Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Joseph Brant
October 9, 2015

This post was written by Julita Braxton, AHMC Cataloger. In the United States, the second Monday of October is a federal holiday commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, but it is also an opportunity to honor the people native to this land. This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we will recognize one such person,…

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Treasure Trove: New York Noir by Charles Gilbert Hine
October 7, 2015

This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscripts Department. Charles Gilbert Hine (1859-1931), an amateur photographer, captured this noir scene of Madison Square Theatre on 24th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway in 1905. His collection of photographs at N-YHS includes platinum, cyanotype, and albumen prints of Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century….

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Jonathan Edwards and the Flying Spiders
September 29, 2015

This post is by cataloger Catherine Falzone. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), New England preacher and theologian, is perhaps most famous for the 1741 sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and for being a central figure in the religious revival known as the First Great Awakening. If you know him just from that sermon,…

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“With a happy open smile”: An New Yorker’s 1859 Visit to the Vatican
September 22, 2015

The city is certainly abuzz with preparations for Pope Francis’ impending visit. Naturally, a pope’s visit is uncommon, and therefore an historic occasion, but it’s a surprisingly short history since the first visit to the United States didn’t occur until Paul VI’s arrival in 1965. Still, that didn’t stop Americans from the visiting the pope. The diary of dry goods…

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New York Now: The Raymond Germann Photograph Collection
September 17, 2015

The Library has recently acquired the Raymond Germann Photograph Collection, a great addition to our collection of documentary photography of contemporary New York City. With over 300 images of NYC from 1978 to 2015, the collection captures views of the ever-evolving cityscape and examines the intersection of architecture and street life. Below is a selection of Germann’s  photos that highlight the geometry of the built…

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Learning the Hard Way at the New York Parental School
September 9, 2015

If young students are feeling frustrated by the demands of the new school year, perhaps they can be grateful that they weren’t around a century ago when they might have been sent off to the New York Parental School in Flushing, Queens. The boys pictured here were deemed to be habitual truants and troublemakers and…

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“People generally are improving in their knowledge of good Tea”: 19th Century Americans & Tea
September 2, 2015

This post was written by Samantha Walsh, Reference Assistant in the Department of Prints, Photographs & Architectural Collections  On September 9, 1828, a member of the Townsend family attended a tea auction at Lippincott & Richards auction house in Philadelphia. While the purchase of tea by a New York merchant is not surprising, I was intrigued…

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Inside a Civil War Prison Camp: Sketches from Point Lookout
August 26, 2015

This post is by Alex Japha, Digital Preservation Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. As part of our ongoing effort to re-launch the digital collection Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society, formerly hosted by the Library of Congress’ American Memory website, we have made available 42 sketches from the Union prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland….

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“Taken By Certain Resemblances”: Revisiting Jefferson and Sally Hemings
August 18, 2015

Although the prospect of Thomas Jefferson having fathered children with Sally Hemings, his slave, is now widely accepted, a few weeks ago I made a little discovery on the subject. As is often the case, it was largely a matter of happenstance. At the time I was skimming letters of Jared Sparks, an early editor of George…

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