The SS Connaught (1860).

The Wreck

On the eve of the Civil War, a nightmare at sea turned into one of the greatest rescues in maritime history.

A Map of the Internet from May 1973

The modern internet has come a long way.
The logo of the Citizens' Council.

Hate in the Air

Newly released recordings of 'Citizens’ Council Radio Forum' show white supremacy’s evolution through the civil rights era.
Robert A. Caro, 2008.

Robert Caro on the Importance of Analog Research in a Digital Age

"Today everybody believes fast is good. Sometimes slow is good."
Portrait of General William T. Sherman. Sherman made up half of the peace commission that negotiated the U.S.-Navajo Treaty, a copy of which was recently discovered in a Massachusetts attic.

One of the 19th Century’s Most Important Documents Was Recently Discovered

How a rare copy of the U.S.-Navajo Treaty, once thought lost, was found in a New England attic.
The 10-foot diameter
original

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.