Traveling While Negro

In the days of Jim Crow segregation, the "Green Book" that listed locations friendly to black travelers was essential to many.
Bayard Rustin addresses a crowd in 1965).

In Found Audio, a Forgotten Civil Rights Leader Says Coming Out Was an Absolute Necessity

Though Bayard Rustin, close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was gay, his legacy is not well known in the queer community.
President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Love Field, Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Notes for Dallas Are Found, Starting a Quiet Tug of War

Her packing list for the trip in November 1963 surfaced three years ago. Since then, it has sat at the Kennedy library.
New York Times, December 24, 1891.

When Walt Whitman Was Dying, It Was Front-Page News — For Months

After the beloved poet caught a chill in December 1891, The Times kept a literary bedside vigil until his death on March 26, 1892.
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."