This post was written by Catherine Stephens, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience Assistant, Summer 2016.
In Colonial America, broadsides were one of the fastest ways to spread news, rally support for a political cause, or to advertise for popular products and entertainments. These unassuming paper notices were printed in large quantities and were displayed publicly or distributed by hand in town squares and other public meeting places. The broadside pictured above was printed in New York on...Read More
This post was written by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.
The Social Security Act, a program through which employers and employees contribute money to an account to be drawn upon in retirement, went into effect in November 1936. During the next seven months, 30 million Americans applied and were issued cards, each printed with a unique set of nine numbers.
Prior to the issuance of social security numbers, the only Americans assigned numbers for identification purposes...Read More
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