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The Festive Past of New Year's Menus

With approximately 45,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, The New York Public Library’s restaurant menu collection is one of the largest in the world. In anticipation of 2018, we combed through the archives to find some of the most festive menus fêteing the new years of yore!Read More ›

The New York Public Library's "Ghosts" File

The NYC subject clippings collection in the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy includes a small, supernatural file.Read More ›

Holiday Reading Recommendations from The Cullman Center

With the holiday break upon us that means it’s time for some absorbing indoor reading. Whom better to ask for recommendations than our current class of Fellows at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers? Read More ›

Historical Postcards of New York City from the Picture Collection

Explore a colorful visual record of NYC and see the beginnings of the postcard phenomenon in the United States.Read More ›

Diamonds in the Rough: Barbara Epstein at the New York Review of Books

Epstein was one of the founders of the New York Review of Books and its co-editor. Her files, dating from 1963 to 2003, document 40 years spent shaping and improving the Review. Read More ›

NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2017

Please join us for International Games Day and celebrate play, literacy, and games at the Library!Read More ›

Godwin’s Grammar

Godwin’s views of grammar contribute invaluably to the layout of eighteenth-century and Romantic period conversations about the study of the English language.Read More ›

New in Digital Collections: The Bay Psalm Book

Recently, The New York Public Library digitized in its entirety one of its great treasures, the 1640 printing of The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre.Read More ›

From White Mountain to Bunker Hill: A Japanese Print Links East & West

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's "The Death of Murata Sansuke" and John Trumbull's "Battle at Bunker's Hill" share striking similarities.Read More ›

On the Town: 7 Archtober Buildings of the Day & NYPL Resources

Archtober is an annual month-long celebration of New York City's built environment, with thirty-one "building of the day" sites. Here are seven locations that archi-lovers can explore any day of the year, using materials at NYPL.Read More ›

Genealogy Research on the Front Page

Genealogy and local history research is not often headline-making news, but resources in The New York Public Library's Milstein Division are highly relevant to controversies currently flashing big across the news ticker. Read More ›

If We Could Spend a Picture-Lovers Day Together

In June 1965, photographer Dorothea Lange wrote a letter to Picture Collection Librarian Romana Javitz saying, “It would be very fine, very fine indeed, if we could spend a Picture-Lovers afternoon together....”Read More ›

6 Surprises for Newcomers to Genealogy

Once genealogy hobbyists get hooked, they often encounter a few surprises in their research. Read More ›

17 Open House New York Sites You Can Research at NYPL

What's Open House New York? It's an invitation to explore the city. Every October, the five boroughs open up for the annual weekend—this year on October 14 and 15, with over 200 buildings and projects. Can't make it? In honor of the festival's fifteenth anniversary, I selected seventeen long-time participants you can explore more through NYPL resources.Read More ›

A Banned Book in the Spencer Collection

Banned Books Week 2017 is this week (September 24th–30th). With that in mind, I would like to introduce a beautiful book, once banned, now residing in the Library’s Spencer Collection. It is a work of no particular bibliographical significance: an isolated volume (volume 2, the correspondence) from a ten-volume set of the works of St. Augustine. Read More ›

Finding Ashbery

With the passing of poet John Ashbery, we have been reflecting on where we've found him in the collection—not just as author, but as translator, editor, interviewee, blurb writer, and even lyricist.Read More ›

Philosophy As a Way of Life

Philosophy, as it is practiced today, is abstract, theoretical, and detached from life. In the Greco-Roman world, it was something quite different. Philosophy was a way of life.Read More ›

Inaugural Class: Fordham-NYPL Research Fellows in Jewish Studies

Congratulations to the inaugural class of Fordham-NYPL Research Fellows in Jewish Studies! This joint pilot fellowship program is for scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies from outside the New York City metropolitan area. Read More ›

New York and the American Revolution: Resources at NYPL

Interested in learning more about New York's role, and the early battles of the American Revolution? Inspired by Hamilton? Here are some of the resources I consulted for @NYPLHistory.Read More ›

Informed Archives: The Straphangers Campaign and the NYC Subway System

Much attention has been paid lately to the MTA during what has been termed the “Summer of Hell.” Instead of simply bemoaning the current state of affairs, we can look to a citizen’s group that has been actively working toward improving the City transit system for almost forty years.Read More ›
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