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Strange bedfellows: Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s surprising appearance in the papers of General James G. Harbord
August 3, 2016

This post was written by Lauren Bailey, a CUNY graduate fellow at the New-York Historical Society who helped to process the James G. Harbord Papers. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) has an enduring legacy of feminist political and social activism via her prolific writing and public engagement. She not only published hundreds of texts over her life,…

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Ad World Unrest: Hubert Humphrey, Doyle Dane Bernbach, and Time Inc.
July 27, 2016

This post was written by Luis Rodriguez, Collections Management Specialist. In 1964 the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach created a provocative and effective ad for Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential campaign. It juxtaposed a young girl counting the petals on a daisy with the launch and detonation of a nuclear weapon, thus attacking the more hawkish…

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John F. Kennedy’s First Subscription to Time
April 6, 2016

This post was written by Luis Rodriguez, Collections Management Specialist  The Kennedy family had a long and generally positive relationship with Time and its founder Henry Luce. Joseph P. Kennedy had several meetings with Luce while the former served as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and from the late 1930s on into the post-war…

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The Radical Prison Press: Prison Times and Culture at Fort Delaware
July 23, 2015

This post is by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. In the New-York Historical Society library collection is number one, volume one of Prison Times, a newspaper devised and edited by prisoners at the Union Army prison at Fort Delaware, Delaware. The document itself is handwritten and well organized, ready for…

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George Frederick Seward and the Chinese Exclusion Act
May 7, 2014

This post was written by Heather Mulliner, spring semester intern in the Department of Manuscripts. A career in politics seemed all but inevitable for George Frederick Seward, the nephew of Lincoln’s famed Secretary of State (and one-time Presidential rival) William Henry Seward. But like his better-known uncle – whose vocal opposition to slavery cost him…

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A Different Booth: William Henry Seward corresponds with Mary L. Booth
November 7, 2012

This post was written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for General Collections. Where we start is not necessarily where we end. This statement is quite true of my research into William Henry Seward, prominent political figure and Secretary of State for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. What started as an inquiry into his public life,…

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