“The Star-Spangled Banner” Watched O’er the Ramparts of Fort McHenry
“The Star-Spangled Banner” Watched O’er the Ramparts of Fort McHenry
September 9, 2014

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections  Frank Key, as his friends knew him, had little use for this war, particularly as he viewed the War of 1812 as an aggressive one directed at Canada.   The Georgetown lawyer’s patriotism kicked in, however, with the threat of the British invading the…

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New Amsterdam Becomes New York, and Peter Stuyvesant Gets Over It: It’s Been 350 Years
New Amsterdam Becomes New York, and Peter Stuyvesant Gets Over It: It’s Been 350 Years
September 3, 2014

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections It was once an occasion worth marking—when, on September 8, 1664, the English took the city.  The bicentennial of the event was toasted with an elaborate New-York Historical Society dinner at the Cooper Institute, a welcome way to set aside the strains of…

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“Lamenting the Disgrace of the City”:  The 1814 Burning of Washington, D.C.
“Lamenting the Disgrace of the City”: The 1814 Burning of Washington, D.C.
August 20, 2014

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. “Our preparation for defence by some means or other, is constantly retarded but the small force the British have on the Bay will never venture nearer than at present 23 miles,” First Lady Dolley Madison wrote to her friend in her letter of…

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Love and Other Dishes: Harvey Rosen’s El Borracho
Love and Other Dishes: Harvey Rosen’s El Borracho
August 12, 2014

This blog post was written by Megan Dolan, intern in the Archives Department at N-YHS Throughout the 1920’s, prohibition-induced underground speakeasy clubs were major social destinations for dining, drinking, dancing, and listening to live music, generally jazz.  But with the end of the prohibition era, the speakeasy gave way to a new type of establishment:…

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Damn the torpedoes! The Battle of Mobile Bay
Damn the torpedoes! The Battle of Mobile Bay
August 6, 2014

This post was written by Alice Browne, Ebsco Project cataloger. The Battle of Mobile Bay, fought on August 5, 1864, led to Union control of one of the last significant Gulf ports remaining in Confederate hands. The New-York Historical Society holds letters and papers from several participants in the battle. It was widely anticipated, and…

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Digitization 101
Digitization 101
July 30, 2014

This post was written by library intern Jacob Laurenti The digitization of collections is a controversial issue at museums and libraries.  It can be both expensive and time-consuming, and some argue that the quality and detail of artwork is lost in the digitization process.  But there are also obvious benefits to scanning photographs, manuscripts and…

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“I wish to be honorable & right in my dealings all round” — Letters from Louisa May Alcott to James Redpath
“I wish to be honorable & right in my dealings all round” — Letters from Louisa May Alcott to James Redpath
July 14, 2014

This post was written by Miranda Schwartz, cataloging technician. The New-York Historical Society Library has a collection of eighteen letters by Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women, a classic of American children’s literature. The Alcott letters are in the American Historical Manuscripts Collection, a trove of 12,000 small…

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Ken Regan’s Celebrity Portraiture: Paul Mazursky Comes Home
Ken Regan’s Celebrity Portraiture: Paul Mazursky Comes Home
July 9, 2014

This post was written by N-YHS intern Brynn White Numerous tributes to actor and filmmaker Paul Mazursky have unspooled since his passing on Tuesday, July 1. In films such as Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (1969) and An Unmarried Woman (1978),  the Brooklyn native investigated middle class values, hypocrisy, and personal growth during a time in American…

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Temples of Trade: George B. Post’s Stock Exchange and Produce Exchange Buildings
Temples of Trade: George B. Post’s Stock Exchange and Produce Exchange Buildings
June 25, 2014

This post was written by Luis Rodriguez, Library Collections Technician The New York Stock Exchange holds a certain place of privilege in the iconography of American finance.  The columns and pediment of its Broad Street front are immediately recognizable, even if the name of the architect behind the design is largely forgotten. While relatively few of his buildings…

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