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Mary Mallon, "Typhoid Mary," The New York American, 1909

Mary Mallon, a.k.a. “Typhoid Mary,” was quarantined for life as a public health menace, though she was herself...

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders, facing front

Trace Lincoln’s development from a country lawyer to the president who would lead the country through the Civil War...

Benjamin Frankin, portrait by Joseph Siffred Duplessis

Polymath, inventor, diplomat, printer, postmaster, and statesman, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin left a fascinating...

Official portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Browse Eisenhower's letters, memoranda, cables, and directives from World War II and his presidency.

Jefferson Davis
Best known as the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Jefferson Davis was also a Mexican War hero, served in the...
Martin Luther King Jr, 1964

Dr. King’s most significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, public statements, published and unpublished writings...

The Papers of the War Department, 1784 to 1800
Peruse US War Department records from 1784-1800 that were destroyed in a 1800 fire, now reassembled online.
The Parkman Murder
In November 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston’s richest citizens, suddenly went missing. Can you unravel the mystery of...
Presidents FDR, Reagan, Truman, Eisenhower

Who was the first US President to give a televised national address? Which president kept jelly beans in the Oval Office?...

Adolf Hitler presents Hermann Goering with The Falconer (1880) by Hans Makart
Under the Third Reich, treasures of European art were systematically looted and destroyed. Hear the story of art stolen, and...
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpina
Survey the poetry, illustrations, letters, and manuscripts of English Pre-Raphaelite poet, painter, designer, and translator,...
Samuel Gompers
As president of the American Federation of Labor between 1886 and 1924, Samuel Gompers was the nation’s leading trade unionist...