Scrapbooks are unpredictable. Each page turn may reveal some obscure, interesting piece of ephemera, photograph or letter. But it's still a bit surprising to unearth x-rays of a man's head and chest as we found in one of two enormous scrapbooks of Melville E. Stone Jr.
Born in Chicago in 1874, Stone was an 1897 graduate of Harvard who followed his father, Melville Sr. and brother, Herbert, into the publishing trade. In 1909, he became president of the Metropolitan...Read More
This post was written by Trish Kaiser, intern for the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architecture.
As an intern with the Library’s Graphic Materials Collections, I researched the extensive Keppler collection, which highlights Joseph Keppler and his son Udo’s influential satirical 19th century publication Puck. This collection includes 26 folders of original drawings, color lithographic prints, and personal clippings. I methodically went through the materials identifying and fully describing them.
My first day at N-YHS began with researching Joseph...Read More
This year marks 350 years since Governor Richard Nicoll appointed New York's first mayor, Thomas Willett, in 1665. Much has changed since the office's earliest days, including the expansion of the mayor's powers. New York mayors are now known far and wide while a comparatively small number of the 109 overall are familiar to the average New Yorker. Among this less recognizable cohort is David Mathews, the city's mayor from 1776 to 1783. It may seem inscrutable how a man who served in such an...Read More
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