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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 ›

Navigating the Library's New York City Maps

Our collection of New York City maps spans a large swath of time, tracking the growth of the city from its early days as a small North Atlantic Dutch colony to its modern incarnation as one of the capitals of the globalized world. Read More ›

Literary Politics in 1790s New York City

In early New York City, reasoned and literary argument was understood as critical to political debate.Read More ›

Looking for Langston, Du Bois, and Miss La La: An Interview with Author John Keene

An interview with John Keene: a writer-in-residence in the Library’s Wertheim Study in 2013, where he researched and wrote Counternarratives, for which he received an American Book Award and a Lannan Literary Award in Fiction in 2016.Read More ›

Now Screening: New Yorker Digital Archive

Ever since its launch in 1925, the New Yorker has been a fixture of newsstands, coffee tables, and commuter bags. The New York Public Library recently acquired the New Yorker Digital Archive, a database that provides access to every issue of the New Yorker, often including new issues days before their print release. Now you can read the New Yorker from home, school, or anywhere else in the world with an internet connection and your library card.Read More ›

Recent Acquisitions in the Jewish Division: November 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 ›

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 ›

NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2016

Join MyLibraryNYC, NYPLarcade, and TeenLIVE in celebrating the 9th annual International Games Day. This event celebrates play and games at libraries all over the world.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 ›

New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch—1849/50 through 1923—have already been scanned, and the 1786–1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months.Read More ›

Magical Book Train: Librarians Summon Books to Rose Main Reading Room

As if by magic, books can now be delivered from underground to the Rose Main Reading Room in five minutes flat. The Library’s new, $2.6 million “book train” connects the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building's iconic reading room to the Milstein Research Stacks underground. All told, 4 million volumes can be stored in the state-of-the-art facility under Bryant Park—and librarians can conjure them with a touch of a button.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 ›

Recent Acquisitions in the Jewish Division: September 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 ›

Romantic Interests: Celebrating 30 Years of the Pforzheimer Collection at NYPL

Featuring over a dozen treasures from the Collection, the exhibit includes the manuscript of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s first known extant poem, a lock of Mary Shelley’s hair, and a preliminary design for Lord Byron’s yacht. Read More ›

Dispossessing 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 ›

Finding George R.R. Martin's Earliest Work

What many may not realize is that before becoming a household name in fantasy, Martin began as a science fiction writer, also dabbling in other genres like horror. Finding these early works can be challenging because Martin’s short stories, novellas, and novelettes were often published in pulp magazines.Read More ›

Searching for Art Resources from Home

Are you looking for art resources from home and don’t know where to begin? Try using one of these six recommended resources accessible outside the Library with your NYPL card.Read More ›
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