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.
Belle de Costa Greene made sensations when she, a woman, entered the men-dominated art world. Imagine the further sensation if they had known she was a Black woman. Read about her and the Morgan Library in historic newspapers.
Since its inception in 2016 by the New York Academy of Medicine, archives, libraries, and museums have participated in #ColorOurCollections on social media. Join in by trying out some of these fun and challenging coloring puzzles from the pages of our historic newspapers!
Alice Guy-Blaché is a name you likely have never heard. She was a pioneer of the French and American film industries during the silent era and the first woman to have a career as a director, yet her work and career have largely been overlooked throughout history. She was among the very first to use […]
The ski slopes are busy and the Winter Olympics are just over the horizon. Soon men and women from all over the world will compete in a variety of skiing events including alpine skiing and ski jumping. The U.S. won its first medals for skiing at the Olympics in 1948. Did you know that the […]
There are few couples who have made headlines in quite the same way as Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The two criminals are known for a series of bank robberies, murders, and kidnappings that took place between 1932 and 1934, the height of the Great Depression. Their romance has also been the inspiration for films, songs, and even a musical. Even during their lives they were the subject of fascination, and tens of thousands reportedly viewed their bodies as they lay at separate funeral homes.