This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Take a look. Dated January 2, 1776, many months earlier than once thought, this, quite likely, is the first time the name “United States of America” was ever written, or possibly even expressed.
People have indeed tossed around the question, “Who named this country?” for quite some time. It certainly is amusing that, for all our hubris about our national origins, we haven’t known who...Read More
This post was written by Deborah Tint, cataloging assistant.
At the start of the Civil War Harper’s Weekly, then known as a journal of news, culture and serial fiction, sprang into action to provide striking images of the conflict to those at home and at the front. Articles appeared to inform readers that a corps of “Regular Artist-Correspondents” would supply sketches from the field, and to solicit freelance submissions from "volunteer correspondents." Free copies of the paper were offered to...Read More
This post was written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
At the height of the Roaring Twenties, the wealthy and glamorous descended in droves on the northeast corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue to hear the latest compositions, see the newest dances, and revel in the cultural and creative crucible of Harlem’s most famous nightclub: the Cotton Club. Known as the “Aristocrat of Harlem,” this cabaret was opened in September 1923 by gangster...Read More
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