This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Well, not those seals, as in, mammals sunning themselves on rocks. We talk here of a heraldic emblem or insignia. New York City’s seal and flag celebrate their 100th birthday this week, and yes, beavers are always a big part of the story. The seal, in fact, could have looked quite like this:
Seals—pressed into wax to authenticate documents in previous centuries—were important elements that indicated...Read More
This post is by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
In the New-York Historical Society library collection is number one, volume one of Prison Times, a newspaper devised and edited by prisoners at the Union Army prison at Fort Delaware, Delaware. The document itself is handwritten and well organized, ready for the eyes and minds of Confederate prisoners of war being held at the Union fort.
Its mission statement strikes an inoffensive tone:...Read More
Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
One hundred-fifty years ago, in the late spring of 1863, the news was troubling for Federal forces as they awaited an invasion of the northern states by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The hope was that Major General Ulysses S. Grant, operating with some independence in the West, could accomplish his goal of gaining full control of the Mississippi River. Standing in the way was the Confederate...Read More
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