In honor of Women's History month, we want to highlight materials that focus on women in New York City history. The Alexander Papers at the New-York Historical Society contain the records of the mercantile business of Mary Alexander and provide a glimpse into the life of a colonial NYC businesswoman.
Fabric samples sent by Mary Alexander, 1726. (Alexander Papers, MS 8 )
Mary Alexander’s mercantile business specialized in “haberdashery,” or what today is called notions. Records from...Read More
Post written by Rachel Schimke, a spring intern at N-YHS who processed the Peter Curtenius Papers.
This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a conflict that is often overshadowed by the more celebrated wars in our nation’s history. The newly processed Peter Curtenius Papers offer invaluable information for researchers interested in this lesser-known war, particularly the role that New York played in the conflict.
Curtenius was appointed U.S. Marshal for the District of New...Read More
Lore has it that Hog Island – a little spit of land off the coast of Far Rockaway that was said to resemble the back of a hog -- was washed away in the hurricane of 1893. But though this story is trotted out every time New York City is threatened (like now) by another hurricane, contemporaneous sources suggest a more gradual end.
J.B. Beers, New Map of Kings and Queens Counties, 1886