New York Daily News: NYC archive paying tribute to thousands of famous and everyday women. “For every Dolly Parton, Martha Stewart or Oprah Winfrey on New York City’s Women Activism website there is an Emma Eford, a Lulu Fazio or a Dawn Cutler whose stories are just as important and inspiring. Eford didn’t launch her own TV network or win a Grammy, but she did dedicate her life to helping orphans and wayward girls. ‘Now the women and men in my family help children in foster care,’ Eford’s granddaughter Darlene Lewis wrote on the website. ‘I am a therapeutic foster parent because my grandmother’s love for children was passed on to me.'”
The New York Academy of Medicine has launched a new collection of hospital postcards. (Thanks for letting me know, Carrie!) “This pilot project represents a small portion of the NYC sub-collection of the Robert Matz Hospital postcards digitized by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. It showcases 118 hospital postcards from New York City. Hospitals from all five boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) are represented, including public, private, not-for-profit, government, and military hospitals.” The entire collection is about 2000 postcards.
Brownstoner: Get Some Teen Perspective With Digitized High School Newspapers From Brooklyn Public Library. “[Brooklyn Public Library’s] latest digitization project adds to the growing list of research tools for the Brooklyn history lover. The new resource includes the work of Brooklyn student journalists in 925 issues produced by 55 schools across the borough. The publication dates span 1853 to 1994, although a quick perusal shows the highest concentration of papers is from 1958 to 1964.”
New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online. “More than 400,000 naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens will become available online as part of a new project funded by the feds. The three-year, $872,000 grant from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will pay for the Bronx and Queens County Clerks offices to upload thousand of records online and then promote them.”
From last month, but I just found out about it now. From the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission: LPC Releases Story Map Highlighting 50 Years of Designations Associated with NYC’s Abolitionist History. “New York City played an important role in the effort to abolish slavery nationwide, and to assist those seeking to escape it. In observation of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to America, LPC wanted to bring greater awareness to the city’s abolitionist history by telling the story through designated landmarks that embody it. Through narrative text, images, maps, and multimedia content, the public can learn the important history behind these buildings.”
Architectural Digest: Urban Archive Brings New York’s Fascinating Hidden History to Life. “Wondering where the oldest standing farmhouse is? Or what was on the patch of land now occupied by the main branch of the New York Public Library? Or even what building used to be right where that newly built condominium exists now? Urban Archive, the just-launched website version of a popular app created in 2017, has some fascinating answers. Working with about 60 New York institutions, Urban Archive, a nonprofit startup, has to date mapped 91,351 images across 34,977 locations throughout the city’s five boroughs.”
Gothamist: Robert Caro’s Extensive Reporting Archives Will Be Preserved & Made Public By The New-York Historical Society. “In a boon to students of New York City history and Lyndon B. Johnson, the large trove of reporting materials amassed by Robert Caro, the famed biographer and chronicler of political power, will soon be available for the public without any restrictions at the New-York Historical Society.”