From The Lab: Stabilizing A Tattoo Sketchbook
December 21, 2016

This post was written by Saira Haqqi, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience (ECWE) Assistant. Our upcoming exhibition, Tattooed New York, will feature this delightful sketchbook containing tattoo designs by an unknown artist. Before it could be exhibited, the book needed some conservation treatment. When it came to the lab it showed signs of extensive use: the covers…

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Waste Not, Want Not: A Peculiar Binding in the Beekman Family Library
December 14, 2016

This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Books can often tell stories far beyond the texts they contain. Every book is an artifact, built up from a multitude of components in a myriad of ways. Whether it is the paper the text is printed on, the thread the book was sewn with,…

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Postcard from Harry Zuckerman to his sister, January 8, 1919 (AHMC - Zuckerman, Harry)
AHMC of the Month: Harry Zuckerman and World War I
December 8, 2016

This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Though it may often seem like an archival collection is a static thing, the fact of the matter is that many collections are always expanding. The American Historical Manuscript Collection is a prime example of this; it continues to grow as new materials…

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Cooking from Scratch: Manuscript Recipes
November 30, 2016

This post was written by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations. With the approach of the winter holidays, many of us find ourselves flipping through recipe books we’ve compiled over the years—a motley mix of cards and sheets, handwritten and typed, photocopied and downloaded, clipped from newspapers and magazines — while also searching through cookbooks,…

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‘Twas the Night After Thanksgiving: Dick Gosman’s Dream
November 21, 2016

This post was written by Joseph Ditta, Manuscript Reference Archivist. Richard “Dick” Gosman (1875-1946) was born and raised on a farm in Blissville, Queens (the site is now occupied by Amtrak’s Sunnyside rail yard). Between the ages of ten and fourteen (1886-1889) he produced several handcrafted periodicals, of which his monthly People’s Paper ran the longest,…

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Portrait of Harriet Martineau. PR-052, Portrait File. New-York Historical Society
AHMC of the Month: Harriet Martineau’s “Life in the Sick-Room”
November 16, 2016

This post was written by AHMC cataloger Miranda Schwartz. Harriet Martineau was a prolific English author and thinker. Born in 1802, Martineau was an avid, self-educated reader (as was common at the time, only the boys in the family were sent to university), and, after the failure of her father’s business textile mill in 1829,…

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N-YHS and the Fight to Preserve Castle Clinton
November 9, 2016

This post was written by project archivist Larry Weimer. Those familiar with The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert A. Caro’s indispensable study of the will to power and its ability to subvert democratic institutions, might recall Caro’s chapter on Moses’s effort to demolish Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Now…

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From the Lab: Conserving The Negro Travelers’ Green Book
November 2, 2016

This post was written by Saira Haqqi, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience (ECWE) Assistant. One of the highlights of working in the New-York Historical Society’s conservation lab is the range of materials that come to us for treatment. Sometimes, as with this broadside, the treatment can be quite in-depth; but some items just need a minor mend to…

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Getting into the “spirit” of Halloween
October 26, 2016

This post was written by Damla Bek, Library Page. New York City abounds with tales of ghosts, and with each retelling, we breathe new life into these stories. Every story is descended from some grain of truth, but over time, we spin them into something far more spectacular and memorable, where New York City is…

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