What do whale hotels, cat pianos, and malaria pills all have in common? They represent an era when medicine was less of a science and more of an art (for better or for worse). One of the things I do as a reference librarian is answer questions from researchers all over the world. This tends to be rewarding work and sometimes, I even stumble across articles throughout history riddled with fun facts. So today, I’m going to share some stories I’ve found featuring some of the strangest medical (mal)practices of the past few centuries.
The printing press has always been a marvel of human invention. Take a look at this brief history of how newspapers were published over 500 years!
How did U.S. newspapers report on the events of the Holocaust? What is History Unfolded? Read more about it and how you can contribute, become a researcher, and learn how to use the historic newspapers in Chronicling America!
160 years have passed since the Battle of Shiloh was fought over April 6-7, 1862, and what we do know is that the Confederates were driven back and away from the battlefield on April 7, leading to a Union victory, and though the casualty numbers were alarmingly high, the estimated total for both sides was closer to over 23,000.
Skies at sunset blazed unearthly shades of chartreuse and crimson throughout the Fall of 1883. Newspapers from around the world reported the eerie phenomenon and described how the strange sight captivated the masses. Public response varied from the dumbfounded, to the delighted, to the dismayed. Years later, scientists finally uncovered the truth behind the anomaly and connected it to the cataclysmic eruption of Krakatoa, a small volcanic island in the Sunda Strait.
Behind the Byline is a new blog series that will profile significant newspaper journalists in American history. The following is a guest post by Mike Queen, a Reference Librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division at the Library of Congress. Though most remembered for his short stories that provided the inspiration for the Broadway […]
Toni Stone was the first woman in history to play regularly in a major men’s professional baseball league.
Throughout history there have been many women who have greatly contributed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While names like Marie Curie and Florence Nightingale are familiar to most, there are so many ingenious others who may not be as familiar; women who were leaders in their fields, who made major discoveries, and whose work led to critical social and political change. Below is a list of just some of the women who have made significant contributions to the fields of STEM. You can discover their stories through historical newspapers.
In February 2022, 1,224 new pages from 103 African American newspaper titles throughout 28 states and the District of Columbia were added to Chronicling America.
From discovering radium and winning a Nobel Prize to being a “model married couple,” read about Marie and Pierre Curie’s lives and love story and why the two had such amazing chemistry.