It's National Bike Month again, and it so happens that Albert B. Barkman's Road-Book of Long Island (1886) recently crossed our path. It's an unassuming book at best, but like a great deal of our collections, when given a dose of context it turns out to be an interesting little piece of bicycling and mapmaking history.
The Road-Book contains a multitude of information for cycling around New York City, or as its extended title suggests, the "best riding of New...Read More
To celebrate Women's History Month, here are some images by pioneering street photographer Rebecca Lepkoff.
A quintessential New Yorker, Lepkoff gained international acclaim for her iconic images of the Lower East Side. She was born on August 4, 1916, in a Hester Street tenement. Like the majority of families living in the neighborhood at that time, her parents were Jewish immigrants, struggling to improve their circumstances. Lepkoff dreamed of becoming a dancer, and after graduating from...Read More
This post is written by Joe Festa, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
Mural artist Edwin Howland Blashfield, born in Brooklyn in 1848, is perhaps best known for adorning the dome of the Library of Congress Main Reading Room in Washington, DC. His work can be characterized by his formal European apprenticeship in the classical arts, which greatly informed his aesthetic and contributed to his success during the American Gilded Age.
In 1867, Blashfield left New York to study under...Read More
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