This post was written by Marybeth Kavanagh, Reference Librarian for Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections
On July 31, 1865, Engine Company 1 of the new Metropolitan Fire Department went into service, and the transition from a volunteer to a paid professional fire department in New York City had begun. The Metropolitan Fire Dept. was originally under the authority of state-appointed commissioners, but in 1870, the Tweed Charter gave New York City’s mayor control of the fire department...Read More
This post was written by Janet Lee, Conservation Assistant
Parchment is a kind of processed animal skin that has been used for centuries as a writing surface. Considered strong and stable, parchments have traditionally been used for important documents.
These parchments are late 18th century colonial land grants from the Banyar manuscript collection. Like most parchments in the collection, they come to the lab folded into tight bundles, which makes storing them easy but access to them...Read More
This post is by Alex Japha, Digital Preservation Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
While 3D technology is now most associated with big-budget movies, 3D imagery is not a new concept. As part of the New-York Historical Society’s ongoing effort to make the Civil War Treasures Collection available digitally, more than 700 stereographs of the U.S. Civil War have recently been made accessible online.
A stereograph is a combination of two photographs, usually placed side by side...Read More
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