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Stunning 19th Century Maps And Charts Put History In A New Light

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts

Have you ever wondered how Ptolemy pictured the globe in the first century AD? Or how architects mapped out the ground plan for the 1904 World Fair? O...

The Fast-Paced World of the Past

D. Joshua Taylor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Technology
D. Joshua Taylor

One thing in family history is certain - there is always something more to uncover and another story to tell. Technology and innovation will only push forward our ability to discover something more.

Consider Donating Your War Letters for Memorial Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

letter to Dad in Vietnam As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to those who have served in the military over the years and generat...

Stokely: A Life

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
Arlene M. Roberts

The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.

Why Archiving Your Video Is More Important Than You Think

Witness | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Witness

In today's digital environment, it is easier than ever to capture video, building a large collection quickly. However, just as quickly the files can be lost, corrupted, or rendered unusable.

So Five Former Chiefs of Staff Walk Into a Bar....

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Joan Michelson

This Chief of Staff to the POTUS is a fascinating role. It's not in the Constitution and didn't even exist until World War II, moderator David Gergen pointed out, yet it wields tremendous power.

Rosa Parks Centennial -- Untold Story Clouds Legacy

David Tereshchuk | Posted 04.03.2013 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The U.S. Senate has designated Monday February 4, as Rosa Parks Day, but meanwhile, seven years after her death, her own records of her extraordinary life lie hidden and inaccessible to the public and scholars alike, in a drab New York City warehouse.

Young Reporters, Old Tricks: How the Phone Book Saved My Story (Really!)

Gillian Frew | Posted 02.11.2013 | Media
Gillian Frew

"Have you tried the phone book?" my mom suggests. I hadn't. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that the idea hadn't even occurred to me. I'd gotten so comfortable with the assumption that all the information I could possibly want or need was available online that I was on the verge of giving up.

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Reunion With Soul: Launching Love Through Your GPS

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Never, ever forget or doubt the difference your GPS makes when you rise above self-doubt or indifference, reclaiming the moment for what needs a voice in your heart.

PHOTOS: National Archives To Unveil Magna Carta After Repairs

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — A 715-year old copy of Magna Carta will soon return to public view at the National Archives after a conservation effort removed old...

PHOTOS: Ron Pippin's Mythical Archives Uncover Treasures From Land And Sea

Posted 01.02.2012 | Arts

Ron Pippin's works are little treasure chests of everything. From mythical skeletons to historical relics that never were, all his quasi-scientific co...

Our Cinematic History Is At Stake: Film Archives And Apocalypse In 0's And 1's

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

What would it take to wipe out a digital archive? What would it mean when all of our archives of film, books, everything stored in digital form is wiped out during intense solar storm electro-magnetic activity?

Online Archive Reveals Recorded Voices Of Noted Poets

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 10.20.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Poetry is, at its heart and in its origins, an oral medium. To read a poet's work is one thing. To hear a poet read their work is something else altogether.

Google News Archive and Footnote.com: A Strange Week or Sign of Things to Come?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.21.2011 | Technology
Megan Smolenyak

This has been a peculiar week in the world of genealogy, ushering in unexpected changes in three online, family history destinations.

Remembering The Fire That Destroyed NY's Historical Heritage

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 05.27.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — The fire started in the Assembly Library and quickly spread down the hall to the nearby New York State Library, finding plenty of...

The Research Fellowship That Uncovered a New Story of 19th Century New York

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Steven Carl Smith is working on a dissertation about New York City in the 19th century, with a focus on the publishing industry and how it developed.

Google Launches Holocaust Archive

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

To coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), Google and Yad Vashem, an Israeli museum established in the 1950s to preserve t...

Grant Money for Genealogy Initiatives - Seriously.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Megan Smolenyak

In these difficult economic times, even the exploding field of genealogy is feeling the pinch. Libraries and archives are convenient (and regrettable)...

Audit: National Archives At Risk

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An audit prompted in part by the loss of the Wright Brothers' original patent and maps for atomic bomb missions in Japan finds some...

Letting Go of The Past: An Author's View

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

The freeing up of physical space has also freed my mind. I don't find myself dwelling much any more on the things that didn't happen for me in my writing life, the wrong turns ...

Biography: The Falsest Art?

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

I've come to believe that what makes the biography of a writer crackle and pop is knowing as many lies as truths -- the lies they told to others, the lies others told of them, and, most importantly, the lies they told themselves.

A Picture Of Persistence: How a Photography Collection Was Born

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

In honor of the NYPL's new exhibition, we've asked Julia Van Haaften, the curator who founded our Photography collection 30 years ago, to share the story of the collection's creation.

ARCHITECTURE: The Hidden Archives Of Philip Johnson, On Sale Now

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A huge and previously unknown trove of archival material from Philip Johnson's architectural practice -- including his hand-drawn sketches for towers ...