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James G. Harbord Papers: a military general’s archives shed light on the birth of American Television
September 7, 2016

This post was written by Sophia Natasha Sunseri, a CUNY graduate fellow at the New-York Historical Society who helped to process the James G. Harbord Papers. Although James G. Harbord (1866-1947) is primarily remembered by historians as a Lieutenant General of the U.S. Army, his papers at the New-York Historical Society shed light on his role as…

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The Idea of the West: Ephemera from the James G. Harbord Papers
August 24, 2016

This post was written by Karen Hammer, a CUNY graduate fellow at the New-York Historical Society who helped to process the James G. Harbord Papers. As a CUNY graduate fellow at the New-York Historical Society, I’ve been helping to process the James G. Harbord Papers. Lieutenant General James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947) retired in 1922 from a…

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Strange bedfellows: Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s surprising appearance in the papers of General James G. Harbord
August 3, 2016

This post was written by Lauren Bailey, a CUNY graduate fellow at the New-York Historical Society who helped to process the James G. Harbord Papers. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) has an enduring legacy of feminist political and social activism via her prolific writing and public engagement. She not only published hundreds of texts over her life,…

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Treasures of the Maritime History Collection: John Paul Jones
August 5, 2015

This post was written by Eva Gratta, New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow Recognized as the greatest hero of the Revolutionary Navy, John Paul Jones is remembered for his colorful life and tenacity in battle. Jones achieved his most celebrated victory as the commander of the American warship Bon Homme Richard, which defeated the British…

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Earth Day Photos Reveal the Dirt on NYC
April 22, 2015

Now that every inch of Manhattan is covered with buildings or fabricated parks, it’s hard to imagine the city was once just another patch of earth. To celebrate Earth Day, here are photographs that reveal some dirt on New York City’s past. The first one shows the land currently occupied by the New-York Historical Society….

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Now He Belongs to the Ages: 150 years after Lincoln’s Assasination
April 14, 2015

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…

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Celebrating Women’s History: Rebecca Lepkoff
March 25, 2015

To celebrate Women’s History Month, here are some images by pioneering street photographer Rebecca Lepkoff.   A quintessential New Yorker, Lepkoff gained international acclaim for her iconic images of the Lower East Side. She was born on August 4, 1916, in a Hester Street tenement. Like the majority of families living in the neighborhood at…

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“Little Ethiopians:” 19th Century Photography of African Americans
February 4, 2015

To kick off Black History Month, here is a cabinet card that has fascinated me ever since I stumbled across it in our Portrait File. Titled “Little Ethiopians,” it’s a composite of 21 portraits of African-American babies. The cabinet card was issued by Smith’s Studio of Photography in Chicago, Illinois, and bears an 1881 copyright…

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Vintage advertising calendars
January 7, 2015

The beginning of a new year seems like the perfect time to explore our collection of vintage calendars. It’s hard to imagine in this age of email marketing and television commercials, but calendars were once among the most effective means of advertising.  Unlike advertisements in newspapers or magazines, which were likely to be discarded right…

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