This post was written by Christine Calvo, AHMC Cataloging Assistant.
On October 29, 1754, John Harris Jr. wrote to Philadelphia politician Richard Peters about a visit from an Iroquois leader “Monacatootha” and “Severall others.” Harris was the son of John Harris Sr. (1673 - 1748), the namesake of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. John Harris Sr. was known for establishing the first store and trading post on the Susquehanna River, on what was then the American frontier. The store was opened...Read More
It appears that New Yorker’s love for vampires began before the rise of gothic rockers or even the publication of Bram Stoker’s book Dracula in 1897.
The N-YHS library collection includes invitations and programs for dinner parties from 1892-1893 called a “Death Watch” sponsored by an organization entitled “Order of the Vampires” or sometimes simply called the “Vampires.” There does not appear to have been any motive for this group other than an excuse for men to...Read More
This post was written by Matthew Murphy, Head of Cataloging and Metadata.
One of the many interesting aspects of the American Historical Manuscript Collection is the opportunity for new research it provides. One such item that would benefit from a deeper investigation is the June 16, 1821, affidavit of freedom for Benjamin Smith.
Little is known about Benjamin Smith, apart from his being a free-born African American man from King George County, Virginia. At the time of this...Read More
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