The built environment, especially in so eclectic a place as New York City, has a way of hiding history in plain sight. With that in mind, if you have never noticed how many of the profiles of early 20th century buildings in New York retreat incrementally from the sidewalk as the building grows taller, then you may be surprised the next time you step outside.
Although there is an inherent aesthetic to this design, it is...Read More
Sir Henry Clinton's hair powder duty certificate, 1795 (Donald F. Clark Collection, MS 118)
This 1795 certificate documents that Sir Henry Clinton, the general and former Commander-in-Chief for North America of the British Army during the Revolution, paid the hair powder duty instituted in Great Britain in that year. The duty itself was one guinea, spawning the nickname "guinea pig" for those who paid it.
It may look unassuming, but this document marks a pivotal moment in...Read More
This post was written by cataloger Catherine Falzone.
If Marie Antoinette had survived the French Revolution, she might have come to live in the Pennsylvania woods. The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains documents from the founding of Asylum (or Azilum), the French refugee settlement located in Pennsylvania that was intended for the French royals.
After the French Revolution began and the royal family had been discovered escaping to Varennes in 1791, Louis de Noailles (brother-in-law of...Read More
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