In honor of Black history month, we thought we would take a look at some items from the library collections spanning the first four centuries of African-American history in New York; and where better to start than the beginning (just about)!
Conveyance of Judith Stuyvesant to Frans Bastiaensz, 24 September 1674. (BY NYC Deeds, MS 1972, p.23)
Shown here is a 1674 conveyance, in Dutch, made by Judith Stuyvesant transferring property (roughly in present-day Gramercy Park) to...Read More
It sounds like an easy question, right? Well, Thomas Jefferson certainly wrote it -- in terms of authorship. But do you know whose hand it was that literally produced the famous handwritten copy? If you're not sure, don't worry, historians aren't completely certain either. That said, there is consensus that it was "probably" Timothy Matlack, of Pennsylvania. Matlack had been appointed clerk to the secretary of the Second Continental Congress, Charles Thomson, a little over a...Read More
Today marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
As is fitting for our most eloquent president, Lincoln's death, and life, have inspired a torrent of writing. The memorializing began at the moment of Lincoln's death, when his friend and Secretary of State, Edward Stanton, famously said, "Now he belongs to the ages" (or, as some others heard it, "Now he belongs to the angels"). Walt Whitman was inspired by Lincoln's assassination to write two of his...Read More
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