Spring fever was as common 150 years ago as it is now, and for many winter-weary souls, the illustrated seed catalogs that began appearing in that era are still the closest thing to a cure.
Among the many fine examples of early seed catalogs in our collections, my personal favorites were produced by James Vick, a Rochester seedsman who began his career in the printing trade in New York City. Vick was born in Portsmouth, England,...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
New York City blackouts come with their own lore: There was the “Bronx is burning,” Son-of-Sam summer, and the looting of July 1977. Then there was the shadow of terrorism that hung about the darkened streets in August 2003, when suddenly the grid seemed vulnerable to sabotage, and the transit system shutdown was far too close to memories of 9/11/2001. But first, there was...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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