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Africana & Black History

Africana & Black History

Several thousand items ranging from historical documents and rare visual materials to contemporary photo-journalism, relating to the entirety of African American history from the 16th century to the present; selected in the course of developing the NYPL website "African American Migration Experience."

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After Columbus: Four-hundred Years of Native American Portraiture

After Columbus: Four-hundred Years of Native American Portraiture

369 prints and drawings by Simon van de Passe, George Catlin, and Karl Bodmer, dating from 1627 to the 1830s; 227 gelatin silver and platinum prints by photographers Edward S. Curtis, Karl E. Moon, and Frank A. Rinehart, and sculptor Frederic Allen Williams.

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Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs

Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs

Over 1,000 prints and photographs of East, Southeast and South Asia from the 18th century to the early 20th century, drawn from portfolios, photographic albums, photographically illustrated books and archival collections.

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Cabinet Card Portraits in the Collection of Radical Publisher Benjamin R. Tucker

Cabinet Card Portraits in the Collection of Radical Publisher Benjamin R. Tucker

260 portrait photographs, from about 1880-1900, chiefly albumen cabinet cards and cartes de visite, of radical figures, and a variety of statesmen, authors, artists, actresses and other notable, primarily European, cultural figures. The backs of these cards are also viewable.

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Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott, 1935-1938

Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott, 1935-1938

Hundreds of black and white photographs of New York City by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) from her Changing New York Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project, plus other work Abbott produced as a project employee.

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Charting North America: Maps from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection and Others

Charting North America: Maps from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection and Others

Thousands of maps of North America from the earliest printed portrayals to the close of the 19th century; multiple versions and editions allow for historical comparisons.

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Cigarette Cards: ABCs

Cigarette Cards: ABCs

Hundreds of series published from before 1900 to the mid-20th century, totaling tens of thousands of individual cards (viewable front and back). Arranged by letter of the alphabet, they cover an encyclopedic range of subjects, including film stars, sports, and military topics, plants, animals, and monuments of the world.

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Civil War Medical Care: Photographs from the United States Sanitary Commission Collection, 1861-1872

Civil War Medical Care: Photographs from the United States Sanitary Commission Collection, 1861-1872

Over 200 photographs and drawings relating to the work, facilities and Civil War locales associated with the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC); forms Series XXXIII of the United States Sanitary Commission Records, 1861-1872.

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Early Landscape Photography of the American West

Early Landscape Photography of the American West

Over 200 large albumen prints from the 1860s and 1870s of American Western landscape. The locations and photographers include views of Yosemite Valley by Carleton E. Watkins and Charles L. Weed, the route of the Union Pacific Railroad through the Rocky Mountains by A.J. Russell, and others.

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Early Real Estate Atlases of New York

Early Real Estate Atlases of New York

Over 2,000 maps of New York City, including Manhattan and Brooklyn "fire insurance maps" from the 1850s-1860, showing streets, blocks, tax lots, natural and manmade features, buildings, neighborhoods, and more.

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Ellis Island Photographs from the Collection of William Williams, Commissioner of Immigration, 1902-1913

Ellis Island Photographs from the Collection of William Williams, Commissioner of Immigration, 1902-1913

Photographs relating to Ellis Island and immigration into the United States in the early 20th century, ranging from portraits of individual immigrants by Augustus Francis Sherman to views of the Ellis Island facility and its grounds by Edwin Levick and others.

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Eye on the Reich: German propaganda photographs, 1939-1942

Eye on the Reich: German propaganda photographs, 1939-1942

Over 400 photographs produced by the Nazi Government's Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda depicting the Third Reich at the height of its power. Attributed to the studio of Heinrich Hoffmann, Adolf Hitler's personal photographer, these photographs were originally published in volumes titled Grossdeutschland im Weltgeschehen, Tagesbildberichte, one each for the years 1939-1942.

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Henry George Collection: Illustrations and Photographs

Henry George Collection: Illustrations and Photographs

109 page images presenting the contents of a scrapbook titled "The Single Tax," containing photographs and caricatures of Henry George (1839-1897), the founder of the 19th-century reform 'single tax' movement.

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Historical and Public Figures: A General Portrait File to the 1920s

Historical and Public Figures: A General Portrait File to the 1920s

Over 40,00 portraits of a wide-range of public figures, including political, religious, cultural, literary and artistic personalities, with an emphasis on the 16th through the 19th centuries. Includes some original prints, but consists principally of printed pictures.

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Icons and Images of Cultures: Plate Books from the Russian Empire, Early Soviet Russia, and Eastern Europe, 1730-1935

Icons and Images of Cultures: Plate Books from the Russian Empire, Early Soviet Russia, and Eastern Europe, 1730-1935

Thousands of images, reproducing, often in their entirety, important illustrated books published in Russia and adjacent areas. Most notably, includes the several series issued by 19th-century collector and scholar, Dimitrii Aleksandrovich Rovinskii.

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The Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs

The Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs

Hundreds of photographs and prints, in albums and rare published volumes, present the territories and countries associated with Portugal and Spain in the New World, from Mexico to Argentina, and parts of the Caribbean.

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Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe

More than 2,000 manuscript pages and associated illuminations dating from the 9th through the 16th centuries give vivid testimony to the creative impulses of the often nameless craftsmen who continually discovered new ways of animating the contents of hand-produced books.

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The Middle East in Early Prints and Photographs

The Middle East in Early Prints and Photographs

Several thousand prints and photographs contained in works from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. These include books illustrated with prints or photographs, photograph albums, and archival compilations; the processes represented range from engravings to lithographs, and from salt prints to heliogravures.

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Mountjoy Prison Portraits of Irish Independence: Photograph Albums in the Thomas A. Larcom Collection

Mountjoy Prison Portraits of Irish Independence: Photograph Albums in the Thomas A. Larcom Collection

150 salt and albumen print photographs in two albums, of prisoners confined in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, in August 1857 and November 1866.

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A New Nation: The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection of Illustrations Relating to the American Revolution and Early United States History

A New Nation: The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection of Illustrations Relating to the American Revolution and Early United States History

Several thousand original prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book illustrations relating to early American history, primarily from the period leading to the American Revolution through the early years of the nation.

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"The Pageant of America" Photograph Archive

"The Pageant of America" Photograph Archive

Several thousand photographs from 1860s-1920s, curated for the 15-volume series The Pageant of America: A Pictorial History of the United States commemorating the nation's sesquicentennial in 1926.

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Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s

Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s

More than 54,000 New York City archival photographs (and their captioned versos) from the 1870s-1970s arranged by borough and street; the majority are exterior building views and neighborhood scenes from the 1910s-1940s.

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The Picture Collection of The New York Public Library

The Picture Collection of The New York Public Library

Over 30,000 images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, created mostly before 1923 and selected from the over 1,000,000 images in the Mid-Manhattan Library's Picture Collection.

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Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, and Drawings bearing on the New World Discoveries and on the Development of the Territory that is now the United States

Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, and Drawings bearing on the New World Discoveries and on the Development of the Territory that is now the United States

Over 1,000 original prints, drawings, and maps, featuring views of American towns and cities, representations of historical events, scenes, places, and battles.

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Posters of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922

Posters of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922

213 posters, placards, and broadsides comprising one of the largest assemblages of such posters outside of Russia.

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Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs, 1860- 1945

Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs, 1860- 1945

Thousands of original Russian and East European photographs from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, in more than 150 albums.

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Uniforms and Regimental Regalia: The Vinkhuijzen Collection of Military Costume Illustration

Uniforms and Regimental Regalia: The Vinkhuijzen Collection of Military Costume Illustration

Over 20,000 prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book and magazine illustrations of military costume as well as military medals, regalia, insignia, coats of arms, and regimental flags, from most times and places except the United States.

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United States in Stereo: In the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views

United States in Stereo: In the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views

Stereoscopic views, or stereographs, were as varied and popular in the 19th century as television continues to be in our time. This presentation will eventually include all the United States stereoscopic views in the Dennis Collection (more than 40,000 items), front and back, organized by State or Subject Series.

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Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Over 1,700 images of the civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and other ancient Mediterranean cultures as conceived and depicted by artists and travelers from the 18th to the early 20th century, as represented in book and periodical illustrations, engravings, lithographs and photographs. A wide range of subjects includes arms and armor, architecture, furniture, pottery, mythology, religion, theater and the Seven Wonders of the World.

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World War I Photograph Albums and Postcards

World War I Photograph Albums and Postcards

Nearly 400 images reproducing two amateur albums of drawings and photographs by Americans serving in France; a series of German photographic postcards; and a French automaker's published album.

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NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the vast collections of The New York Public Library, including drawings, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.