New-York Historical Society Library Exhibitions

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Path to Citizenship: Selections from the New-York Historical Society Library

This exhibit was curated by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations and Curator of Printed Collections. The United States Constitution, drafted in 1787, established a new nation. It also introduced national citizenship, the eligibility for which would be determined by the United States Congress. The Naturalization Act of 1790 offered citizenship to “free white persons,” who […]

All the News That’s Fit to Print – By Hand: Manuscript Periodicals from the New-York Historical Society

This exhibit was curated by Joseph Ditta, Reference Archivist, Manuscripts Division   James Johns (1797-1874), Vermont Autograph and Remarker (Huntington, Vt.), 1 December 1854. Were it not for its upward slanting lines of text, one might guess this tiny newspaper rolled off a press, but it was “pen printed.” Pen printing was a form of precise […]

Inventing the American Presidency

Now on view in the Reading Room of the Patricia Klingenstein Library: Inventing the American Presidency.   This exhibition is being presented as a part of the Society’s Presidency Project. Locke, John, 1632-1704 An essay concerning the true original extent and end of civil government. Boston: Re-printed and sold by Edes and Gill, in Queen Street, 1773 […]

HAMILTON: A Life in Documents

In conjunction with the success of the Broadway musical Hamilton, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is exhibiting a selection of original manuscript documents and contemporary printed works in the library reading room evoking the remarkable life of America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton (1757?-1804). Like a great number […]

SLAVERY AND THE CIVIL WAR: Selections From a Private Collection

While the immediate abolition of slavery was not one of Lincoln’s aims as President, as the Civil War went on Lincoln saw the ending, or at least curtailment, of slavery as a potent weapon to use against the South.  Indeed, were it not for the Civil War, slavery would have continued for some time in the […]

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