‘Twas the Night After Thanksgiving: Dick Gosman’s Dream
November 21, 2016

This post was written by Joseph Ditta, Manuscript Reference Archivist. Richard “Dick” Gosman (1875-1946) was born and raised on a farm in Blissville, Queens (the site is now occupied by Amtrak’s Sunnyside rail yard). Between the ages of ten and fourteen (1886-1889) he produced several handcrafted periodicals, of which his monthly People’s Paper ran the longest,…

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A Slice of the 20th Century – The Bernard Gotfryd Photograph Collection
August 21, 2013

This post was written by Twila Rios, Intern in the department of  Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections. It’s tempting sometimes to define history as only items no longer in living memory.  Items over 100 years old usually fit into this definition.  But as an archival student, I’ve often heard the opposite:  “History happens under our…

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Paul Gillespie’s 1939 New York World’s Fair Collection
April 29, 2011

Just in time for the 72nd anniversary of New York’s 1939 World’s Fair — which opened on April 30th, 1939 — the New-York Historical Society has received an extensive collection of photographs and other memorabilia documenting this momentous event. President Roosevelt’s official dedication at the Fair’s opening ceremonies. Although Paul Gillespie was only 12 years…

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