April -- better known as the month of showers, Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday, and Earth Day -- has also been designated National Landscape Architect month. Aside from Olmsted, however, landscape architects continue to fly largely under the radar. A case in point: Clarke and Rapuano, a firm with enormous impact on New York City's urban landscape, whose name is hardly known outside the profession.
Gilmore D. Clarke (1892-1982) and Michael Rapuano (1904-1975) began their professional partnership...Read More
As preservationists push to landmark 99 Ryerson Street, the only surviving Brooklyn residence of poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), the question arises what, if anything, the New-York Historical Society Library holds on the building or the man, whose birthday is May 31st. Sadly, we haven't got a whole lot on the building. There are insurance maps, which show the footprint of the house, but we have no pictures of the place. The building waited patiently off the radar of photographers...Read More
This post was written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for General Collections.
Where we start is not necessarily where we end. This statement is quite true of my research into William Henry Seward, prominent political figure and Secretary of State for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. What started as an inquiry into his public life, including speeches and correspondence, morphed into an investigation of a 19th century female intellectual. While flipping through the manuscript card catalog...Read More
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