Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Inside the Vault

Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is a presentation of documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on Zoom. Join our curators and learn the fascinating stories behind the documents. This event is for teachers, students and their families—and everyone with an interest in history!

Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET

Join our curators, Colby Lewis, principal standby for Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan, James Madison, Marquis de Lafayette, and Thomas Jefferson in the touring cast of Hamilton, and Nate McAlister, the 2010 National History Teacher of the Year from Kansas, as we explore documents related to the abolitionist John Brown.

Documents discussed will include:

Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

PD certificates will be available upon request.

For more information, please contact us at firstfriday@gilderlehrman.org.

Upcoming Programs

  • Our next program will be on Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) and will feature documents related to the Women's Suffrage Movement, including a note from Susan B. Anthony.

Click on the links in the calendar below to register for upcoming sessions of Inside the Vault.stron

View full archive of past sessions