The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Gilded Age and Progressive Era

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era is a collection of digitized primary sources documenting United States culture, industry, and politics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection focuses on the first-person perspectives of societal elites. Highlights include: 

  • John D. Rockefeller Sr.'s personal papers;
  • The Astor Family papers;
  • Diaries, scrapbooks, and ephemera documenting resort life in Newport;
  • Edith Wharton's personal correspondence and holograph manuscripts of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth;
  • Records and drawings from architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White;
  • Political satire and cartoon collections, including original illustrations by Thomas Nast and Joseph Keppler;
  • Industry, labor, and business records of railway and steel corporations.

Materials in this collection were sourced from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Hagley Museum and Library, the New York Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and Newport Historical Society, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Winterthur Library.

Dates covered

Late 19th-early 20th centuries

Resource types