The Mysterious Mrs. G. M. Bowen

An intriguing series of advertising cabinet cards have piqued the curiosity of staff and researchers ever since they were given to the New-York Historical Society by Mrs. Elihu Spicer in 1960.

Victoria Woodhull: First Woman Presidential Candidate

Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 became the first woman Vice-Presidential candidate on a major party ticket, is rightly being heralded as a political tr

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 100th Anniversary

Next Friday, March 25th, is the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.  The deadly fire prompted the creation of new fire

America and the Barbary States

As we watch events unfolding in Libya, and still hear regular news of Somali piracy, it seems like a good opportunity to have a look back at America’s historic relationship with

Fabric Samples from an Early New York Businesswoman

In honor of Women’s History month, we want to highlight materials that focus on  women in New York City history.  The

Black History Month – 20th Century

“One of the smallest and least known national groups in this country is a group of Black Jews.  In New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and other cities,

Black History Month – 19th Century

Lately the words “Black Swan” are more closely associated with Hollywood, but those familiar with the history of performing arts in New York City

Black History Month – 18th Century

The position of African-Americans during the American Revolution was complicated by the incongruous conceptions of freedom held by American coloni


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