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Category Archives: Manuscripts and Ephemera

One Ton of Ice & Clowns on Skis

To celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we searched our collections for past winter sports extravaganzas held in New York City. In December 1936, the Winter Sports … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

2017 Women’s March: One Year Later

  The 2017 Women’s March was a worldwide protest held on January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies related to human rights, women’s rights, immigration and healthcare reform, racial … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Civil Defense During the Cold War

In May 2017, the Museum’s Manuscripts and Ephemera collection accessioned a 1950s-era Civil Defense kit that was compiled during the Cold War by Mr. Ernest Thomsen, then a resident of … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frequently Asked Questions for Rights & Reproductions

We receive many inquiries at the Museum of the City of New York regarding rights and reproductions for objects in our collections. Below are some frequently asked questions and responses. … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917; three years after the conflict had begun. Although the U.S. was involved in the war for just 18 months, … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frequently Asked Questions for the Collections Department

We receive many reference inquiries here at the Museum of the City of New York, primarily through our research email (research@mcny.org). The Museum makes every effort to answer questions directly … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Minnie Fisher, Immigrant and Labor Activist

The Museum completed processing our Pamphlet Collection over the past summer and shared the finding aid online with funds from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and has now completed item … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ringing in the New Year with the Second Avenue Subway

The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, by documenting, celebrating, and interpreting its distinctive character through exhibitions, programs, and collections.  However, now and then, the … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Selling the holidays

The holiday season brings with it a barrage of advertisements, on television, online, in your inbox, and printed in magazines and newspapers. The holidays are also a time for sending … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Restaurants of Yore

It’s harder and harder for an independent restaurant to survive in New York City, according to an article published in the New York Times on October 25, 2016: “Is New … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Clement Clarke Moore and Santa in the City

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has marched down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue, which means it is time to turn our attention to another popular season for New York City, … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Gustavademecum: a dining guide for engineers and explorers

As fluid as the New York restaurant scene has always been, one thing has stayed the same: We are a city of discerning diners. So what did New Yorkers do before restaurant apps, before dining … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Sea to Stall

A visit to my local Greenmarket on Saturday mornings is as much a part of my routine as a cup of coffee. And without a doubt, September is one of my … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 3 Comments

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