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Informed Archives: The Environmental Action Coalition and the Birth of Earth Day

In January 2017, thousands gathered on Fifth Avenue and the surrounding area for the Women’s March. But this wasn’t the first time that this street was the home for a massive demonstration: almost fifty years ago, it was a primary thoroughfare for the first Earth Day celebration.Read More ›

Transportation, Communications, and Colonial War

How the British Empire built the transportation and communications infrastructure that allowed them to win the colonial contest for eastern North America.Read More ›

11 Facts About NYPL for #AprilFactsDay

The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman building opened on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in 1911. One of NYC's iconic landmarks, it welcomes millions of visitors a year to discover its inspiring public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions. But that's not the whole story about the building behind the Library Lions.Read More ›

Women's Lives in 1790s NYC: Stories from the Almshouse Records

The experience of women in 1790s New York City, from the records of the NYC Almshouse and Bridewell.Read More ›

The Other Mrs. Adams

During women's history month, consider the influence of "the other Mrs. Adams" on the American Revolution. Read More ›

Christopher Gray: an Appreciation

Architectural historian and New York Times columnist Christopher Gray died last week. He was 66. Milstein Division librarians took a moment to reflect on Gray's work, and his impact on the written history of New York City and research of its built environment. Read More ›

Pi(e) Day in the Map Division

Taking inspiration from the delightful National Cookie Day post, the Map Division is using Pi(e) Day as cause to celebrate not only our love for pie (the eating kind), but also, the wonderful variety of pictorial maps in the collections of the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division.Read More ›

The Spirit of Will Eisner: Celebrating a Graphic Novel Pioneer

Will Eisner is commonly recognized as the father of the graphic novel and is considered one of the most innovative and influential comic book artists of the 20th century.Read More ›

Tammany Hall's Nineteenth-Century Retweets

The surprisingly modern public relations tactics of Tammany Hall--New York's most infamous nineteenth-century society.Read More ›

10 Great Books on Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, and 1960s Counterculture

The Library has just announced the acquisition of the Lou Reed Archive, and we're celebrating the life and legacy of this rock icon with a series of displays, programs, and performances. Read More ›

From Boston's Resistance to an American Revolution

Fake news, radical resistance, and the coming of the American Revolution.Read More ›

Ep. 65 "This Is My Contribution" | Library Stories

Try your hand at research at the Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street, and be amazed at what you can learn—about your own family. Just ask Jennifer Maston, who took a course on African-American genealogy and came away with more than she expected. Read More ›

Bringing the Library to Rikers

My experience volunteering with the mobile Library service at Rikers Island, discovering how much this service means for patrons looking for a bit of freedom from daily life.Read More ›

The Titan and the Dictator

History is often subject to an arrogant and belabored information literacy.Read More ›

Prisons, Property, and the American Revolution

Recently digitized collections show how prisons protected property owners before and after the American Revolution.Read More ›

Evangelical Gotham: An Interview with Kyle Roberts

An interview with Kyle Roberts about his new book, Evangelical Gotham, which was Made at NYPL.Read More ›

Discovering Charles Minard: Information Design, Numerical Magnitudes, and a New Understanding of an Old Technique

The collections of the Map Division of The New York Public Library contain a rare gem of information graphics and cartographic design: a copy of Charles Minard's self-published folio of 1861, Des tableaux graphiques et des cartes figuratives. Read More ›

Recent Acquisitions in the Jewish Division: December 2016

The following titles on our Recent Acquisitions Display are just a few of our new books, which are available at the reference desk in the Dorot Jewish Division.Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, December 1799

When George Washington passed away, New Yorkers fought in the streets over his legacy.Read More ›

Digging Up the Nineteenth-Century Roots of Thematic Map Techniques

The mission of my Short-Term Fellowship was to research the development of thematic map technique in the West: the way that proportional circle, flow line, isopleth, choropleth, dasymetric, dot density, and cartogram techniques were invented and developed in Europe and the United States during the nineteenth century.Read More ›
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