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...

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 #...
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