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From the Lab: Civil War Blood
September 28, 2016

The Story . . . While processing the records of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, New York Commandery, we came across a poignant relic of the Civil War: a note passed between the lines at the Battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the nation….

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George Washington, engraving after a portrait by John Trumbull, PR 052, Box 148.
George Washington, the Battle of Brooklyn, and a possible footnote on Alexander Hamilton
September 21, 2016

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. The drama of bravery, defeat, and successful retreat in 1776 will be on display as “The Battle of Brooklyn” exhibition opens at The New-York Historical Society this week.  This first major battle of the American Revolution remained seared in George Washington’s memory.  An…

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AHMC of the Month: Pictorial Excursions
September 14, 2016

This post was written by Christine Calvo, American Historical Manuscript Collection Processing Assistant. “I came to a dead halt, — It was like translation to another planet — all the mountains, I had ever seen at such close range were barely wooded hills by comparison. I’m lost for adjectives that are at all comprehensive.” The…

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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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Portrait of James G. Harbord. Circa 1918. James G. Harbord Papers, MS 1493. New-York Historical Society.
“In the throes of hunting servants”: James G. Harbord’s Labor Problem
August 31, 2016

This post was written by Jenny LeRoy, a CUNY graduate fellow at the New-York Historical Society who helped to process the James G. Harbord Papers. For General James Harbord, president of the Radio Corporation of America from 1922-1947 and lieutenant to General Pershing during the Philippine-American War, discussing the drama surrounding his servants was a…

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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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Summers on Long Island: The Thompson Homestead Memorial
August 17, 2016

This post was written by Margaret Kaczorowski, an archivist processing New-York Historical Society’s institutional archives on a project generously funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ― Henry James Summer is in full swing, and it is…

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AHMC of the Month: John Adams and the Bill of Rights
August 10, 2016

This post was written by Catherine Falzone, Cataloger, American Historical Manuscript Collection. Even though we can’t always agree on an interpretation of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, we don’t hear many arguments these days that the Bill of Rights should not exist. Whatever our feelings about individual amendments, we tend to…

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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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