Through March, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is displaying a number of documents reflecting the long history of African Americans in North America. These complement a particularly important new acquisition, an original letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to publisher Henry Luce, that came to N-YHS as part of the recent major donation of the historic records of Time Inc.
Time, January 3, 1964
New York: Time Inc.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Letter to Henry R. Luce (1898-1967), January 16, 1964
Nearly two weeks after Time magazine released its January 6 issue naming Martin Luther King, Jr. “Man of the Year”, King writes to publisher Henry R. Luce expressing his gratitude for the honor.
Peter Stuyvesant (1610?-1672)
Property deed to Manuel de Spanje, January 18, 1651
In 1649, Manuael de Spanje purchased his freedom from his owner, Phillip Jansz Ringo, thus becoming one of the earliest free blacks in New Amsterdam. Two years later, this property transaction would make him one of Manhattan’s earliest black landowners as well.
Letter to William Walker, October 25, 1807
In this exceptional document, Gustus, a slave of Peter Gansevoort, takes the initiative to solicit the interest of a prospective new owner.
Cornish, Samuel and John B. Russwurm, editors
Freedom’s Journal, Vol. 1, No. 6 (April 20, 1827)
The first American newspaper owned and operated by African Americans, Freedom’s Journal was published from 1827 to 1829.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, New York Branch
See! Hear!! Arthur D. Shores … Mrs. Rosa Parks … Gus Courts … Atty. John Bolt Culbertson … St. Nicholas Arena 66th Street and Columbus Avenue Thursday, May 17th, 1956 at 8:00 o’clock, P.M…
New York, NY: [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1956]