This post was written by N-YHS intern Erin Shaw. The Westside Crime Prevention Program Records are now available to researchers at the New-York Historical Society's library.
Although crime has always been an issue for New York City residents, an unprecedented rash starting in the 1970s began to terrorize the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- a troubling sign of the crime epidemic's severity in New York City during that time. Residents were often subject to robberies and muggings,...Read More
This post was written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
One of the best known American photographers of the early 20th century, Arnold Genthe (1869-1942) taught himself photography, experimenting with focus, retouching, and color processes along the way. Trained as an academic in his native Germany, it wasn’t until he moved to San Francisco as a tutor in 1895 that he developed an interest in photography. Through his explorations of the city Genthe began...Read More
On December 18, 1836, Henry Van Der Lyn penned a letter to his nephew describing a visit to the Georgetown home of Col. George Corbin Washington, with a former student, Congressman Aaron Ward. As they prepared to leave, George Washington's grand-nephew called them back to show them "some relicks" of his esteemed great uncle. In his letter, Van Der Lyn then gushes about the manuscripts, including Washington's ciphering book, surveying book, a journal of the 1745 expedition to...Read More
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