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The World According to the 1580s

A newly digitized map offers a rare glimpse at the way Europeans conceived of the Americas before British colonization.
A drawing of Civil War soldiers toasting each other around a table as death, in the form of a skeleton, waits outside the tent (c. 1863).

Understanding Trauma in the Civil War South

A conversation with historian Diane Miller Sommerville about suicide during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

“Work of Barbarity”: An Eyewitness Account of the Trail of Tears

A missionary's account of the atrocities perpetrated against Cherokees shows that the Trail of Tears is no laughing matter.
A daguerreotype of the enslaved man, Renty, one of several commissioned by Harvard professor Louis Agassiz.

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

A woman is suing the university over 169-year old photos of people she says are her ancestors.

The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo

Archivists face a battery of technical and ethical questions with few precedents.
Enoch and Deborah Harris (ca. 1860).

Mementos of a Forgotten Frontier

The black pioneers who tried to start over out west.

Freedom on the Move

A database of fugitives from American Slavery.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, July 20, 1969.

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1969

Looking back at the year of the moon landing, Woodstock, and more.
“Refugee Mrs. Marie Spreyer (back to camera) is greeted by her daughter.”

How America Thought About Refugees 70 Years Ago

And other gleanings from the 1949 run of the Saturday Evening Post.

A Lost and Found Portrait Photographer

What remains of Hugh Magnum's work documents how much was shared in common by people who racist laws treated as separate.
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“My Dear Master”: An Enslaved Blacksmith’s Letters to a President

This document is the rarest of items in the Library of Congress's manuscript collections: a letter written by an enslaved person.

LBJ Orders Pants

You will never think about the 36th president the same way again.