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New Haven County

A lovely and imposing map of New Haven County showing town boundaries, topographical features including areas of elevation and waterways, and the layout of streets and railways. The large scale enables the map to indicate individual dwellings and the names of landowners. The visual appeal and informational value are enhanced by dozens of inset plans […]

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1845 map of New York and New Haven Railroad

1845 map of the New York and New Haven Railroad… 10 feet long!

A monumental 1845 map depicting the route of the New York and New Haven Railroad, one of the oldest and busiest in the United States. Background Chartered in 1844 and opened in early 1849, the New York and New Haven completed the first direct all-rail route between New York and Boston. “In the early days […]

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A newspaper issued jointly by three organizations in advance of the 1970 May Day protests on the campus of Yale. The New Haven May Day protest stemmed from the May 20, 1969 killing there of 19 year-old Alex Rackley by three Black Panthers, acting on the mistaken belief that he was an informer. Following the murder, the FBI moved against the Panthers leadership, arresting Bobby Seale, local Panthers leader Ericka Huggins, and others. The Panthers called on their supporters to converge on New Haven (and Yale) to protest the trail of the “New Haven 9” on May Day, 1970. The event drew radicals of every stripe, both black and white, including a contingent of Weathermen, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, and Allen Ginsberg. Expectations of chaos and violence were sky-high, stoked by the Nixon Administration, the FBI, and wildly inflammatory remarks by some radical leaders. 4000 National Guardsmen and 2000 State Troopers were deployed to the city, with thousands of active-duty military on alert in the surrounding region. Offered here is May Day New Haven, a one-off newspaper published by three activist groups involved in the protest. The paper provides background on the arrest of Bobby Seale and the New Haven 9 trial, a schedule of events, legal advice, First Aid tips, a statement by Huey Newton. It also features a large centerfold map of New Haven, centered on Yale University and the Green, overprinted in red to the locations of phones and First Aid stations, with caricatures of a bulldog, black panther, alligator (or crocodile?) and a pig. The overall tone of the paper is angry but calm, pragmatic and peaceful; indeed, one editorial makes this plea: “In relation to the talk of ripping off our city, perhaps we should consider that many people, with the Panthers, feel that street violence will not free the Panther 9. We should also consider that any subsequent super-repression will be felt first in our streets, and then across our land.” (p. 4) In the event, despite some localized violence and a bombing that caused no serious injuries, “death and destruction passed by New Haven”. (Bass and Rae) A rare artifact of a deeply-troubled time in our national history, one that helps put our hyper-partisan politics into some broader perspective. References OCLC 37462520 lists seven institutional holdings (April 2020). For a fascinating, blow-by-blow account of the events before and during the May Day protest, see Paul Bass and Doug Rae, “The Panther and the Bulldog: The Story of May Day 1970,” in the Yale Alumni Magazine for July/August 2006.

A rare relic of the 1970 New Haven May Day protest

A newspaper issued jointly by three organizations in advance of the 1970 New Haven May Day protests on the Yale campus and the surrounding neighborhoods of the city. The protest stemmed from the May 20, 1969 killing there of 19 year-old Alex Rackley by three Black Panthers, acting on the mistaken belief that he was […]

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D. W. Buckingham / Engraved by N. & S. S. Jocelyn, Map OF THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN, FROM ACTUAL SURVEY, by D. W. Buckingham, COUNTY SURVEYOR. New Haven: Jocelyn, Darling & Co., 1830.

One of the rarest of early New Haven maps

An extremely rare 1830 plan of New Haven, Connecticut documenting its evolution from a maritime economy to a major New England manufacturing center. The plan represents the first significant improvement on Amos Doolittle’s 1812 Plan of New Haven, which had been only lightly improved and updated in editions of 1817 and 1824, while the significant […]

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