Last Thursday (March 1), Yellowstone National Park marked its 140th year of existence. It's also a perfect excuse to remind everyone that, despite our name, the New-York Historical Society's collections document the history of the entire United States, not just of New York and its neighbors.
In his 2008 television series documenting his tour of the United States, English actor Stephen Fry mused “It’s the curse of tourism to destroy what it most desires”, an observation...Read More
Written by Geraldine Granahan, Preservation Assistant for the McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record Collection.
Recently the staff of the library and conservation department spent a fun afternoon in our conservation laboratory attending a workshop on the process of making cyanotypes, or as they are more commonly known -- blueprints (so called because they contain the pigment Prussian Blue).
The pigment itself has an interesting history, having been discovered by accident in or around 1704, when a...Read More
This post was written by Luis Rodriguez, Collections Management Specialist
By 1897, New York City was well on its way toward being the roaring metropolis of steel and concrete that we know today. Elevator cars were carrying passengers up and down in the earliest skyscrapers, while the elevated rail lines stretched further and further uptown. It was then that James Reuel Smith embarked upon his quest to document a particular feature of the city’s vanishing pastoral...Read More
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