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Map of New York City, 1895

This 1895 map of New York City was created by socialist activist Walter Vrooman, who hoped that by showing the "concrete socialism" of every street, park, school, public building, and public dock in red (and allowing private enterprises to recede into the white background), he might persuade readers that the rest of the map should be socialist as well. 

From the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center/Boston Public Library


Curator Garrett Dash Nelson ’09 on the Boston Public Library’s exhibition of “persuasive cartography” 


Multiple small paper tabs, each decorated with a simple line drawing of a different facial expression

Photograph by iStock

Marjorie Garber explores the word’s complexity and history.

July-August 2020

Protestors with a large poster demanding reform of the Electoral College

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Photograph by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Problematic features of the Electoral College

July-August 2020

Photograph of composer Paul Moravec

Paul Moravec

Photograph courtesy of Adelphi University

Paul Moravec’s soulful music

July-August 2020

Painted fresco of a landscape, from a Roman villa

Landscape from a villa at Boscotrecase—an inventive illustration in Mosaics of Knowledge

Photograph by Sites & Photos/Shmuel Magal/Alamy Stock Photo

Recent books with Harvard connections

July-August 2020

Karen Chee holding a flower to her face

Karen Chee

Photograph by Bridget Badore

Comedian Karen Chee finds her voice.

July-August 2020

Author Gabrielle Zevin seated on a sofa in Los Angeles with her dog Nico

A spontaneous photo of Zevin and her late dog Nico taken on a sofa trashed in Los Angeles. “As soon as we were done, a random guy loaded it into his truck.”

Photograph by Hans Canosa

A prescient novelist is hopeful that “after great change, amazing things can happen.”

July-August 2020

Envelope of an old letter

Permission to reproduce image from the Earhart Papers granted by the Earhart family. Image courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A wartime life together—cut short

July-August 2020

Views of Boston from the arboretum's Peters Hill

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(1 of 4) Crabapple specimens, with views of Boston, on Peters Hill

Photograph by Jon Hetman/Courtesy of the Arnold Arboretum

Summertime at the Arnold Arboretum

July-August 2020