This post was written by Janet Lee, Conservation Assistant
Parchment is a kind of processed animal skin that has been used for centuries as a writing surface. Considered strong and stable, parchments have traditionally been used for important documents.
These parchments are late 18th century colonial land grants from the Banyar manuscript collection. Like most parchments in the collection, they come to the lab folded into tight bundles, which makes storing them easy but access to them...Read More
The position of African-Americans during the American Revolution was complicated by the incongruous conceptions of freedom held by American colonists. Fears about what arming African-Americans and promises of freedom might do to the institution of slavery meant limited interest in attracting blacks to actively contribute to the cause. This reticence gave ample opportunity to the British to foment slave unrest in the colonies, and to attract larger numbers of slaves and free blacks to their...Read More
Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
An often overlooked source of historical and cultural memory is the ephemeral format of sheet music. The New-York Historical Society houses an extensive sheet music collection numbering close to 15,000. Many of these are from the 19th century, but a significant subsection contains popular songs from the early to mid-20th century. One of the most famous and widely recorded early blues songs is W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis...Read More
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