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From the Lab: Conservation Treatment of a Civil War Sketchbook
February 2, 2017

This post was written by Clare Manias, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience (ECWE) Assistant Near the end of the Civil War, lithographer George John Kerth was stationed with the 96th Civilian Corps, New York State Volunteers, at Dover Mines, Virginia. On June 19, 1865 he received a blank sketchbook (N-YHS museum accession no. X.433), which he…

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Draft Riot Sketches: At Rest and To Arms!
November 9, 2015

This post was written by Jonah Estess, former digital projects intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York familiarized audiences with the New York Draft Riots, a tumultuous, multi-partied conflict including Five Points neighborhood residents, the uptown elite, Union soldiers, rioters, as well as New York’s African American population. From a sketchbook filled…

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A Soldier’s Story of World War I in Words and Pictures
November 30, 2012

This post was created by intern Alison Dundy. The illustrated letters of Salvator Cillis are a highlight of the New-York Historical Society’s World War I Collection (MS 671). Cillis was an artist with an edgy sense of humor. His humorous letters and drawings trace the arc of this soldier’s war experience, from enthusiastic patriotism at…

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