This post was written by Twila Rios, Summer Intern in the department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections.
The New-York Historical Society has two collections of photographer Claire Yaffa: the Claire Yaffa Children with AIDS photograph collection and the Claire Yaffa New York Foundling Hospital photograph collection. A portion of the Children with Aids photograph collection is currently on exhibit at N-YHS, through September 1, 2013.
When looking through these collections a few impressions stand out. First...Read More
Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
Last week a copy of The Whole Booke of Psalmes, the first book printed in English in North America, set a record as the most expensive book ever sold at auction - for $14.2 million. Published in 1640 by Stephen Daye in Cambridge, Massachusetts, only 11 of nearly 1700 printed copies of this first edition survive. Commonly known as the Bay Psalm Book, this book was the...Read More
May 24th marks the 128th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. While the name John Augustus Roebling is widely associated with the bridge's design and production, the contributions of the six other men involved in the bridge’s engineering is rarely acknowledged in popular history.
Paine (believed to be second from right), pictured on the Brooklyn Bridge during construction, undated. (William H. Paine Papers, MS 475)
One of those men is William H. Paine, an assistant...Read More
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