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Points of Entry: The Diaries of John Baxter Black

There are so many variables: who Black was, where he was and when, what he was doing with whom when he was there, and—most of all— what he had to say about it. Read More ›

The Specter of Foreign Influence in Early American Politics

Fears of foreign meddling spurred the development of the United States' first political parties.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary: October 8, 1800

A story of financial fraud, failure, and a tragic suicide in early New York City, told from the diary of Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker.Read More ›

Sympathy for a Spy

A sympathetic account of the execution of British spy John André, written by an American Army officer.Read More ›

Disposessing Loyalists and Redistributing Property in Revolutionary New York

A recently digitized item sheds light on the profound social upheaval caused by the American Revolution in New York.Read More ›

Drinking Whiskey in the Whiskey Rebellion: The Soldiers' Perspective

The infamous Whiskey Rebellion, told from the perspective of the soldiers who suppressed it.Read More ›

Hannah Lawrence Schieffelin and Women's Experiences in Revolutionary America

A New York woman's interactions with women of different cultures on the northern frontier of the American Revolution.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, Summer 1803

Health and disease in early New York City.Read More ›

Stonewall in Pictures

The White House designation of Stonewall as a national monument prominently featured LGBT historical materials from our Manuscripts & Archives Division, available online in our Digital Collections. Read More ›

Mary Katherine Goddard's Declaration of Independence

Most Americans in the revolutionary period found out who signed the Declaration of Independence in print, not parchment. Publicizing the signers’ names was a bold step considering that they were endorsing treason.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, June 24, 1802

One woman's account of a parade of Freemasons in early-nineteenth-century New York City.Read More ›

Election Confections: Harrison Cake and Other Historical Political Treats

The presidential election of 1840 was a fascinating moment in American political—and confectionary—history. While Harrison's status as a well-known war hero almost certainly contributed to his victory, I like to believe that his popularity was further bolstered by the cake created in his honor.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, May 27, 1799

A major lottery jackpot in 1799 captures the attention of Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker.Read More ›

Celebrating the Stamp Act's Repeal, May 19, 1766

One Philadelphian's account of the celebrations accompanying the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766, and what it tells us about the coming of the American Revolution.Read More ›

A Melville Marginalia Mystery

A researcher's reading of erased marginalia provides insight to Melville's thoughts on religion.Read More ›

Edwin Miller Interviews for Seventeen Magazine in Archives and Manuscripts

Find celebrity Seventeen interviews from 1946-1988 in the Manuscripts and Archives Division at The New York Public Library.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, April 30, 1800

The tense New York State elections of 1800, as seen through the diary of Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker.Read More ›

The Material Realities of Slavery in Early New York

A look at the history of slavery in early New York, through the estate of the manor lord, Adolphus Philipse.Read More ›

Violet Oakley: An Interview with Dr. Bailey Van Hook

Dr. Bailey Van Hook recently published the first full-length biography of artist Violet Oakley. In this interview, she discusses her work and what made Oakley an interesting subject, as well as her research in our archival collections.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, March 31, 1800

The story of a a sensational murder in early-nineteenth-century New York, told through a young woman's diary.Read More ›
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