This post was written by Project Archivist Larry Weimer.
In Part 1 of this blog posted last week, I introduced N-YHS’ institutional archives project now underway thanks to a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. Several finding aids are now online, and in this Part 2, I would like to give you a short introduction to the archival materials now available.
First, there is a lot of correspondence. My colleague on the project, Brynn White, has been working...Read More
The line between historical obscurity and fame is often a fine one. It's not surprising then that on July 4th no one thinks about the most important document produced by Congress before the Declaration of Independence: the Declaration of the Causes and of the Necessity of Taking Up Arms. As its title implies, it was a justification for armed resistance to England's abusive treatment of the colonies, with a chronicle of outstanding grievances.
Like many such historic texts written...Read More
This post was written by Luis Rodriguez, Library Collections Technician.
Imagine a moment in Harlem in 1939. It's inside the Community Center of the International Workers Order on West 125th Street, where the Harlem Suitcase Theater is putting on bare-bones experimental "proletariat" theatrical productions. The audience has left after a performance of Don't You Want to be Free?—an epic depiction of African-American history that incorporates poetry, music, and drama—and the members of the theater begin to congregate....Read More
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