N. Currier, “The Drunkard’s Progress,” 1846.

The Drunkard’s Progress

Two hundred years ago, it was hard for Americans to miss the message that they had a serious drinking problem.
A record of the proceedings in City of Montgomery v. Rosa Parks, indicating that Parks had been found guilty and sentenced to pay $10 or do hard labor.

Found: Rosa Parks’s Arrest Warrant, and More Traces of Civil Rights History

A forgotten trove of Montgomery bus boycott records has turned up in a courthouse vault.

What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals

Would the F.B.I.’s smear campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. work today?

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.