Written by Geraldine Granahan, Preservation Assistant for the McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record Collection.
Recently the staff of the library and conservation department spent a fun afternoon in our conservation laboratory attending a workshop on the process of making cyanotypes, or as they are more commonly known -- blueprints (so called because they contain the pigment Prussian Blue).
The pigment itself has an interesting history, having been discovered by accident in or around 1704, when a...Read More
The U.S. Marshal Service has been providing protection for federal judges since 1789. In 2010, Marshals investigated about 1,400 threats and inappropriate communications to the federal judiciary, and provided protection for more than 2,000 federal judges. Although there has been a noted increase in recent years, threatening federal judges is hardly a new phenomenon.
When he was appointed in 1805, Matthias B. Tallmadge was the fifth judge of the (then) District of New York. During his...Read More
This post was written by Marybeth Kavanagh, Reference Librarian
On December 4, 1875, William Magear "Boss" Tweed, notorious grand sachem of New York City's Democratic political machine Tammany Hall, escaped from the Ludlow Street jail where he was being held on charges of stealing somewhere between $20 and $300 million from the city treasury. While awaiting trial, Tweed was granted special privileges not offered to other inmates, such as a luxurious cell, catered meals, carriage rides and home visits. It was on a family visit at...Read More
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