“Forgotten” -- undeservedly -- is the adjective most commonly applied to Swiss-born statesman Albert Gallatin, whose personal papers reside in the N-YHS library.
Born to a highly regarded but not particularly wealthy family in Geneva in 1761, he left nineteen years later to seek his fortune in America while the budding nation was still in the throes of war. Though too young to play a direct role in the country’s founding, as a congressman and secretary...Read More
It's probably no consolation for last week's heat wave but if you were a well-heeled New Yorker living in the late nineteenth century, you would probably be spending the sultry days of summer living it up in Newport, RI. Not surprisingly, the story of Newport and New York's richest dwellers is well documented at the N-YHS. An interesting source is the register of the Newport Golf Club (1893-1898). It records visitors, their address, the length of...Read More
Now that every inch of Manhattan is covered with buildings or fabricated parks, it's hard to imagine the city was once just another patch of earth. To celebrate Earth Day, here are photographs that reveal some dirt on New York City's past.
The first one shows the land currently occupied by the New-York Historical Society. It was taken in 1887 from the top of the recently-built Dakota Building (finished in 1884), located at 72nd Street and...Read More
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