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photo, black and white: Thomas Edison with phonograph, 1870s

Browse the papers of America's most prolific inventor.

Thurgood Marshall

Before becoming the first African-American Supreme Court justice in 1967, Thurgood Marshall had made his mark by dismantling...

Tupperware advertisement, 1959

Hidden inside those plastic containers is a history of post-war marketing, industrial innovation, “positive thinking,...

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Browse the journals of Lewis & Clark’s three year expedition to the Pacific Northwest, listen to an audio...

Paul's Cross from the Virtual Paul's Cross Project

Experience a digital recreation of John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Day sermon at St. Paul's in London.

Map of the Slave Population of the Southern States

Trace the fall of slavery during the Civil War with this interactive online map of emancipation, drawn from events described...

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Track the journeys of over 67,000 Africans forced into slavery with this searchable database of passenger records from 35,...

Walden, a game

Experiment with living deliberately with this interactive game based on Henry David Thoreau’s experiences at Walden...

Walt Whitman, 1870
Take a virtual tour of Walt Whitman’s New York, and hear about the events and ideas that shaped the quintessential American...
We Shall Remain
Learn about Native American languages, struggles for tribal sovereignty, and key events in the history of American native...
American Cotton Manufacturers' Association dinner menu, May 17, 1907

Browse historic menus from the collections of the New York Public Library.

When Worlds Collide
In 1492, two worlds that for thousands of years had developed completely independent of one another suddenly came into contact.