Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
A reasonable assumption would be that the oldest materials in the New-York Historical Society Library relate to Colonial North America or New York. However, in terms of the book collection, the oldest item actually predates the first North American colonies by over a hundred years. Amongst the rare book collection at N-YHS sits a 1492 imprint of three works by Aristotle: De natura animalium libri novem. De...Read More
Coffee's big in the "city that never sleeps". And it's not a new thing either: a great little snapshot of this love affair has popped up in the form of a menu and an advertisement for the Double R Coffee House.
Sure, you've never heard of it but the venture's partners were none other than Theodore Roosevelt's sons -- Theodore, Jr., Archie and Kermit (Quentin was killed in WWI) -- and their cousin Philip . They hung...Read More
This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian
In honor of National Poetry Month, I felt inspired to celebrate one of the more obscure literary contributions of the early twentieth century, true pioneers of the D.I.Y. movement. Formed in 1932 by retired New York Telephone Company employee, Francis Lambert McCrudden, the Raven Poetry Circle was unveiled at an outdoor event near Washington Square Park in May of 1933. Members of this unique collection of writers were...Read More
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