New Online Collections For New York History

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grace-hopper-and-the-univacHere’s a quick look at some of the latest New York history resources to hit the web:

The Bronx Zoo is digitizing three dozen scrapbooks of its first director, William Temple Hornaday (from 1896 to 1926). The work is being done with a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. The zoo director promoted habitat preservation worldwide, and the scrapbooks include letters, postcards, legal briefs, newspaper clippings and pamphlets. His involvement in the infamous Ota Benga scandal in 1906 is not recorded. Hornaday died in 1937. The collection can be found at the Wildlife Conservation Society Library and Archives website.

The Museum of the City of New York has completed a two-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conserve 18 selected paintings and 160 drawings, prints, maps, and other non-photographic visual materials documenting New York City history. The conserved works on paper, plus an additional 1,400 objects, were digitized and enhanced to be made available on the Museum’s online Collections Portal. The material comes from the J. Clarence Davies Collection, which the museum acquired in its first decade, a foundation for the museum’s city iconography holdings.

The New Netherland Institute has added to their series of digitized publications. Two volumes of correspondence (Volume XI, 1647–1653 and Volume XII, 1653–1658) include official correspondence of Petrus Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Netherland. They begin with his arrival in North America in 1647. The Institute has also added a compilation of the introductions to the New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch / New Netherland Documents series translations. This contains 13 introductions and will allow researchers to quickly acquaint themselves with the content of these publications.

The Schlesinger Library has been added to the Flickr Commons. The Schlesinger Library is part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. It documents the history of women in America, and its holdings are strongest in women’s rights and feminism; health and sexuality; and culinary history. As part of their first publications in The Commons, you can discover wonderful Daguerreotypes, photos of Greenwich Village businesses and from the Sally Fox Collection, as well as Suffrage posters.


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