"Turn Every Page": Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive

October 22, 2021 – ongoing

“Turn Every Page”: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive is the first public exhibition drawn from the archive of the author whose award-winning works on Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson are regarded as masterpieces of modern biography and history. The ongoing exhibition includes never-before-seen highlights from the archive—which New-York Historical acquired in 2019—that provide an intimate view of how Caro started his career and how he worked as a reporter. 

Caro’s meticulousness as a reporter, biographer, and historian—which enabled him to become the country’s premier chronicler of political power—is on view to the public in his research notebooks, handwritten interview notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and original manuscript pages. The exhibition also includes one of Caro’s Smith Corona Electra 210 typewriters. The riches in the archive make it an essential destination for historians, journalists, students, and anyone interested in 20th-century American history and literature, where they can find materials available nowhere else.

Watch a teaser for the exhibition in which Robert Caro himself explains the title.

(Curated by Michael Ryan, Sue Ann Weinberg Director Emeritus of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; Edward O’Reilly, curator of the manuscript department of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; and Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts)



The New-York Historical Society recognizes the generous contributions of the following individuals who made the acquisition of the Robert A. Caro Archive possible:

Lead Support: Dorothy Tapper Goldman, Susan and Roger Hertog, Jean Margo Reid, Daria and Eric J. Wallach, Sue Ann Weinberg

President’s Circle: Lois C. Chiles, Richard Gilder, Fiona and Eric Rudin

Power Broker: Judy and Howard Berkowitz, Edythe Gladstein, Pam and Scott Schafler, Laurie and Sy Sternberg, Barbara and David Zalaznick

Senate Master: Leslie and Alan Shuch, Ruth and Sidney Lapidus, Pine Tree Foundation, Leah and Michael Weisberg

Biographer: Kathleen Begala and Yves-Andre Istel, Robert and Stephanie Hotchkiss, Dwight and Leslie Lee, Louise Mirrer and David Halle, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso. Ira L. Unschuld, Sandra S. Wijnberg

Stringer: Gerald Greenwald, Thomas H. Kean, David A. Sokol

Additional support provided by other generous individuals.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.



Media sponsor:

Creative: Tronvig Group