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May 2009

NYPL Digital Gallery
Extraordinary resource from one of the world's greatest libraries.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The New York Public Library developed this site to provide free online access to the general public to its more than 363,000 images including photographs, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, illustrated books, printed ephemera and more.
This well organized site can be explored in a variety of ways including clicking on one of the seven thematic collection titles listed in the left side menu, browsing by alphabetical list of names, subjects, or libraries, searching by keyword, image ID, standard reference or NYPL call numbers, or following any of the category links in the Gallery at a Glance section.

This comprehensive digital gallery provides a wealth of rich media for use in the classroom or for anyone who is interested in the wide range of cultural and historical documents housed here. With the abundance of material in the databases, visitors may find it a little overwhelming at first glance but there are user friendly help pages available for searching, browsing, and user guides. Teachers or students will find the “Selections” feature a useful tool for instructional purposes and report writing. It will hold up to fifty images for immediate or later viewing allowing users to select and save the images that pertain to a particular subject or topic. A small sampling of the wide range of content that may be found here includes artwork such as Goya's Disasters of War; panoramic cityscapes of New York City's Fifth Avenue; George Caitlin’s North American Indian Portfolio; William Blake's hand-printed masterpiece of 1793, America a Prophecy ; as well as 16th-century maps and drawings depicting the landing of European explorers in the Western Hemisphere; engravings of battle scenes of the American Revolution; photographs recording the westward progress of the American transcontinental railroad; sheet music covers and restaurant menus from the 1890s; and photographs of Depression-era New York City by Lewis Hine and Berenice Abbott.


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