Biography and History

George McAneny was a prominent New York City civil servant. Born in 1869 in Greenville, New Jersey, McAneny attended Jersey City High School and began a career in journalism after graduation. He eventually switched gears to the public sphere and served as Executive Secretary of the New York Civil Service Commission, Secretary of the New York Civil Service Reform League, President of the City Club, President of the Borough of Manhattan, and President of the Board of Aldermen. McAneny also served as the executive manager of the New York Times. He died in 1953.

Source: From the finding aid for MC091


  • City planners -- United States -- 20th century..
  • Civil Service Reform Association files. 1881-1896 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC037

    Consists of some files of the Civil Service Reform Association and its affiliates, containing correspondence and reports urging that appointments to the Civil Service be based upon a competitive examination.

  • George McAneny Papers. 1869-1953 (inclusive), 1910-1921 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC091

    George McAneny served in numerous positions in the government of New York City, including president of the Borough of Manhattan (1910-1913), president of the Board of Aldermen (1914-1916), and chairman of the State Transit Commission (1921). This collection consists of lectures, reports, correspondence, committee and association files, clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs, all of which reflect his special interests in regional and city planning, zoning, city and state transit, and city financing.