Photograph of portrait of Theodosia Burr, age 11, by Gilbert Stuart, 1795.  {PR 052 Box 19}
The Precocious Theodosia Burr and a Love Letter for “Citizen Alexis”
February 8, 2017

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. Popular culture now makes it known how much Aaron Burr believed in the education of women, endorsing “with avidity and prepossession” what he would read in Mary Wollstonecraft’s 1792 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.  He applied these principles to the upbringing…

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John Jacob Astor: New York’s landlord
July 31, 2013

This post was written by Sherry Cortes, Summer Intern in the Department of  Manuscripts Born in Walldorf, Germany in 1763, John Jacob Astor was the son of a butcher who traveled to America seeking to improve his condition in life.  It was not long before he made his way to New York City, a still…

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