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
Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
Last week a copy of The Whole Booke of Psalmes, the first book printed in English in North America, set a record as the most expensive book ever sold at auction - for $14.2 million. Published in 1640 by Stephen Daye in Cambridge, Massachusetts, only 11 of nearly 1700 printed copies of this first edition survive. Commonly known as the Bay Psalm Book, this book was the...Read More
Few can probably name many historically important American landscape architects outside of AJ Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted. Maybe it’s because landscape designs are often intended to be natural and inconspicuous, often leaving their creators under-recognized for their work.
Whatever the reasons, it means those who are reading this and know who Jens Jensen is will likely be in a minority. Yet Jensen is among America’s most historically important landscape architects. Born in 1860, he grew...Read More
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