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From the Lab: Conservation of a Pre-Revolutionary War Broadside
July 13, 2016

This post was written by Catherine Stephens, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience Assistant, Summer 2016. In Colonial America, broadsides were one of the fastest ways to spread news, rally support for a political cause, or to advertise for popular products and entertainments. These unassuming paper notices were printed in large quantities and were displayed publicly or…

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NOW ON VIEW: Selections from the American Historical Manuscript Collection
March 29, 2016

In the past, the only way to find materials within the vast set of collections previously known as “Miscellaneous Manuscripts” was to ask a librarian or grapple with an incomplete card catalog. Now, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library is creating online catalog records that will provide intellectual…

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Requesting the pleasure of your company: Artists’ receptions and the Tenth Street Studio Building’s legacy
December 17, 2014

This post is written by Joe Festa, Manuscript Reference Librarian Unlike today’s art market, American artists of the early 19th century had few galleries to represent them. While many art dealers were setting up shop in Manhattan’s wealthier areas, their focus was on representing elite European artists and serving the privileged social classes. As such,…

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“Jane’s jaunts:” the travel sketchbooks of Jane Bannerman
June 19, 2013

Jane Campbell Bannerman — now a sprightly 103 years of age — embarked on her first trip abroad in 1929, long before there were iphones or digital cameras.  Instead, she carried sketchbooks and watercolors to record the scenes and people she encountered.  Colorful, personal, quirky, and utterly unique, Bannerman’s 74 sketchbooks capture the quintessential spirit…

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