A Shinto shrine tori that survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (1945).

Bombing Nagasaki: The Scrapbook

A "yearbook" documents the U.S. military occupation of Nagasaki in the aftermath of the atomic bomb.
The Master Plan for Mount Rainier National Park (1933).

The Early Master Plans for National Parks Are Almost as Beautiful as the Parks Themselves

In the 1930s, park planning was pretty.
The RMS Lusitania, ca. 1907 and 1915.

New Online: The AP Washington Bureau, 1915-1930

Wire service reporting from the capital provided much of the nation with coverage of federal government and politics.
New York Police Department car (2013).

What the Loss of the New York Police Museum Means for Criminal-Justice Reform

Without historical records, we lose key insights into how law enforcement works — and how it fails.
A Victorian moustache cup.

Victorian Moustache Cup

Victorian "Moustache Cups" ensure that one can drink while keeping their mustache dry.
North Street (looking from North Square) in Boston, where brothels were one among many businesses in Boston's North End (ca.1894).

Secrets of a Brothel Privy

An archaeologist reconstructs the daily lives of 19th-century sex workers in Boston.

Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia

A conversation with the curator of an exhibit about the oft-overlooked lives of women in early colonial Virginia.
An Internet Archive databank, December 2, 2011.

Data Overload

How will the historians of the future manage the massive archival data our society has begun to compile on the internet?

Jimmy Is Everywhere

James Campbell opens the FBI file on James Baldwin.
A postcard delivered to one of the clergyman who was part of the South Carolina Clergy Consultation Service for Problem Pregnancies (1974).

“Our Moral Obligation:” The Pastors That Counseled in Pre-Roe South Carolina

Before the Roe decision, at least 68 South Carolina clergymen actively counseled women on where they should receive abortions.

‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ What We Found in the Archives of Bernie Sanders’s TV Show.

What a forgotten trove of videotapes reveals about the man who rewrote America’s political script.
Nikola Tesla, 1890.

Spying on Tesla

Looking at a scientist’s FBI file.