merged with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in the 1980s.

At one time "Guldens Mustard" had a copy of The American Gold Medal Award on the jar label. Medals were issued in gold, silver and bronze for more than 150 years. The New-York Historical Society received 105 boxes of materials for safekeeping in the 1940s. A detailed index is available at The New-York Historical Society of the contents of each box. Additional materials were given to The New-York Historical Society by Mr. Kenneth Weissman, a trustee and officer, of "The Institute" at the time of the merger with the NYAS.

More recently, Ms. Katherine Jaeger wrote a story about The American Institute that was published in the February 2006 issue of THE NUMISMATIST (Volume 119, Number 2, pages 32–38) with many pictures.