Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
In the early 20th century, a new form of dance was emerging, one fostered by periods of experimentation in European cities and transferred to American stages by impassioned personalities led by Isadora Duncan. As this new, modern dance both challenged and influenced other dances from ballet to vaudeville, the lines between these forms became blurred allowing for a cacophony of creative expression. The dance world was expanding...Read More
In honor of Women's History month, we want to highlight materials that focus on women in New York City history. The Alexander Papers at the New-York Historical Society contain the records of the mercantile business of Mary Alexander and provide a glimpse into the life of a colonial NYC businesswoman.
Fabric samples sent by Mary Alexander, 1726. (Alexander Papers, MS 8 )
Mary Alexander’s mercantile business specialized in “haberdashery,” or what today is called notions. Records from...Read More
Post written by Eric Robinson
So much has been written about the struggle against slavery and segregation in the American south that it is easy to forget that race relations in the north have been just as knotty. It is comparatively unknown that nineteenth-century New York City’s public transportation systems were racially segregated: African-Americans were forced to ride on specially designated horse-drawn street cars. Integration came about only slowly. Newspapers carried occasional reports of resistance to...Read More
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