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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” 


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

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

Ceridwen Dovey
Photograph courtesy of Ceridwen Dovey

How Harvard reunions are cast in Ceridwen Dovey’s Life After Truth


Photograph of Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead
Photograph by Chris Close 

The Nickel Boys wins the 2020 prize for fiction.


Birder David Barrett pictured at Central Park

Barrett at a favorite birding site overlooking Turtle Pond, in Central Park, with Manhattan’s Upper East Side beyond

Photograph by Robert Adam Mayer

A quest to chronicle New York City’s avian community

May-June 2020

Photograph of downtown Yamhill, Oregon, with general store

(Click on arrow at right to see additonal images)
(1 of 3) Yamhill’s physical charm, complete with a general store, may make it easy to overlook its people’s struggles.

Photograph by Lynsey Addario

Americans diminished by “social poverty”

May-June 2020

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

May-June 2020

Photograph of Radcliffe Bunting Fellows circa 1964-1972

Bunting Fellows in conversation, circa 1964-1972; Tillie Olsen, holding a cup, is at right.

Photograph by Olive Pierce (circa 1964-1972). Copyright © the Pierce family. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

From “women’s confinement” to “women’s liberation” at the Radcliffe Institute

May-June 2020