“I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.” Happy birthday, Truman Capote. According to his quote, he may not like this, but here are two totally true facts about him. One, we have some of his papers in our Manuscripts and Archives Division. Two, we have a Berenice Abbott photo from May 14, 1936 of the Brooklyn house where he wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The photo — seen here — is part of Abbott’s famous “Changing New York” WPA/Federal Arts Project series of hundreds of black and white photos (we have about 80 percent of the images in our incredible photography collection, which also has about 1,000 Farm Security Administration photos not in the Library of Congress, as the Times reported). So there are some totally true Truman tidbits … sorry, Mr. Capote.
Happy birthday Brooklyn Bridge! Today in 1883 our lovely bridge opened to the public. The NY Times has the short history of the day. Or, come over to the Manuscripts and Archives Division, where you can pour over the architectural plans and drawings of parts of the Bridge, including images of the Brooklyn anchorage and tower, derricks, and other equipment used in the bridge’s construction.