New York Public Library: Topics in Chronicling America
The New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States. This guide provides access to materials related the “New York Public Library” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
After 10 years under construction, the New York Public Library opened its doors in May, 1911. Situated at Fifth Ave and 42nd St, the facility’s amenities included chauffeur service and a cobbler to add “the obligatory, soft-stepping rubber heels on the shoes of library employees in the interest of quiet. Equipped to house up to 4 million books on 75 miles of shelves, it has become known as “one of the most beautiful structures in the world devoted entirely to books." Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
The Astor Library, Lenox Library and Tilden Trust consolidate to form the New York Public Library.
The architectural firm, Carerre and Hastings, is selected to construct the building.
May 23, 1911
New York’s Library opens on fifth avenue. Over 50,000 people, Along with President William Taft, Andrew Carnegie, and other notable public figures, attend the dedication ceremony.