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The city of New York by Walter Fessler.
The City of New York by Walter Fessler.
1 print (poster), c1897.
N.Y.: H.C. Miner Litho. Co.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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American Folklife Center

Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: New York Collections

The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.

Folklife in Your State: New York

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied material that documents the diverse ethnic, religious, and other folk traditions of the Empire State. New York's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations is available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students.

Explore the States: New York

Jump Back in Time

Otis Opened Elevator Factory, September 20, 1853

New York Stock Market Opened on Wall Street, January 4, 1865

The Very First Labor Day, September 5, 1882

The Metropolitan Opera House Opened in New York, October 22, 1883

The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York Harbor, June 19, 1885

The First Immigrant Landed on Ellis Island, January 1, 1892

New York City Police Parade, June 1, 1899

Carnegie Gives Money to Build Libraries, March 12, 1901

New Yorkers Celebrated the Opening of the Williamsburg Bridge, December 19, 1903

New York Subway System Opened for Business, October 27, 1904

Cameraman Fred A. Dobson Began Filming "The Skyscrapers of New York", November 8, 1906

The Experimental Playwrights' Theater Opened, November 3, 1916

The Empire State Building Opens, May 1, 1931

Radio City Music Hall Opened to the Public in New York, December 27, 1932

New York City's Hippodrome Closed Its Doors for the Last Time, August 16, 1939

Marian Anderson Performed at the Metropolitan Opera, January 7, 1955

Attack on the United States, September 11, 2001

Digital Collections & Services

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in New York.


The African-American Mosaic: African-American Culture and History

This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range, size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound. The exhibit includes several items pertaining to New York, including the poster in the WPA section, Books are Weapons. Read About...The Negro in National Defense; Africa and the War; Negro History and Culture, welcoming readers to use the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Black History and Culture.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Acts Passed at a Congress

The first session of the First Congress met in New York from March 4 to September 29, 1789. It established procedures for dealing with the President, passed laws establishing the executive departments (State, War, Treasury) and the federal judiciary, and set the tariff on imports, which supplied most of the revenue of the federal government.

A Ballet for Balanchine

Igor Stravinsky's ballet Agon (meaning "contest") was first danced on December 1, 1957, by the New York City Ballet, with choreography by another Russian emigre artist, George Balanchine (1904-1983).

The Cotton Exchange

The New York Cotton Exchange, designed by architect George Post and completed in 1885, was one of illustrator Hughson Hawley's first commissioned renderings.

Documenting the Lower West Side

In the early 1970s, Milton Rogovin photographed working families on Buffalo's Lower West Side.

First Thrill of Liberty

This image depicts a ship of immigrants entering New York Harbor, en route to Ellis Island, where symbols of freedom--the Statue of Liberty and an American flag--greet the aspiring citizens.

The Home Front During World War II

In this striking image, couples, family groups, and men and women in uniform, move through the monumental interior of New York City's Penn Station, illuminated by glowing lights and the bright backdrop of a huge American flag hanging within an arched niche.

Hoyt's Milk White Flag

On April 23, 1896, the Vitascope movie projector made its debut at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in Herald Square, New York City.

Justice At Last!

During William M. "Boss" Tweed's stewardship of Tammany Hall, he acquired almost total control of New York City Democratic politics and managed to loot the city's coffers of between $50 million to $200 million. The New York Times entered into one of the toughest journalistic fights in New York history when it published editorials questioning how "Boss" Tweed and his associates managed to acquire such vast wealth.

Koster & Bial

On April 23, 1896, the Vitascope movie projector made its debut at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in Herald Square, New York City.

New York City

Joseph Pennell launched his career as an illustrator by selling picturesque drawings of south Philadelphia to Scribner's Monthly in 1881. Pennell taught for several years at the Art Students' League in New York City. It was there that he created a visual portrait of New York, which he called the "unbelievable city".

New York's Skyline, September 11, 2002

Graphic artist Rebecca Minnich depicts the section of the New York City skyline with the World Trade Center in a striking series of images that re-create the stages of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The North Star

Frederick Douglass' North Star was founded in Rochester, New York, in 1847. In 1851, the paper was renamed Frederick Douglass's Paper and continued for another ten years until Douglass (1817?-1895) was forced to close the paper for financial reasons.

The Seneca Falls Convention

In July 1848, more than 300 men and women assembled in Seneca Falls, New York, for the nation's first women's rights convention.

The Woolworth Building

On April 24, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button in Washington, D.C., that first illuminated the more than 5,000 windows in New York City's Woolworth Building.

Creative Space: Fifty Years of Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop

Master printmaker Robert Blackburn changed the course of American art through his graphic work and the Printmaking Workshop, which he founded in New York City in 1948.

Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948

Labor advocate and garment manufacturer Ben Goldstein, with the support of his wife Beatrice, left to the Library of Congress and the nation a collection of American prints and drawings informed by a sympathy for the condition of working people. A native New Yorker, he collected works over decades that stirred his personal interest in the city of his birth, the American people, and the human condition during the first half of the twentieth century.

Roger Stevens Presents

This exhibition examines Stevens' career through the great number of stage productions that Stevens he or fostered indirectly, for example, through the NEA. The exhibition includes a section on New York.

Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress

The exhibition features the collections that the Library has amassed about the tragic events that occurred on September 11.

Global Gateway

The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands

The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands explores the history of the Dutch presence in America and the interactions between the United States and the Netherlands from Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to the post-World War II period. The project is a cooperative effort between the Library of Congress and the National Library of the Netherlands, which in turn enlisted the participation of other leading Dutch libraries, museums, and archives. Search the project to find items related to New York, including the Indian Tradition of the First Arrival of the Dutch, at Manhattan Island, Now New-York.

France In America

Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. Search the project to find items related to New York, including A Plan of the City of New York.

Meeting of Frontiers: Siberia, Alaska, and the American West

Meeting of Frontiers tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Project partners include the Library of Congress, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Russian State Library, the National Library of Russia, and more than twenty libraries, archives, and museums located in cities in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Search the project to find items related to New York.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in New York.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including New York.

Prints and Photographs Division

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey

This list includes structures identified as the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER collection, entries will be added. The list includes images for New York.

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

This 1955 print publication includes prints and photographs relating to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of U.S. locations (text and images). It is being prepared for the Internet in stages. Images of New York State are included.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject headings United States--New York (State) to find digital images related to New York, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term New York or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

American Memory Timeline

A comprehensive look at America's history through primary sources. The Progressive Era section includes a Photo Collage of New York City in the Early 1900s. Browse the timeline to find other items that pertain to New York.


The feature provides an introduction to the study of immigration to the United States. It is far from the complete story, and focuses only on the immigrant groups that arrived in greatest numbers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Port of Entry

Students assume the role of historical detective and travel back in time to the turn of the century. As historical detectives, they search for clues about immigrant life in the United States.

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on New York to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Immigration and Migration: Today and During the Great Depression

Students compare the immigration/migration experiences of their families to those of people living through the Great Depression using interviews with parents, historical photographs, films, and documents.

Immigration and Oral History

Students engage in visual and information literacy exercises to gain an understanding of how to identify and interpret primary historical sources, specifically oral histories.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.

Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal: An Educational Voyage

Students join Marco Paul on his educational voyage in the 1840s, experiencing the Erie Canal and "lessons in life" firsthand. This lesson supplements the reading of Jacob Abbott's book, Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from New York.


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