New Online Collections Related to New York History

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heathHere’s a quick look at some of the latest New York history resources to hit the web:

The University of Rochester has posted an online archive of over 6,000 AIDS information/activism posters. “The posters provide a visual history of the first three decades of the HIV/AIDS crisis from 1981 to the present. Depending on their audience, creators of the posters used stereotypes, scare tactics, provocative language, imagery, and even humor to educate the public about the disease.” The project was launched in 2011 and includes posters from 124 countries in 68 languages and dialects. It’s available online at

The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness has launched a new website, PovertyHistory.Org, detailing New York City’s long history of poverty and homelessness.  The site investigates public policies that have shaped the lives of poor and homeless New Yorkers. With comprehensive timelines, analytical maps, striking images, primary sources, and informative essays, the site is a valuable resource for students, teachers, service providers, and policymakers with an interest in the history of these issues.

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society has added a new database, Area Service Men & Women Casualties in World War II. This database includes nearly 2,000 names of Troy area men and women who were casualties in World War II. The list is compiled from local newspaper reports. To see the new database go to the” target=”_blank”>Troy Irish Genealogy Society website and click on PROJECTS and then AREA SERVICE MEN & WOMEN CASUALTIES IN WORLD WAR ll.

The University of Pittsburgh has posted a collection of disease surveillance reports going back to 1888. Researchers have brought together “all weekly notifiable disease surveillance tables published between 1888 and 2013” (about 6,500 reports of 56 different diseases). More information can be found via the press release. The database, dubbed Project TychoTM for 16th century Danish nobleman Tycho Brahe, whose meticulous astronomical observations enabled Johannes Kepler to derive the laws of planetary motion, is located here.

The 92nd Street Y in New York City has begun an online archive of event recordings. Online currently are 1,000 recordings including readings by Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Vladimir Nabokov and Susan Sontag, and performances by Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, the Shirelles, and others.  Pablo Neruda’s first public reading in the United States, from 1966; 1977 performances by the Tokyo String Quartet; a 1976 recital by the violinist Henryk Szeryng; and a 1991 recital by the pianist Alfred Brendel. Additionally there are Anthony DeCurtis’s interviews with Lou Reed (2006), Mos Def (2008) and Sting; Doris Lessing reading excerpts from “The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels” (2004); Paul McCartney reading his poetry (2003), and more. The Y plans to add new recordings weekly from its collection of more than 10,000 items stretching back to 1949.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives has announced the availability for research of the Joseph Breck records and the Bachstitz, Inc. records. Joseph Breck (1885–1933) served The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Assistant Curator in the Department of Decorative Arts (1909-1914), Curator of the Department of Decorative Arts (1917-1933), Assistant Director of the Museum (1917-1933) and Director of The Cloisters (1932-1933). He was closely involved with The Cloisters and was responsible for many acquisitions primarily in the field of Decorative Arts (Finding aid). Also newly available are the records of Art dealer Kurt Walter Bachstitz (1882-1949) who was active in Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, The Hague, and New York City through the 1920s and 1930s. His inventory featured Old Master and modern paintings, miniatures, Renaissance bronzes, Medieval objects, classical Greek and Byzantine jewelry, and Islamic glass, and his clientele included many notable private art collectors, museums, and galleries throughout Europe and the United States (Finding aid). For information about access to these collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact or visit our website at

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