Who’s a good dog? These are good dogs. And William Hassler was a...
Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:45pm

Who’s a good dog? These are good dogs. And William Hassler was a good photographer. William D. Hassler. Father Teizen and his dog Brownie; A Bellevue ambulance Dalmatian dog; William Gray Hassler...

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened after 14 years of...
Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:10pm

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened after 14 years of construction.  It’s been attracting photographers like George Hall ever since. George P. Hall. Brooklyn Bridge series. ca 1900. New-...

This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for...
Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:15am

This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for an exhibition scheduled to open in the fall. As a preliminary step, textile conservator Midori Sato and N-YHS Conservation...

To celebrate International Museum Day, we’re poking around in...
Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:27am

To celebrate International Museum Day, we’re poking around in this curious collection of geological and paleontological specimens with photographer George P. Hall.  Mr. Hall wasn’t entirely...

They don’t make skyscrapers like this anymore. In 1913 the...
Mon, 05/16/2016 - 8:35pm

They don’t make skyscrapers like this anymore. In 1913 the Woolworth Building was the tallest and arguably the most glamorous building in the world. Today it’s still one of the masterpieces of New...

Thinking of making a nice flower garland this weekend? Let...
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:35am

Thinking of making a nice flower garland this weekend? Let Harriet Hassler show you how it’s done.William D. Hassler. William Gray Hassler and Harriet E. Hassler in a field making flower garlands...

Stuyvesant’s New AmsterdamOn May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant...
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 9:45am

Stuyvesant’s New AmsterdamOn May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam, where he would serve as Director-General of New Netherland until 1664. This series of prints depicting New...

Welcome to the FreemasonsThe all-seeing eye, the scythe, the...
Mon, 05/09/2016 - 8:10pm

Welcome to the FreemasonsThe all-seeing eye, the scythe, the winged hourglass, Jacob’s ladder, the beehive,  the fasces…the symbology here goes on and on. This document, dated September 29, 1814...

In honor of Mother’s Day, let us enjoy that mini-genre of...
Sun, 05/08/2016 - 9:00am

In honor of Mother’s Day, let us enjoy that mini-genre of photography in which a mother tries to convince her little one to be still for just a moment while they have their portrait taken. William...

Trace paper drawings of the James A. Farley Post Office...
Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:39am

Trace paper drawings of the James A. Farley Post Office Building, which was designed by McKim, Mead, & White and built in 1912. The inscription on the facade reads, “Neither snow nor rain nor...

James H. Gardiner was an amateur astronomer from Newburgh, New...
Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:45pm

James H. Gardiner was an amateur astronomer from Newburgh, New York, and in the winter of 1863, he succeeded in discovering a comet. That’s pretty neat, but in this letter to his friend from March...

The Sixth Avenue El Comes DownIn 1939, Manhattan decided it was...
Mon, 05/02/2016 - 7:45pm

The Sixth Avenue El Comes DownIn 1939, Manhattan decided it was ready to move on from its elevated trains, and workers began dismantling the mighty Sixth Avenue Line. These images, among thousands...

Greenwich Village Forever!On April 29, 1966, Greenwich Village...
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:34am

Greenwich Village Forever!On April 29, 1966, Greenwich Village was designated as a protected Historic District by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. From the Historic Designation...

J. S. Johnston at Niagara Falls Niagara Falls became a popular...
Tue, 04/26/2016 - 9:30pm

J. S. Johnston at Niagara Falls Niagara Falls became a popular tourist destination over the course of the 19th century; the falls became the nation’s first state park in April 1885. These images...

Happy Preservation Week!Old photographs can be a challenge to...
Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:12am

Happy Preservation Week!Old photographs can be a challenge to preserve. This collection of cased photographs, which contains mostly ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and tintypes, was recently rehoused...

Earth Day 1970To celebrate Earth Day 2016, we’re looking back at...
Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:18am

Earth Day 1970To celebrate Earth Day 2016, we’re looking back at the first Earth Day in 1970. More than one million people came out in New York City to show their support for the environmental...

When JFK Started Reading Time In 1933 Joseph P. Kennedy, the...
Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:10am

When JFK Started Reading Time In 1933 Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of John F. Kennedy and a statesman in his own right, took out a subscription to Time magazine on behalf of his eldest son. “Joe”...

Opening Day at Yankee StadiumLocated in the Bronx, the original...
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:43am

Opening Day at Yankee StadiumLocated in the Bronx, the original Yankee Stadium opened its doors to more than 60,000 eager fans on Monday, April 18, 1923. The stadium’s first home game featured the...

The Ghosts of Libby Prison During the Civil War, Libby Prison...
Thu, 04/14/2016 - 7:10pm

The Ghosts of Libby Prison During the Civil War, Libby Prison was notoriously miserable, and Union prisoner death rates were sky high. Twenty years after the war, the author of these sketches...

Thomas Jefferson, WeathermanThis page from Thomas Jefferson’s...
Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:22am

Thomas Jefferson, WeathermanThis page from Thomas Jefferson’s meteorological journal covers the time just prior to his first term as Governor of Virginia, from February to April 1779. Among Jefferson...

The Springs of New York CityJames Reuel Smith was very...
Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:10am

The Springs of New York CityJames Reuel Smith was very interested in springs and wells. He spent a considerable amount of time bicycling through northern Manhattan and the Bronx locating and...

Historic Manuscripts - Now on View!The latest exhibition in the...
Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:10am

Historic Manuscripts - Now on View!The latest exhibition in the N-YHS Library’s reading room includes this watercolor illustration of an 1872 school house in York, Pennsylvania. The artist, Lewis...

New York’s Scottish CastleThe Scottish Highlands are full of...
Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:10am

New York’s Scottish CastleThe Scottish Highlands are full of legends and intrigue, so to celebrate Tartan Day, we’re checking out the strange castle that still sits on Pollepel Island in the...

Seeds for Sale!Never mind the current temperatures—spring is...
Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:10am

Seeds for Sale!Never mind the current temperatures—spring is here, and that means it’s time to flip through your seed catalogs and start planning those gardens. This 1888 volume from Burpee’s has...

Boston in the Year 2078We usually focus on the history of New...
Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:00am

Boston in the Year 2078We usually focus on the history of New York here, but in the spirit of April Fools’ Day, it seemed appropriate to look instead at the future of Boston. Through this rare...

“The Royal Tattoo” Kalākaua, the last reigning king of the...
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:00am

“The Royal Tattoo” Kalākaua, the last reigning king of the Kingdom of Hawaii, visited U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in November 1874 and succeeded in negotiating a trade deal between Hawaii and...

Erika Stone’s NYC Street ScenesStreet photographer and...
Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:10am

Erika Stone’s NYC Street ScenesStreet photographer and photojournalist Erika Stone’s work covers roughly 50 years of life in New York City, from the 1940s to the 1990s. Her interest in photography...

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory FireOn March 25, 1911, a fire broke...
Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:15am

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory FireOn March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in a garment factory in Greenwich Village causing the death of 146 people, mostly young women from New York’s immigrant...

Love Letter to Elisa StuyvesantTadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish...
Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:00am

Love Letter to Elisa StuyvesantTadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish military leader and engineer. He fought against the British in the American Revolution and Russia in the Polish-Russian War of 1792....

Rebecca Lepkoff, a daughter of Jewish immigrants who grew up on...
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:00am

Rebecca Lepkoff, a daughter of Jewish immigrants who grew up on New York’s Lower East Side, began photographing her neighborhood in the early 1940s. For a time, she was a member of the Photo...

“The cartoon is a mighty medium”In 1933 Fiorello La Guardia, was...
Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:00am

“The cartoon is a mighty medium”In 1933 Fiorello La Guardia, was running for mayor on a Fusion ticket, an independent coalition intent on replacing the corruption of Tammany Hall. He was fortunate...

“Old Morau” Manuscript Omar Ibn Sayyid, a merchant and teacher...
Wed, 03/16/2016 - 10:00am

“Old Morau” Manuscript Omar Ibn Sayyid, a merchant and teacher in modern-day Senegal was brought to the United States as a slave around 1770. While imprisoned at a North Carolina jail for fleeing...

Jessie Tarbox Beals, the country’s first woman photojournalist,...
Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:01am

Jessie Tarbox Beals, the country’s first woman photojournalist, lived and worked for most of her career in New York City. Among her many subjects was Bohemian Greenwich Village during the 1910s...

We’re bringing out photo albums from the Civil War for a library...
Fri, 03/11/2016 - 11:01am

We’re bringing out photo albums from the Civil War for a library instruction class on the history of photography. This collection, Photographs of the War of the Rebellion, includes images of the...

These kids seem like they’re having fun…but where are...
Wed, 03/09/2016 - 10:28am

These kids seem like they’re having fun…but where are they and what are they doing? James Reuel Smith took this photograph sometime between 1893 and 1905, probably in New York CIty. Is that an armory...

Doris Ulmann began her career in photography making studio...
Mon, 03/07/2016 - 10:47am

Doris Ulmann began her career in photography making studio portraits for Manhattan professionals, but she later undertook a series of trips to document life in the Appalachians and American South...

For those of you looking for a late winter escape, Dr. Aimée...
Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:01am

For those of you looking for a late winter escape, Dr. Aimée Raymond has a few health-minded recommendations. The coastal New Jersey town of Long Branch offers dry, bracing air, as well as...

Sometimes, in the course of digitizing photographs, we draw a...
Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:01am

Sometimes, in the course of digitizing photographs, we draw a blank when it comes to description. These photographs live in the mysterious Box 10 of the James Reuel Smith Springs and Wells...

Leap Day exists primarily to correct the calendar, but tradition...
Mon, 02/29/2016 - 10:42am

Leap Day exists primarily to correct the calendar, but tradition has seen it as a slight correction for gender inequality, too. There is an old custom that marks February 29 as the day on which it...

It the midst of election season, a look back campaign buttons...
Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:00am

It the midst of election season, a look back campaign buttons for Wendell Willkie and Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Wings for Willkie” buttons, Wendell Willkie Campaign; metal; N-YHS Object Number Inv....

From 1807 to 1808, Peter Gansevoort, who served as a colonel...
Wed, 02/24/2016 - 9:23am

From 1807 to 1808, Peter Gansevoort, who served as a colonel during the American Revolution, was engaged in a series of correspondence with Judge William Walker. The subject was a man named Gustus, a...

The Cotton Club, famous for launching the careers of jazz greats...
Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:36am

The Cotton Club, famous for launching the careers of jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, operated at the northeast corner of Lenox Avenue and 142nd Street in Harlem from 1923 to 1935...

February 22, 1732: George Washington was born in Westmoreland...
Mon, 02/22/2016 - 9:37am

February 22, 1732: George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.To celebrate the occasion, we’re looking at a document that illustrates one of the more trying moments of his time as...

Today we’re just walking through 1940s Harlem…shopping...
Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:46am

Today we’re just walking through 1940s Harlem…shopping for a new belt, doing a little arm wrestling…because history is about everyday life, too. Andreas Feininger. [Harlem photograph series]....

We don’t know exactly why Benjamin Smith was required to...
Wed, 02/17/2016 - 11:13am

We don’t know exactly why Benjamin Smith was required to document that he was a free man. According to this 1821 affidavit, he had been living in New York City since 1803. But who was Arnold Bowser,...

The show must go on!The Globe Theatre, named in honor of...
Tue, 02/16/2016 - 9:25am

The show must go on!The Globe Theatre, named in honor of London’s Shakespearean playhouse, was opened to the public 1910 and converted into a movie house in the 1930s. The Globe Theatre, 46th Street...

Happy Valentine’s Day!Here’s an odd valentine from the American...
Sun, 02/14/2016 - 10:01am

Happy Valentine’s Day!Here’s an odd valentine from the American Historical Manuscript Collection to remind us that the day has been crossed with gallows humor for many years now. Mischievous...

Need to do some homework on love ahead of Valentine’s Day? We...
Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:54am

Need to do some homework on love ahead of Valentine’s Day? We recommend Daniel G. Brinton’s The Conception of Love in Some American Languages (1886).On the native language of Paraguay: “Verbal...

The mission of the New York African Free School, founded in...
Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:56am

The mission of the New York African Free School, founded in 1787, was to educate the young free black population of New York City. This was not a simple undertaking, and the evolution of school...

Manuael de Spanje was one of a handful of free blacks who owned...
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:44am

Manuael de Spanje was one of a handful of free blacks who owned a bit of Manhattan real estate during New York’s Dutch colonial era. This is the deed through which Peter Stuyvesant, Director-...

Ready to dive into the N-YHS Institutional Archives? You’ll find...
Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:14pm

Ready to dive into the N-YHS Institutional Archives? You’ll find wide-ranging correspondence, curious ephemera, elaborate architectural plans, and more! Visit the blog for a guided tour. Proposed...
Creative: Tronvig Group