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Cooking from Scratch: Manuscript Recipes
November 30, 2016

This post was written by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations. With the approach of the winter holidays, many of us find ourselves flipping through recipe books we’ve compiled over the years—a motley mix of cards and sheets, handwritten and typed, photocopied and downloaded, clipped from newspapers and magazines — while also searching through cookbooks,…

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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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