This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian
In honor of National Poetry Month, I felt inspired to celebrate one of the more obscure literary contributions of the early twentieth century, true pioneers of the D.I.Y. movement. Formed in 1932 by retired New York Telephone Company employee, Francis Lambert McCrudden, the Raven Poetry Circle was unveiled at an outdoor event near Washington Square Park in May of 1933. Members of this unique collection of writers were...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
In 1900, The Century Co. published Colonial Days & Ways, by Helen Evertson Smith, a description of life in New York and Connecticut during that period. According to Smith, the book is largely derived from papers found "tucked away under the eaves in old baskets of Indian make, or in open pine-wood boxes, and even in barrels" at the Smith family homestead in Sharon, Connecticut. The book contains a fascinating description of a 1779 Thanksgiving feast recounted...Read More
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