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!

Register now to join our curators, Hamilton cast member Jamael Westman, and Ryan Scheb, a history educator at Cristo Rey New York High School on Friday, July 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) as we explore a letter by Alexander Hamilton supporting Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in the election of 1800. 

Click here to view Hamilton’s letter before the program.

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:

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


View full archive of past sessions