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Understanding the History of Ukraine: Recommended Reading

This list of books was created to provide you with the tools to understand the history of Ukraine and the factors that have led to today.

Doc Chat Forty-Four: Alice Austen's New York Street Types

NYPL’s Elizabeth Cronin spoke with art historian Bonnie Yochelson about the career and images of understudied Staten Island photographer Alice Austen.

Doc Chat Forty-Three: Social Networks of Photographers, Curators, and Critics during the Photo Boom of the 1970s

In this episode, NYPL's Zulay Chang and photography scholar Dr. Tal-Or Ben-Choreen explored Mike Mandel’s 1975 series Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards and the way it provides insight into the networking that occurred between photographers, curators, and critics during the 1970s.

Finding Images of Your Ancestors at The New York Public Library

Whether your family member is missing from the family album, or you can't identify someone in photos, this guide is full of information about using NYPL's collections for image research.

Work/Cited Episode 13: The Interconnected World of Postcards

In this episode, NYPL's Elizabeth Cronin spoke with writer Lydia Pyne about her book 'Postcards: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Social Network'. They discussed how these personal connections can be traced within the Library's beloved Picture Collection.

Doc Chat Forty-Two: The Brooklyn Battery Bridge and the Fight to Save New York

In this episode, NYPL curators Ian Fowler and Julie Golia examined maps proposing the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Bridge, a development project that would have decimated the built environments of downtown Manhattan and South Brooklyn, and that helped spark the city's modern preservation movement.

NYPL Researcher Spotlight: Thomas Ort

Ort has been researching a new book project tentatively entitled "The Afterlife of a Death: Meaning, Memory, and the Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich."

The Library Enriches Its Photographic Collection on Sakhalin

The newly acquired is a unique, extensive collection of rare original photos showing Sakhalin and its penitentiary system in the early 20th century.

Work/Cited Episode 12: Rubbing Elbows at the Automat

In this episode, NYPL's Tal Nadan spoke about the Horn & Hardart Automat with Lisa Hurwitz, director of the documentary film The Automat, and Alec Shuldiner, author of a 2001 dissertation on these once ubiquitous coin-operated eateries in New York and Philadelphia.

New York Public Library Obtains 1789 Ewangelia též Episstoli

This volume, while worn and partially incomplete, is unsophisticated and offers the firsthand study of provincial Bohemian book arts which remain little known outside the Czech Republic

Peter Kuper's INterSECTS Reading List

Cartoonist and lifelong insect enthusiast, Kuper has recommended a range of titles for readers of all ages—from his own work to the books that have inspired the art you'll find in INterSECTS.

Doc Chat Episode Forty-One: Photographing the Rise and Fall of the Lower East Side's Synagogues

Lyudmila Sholokhova and Vladimir Levin discussed the photographer's role in documenting these institutions from their heyday to their decline in the 1960s and 1970s, when many were repurposed or demolished.

Doc Chat Episode Forty: Columbus’s 1493 Letter on His First Voyage, Teaching a Troubled Treasure

In this episode, two NYPL curators discussed the origins, content, distribution, and legacy of a 1493 letter from Christopher Columbus and offered innovative ideas on how to incorporate the document into teaching about the origins of colonialism in the Americas.

Capturing Brontë: Collectors, Readers, and the Afterlife of Charlotte Brontë

Between 1918 and 1922 New York financier Carl H. Pforzheimer built up a small but noteworthy gathering of materials relating to the novelist Charlotte Brontë.

Doc Chat Episode Thirty-Nine: Picturing the Subway in 1970s New York

In this episode Julie Golia and Kim Phillips-Fein explored a collection of evocative photographs of the New York City subway system in the 1970s by Alen MacWeeney, discussing what the images reveal about the city during a decade of crisis and transformation.

Researcher Spotlight: Mosi Secret

Secret is an independent journalist and writer based in Brooklyn. His first book, 'Teaching Them: The 1960s Experiment to Desegregate the Boarding Schools of the South', will come out in 2023 with Little, Brown.

Work/Cited Episode 11: Unlocking the Secrets of Polly Adler, Queen of Vice in Jazz Age New York

In this episode, author Debby Applegate discusses her new book about how Adler, a young Jewish immigrant, became the proprietress of one of Manhattan's most notorious bordellos in the era of Prohibition enforcers and the New York City vice sqad.

Doc Chat Episode Thirty-Seven: Recovering Frances Burney's Cecilia

In this episode, NYPL's Carolyn Vegan and Hilary Havens of the University of Tennessee explored the manuscripts of 18th-century English novelist Frances Burney.

Researcher Spotlight: Emily Brooks

Brooks's book "Gotham’s War Within a War: Anti-Vice Policing, Militarism, and the Birth of Law-and-Order Liberalism in New York City, 1934-1945," is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press.

Researcher Spotlight: Chana Pollack

Pollack has been the 'Forward's' archivist for the past two decades, providing research, translation, and production of original archival content with an eye on the contemporary context.