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
A great primary source often elicits a visceral sense of what it meant to live in the moment of the document's creation. It’s difficult not to have this reaction when reading through two manuscript volumes of New York City coroner’s reports, (1822 -1826) in the N-YHS library. With deaths occurring from beatings, murder, disease, grisly accidents, suicides, drownings, alcoholism, abandoned babies, and of course the random “Visitation by God”, the reports certainly dispel any romantic...Read More
In honor of the death of Pete Seeger last week, this week's blog will highlight the work of another champion of American folk music and crafts: the photographer Doris Ulmann (1882-1934).
Like Seeger, Ulmann was born in Manhattan, and seemed an unlikely candidate to work in the rural South. The eldest daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish father and American mother, Ullman was trained as a teacher at the Ethical Culture School, graduating in 1903. She later...Read More
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