Friday, March 6, 2009

New York State Library - Digital Collections

Right here in my own back yeard there is a very nice collection of digital documents at the New York State Library in Albany. This is a project that was started in 1995 and has been growing since, although I expect it might not grow too much this year due to the severe budget crunch the state is in. There is some great stuff on thsi site including the book "History of Herkimer County," published in 1879. Also in the towns section are:
Annals of Albany;
Pioneer Days and Later Times In Corning and Vicinity 1789-1920;
Centennial History of the Town of Dryden 1797-1897;
Schuylerville, New York, "The Historical Village";
Portrait and Biographical Record of Orange County, New York;
Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, a History;
Stony Point Illustrated, an Account of the Early Settlement on the Hudson with Traditions and Relics of the Revolution;

From the Colonial Period you'll find "Orderly books, 1759-1760, 1762 / Amos Hitchcock, 1724-1791," The Sir William Johnson papers and much more. This site is excellent, especially if you have any ancestral connections to New York State.

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/scandocs/historical.htm

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