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AHMC of the Month: Witness to the Murder of President Lincoln
July 5, 2016

This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata. Throughout our lives, at some point or another, we will all bear witness to a historical event. Often by accident or happenstance, we end up being part of something that echoes through the ages. Many of us keep record of our experiences, often…

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AHMC of the Month: Farmer/Author James Johns of Vermont
June 15, 2016

This post was written by cataloger Miranda Schwartz. An unusual item in the American Historical Manuscript Collection is a hand-printed, or pen-printed, newspaper by Vermont farmer James Johns (1797-1874). Born in Huntington, Vermont, Johns received little formal education but from the age of 13 on he wrote—and wrote and wrote—not stopping until his death at…

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“I wish to be honorable & right in my dealings all round” — Letters from Louisa May Alcott to James Redpath
July 14, 2014

This post was written by Miranda Schwartz, cataloging technician. The New-York Historical Society Library has a collection of eighteen letters by Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women, a classic of American children’s literature. The Alcott letters are in the American Historical Manuscripts Collection, a trove of 12,000 small…

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