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...

Freedom’s Journal, published from 1827 to 1829 was the first...
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:30am

Freedom’s Journal, published from 1827 to 1829 was the first U.S. newspaper owned and operated by African Americans. Published in New York City and aimed at the region’s black population, it was an...

These images of an African American military unit were most...
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:15am

These images of an African American military unit were most likely taken not long after the U.S. entered World War I. While the location of the camp is unknown, the photographer, William Hassler...

During the week of July 13, 1863, #NYC dissolved into violence....
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:13pm

During the week of July 13, 1863, #NYC dissolved into violence. #POTUS Abraham Lincoln announced in March that all male citizens between 20 and 35, who couldn’t pay $300 to hire a substitute,...

This one’s for the for the etymologists in the crowd. What did...
Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:38am

This one’s for the for the etymologists in the crowd. What did the word “skyscraper” mean in the 1800s? It may seem like a word born of the modern era, but as this 19th-century log book illustrates,...

These kids lived in a golden age of sorts, when electric toy...
Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:25am

These kids lived in a golden age of sorts, when electric toy trains were growing in popularity and improving in quality. But don’t get too wistful, because you, too, can share some of their...

Have you ever heard of Achtervelt? It was the Dutch name for the...
Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:20am

Have you ever heard of Achtervelt? It was the Dutch name for the Brooklyn neighborhood now called the Flatlands. This 17th-century conveyance written in calligraphic Middle Dutch officially signed...

Driving in New York after a snowstorm was never easy....
Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:48am

Driving in New York after a snowstorm was never easy. Photographer William J. Roege reminds us of this fact. His snapshot also hearkens back to a time when Midtown Manhattan streets were lined with...

Snow is finally in the forecast for New York City, so while...
Fri, 01/22/2016 - 9:32am

Snow is finally in the forecast for New York City, so while you’re out taking selfies, remember old Frank Ingalls, the self-taught photographer who braved the elements with his camera in hand to...

George Washington writes to Benjamin Tallmadge, leader of the...
Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:04am

George Washington writes to Benjamin Tallmadge, leader of the notorious Culper Spy Ring:“I have information from another quarter, that Sir Henry Clinton had gone towards the East end of Long...

AHMC of the Month: Was he mad? The sensational Guiteau trial and the assassination of President Garfield | New-York Historical Society
Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:25am

AHMC of the Month: Was he mad? The sensational Guiteau trial and the assassination of President Garfield | New-York Historical Society: Who assassinated President Garfield? Here’s a trial pass from...

This broadside advertising a meeting sponsored by the NAACP’s...
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:00am

This broadside advertising a meeting sponsored by the NAACP’s New York branch provides a glimpse into the organizing and dedication to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956.It’s now on view in the N-YHS...

Today we begin celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King,...
Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:40pm

Today we begin celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. by looking at his 1964 letter to Henry Luce. In the letter, MLK, Jr. expresses his gratitude for being named Man of the Year and...

William D. Hassler. Night view series. ca. 1910-1922. New-York...
Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13pm

William D. Hassler. Night view series. ca. 1910-1922. New-York Historical Society The glowing lights of New York City have always had a certain allure.Can you identify any of these early...

Did you know that New-York Historical was in the midst of...
Tue, 01/12/2016 - 9:49am

Did you know that New-York Historical was in the midst of processing our institutional records? Well we are, and the finding aid is now online!You can read more about the collection and the...

Life in blue.Cyanotypes are a non-silver, iron process which...
Mon, 01/11/2016 - 2:48pm

Life in blue.Cyanotypes are a non-silver, iron process which create blue-hued photographic prints. Reade Street, west of Centre Street, 1895, cyanotype by Charles Gilbert Hine, PR 082, NYHS Image #...

There’s talk in the news about renovating Penn...
Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:31pm

There’s talk in the news about renovating Penn Station…however, the McKim, Mead, and White Beaux Arts masterpiece isn’t coming back again.  Penn Station, Train Concourse, ca. 1910. MMW...

It’s no secret that we like our beer and beer history here at...
Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:56pm

It’s no secret that we like our beer and beer history here at N-YHS. Fortunately, Readex has just digitized this pamphlet of ours that contains some excellent 1890 illustrations of the old Ringler...

For John James Audubon, every day was National Bird Day.  John...
Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:50pm

For John James Audubon, every day was National Bird Day.  John James Audubon (1785–1851), Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), Study for Havell pl. no. 121, 1829.  New-York Historical Society John James...

On top of the world! The Empire State Building in construction,...
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:21am

On top of the world! The Empire State Building in construction, circa 1929.  Empire State Building construction, ca. 1929. Browning Photograph Collection, PR 009. Gift of Irving Browning in the name...

Happy New Year! This elaborately carved champagne cask was made...
Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:24am

Happy New Year! This elaborately carved champagne cask was made for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair (aka Louisiana Purchase Exposition). It depicts America enjoying a nice glass of Pommery champagne...

Do you want to bake a special treat for New Year’s Day, but you...
Wed, 12/30/2015 - 2:37pm

Do you want to bake a special treat for New Year’s Day, but you can’t think of a suitable recipe for the occasion? We suggest Mrs. Jackson’s New Year Cake! This simple dessert that includes a...

During the Philippine-American War, U.S. Army Officer Charles B....
Tue, 12/29/2015 - 9:20am

During the Philippine-American War, U.S. Army Officer Charles B. Hagadorn took this item from the body of a dead Filipino soldier. In an attached letter, he calls it “anting anting,” a protection...

Downtown dance party!Dancing in Charley Reed’s Purple Pup,...
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 9:23am

Downtown dance party!Dancing in Charley Reed’s Purple Pup, 186 West Fourth Street, Greenwich Village, ca. 1910-1920. Jessie Tarbox Beals Photograph Collection, PR 004, Department of Prints,...

Here’a a look at Christmas through the lens of William D....
Wed, 12/23/2015 - 10:59am

Here’a a look at Christmas through the lens of William D. Hassler, one of our favorite chroniclers of life in and around New York City in the 1910s. Observant followers of the N-YHS Tumblr will...

Robert Bracklow’s photographs tell us about New York City...
Tue, 12/22/2015 - 9:38am

Robert Bracklow’s photographs tell us about New York City architecture and life around the turn of the century, but many of the images are evocative works of art as well.Read about his life and see...

These two letters are from William Jay Gaynor, mayor of New York...
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:31am

These two letters are from William Jay Gaynor, mayor of New York City from 1910 to 1913. Mayor Gaynor was known as a prolific letter writer and these letters show his range: He can casually...

Included in our vast collection of American pamphlets recently...
Fri, 12/18/2015 - 9:27am

Included in our vast collection of American pamphlets recently digitized by Readex is this souvenir program commemorating the 1916 visit of the Ballet Russe to New York City. Along with the many...

This personal letter from Ann Fisher of Richmond, England, to...
Mon, 12/14/2015 - 12:05pm

This personal letter from Ann Fisher of Richmond, England, to her niece Esther Powell in Long Island (1808) is an excellent example of cross-writing (or cross hatching), a practice 19th-century...

Just found in the N-YHS Institutional Archives!  An invitation...
Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:19am

Just found in the N-YHS Institutional Archives!  An invitation to the opening ceremonies of the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24, 1883. 

The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains...
Thu, 12/10/2015 - 1:06pm

The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains seven letters by Susan B. Anthony, American feminist and campaigner for women’s suffrage. The letters mostly concern various speaking...

Check out these stunning illustrations of art deco cars and hood...
Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:52am

Check out these stunning illustrations of art deco cars and hood ornaments from the Stutz Motor Company that unearthed while processing the James G. Harbord papers.

With colleges deep into their semesters, we continue to hear...
Tue, 12/08/2015 - 1:50pm

With colleges deep into their semesters, we continue to hear of controversies regarding academic freedom, sometimes in the manner of faculty who express sympathy with those deemed to be enemies...

December 7, 1941: The attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl...
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 9:23am

December 7, 1941: The attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor set the course for the United States’ entry into World War II.This broadside features a bit of pro-war propaganda in the form of...

Cats and kittens and bunnies, oh my! Cat in a box with kittens...
Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:10am

Cats and kittens and bunnies, oh my! Cat in a box with kittens and a rabbit, undated [ca. 1915]. William Hassler Photograph Collection, PR 083-2771, New-York Historical Society.

Who doesn’t love a good comic book? Superheroes in Gotham is on...
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 1:16pm

Who doesn’t love a good comic book? Superheroes in Gotham is on view now through February 21. John Albok, Girl reads comics, 1947. New-York Historical Society PR-1 John Albok, Girl reads comics,...

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909 commemorated the 300th...
Tue, 12/01/2015 - 4:56pm

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909 commemorated the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s launch of his steamship. Read...

There’s a chill in the air! Check out these top hats and capes...
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:42am

There’s a chill in the air! Check out these top hats and capes from the 1830s for fall fashion inspiration. Fall and Winter Fashions for 1835 & 6, by James G. Wilson, NY. C.B. & J.R. Graham’...

A rainy evening in 1961. Rainy Night, August 23, 1961, by...
Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:33am

A rainy evening in 1961. Rainy Night, August 23, 1961, by Frederick Kelly. PR 246, Gift of Rena Kelly, 2004. New-York Historical Society, 87743d.

Close-up on opening night! “Opening Night,”...
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:50pm

Close-up on opening night! “Opening Night,” photograph by Irving Browning, ca. 1930s, PR 009, NYHS image#83983d.

New York City blackouts come with their own lore: There was...
Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:37am

New York City blackouts come with their own lore: There was the “Bronx is burning,” Son-of-Sam summer, and the looting of July 1977. Then there was the shadow of terrorism that hung about the...

This Veterans Day, with a focus on an item from the American...
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:27pm

This Veterans Day, with a focus on an item from the American Historical Manuscript Collection, we have the privilege of seeing the Second World War through the eyes of one soldier: Charles Murray...

“The stamps are now a Commodity no Body knows what to do with,...
Wed, 11/04/2015 - 9:42am

“The stamps are now a Commodity no Body knows what to do with, and are more abominable, and dangerous to be meddled with, than if they were infected with the Pestilence,” wrote the New-York Mercury...

A tale of horror and woe has emerged from our collection of...
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 10:44am

A tale of horror and woe has emerged from our collection of American pamphlets, recently digitized by the folks at Readex. In this case the Rev. Ephraim K. Avery is accused in a most graphic...

Boo! Happy Halloween from the N-YHS Library!
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 9:32am

Boo! Happy Halloween from the N-YHS Library!

The New-York Historical Society and the Metropolitan New York...
Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:22am

The New-York Historical Society and the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) are excited to announce that the photographs of Robert L. Bracklow (1849-1919) have been digitized and are...

We’re not deterred by yesterday’s loss. Let’s go METS! This...
Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:39am

We’re not deterred by yesterday’s loss. Let’s go METS! This photo depicts the Waterman Ideals, a team in the New York stationery trade league, circa 1907-1909. The players likely worked for the...

Just 30 years ago, a simpler time…Line of pay phones,...
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:26am

Just 30 years ago, a simpler time…Line of pay phones, East Village, New York City, 1985. Photograph by Eugene Gordon. PR 248, Eugene Gordon Photograph Collection, Gift given in two parts: Eugene...

NOW ON VIEW – Hamilton: A life in Documents In conjunction...
Thu, 10/22/2015 - 11:49am

NOW ON VIEW – Hamilton: A life in Documents In conjunction with the success of the Broadway musical Hamilton, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is...

LET’S GO METS!William D. Hassler, Baseball game action shots,...
Tue, 10/20/2015 - 9:54am

LET’S GO METS!William D. Hassler, Baseball game action shots, Bronx [?], c. May 1918. PR 083, New-York Historical Society  [Baseball game], n.d. NYHS image #82260d.
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