The cure for nostalgia: nineteenth-century coroner’s reports
August 22, 2012

This post was written by N-YHS intern Audrey Belanger If you, like me, occasionally suffer from bouts of longing for life in the 19th century (Carriages! Balls! Needlepoint!), there is no better cure than perusing 19th century death records in the N-YHS manuscript collection.  Not only were sicknesses such as consumption, dropsy, smallpox, and hives…

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Laudanum: A Dose of the Nineteenth Century
September 23, 2011

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…

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