In 1979, women constituted 6.2% of the New York State...
Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:56am

In 1979, women constituted 6.2% of the New York State Legislature and 3.2% of the United States Congress. In 1999, those figures rose to 20.9% in the state legislature and 12.1% in Congress. Today it...

Zadock Pratt’s tannery, the largest of several in the Catskills,...
Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:09pm

Zadock Pratt’s tannery, the largest of several in the Catskills, consumed almost 500,000 hemlock trees during its two decades of operation. Workers chopped down trees and removed the bark, which...

Rockefeller Center was a wildly ambitious project to create a...
Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:29am

Rockefeller Center was a wildly ambitious project to create a city within a city—a set of buildings and public spaces that would both stand apart from and incorporate the surrounding streets....

On July 4, 1921, thousands of New Yorkers marched up Fifth...
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 9:48am

On July 4, 1921, thousands of New Yorkers marched up Fifth Avenue to protest the prohibition laws that had come into effect a year and a half earlier. Promoted by the American Liberties League, the...

“Believe you have one of the great stories of the war,” is how...
Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:22pm

“Believe you have one of the great stories of the war,” is how Henry Luce responded to Dorothy Thompson’s piece on the July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Thompson, who was among...

Hailed as “the Liberator and Elevator of Women,” and “Queen of...
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:22am

Hailed as “the Liberator and Elevator of Women,” and “Queen of the American Bar,” Belva Lockwood was one the most prominent advocates for gender equality in the late 19th century. In 1879 she...

In the 1820s, what is now known as the Lower East Side was a...
Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:04am

In the 1820s, what is now known as the Lower East Side was a fashionable neighborhood of single-family rowhouses, but as the more affluent residents began moving north, the area gradually became...

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1809, is one of the...
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:18am

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1809, is one of the country’s oldest black parishes. From its origins in Lower Manhattan, the church moved uptown several times, following the black...

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was about to address his...
Thu, 02/21/2019 - 10:30am

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was about to address his Organization of Afro-American Unity in New York’s Audubon Ballroom when he was shot and killed by members of the Nation of Islam. In the...

The Philadelphia Library Company of Colored...
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:02am

The Philadelphia Library Company of Colored Persons was founded in 1833 to serve the city’s growing free black community. The library held regular lecture events, and for the 29th...

Clement Clarke Moore, known mainly for his Christmas poem “A...
Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:33am

Clement Clarke Moore, known mainly for his Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” may have had something to contribute to Valentine’s Day as well. In an apparently unpublished work, he...

Abraham Lincoln, born 210 years ago today, inspired a great deal...
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:01am

Abraham Lincoln, born 210 years ago today, inspired a great deal of patriotic sentiment during the American Civil War. Printed envelopes, or “corner cards,” like these were a popular medium for...

Black New Yorkers celebrated the ratification of the...
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:32am

Black New Yorkers celebrated the ratification of the 15th Amendment with a large and festive procession through the city on April 8, 1870. The amendment prohibiting racial discrimination in voting...

Close to a decade after the success of the Montgomery Bus...
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:02am

Close to a decade after the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks returned to her home state to take part in the march from Selma to Montgomery against discriminatory voting practices....

To celebrate the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth,...
Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:23am

To celebrate the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth, we’re looking at some images featured in the 1987 exhibit Jackie Robinson: An American Journey. Robinson was of course a transformative...

The Tenement House Exhibit opened in February 1900 as a way to...
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:09am

The Tenement House Exhibit opened in February 1900 as a way to publicize the need for housing reform in New York. Organized by Lawrence Veiller, the exhibit presented visitors with a wide range...

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many memorable speeches, but...
Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:01am

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many memorable speeches, but the poster above is for a speech he never gave. In 1956, a coalition of organizations began planning a massive rally and fundraiser to support...

Heading outside today? Stay warm!Or…maybe stay in and...
Sat, 01/19/2019 - 2:35pm

Heading outside today? Stay warm!Or…maybe stay in and explore our Digital Collections?George E. Stonebridge.  Sea lions in snow, New York Zoological Gardens [the Bronx Zoo], Bronx, N.Y., 1899. glass...

The high cost of living in New York City is not a new problem....
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:20am

The high cost of living in New York City is not a new problem. In 1917, a committee of social reformers proposed a set of solutions based on Georgist economic theory. Their contention was that by...

The brownstone fronts of row houses have been a characteristic...
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:32am

The brownstone fronts of row houses have been a characteristic feature of New York’s residential architecture since the mid-19th century. The material’s popularity was partly due to its...

[Edward] Jones: A notorious villain. Basil Wood: If possible...
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 10:06am

[Edward] Jones: A notorious villain. Basil Wood: If possible worse.So went William Duane’s assessment of the Treasury staff during John Adams’ presidency. The secretary of state’s office didn’t...

Happy New Year!“New Year’s Joys” postcard. circa 1915. Marilynn...
Mon, 12/31/2018 - 3:18pm

Happy New Year!“New Year’s Joys” postcard. circa 1915. Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera. New-York Historical Society. 

Made from a pair of paper circles, knotted thread, and a small...
Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:13am

Made from a pair of paper circles, knotted thread, and a small metal pin, the volvelle in this 1721 notebook was designed to help sailors find “full sea,” or high water. To preserve it,...

Nothing says “Christmas” like the sight of Santa Claus, in his...
Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:08am

Nothing says “Christmas” like the sight of Santa Claus, in his bicorne hat, riding a winged broomstick with a famous opera singer. Before Thomas Nast’s drawings became the standard, artists had a...

The statue known as Angel of the Waters stands atop the Bethesda...
Thu, 12/20/2018 - 10:47am

The statue known as Angel of the Waters stands atop the Bethesda Fountain, one of Central Park’s most recognizable sights. Designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873, the statue was the...

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was one of many unsafe “patent...
Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:02am

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was one of many unsafe “patent medicines” sold to unsuspecting customers in the late 19th century. Claiming to be “absolutely harmless and non-narcotic,” the syrup in...

The history of Time Inc. is rife with news of mergers and...
Fri, 12/14/2018 - 1:00pm

The history of Time Inc. is rife with news of mergers and acquisitions, but this particular merger is of a different sort. Fortune writer and editor Charles Burck drafted the above press release to...

Rudy Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City inspired a...
Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:34am

Rudy Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City inspired a great deal of protest. The poster above addresses police brutality and the denial of free speech, both major issues for the mayor’s critics...

À votre santé.“The Jolly Dog”. undated, late 19th century....
Thu, 12/06/2018 - 7:49pm

À votre santé.“The Jolly Dog”. undated, late 19th century. Stereograph File: Subjects–Portraits–Theatrical. New-York Historical Society.
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