Sometimes primary sources overturn history's misconceptions while at others they simply illustrate common knowledge. The latter is a task by a cache of records from the Richard Worsam Meade 2nd Papers in conveying the colorful life of a sailor.
The documents in question all cover the Civil War service of the USS San Jacinto, a screw frigate that enforced the Union blockade of the Confederacy. Among the material in Meade's Papers is a "Prisoner's Report", showing disciplinary...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 Miranda Schwartz, cataloging assistant.
The New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library has a rich collection of about 500 English and American gift annuals. What is a gift annual? the modern reader may well ask. It’s an annual compendium of poetry and prose, usually heavily illustrated, gilt-edged, and bound in embossed leather or gold-blocked cloth. These annuals were popular gifts for women and children in the mid-19th century. Where today we...Read More
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