Illustration from Act II, Scene VII, of As You Like It, from one of the Folger Shakespeare Library's

The Most Amazing Archival Treasures That Were Digitized This Year

Thousands of priceless images, books, documents, and more are now at your fingertips.

37 Maps That Explain How America is a Nation of Immigrants

It's impossible to understand the country without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.
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Snails, Hedgehog Heads and Stale Beer

A peek inside premodern cookbooks.

Future Historians Probably Won't Understand Our Internet, and That's Okay

Archivists are working to document our chaotic, opaque, algorithmically complex world—and in many cases, they simply can’t.
Head netting for desert camouflage, 1973.

These Striking Photos Show the Secret, Strange World of Military Research and Development

An obscure archive reveals the science—and art—behind combat culture.
Sever, Nicholas, 1680-1764. Sermons : manuscript, 1709-1722.
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A World in a Box

Harvard digitizes two centuries of colonial history.
The Rose Main Reading Room in the New York Public Library.

Keeper of the Secrets

Is there a special value in archives that are not digitized?
Herman Melville's Children (L-R: Malcolm, Frances, Elizabeth, and Stanwix).

The Short, Sad Story of Stanwix Melville

Piecing back together the forgotten history of Herman Melville's second son.

Civil War Soldiers’ Wet Dreams

Looking for traces of sexual fantasy in soldiers' letters home.

Eisenhower Defends Robert E. Lee

Eisenhower claimed in a letter that the Confederate general was exemplary both in abilities and character.

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery

A new digital hub for piecing back together family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and Civil War.
The Star Spangled Banner, Currier & Ives, 1876

The Star Spangled Banner

In baseball it goes back, back, back.