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Database of Books, Historic Records, and Readers

Mar 01, 2018 2018-03-01

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Books Read by America’s Founders

City Readers is the New York Society Library’s database of historic records, books, and readers. The Library’s online visualization tools support the discovery and analysis of more than 100,000 biographic, bibliographic, and transaction data derived from digitized content from the Library’s archives. Circulation records from 1789 to 1805, when the Library shared Federal Hall with the first American Congress, have been fully digitized and transcribed, and the data are now available for free through City Readers. Many of America’s founders borrowed the Library’s books, and their borrowing histories show a wide range of interests: they all checked out books on law, history, geography, travel, and even fiction. On April 7, 1790, 14 years before their famous duel, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr both visited the New York Society Library: Burr was reading Voltaire; Hamilton was reading Goethe. Students can browse the histories of the founders to find out more.

Humanities Social Studies Library/Media Reading/English/Language Arts

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