This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
This week marks the 150th anniversary of New York’s passage of the Tenement House Law of 1867.
Loophole-ridden and difficult to enforce, this state law “for the regulation of tenement and lodging-houses in the cities of New York and Brooklyn” nonetheless opened the way toward considering the health and welfare of its citizens over and above a rigid concept of private property rights. Several go-rounds of...Read More
This post was written by Nora Slominsky, New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
A key figure in the politics of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Rufus King was a powerful Federalist senator, diplomat, and attorney. In his very limited spare time, he also built and maintained one of the largest personal libraries in the Early Republic. This collection, consisting of approximately 3,500 pieces, remains largely intact at the New-York Historical Society. Donated by King’s descendants in...Read More
This post was written by AHMC cataloger Miranda Schwartz.
A small, bright-red trial pass from the American Historical Manuscript Collection leads us to look back at a sensational 19th-century trial—that of Charles J. Guiteau, an unstable, itinerant bill collector and lawyer who assassinated President James A. Garfield just four months after his election.
For years Guiteau had bounced from job to job, city to city, exhibiting the warning signs of mental illness. After Garfield’s victory Guiteau seized...Read More
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