In honor of Black history month, we thought we would take a look at some items from the library collections spanning the first four centuries of African-American history in New York; and where better to start than the beginning (just about)!
Conveyance of Judith Stuyvesant to Frans Bastiaensz, 24 September 1674. (BY NYC Deeds, MS 1972, p.23)
Shown here is a 1674 conveyance, in Dutch, made by Judith Stuyvesant transferring property (roughly in present-day Gramercy Park) to...Read More
This post was written by Miranda Schwartz, cataloging technician.
The New-York Historical Society Library has a collection of eighteen letters by Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women, a classic of American children’s literature. The Alcott letters are in the American Historical Manuscripts Collection, a trove of 12,000 small manuscript collections covering hundreds of years of American history.
Alcott, the second oldest of four sisters, grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. Her...Read More
Long before images of ooey-gooey chocolate filled our television screens, chocolatiers advertised their delectable delights in magazines and newspapers or through posters, flyers and business cards. Some manufacturers went the extra mile, including their advertisements on calendars, recipe books, postcards and even games.
Join me on a little trip down memory lane – or, more appropriately, confectionery lane – as we enjoy some fine examples of the creative advertising used by chocolate masters in the nineteenth...Read More
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