Annie Leibovitz
Colleagues On Annie Leibovitz And Her Process

Colleagues On Annie Leibovitz And Her Process

In this video, colleagues such as Anna Wintour, Jim Moffat and Jane Sarkin discuss Leibovitz and her process of composing sets and shoots. Lori Goldstein talks about Leibovitz’s contribution to the merger of editorial and advertising: “We wouldn’t have just one set. Every idea is a production onto itself. We’d … Continue reading

Hiram Bingham III
Inca Land: Hiram Bingham Documents His Machu Picchu Discovery

Machu Picchu, Peru

“I entered the untouched forest beyond, and suddenly found myself in a maze of beautiful granite houses!…” In 1911, Hiram Bingham, an American explorer adventuring in Peru, uncovered the now famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Though locals were aware of its presence, the Incan settlement had gone unnoticed by … Continue reading

John Adams
[Text] John Adams’s Letter to His Wife on the First Independence Day


John Adams writes this letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, one day after the resolution of independence was approved within a closed session of the Second Continental Congress. In this letter, Adams expresses the importance of the independence they finally achieved, explaining that people are bound to remember this … Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln
[TEXT] Witnessing Lincoln on His Deathbed


“Intense grief was on every countenance when I replied that the President could survive but a short time. The colored people especially-and there were at this time more of them, perhaps, than of whites – were overwhelmed with grief.” Gideon Welles served under President Lincoln as Secretary of the Navy. … Continue reading

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt I
[Text] Actress on Heroic Passengers on RMS Lusitania


CHARLES FROHMAN’S DEATH. [Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.] LONDON, May 10.—A highly interesting story was told tonight by Rita Jolivet, the actress, who stood calmly chatting with Charles Frohman and Alfred G. Vanderbilt during the last tense moments before the Lusitania sank. The three of them, together with … Continue reading

1906 San Francisco Earthquake
[Text] Mark Twain’s Emotional Reaction to the 1906 Earthquake

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21 Fifth Avenue April 30. Dear Robert: I keep thinking about that picture – I cannot get it out of my mind. I think – no, I know – that it is the most moving, the most eloquent, the most profoundly pathetic picture I have ever seen. It wrings the … Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln
[Text] On Lincoln: ‘I Heard the Discharge of a Pistol Behind Me’


Major Henry Rathbone, sat with the Lincolns in their theater box and later testified at the official inquiry into the assassination. We join his story as he and his fiancé accompany the Lincolns to the theater: On the evening of the 14th of April last, at about twenty minutes past … Continue reading

James Madison
[Text] Margaret Smith Recalls Jefferson’s Demeanor at Madison’s Inauguration

Library of Congress

Margaret Bayard Smith’s Account of Thomas Jefferson at James Madison’s Inauguration and Ball - 4 Mar. 1809 On the morning of Mr Madison’s inauguration, he asked Mr Jefferson to ride in his carriage with him to the Capitol, but this he declined, & in answer to one who inquired of him why … Continue reading

Espionage Act
[Text] Telegram on Espionage Precautions During WWI

United States Navy photograph

Transcribed below is a telegram on espionage precautions sent to Portsmouth Navy Yard during World War I: Recent events have accentuated the possibility of an intensive campaign directed by the Germans comma and carried on through their paid agents comma directed particularly against United States shipping of any description period … Continue reading