Upcoming Seminars

The Institute for Constitutional History sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events during the academic year. Here is a partial list of upcoming and recent events:

Upcoming Events

The Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce its fall seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty:


Emancipation Proclamation

October 07, 2005
October 16, 2005

Fascimile of the Emancipation Proclamation

October 20, 2005
March 26, 2006

Carry Me Home: Dispatches from the Civil War

January 26, 2007
September 03, 2007

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society


This online collection includes over 2,000 items from 12 collections that highlight the New-York Historical Society's Civil War holdings in the Library's Manuscript Department, the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, and the Museum Division. They include manuscript correspondence, photographs, stereographs, drawings and sketches, prints, patriotic stationery, and recruiting posters.

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Books and Pamphlets


Books and other published materials constitute the bulk of the Klingenstein Library’s collection. These include current monographs and supporting  sources on the history of New York and the United States, as well as an array of religious tracts, city directories, atlases, rare Native American language dictionaries, contentious pamphlets of the American Revolution, pro- and anti-slavery literature, Civil War regimental histories, institutional annual reports, and travel and entertainment guides. Search for these through the Klingenstein Library's online catalog.




The Klingenstein Library holds the fourth largest collection of American newspapers published before 1820; it encompasses the most complete set of colonial New York titles such as Zenger’s controversial New-York Weekly Journal. For the 19th century there are nearly complete runs of commercial dailies, and some obscure publications espousing political, religious, and ethnic viewpoints. Also present are many of the principal newspapers from Northern and Southern localities up through the Civil War. The New York City dailies continue into the 20th century for which period there are also some pictorial supplements. For more information, see the Klingenstein Library’s Newspaper Research Guide.


The First Shot: 1861

James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Adam Goodheart
Harold Holzer
Thu, 04/07/2011 - 18:30
Thu, April 7th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

A century and a half after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter to ignite the Civil War, leading historians ask and answer the crucial questions: What really caused the conflict? Could the Civil War have been avoided? Did Lincoln invite the first shot—or did the Union “get lucky?” This program marks the start of an ongoing New-York Historical Society focus on the great American tragedy with the first of several discussions and lectures.

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Lincoln and New York

October 09, 2009
March 25, 2010


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