With Christmas just two days away, it seems a good time to post this little bit of history. In one sense it's self-explanatory, a poem written out by hand and signed by John Remsen on Christmas Day, 1803. But it's also a perfect example of a slightly more obscure practice. It is precisely what the Encyclopedia of Ephemera describes as a "schoolboy's piece." That is, a pre-printed sheet left blank for a young scholar to write a selection of...Read More
With the opening of the next section of the High Line this week we are reminded of the incredible transformation of the High Line from an abandoned relic of 20th Century transportation history to a restorative piece of the urban landscape. There are many sidebars to the story, but perhaps one of the more ironic is that the High Line itself began as part of a project jeopardizing the Upper West Side's very own Riverside...Read More
This post was written by Project Archivist Larry Weimer.
In Part 1 of this blog posted last week, I introduced N-YHS’ institutional archives project now underway thanks to a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. Several finding aids are now online, and in this Part 2, I would like to give you a short introduction to the archival materials now available.
First, there is a lot of correspondence. My colleague on the project, Brynn White, has been working...Read More
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