January 22, 2022

New York Public Library Will Contribute Images and Data to Digital Public Library of America

The content continues to roll-in.

From a DPLA Announcement:

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is partnering with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide additional online access to thousands of historic materials archived at the Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. As part of this cooperative partnership, NYPL will contribute images and data from two of its significant collections chronicling American history: The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection documenting the founding and early years of the United States and The Lawrence H. Slaughter collection of English maps, charts, atlases, globes and books relating to Colonial North America.

As one of the leading providers of free educational resources to all, The New York Public Library is honored to participate in a project that will engage users across the country, and make our collections even more accessible to the masses,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “The Digital Public Library of America will open up a new world of information to students of all ages and interests, and allow NYPL to share its deep background of materials in American history and culture.”


“The New York Public Library’s incredible holdings and public spirit are a perfect match for the Digital Public Library of America’s mission,” remarked Dan Cohen, DPLA Executive Director. “We are so fortunate to be able to partner with NYPL in this way, and are grateful for their unique contribution.”

The Emmet Collection – in NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Division – holds approximately 11,000 manuscripts including letters and documents by nearly every patriot and statesman who distinguished himself during American Revolutionary history; these documents provide insight into important historic milestones and include a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson’s hand, an engrossed copy of the Bill of Rights, and manuscript minutes of the Annapolis Convention.

The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division holds The Lawrence H. Slaughter collection, which focuses on English cartography of Colonial North America. More than 1,000 digitized images will be available through DPLA. Included in the Slaughter Collection are Mark Tiddeman’s Draught of New York Harbor, 1749?; the “Ratzen” plan of the City, first edition; the Montresor plan of New York; John Thornton’s chart of Long Island, showing New York City, 1689.

Some Material From the two NYPL Collections Coming to DPLA are Online and Searchable via the NYPL Digital Gallery

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.