Contemplation

The inward gaze in the pursuit of spiritual meaning is a hallmark of civilization.

Among the many treasures that reside at NYPL in the Central Children's Room--Winnie the Pooh and his friends Piglet, Kanga, Tigger, and Eeyore.

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Observation

Observations of the natural world raise the questions: What do we see? What do we actually know?

A page from New Englander Sophia Peabody's long Cuba Journal--kept in the 1830s while she took a "rest cure" at the plantation of an aristocratic Spanish doctor. Sister Mary (who paid for Sophia's room and board by working as governess for the doctor's children) has here entered an "impudent" passage of her own, which Sophia emphatically effaces. This leaf was digitized for me in the early stages of creating a modern edition of Sophia's text. Communing with the manuscript (held in the Berg collection), touching the paper and reading the ink laid down over 180 years ago by a writer who fascinates me, was my first experience in the archives. Now I'm hungry for more--much more.
Jana Argersinger, editor and scholar (nineteenth-century American literature), Washington State University

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Creativity

Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

I love libraries! Especially the Tompkins Square Branch! The staff is so nice, kind and supportive, and I always find a great manga, or cookbook to read (while playing Uno on the childrens floor of course) or when I want to check my GaiaOnline, I can just reserve a laptop!
It's great!

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Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

Another delightful dance from the Digital Gallery...

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Society

From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

American soldier singing and playing the accordion, with a monkey on his shoulder.

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From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

Irene Castle with drum and monkey.

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Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

An ice skating camel.

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From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

This photo of of family posing at Ellis Island is one of the most striking of many stunning portraits of newcomers to NYC in the early 20th century.

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From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

<p>As NYPL celebrates its Centennial, Vassar College celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary). The school's Main Building, pictured here, was designed by James Renwick, the architect of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Grace Church in New York and the Smithsonian's &quot;Castle&quot; in Washington, D.C.</p>

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The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins