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Seventy-five years ago, a small group of benefactors and bibliophiles in Rhode Island came together at a dark time in the nation’s – and the world’s – history. Five months before D-Day, in January 1944, men and women in Providence decided to focus their attention on...

Earlier this month, the community of Mexican historians – in Mexico and the United States – lost two towering figures in colonial Mexican history. The renowned Mexican anthropologist and historian Miguel Léon-Portilla passed away on October 1, 2019, at the age of 93, and R....

In celebration of the bicentenary of Colombia's independence from Spain, the JCB partnered with the Embassy of Colombia in Washington, DC for events highlighting the Library's extraordinary collection of early Colombian history. On September 12, 2019, former JCB fellow Cristina Soriano (a historian at Villanova University outside...

Inaugurating a new initiative in the history of Africa, African Americans, and the History of Slavery and the Slave Trade at the JCB, noted historian Herman Bennett (CUNY Graduate Center) will deliver an evening lecture on Friday, October 4 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary...

New Acquisitions

Thomas de Palomares, Estilo Nuevo de Escrituras Publicas, donde el Curioso hallara diferentes Generos de Contratos, y Advertencias de las Leyes, y Prematicas destos Reynos, y las Escrituras tocantes a la Navegacion de las Indias, Madrid, 1656.

The office of the escribano or notary was the...

Fresh Ink

Since the sixteenth century and even before, Europeans set out on a biblically inspired quest to find the site of the terrestrial paradise. In a fascinating new book published in France this past April, anthropologist and former JCB fellow Nathan Wachtel tells a wide-ranging story...