Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
Among the Civil War related papers in the American History Manuscript Collection at the Historical Society are those of Union Army General Edward Ferrero (1831-1899). This one folder collection consists mainly of items relating to his military commissions. These materials document Ferrero’s progress through the war, beginning as Colonel of his own 51st New York Regiment in 1861 and rising to the rank of Major General by...Read More
April -- better known as the month of showers, Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday, and Earth Day -- has also been designated National Landscape Architect month. Aside from Olmsted, however, landscape architects continue to fly largely under the radar. A case in point: Clarke and Rapuano, a firm with enormous impact on New York City's urban landscape, whose name is hardly known outside the profession.
Gilmore D. Clarke (1892-1982) and Michael Rapuano (1904-1975) began their professional partnership...Read More
You might expect to hear this kind of question in a game of Trivial Pursuit, and if you're inclined to say “Simpson”, you’re right – sort of.
In truth, Simpson was not part of his name at all and that’s on the authority of the man himself. On June 23, 1864, Grant wrote to Congressman E.B. Washburn with an explanation, politely noting, “In answer to your letter of a few days ago asking what ‘S’ stands...Read More
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