Waste Not, Want Not: A Peculiar Binding in the Beekman Family Library
December 14, 2016

This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Books can often tell stories far beyond the texts they contain. Every book is an artifact, built up from a multitude of components in a myriad of ways. Whether it is the paper the text is printed on, the thread the book was sewn with,…

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Horatio Gates, Samuel Washington, and America’s Original Sin
July 28, 2015

This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscript Department. Archival collections from the Revolutionary War period are thick with stories of soldiers and generals, their battles won and lost. Although less evident, collections of this era also contain documentation of what President Obama recently described as the “nation’s original sin,”[i] i.e. the institution of slavery….

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The Many Faces of a Primary Source: Philip L. White and the Beekman Family Papers
July 8, 2015

This post was written by John C. Winters, a New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow Sometimes, the sources historians use are not all we believe them to be. Whether a primary source collection is incomplete, transcribed and edited heavily or simply consists of unreadable copies of the originals, historians need to be wary about…

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Remembering Antietam
September 17, 2012

This post was written by Alice Browne, N-YHS cataloguer September 17 marks the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day of fighting in the Civil War, which left almost four thousand dead. It was not a conclusive victory for either side, but did put an end to Lee’s invasion…

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