This post was written by Julita Braxton, AHMC Cataloger.
One collection within the American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) is composed of four birth certificates for children born to enslaved mothers, following the passage of "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery" in New York in July, 1799.
This is a birth certificate for a child enslaved in New York City in the early years of the nineteenth century. “I, Mary Pell of the City of New...Read More
Written by Mariam Touba, N-YHS Reference Librarian
Even as we are told that newspapers are a dying medium, each of us can remember their banner headlines announcing momentous events. Such headlines, however, did not always come with newspapers. How then did early newspapers alert their readers to important occurrences? The answer is, “very subtly,” at least to our modern eyes.
Readers in the colonial period and in the early 19th century knew to look for the latest...Read More
Today marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
As is fitting for our most eloquent president, Lincoln's death, and life, have inspired a torrent of writing. The memorializing began at the moment of Lincoln's death, when his friend and Secretary of State, Edward Stanton, famously said, "Now he belongs to the ages" (or, as some others heard it, "Now he belongs to the angels"). Walt Whitman was inspired by Lincoln's assassination to write two of his...Read More
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