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New York State Modern Political Archive (NYSMPA)


The New York State Modern Political Archive (NYSMPA) was established in 1982 to document the work of individuals and private interest groups concerned with New York State public policy issues in the 20th century. Originally named the Archives of Public Affairs and Policy, the NYSMPA collects, preserves, and facilitates access to primary sources pertaining to New York State public affairs and policy, and now includes the personal papers of members of the gubernatorial administrations of Nelson A. Rockefeller; papers of 22 former New York Congressional members and 41 elected officials who served in New York State Legislature; and the official records and personal papers of more than 200 private groups, professional associations, individuals, public-sector labor unions, community groups, and other organizations concerned with Empire State public-policy issues. The New York State Modern Political Archive consists of over five thousand cubic feet of historical records, photographs, film, audiotapes, microfilm, and other record forms. Archival materials are available in a number of subject areas including: African Americans and Civil Rights Organizations; Conservation and the Environment; Criminal Justice and Prisons; the Death Penalty; Education; Human Sexuality and Gender Identity; Labor; Neighborhood Associations; Public Servants and Politicians; Social Activists and Public Advocates; Women; as well as other emerging public policy issues.

Collections for which finding aids have been created are searchable through the University Libraries' online catalog, Minerva. Collections in the New York State Modern Political Archive can also be browsed in the alphabetical listing below or through subject listings which include all manuscript collections and record groups available in the Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Alphabetical List of All Collections

Subject Guide to Collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

For reference queries contact the Grenander Department Reference staff or (518) 437-3931.