This post is by AHMC Cataloger Noa Kasman.
The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) includes a folder of material related to poet, dramatist, and philosopher, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805), better known as Friedrich Schiller. While cataloging the collection, I was surprised to learn that Schiller's monument was the very first in Central Park.
It was dedicated by a committee of German-Americans in November 1859 to celebrate the centennial of Schiller's birth. The dedication ceremonies lasted three...Read More
This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
During chillier seasons, one may feel constricted by layers of sweaters, coats, scarves and other accessories designed to keep us warm and comfortable. But imagine how our foremothers felt in their confining corsets, also known as “stays," of yesteryear.
Although corsets had been in use for centuries, the practice of tight-lacing became widespread during the mid to late nineteenth century. Striving to achieve a fashionable hourglass figure, many...Read More
Harriet Martineau was a prolific English author and thinker. Born in 1802, Martineau was an avid, self-educated reader (as was common at the time, only the boys in the family were sent to university), and, after the failure of her father’s business textile mill in 1829, she succeeded in supporting herself and her family as a writer (a rare accomplishment for a Victorian woman). She wrote widely...Read More
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