This blog post was written by Megan Dolan, Archives Intern at N-YHS
As is the case with most areas in New York City, Brooklyn has undergone many transformations. Today Brooklyn has become the ‘new Manhattan’, home to a range of wealthy young professionals, trendy cafes on blocks lined with street art, flea markets, and of course, hipsters. During the 1940s however Brooklyn was the suburban home to many middle class ethnic families.
N-YHS recently acquired a collection...Read More
This post was written by Sarah Rose, archival intern from Queens College on the Institutional Archives Project.
Since February, I have been working with the papers of former N-YHS Librarian Dorothy C. Barck. Barck was hired as an assistant in the library in 1922 by Librarian Alexander Wall and remained at N-YHS for 32 years. She became Librarian in 1942, when the expansion of the building had been completed and open to the public for three...Read More
This blog was written by Alice Browne
Nowadays we are more likely to associate electricity with execution than with healing. But in nineteenth-century New York, sellers of electric belts and proprietors of electric baths promised relief from many diseases, especially those that were chronic, embarrassing, or neglected by conventional medicine. Both claimed to relieve symptoms by passing electric or magnetic currents through the patient's body. They operated in the same uncertain area as the sellers of...Read More
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