ASC 4184: Rich in America Web Sites

General Web Sites

  • The Wall Street Crash
    This is a link to the BBC take on the Crash of 1929. This site was designed for use in schools and gives an interesting non-American take on events. Site includes: footage, photos, first hands accounts, recommended links and books.

  • Looking back at the Crash of 29
    A collection of newspaper accounts from the NY Times archives. Supplied by the NYT Library, this is a one-stop collection of how the Crash was report in the press.

  • The Crash of 1929
    This is a link to the PSB American Experience special on the Crash of 1929. This site includes: footage, photos, first hands accounts, recommended links and books.

  • Historic Oakdale
    This digital collection from the Dowling College Library provides images of vintage postcards and photograhs documenting the history of Oakdale, Long Island from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century.

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  • The Architect of Desire
    The Architect of Desire, Stanford White, designer of elegant Long Island houses for the Gilded Age is an article from Long Island: Our Story.

  • Stanford White Murder
    The murder of Stanford White by Harry Thaw was considered the scandal of the Gilded Age. This is a detailed account of the murder from the Crime Library.

  • Newport Notables
    Wonderful site for biographic and bibliographic information about the famous and infamous of Newport. Site is created by Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Newport R.I.

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  • An Aeolian Organ Archive - Sights and Sounds
    During the Gilded Age, owning an aeolian organ was a status symbol. Not only did it provide entertainment for your house guests, but you had to own a house large enough to fit one inside.

  • The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    This page chronicles the evolution of the Aeolian-Skinner style organ through stop lists, pictures, and first-hand memoirs.

  • Mrs. Twomblys Aeolian Organ
    The story of Mrs. Twombly’s organ. Mrs. Twombly was William K Vanderbilt, I’s sister. Her mansion, Florham, is now the home of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

  • Inventing Entertainment
    This site lets you experience the motion pictures and sound recordings of the Edison Companies. Courtesy of the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

  • American Variety Stage
    This collection from the Library of Congress illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870–1920.

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  • Dutties Just Victorian
    From the street to childrens room, each room in THIS Victorian mansion explains exactly what is expected from you. An absolute delight to visit! (Hint: tune on your speakers while at this site.)

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  • Worth Collection 1860-1918
    View the gowns then read the history of Worth fashions from the Worth Collection in the Museum of the City of New York.

  • Costume Gallery
    Fashion sense from the 1850s to the 1910s. A wonderfully detailed look at fashion from petticoat to bustle!

  • Victoriana
    The ultimate site for fashion in the nineteenth century. Check out the “Study Center” with modern scholarly articles of general interest and contemporary reprints fromHarpers Bazaar.

  • Costume Page
    A collection of links about historic dress and costumes.

  • Vincent Collection
    A wonderful collection of original grown, dresses, and hats from 1860 to 1940. The collections are mostly daily wear and not evening wear. (NOTE: to view collections, click on collection image.)

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Gangs of New York

  • Tenement Museum
    Absolutely wonderful site! Go to “History” and explore “Research” or “Collections”. You will also find many useful links off of “History.”

    Site dedicated to Herbert Asbury, the reporter who chronicled the “Gangs of New York” story. Site was produced by a descendant of Asbury.

  • Five Points Site
    A historian and archaeologist overview of the “Five Points” neighborhood in light of recent digs in the area. Site sponsored by U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service, New York.

  • Big Apple History - Children in NYC
    While this site is designed FOR children, it also focuses ON children. Clicking on 1870 will led to a series of articles and photos of childrens lives in NYC tenements.

  • The Tenement as History and Housing
    This site is produce by PBS of New York. It explores two apartments in the tenement district. There is background about the residents, artifacts found, and what the living space probably looked like. This is a good companion to the Tenement Museum.

  • Tenement Life in New York City
    This is a section of the History Box.. This site collects first hand documents about a variety of subjects. This particular link is for New York tenements.

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Homes of Financiers and Bankers

  • Jewish Banking Houses in America
    This is a for fee site. Minimum is $18.00/month. It contains very useful info. It is up to you if you want to register for the site.

  • “Whitemarsh Hall, Philadelphia, PA”
    Whitemarsh Hall was built for Edward Townsend Stotesbury, an international banker. It was constructed by the George A. Fuller Company between 1916 & 1920. This is a VERY complete site for information about the house, and the man.

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Homes of the Rich and Famous

  • Breakers
    The Breakers in Newport, RI has been preserved and is open for tours. It was built in 1893 when Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife Alice Claypoole Gwynne Vanderbilt commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design this grand summer cottage.

  • Biltmore Estate
    This is a good site for external pictures of the architecture.

  • Biltmore Estate
    This is an online article from Resource Library an online publication of Traditional Fine Arts Organization. Please be sure to click the many embedded links to other articles about the Biltmore and the North Carolina Vanderbilts.

  • Belcourt Castle
    This Newport, RI estate was constructed between 1891 and 1894 by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, for Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont. The estate is now open for tours. In 1896, Oliver H.P. Belmont married Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, the ex-wife of Oliver’s best friend and business partner, William Kissam Vanderbilt. Alva and her son, Harold Sterling Vanderbilt, lived here for many years, preferring this Castle to Marble House. See also: Idle Hour and Marble House.

  • Newport Mansions
    Links to the homes maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport.

  • “Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA”
    ”La Cuesta” or “the Hearst Castle” is the former home of William Randolph Hearst. It was built between 1922 & 1927 by Julia Morgan.

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House and Garden Movement

  • Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman
    While Ellen Biddle Shipman designed many Long Island estate gardens during the early 20th century, few exist today. This website provides enduring examples of her style in gardens located in Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana and Ohio.

  • Victorian Gardening
    Basic information about the flowers in a Victorian garden. Links to articles about Victorian gardening.

  • Women and Landscape Design
    Materials and essays from the 1996 Conference “Women & Landscape Design: The Relationship Between Women and the Land 1876 1996.”

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Interior Decorators & Decorations

  • Victorian Resources
    Links to site for obtain original and reproductions of just about everything from sink knobs to grills for Victorian homes.

  • Booknotes
    Articles on various aspects of interior decoration from the flooring to lace curtains.

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  • Long Island Golf News
    This is the official site of the publication. Click on “history” for “The Golden Age” article. At the VERY bottom of this page are the etiquette links divided by gender and social occasion. Check out the “Etiquette Language and Bibliography” link.

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    Everything one might ever want to know about the White Star Line and the Titanic. I recommend going to the “Site Map” link on the side bar for locating your interest.

  • Titanic Reading Room
    This site is an extensive bibliography of fiction and non-fiction works in print and on the web.

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  • Railroad Extra
    Everything one might ever want to know about railroad history and much, much more!

  • Railroad Barons
    This site is an in-depth look at the “Railroad Barons” (Vanderbilt, Gould, etc.) and “the building and consolidation of the Nation’s transportation network.”

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Vanderbilt Homes

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Last updated January 08, 2013, at 11:18 AM by Diane Holliday