Three photographs of Jean Tatlock. The one at left and right come from the website of Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus’s

The Curious Death of Oppenheimer’s Mistress

Who killed J. Robert Oppenheimer's Communist lover?
Allegorical illustration of a slave’s transition to liberty as he escapes captivity and is embraced by an abolitionist in a free state. Taken from the book, 'Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave' (1849).

The Mystery of William Jones, an Enslaved Man Owned by Ulysses S. Grant

Looking for traces of the last person ever owned by a U.S. president.
An unidentified Civil War soldier.

Who’s Behind That Beard?

Historians are using facial recognition software to identify people in Civil War photographs.
Euphemia Fenno’s “Map of the United States,” made c. 1828.

In Its First Decades, The United States Nurtured Schoolgirl Mapmakers

Education for women and emerging nationhood, illustrated with care and charm.
Portrait of Malcolm X by Robert Templeton, from the collection

The Missing Malcolm X

Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy.
Howard University librarian Dorothy Porter with a student in the 1950s.

Cataloging Black Knowledge

How Dorothy Porter assembled and organized a premier Africana research collection.
A British Mark series tank, Péronne, France, circa 1917

Into the Trenches in Red and Blue

Looking at color photographs of WWI feels like seeing a familiar scene through a different pair of eyeglasses.
Russian infantry in position at the beginning of World War I in 1914.

1914: Into the Fire

An excerpt from Béla Zombory-Moldován’s recently discovered memoir of World War I, "The Burning of the World."

Brothers in Arms

The secrets and service of a World War II family, 76 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A still from the film The Sinking of the Lusitania by Winsor McCay. The Lusitania is hit by an exploding torpedo. The film was released in 1918, three years after the incident.

Winsor McCay Animates the Sinking of the Lusitania in a Beautiful Propaganda Film

Animation pioneer Winsor McCay also innovated animated propaganda.
A digitized page of the 1920 United States census, one of the public record collections users can pay to view on Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com Is In Cahoots With Public Records Agencies, A Group Suspects

A nonprofit claims its request for genealogical records from state archives was brushed aside in favor of Ancestry’s request.
Grave marker from a slave cemetery at the Estouteville Plantation in central Virginia.

The Hidden History of African-American Burial Sites in the Antebellum South

Enslaved people used codes to mark graves on plantation grounds.