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The Origins of the American Presidency
February 1, 2017

by Ted O’Reilly, Curator & Head of the Manuscript Department As part of the New-York Historical Society’s Presidency Project, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is displaying a selection of documents highlighting the earliest moments of the American presidency. Included are a leaf from the notes of Rufus King at the Constitutional Convention (a very rare…

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The Journey of the Torlonia Peplophoros
December 9, 2016

Written by Claire L. Lanier, N-YHS Social Media and Content Manager  Our story starts with a crime: On November 11, 1983, a marble Peplophoros statue—along with 15 other items—was stolen from the historic Villa Torlonia, once home to famous Vatican banker Giovanni Torlonia, whose family owned the property for nearly 200 years. The statue, just…

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Woolworth’s May Be Gone, But We Still Have The Woolworth Building
February 20, 2014

On February 22, 1878, F. W. Woolworth opened the first Woolworth store in Utica, New York. That store failed, but he reopened in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began one of the most successful chain businesses in America. As a kid, I remember our local Woolworth’s as a one-stop shop, with everything from halloween costumes to alarm…

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N-YHS Acquires Jacob Riis’s Copy of ‘How the Other Half Lives,’ With Author’s Annotations
January 21, 2014

The New-York Historical Society has acquired a first edition of Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives, heavily annotated by the author with pages scrawled with moral indignation towards slumlords, asides about tenement residents, and copyedits. It was donated by Ted Gup, who recently wrote a New York Times op-ed on his purchase of the volume and the…

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Photos: New York Is A Winter Wonderland, No Matter The Year
January 2, 2014

New York is a magical place in the winter—just look at the snow outside right now! From the holiday decorations to ice skating in Central Park, there’s always something fun to do in the winter, even if it’s just watching the snowflakes fall outside your window. Below are some of our favorite images of the city…

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Where Were Brooklyn’s and Queens’ Butcher Shops 100 Years Ago?
November 21, 2013

There are still a few good butcher shops left in this town, but unfortunately, sometimes you have to know where to look. That did not seem to be the case in 1910, when butcher shops could be found all over the city, and the butcher sections of supermarkets involved actual counters, not just sad, colorless…

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Interview With Maurita Baldock, Curator of Manuscripts
May 2, 2013

Earlier this week, the New York Times took a look at the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, a group of young archivists, librarians, and historians who meet up and network around the city. One member featured was our very own Curator of Manuscripts, Maurita Baldock! But what exactly does that job entail? We sat…

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Abraham Lincoln: The Coolest President?
July 6, 2012

In case you hadn’t heard, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has made its way to the big screen. Starring Benjamin Walker, it traces the President as he discovers that vampires are planning to take over the country, and as he makes it his mission to eliminate the threat. Recently, author, screenwriter, and producer Seth Grahame-Smith sat…

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Check Out West Side Rag’s History Beat!
February 21, 2012

There’s a lot you can learn about your neighborhood from the New-York Historical Society, and Upper West Side blog West Side Rag is taking advantage of that. In their new History Beat series, they choose an object or document from the archives of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library that references the Upper West Side, and delves…

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