During the Revolutionary War, printed maps provided the public with the only pictorial representation of battles being fought in the American colonies. Through a powerful combination of text and image, maps conveyed precise details of battles and the geographic settings in which they took place. The majority of battle maps were printed in London where the printing trade was well-established. Printers in the colonies lacked the expertise, equipment, and supplies needed to produce maps.
The process...Read More
Central and Prospect Park parks dominate New York City park history. While that's somewhat understandable, it's time smaller parks got some attention of their own.
Despite New York's long history, small, city-owned public parks didn't really become a common feature until the waning years of the nineteenth century. It was then that waves of immigration and detrimental effects of the growing city spurred reformers like Jacob Riis to action. One of their remedies was the building of smaller,...Read More
The James Boyd Collection of New York City Etchings in the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections is a particularly lovely survey of etchings by various artists depicting the city between 1910 and 1935. Boyd donated the collection to the New-York Historical Society in honor of his wife, Agnes Boyd, in 1935, and continued to add prints until 1944.
Here are some selections from the collection. Stay tuned for more!
This post is by Jill Reichenbach, Reference Librarian, Department...Read More
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New York, NY 10024