Academic Freedom and Treason at Columbia: The Strange Case of Professor R.S. McCulloh
November 25, 2015

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. With colleges deep into their semesters, we continue to hear of controversies regarding academic freedom, sometimes in the manner of faculty who express sympathy with those deemed to be enemies of the United States.  In that light, we take a moment to ponder…

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AHMC of the Month: Susan B. Anthony Letter
November 17, 2015

The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains seven letters by Susan B. Anthony, American feminist and campaigner for women’s suffrage. The letters mostly concern various speaking engagements—both her own and those of Frederick Douglass, Julia Ward Howe, Theodore Tilton, and Mary L. Booth. The following letter is from Anthony to Booth, a writer and editor, asking her…

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Veterans Day: One Soldier’s Observations on the Macabre and the Mundane
November 11, 2015

This post was written by Julita Braxton, AHMC Cataloger. This Veterans Day, with a focus on an item from the American Historical Manuscript Collection, we have the privilege of seeing the Second World War through the eyes of one soldier: Charles Murray Foster of the 1st Battalion of the 114th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, deployed to…

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Draft Riot Sketches: At Rest and To Arms!
November 9, 2015

This post was written by Jonah Estess, former digital projects intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York familiarized audiences with the New York Draft Riots, a tumultuous, multi-partied conflict including Five Points neighborhood residents, the uptown elite, Union soldiers, rioters, as well as New York’s African American population. From a sketchbook filled…

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Lights Out! Recalling the 1965 Blackout
November 4, 2015

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. New York City blackouts come with their own lore: There was the “Bronx is burning,” Son-of-Sam summer, and the looting of July 1977. Then there was the shadow of terrorism that hung about the darkened streets in August 2003, when suddenly the grid…

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‘No Stamped Paper to be Had': The Stamp Act 250 Years Later
October 28, 2015

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections “The stamps are now a Commodity no Body knows what to do with, and are more abominable, and dangerous to be meddled with, than if they were infected with the Pestilence,” wrote the New-York Mercury 250 years ago. “The stamps” was the shorthand…

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NOW ON VIEW – Hamilton: A life in Documents
October 20, 2015

In conjunction with the success of the Broadway musical Hamilton, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is exhibiting a selection of original manuscript documents and contemporary printed works in the library reading room evoking the remarkable life of America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton (1757?-1804). Like a great number…

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The Quiet Labors of “Daylight Bob”: The Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection
The Quiet Labors of “Daylight Bob”: The Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection
October 16, 2015

This post is by Lenge Hong, Cataloging and Metadata Technician for the Robertson Digital Project. The New-York Historical Society and the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) are excited to announce that the photographs of Robert L. Bracklow (1849-1919) have been digitized and are available to view at METRO’s Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York site. A contemporary…

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AHMC of the Month: Frederick Douglass letters, 1851-1894
October 14, 2015

This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata One of the jewels of our American Historical Manuscript Collection (which is a “collection of collections” consisting of 12,000 small and unique manuscript collections) is the Frederick Douglass letters, which consists of ten letters sent and received by Frederick Douglass between 1851 and 1894. In…

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