Langston Hughes as a baby, with his mother, Carrie.

Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older

How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet’s birth and early years.

How Many Liquor Bottles Can You Find in This 1931 Map of Chicago?

The "Gangland Map" features drunken fish and goofy jokes alongside descriptions of brutal murders.

A Wretched Situation Made Plain on Paper

How an engraving of a slave ship helped the abolition movement.
Amelia Earhart and Fred  Noonan stand by the former's Lockheed L10 Electra, June 1937.

Researchers Say Dozens Heard Amelia Earhart's Final Moments

They claim Earhart made several attempts to reach civilization in her final days — and her messages got through.
Sing Sing prison from above (c.1915).

These Are Some of the Best Book Reviews We’ve Ever Read. A Sing Sing Prisoner Wrote Them.

In 1911, The New York Times discovered a trove of literary criticism inside one of the most notorious prisons.
Founded in August 1968, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive continues to store broadcasts today.

A Conservative Activist’s Quest to Preserve all Network News Broadcasts

Convinced of rampant bias on the evening news, Paul Simpson founded the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.
John Darby (L) and Jack Bird (R) hold hands during an interview at their home in San Francisco, California on May 02, 2013. The couple has been together 59 years. (2013)

The Partners of Greenwich Village

Did the census recognize gay couples in 1940?
An enslaved woman known only as

Historians Detail Charleston's Role in the Antebellum Market for Wet Nurses

Enslaved wet nurses were a valued purchase in the antebellum South.
An image of the Colfax massacre published in

The Colfax Riot

Stumbling on a forgotten Reconstruction tragedy, in a forgotten corner of Louisiana.
Cabin of Rex Beach, Rampart, Alaska.

Fannie Quigley, the Alaska Gold Rush's All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook

She used mine shafts as a beer fridge and shot bears to get lard for pie crusts.
An advertisement designed and illustrated by Dr. Seuss for Flit. Released between 1930 and 1940.

When the Wild Imagination of Dr. Seuss Fueled Big Oil

Geisel did not begin his career writing children stories, but selling products.
President Reagan meeting with Lee Atwater, who is famous for articulating the racist undertones to the new Southern Strategy, in the oval office. (1983)

Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

The 42 minute recording, acquired by James Carter IV, confirms Atwater’s incendiary remarks and places them in context.