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Historical Resources


Find Primary Sources at Other Repositories

  • ArchiveGrid: ArchiveGrid is a collection of over two million archival material descriptions, including MARC records from WorldCat and finding aids harvested from the web.
  • National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC): Search for primary source collections at the NUCMC home page. Bibliographic records are available describing archival and manuscript collections in public, college and university, and special libraries located throughout North America and around the world. Please note - the RLG and NUCMC bibliographic records are now incorporated into OCLC.
  • Archives USA: Search for primary source collections under repository, name or subject as well as NUCMC catalog records.

Local and Regional History

  • New York State Archives
  • New York State Library
  • The New York State Newspaper Project: contains electronic and print resources as well as access to the project that "identifies, describes, preserves, and makes available to researchers the significant newspapers in all communities in New York State since the first publication in 1725."
  • Douglas, Marilyn. New York State census records, 1790-1925. Compiled by Marilyn Douglas and Melinda Yates. Albany: University of the State of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1981. Available from the New York State Library LIB, 132-4, NEWYS, 81-71924.
  • Capital District Library Council (CDLC): Provides a guide to repositories in the Greater Capital District of New York State as well as other archival resources.
  • New York History Net: Promotes the awareness and use of the vast amount of resources on New York State History.
  • Albany Institute of History and Art (AIHA): Located in downtown Albany, the AIHA contains collections that document the history, art and culture of the upper Hudson Valley region from the 17th century to the present.
  • The Colonial Albany Social History Project: Offers details of the rich social history of Colonial Albany.
  • Albany County Hall of Records: Contains the official records of Albany County as well as the mayoral papers of Erastus Corning II, the longest standing mayor in U.S. history from 1941 to 1983.
  • Albany Academy Archives: The Albany Academy Archives preserves historical documents and artifacts and is open for research thereby deepening knowledge of the school, its students, educational methodology and the trends in American history which have affected the Academy.
  • The Schenectady Museum: Information for the largest collection documenting the history of General Electric (GE), which was founded in Schenectady in 1892, and Schenectady.
  • Union College: Collections document Union College and Schenectady, New York with strengths in science and technology.
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society: The Rensselaer County Historical Society was established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life.
  • Troy's RiverSpark Visitor Center: Information about Troy heritage and a useful bibliography on Troy's history.
  • Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway: A comprehensive industrial heritage institute for the Hudson-Mohawk region. Its primary function has been advocating historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the industrial heritage of the region.
  • Labor and Industry in Troy and Cohoes: A Brief History: Original text: James S. Corsaro and Kathleen D. Roe; Updated and Revised for the Web: Dr. Gerald Zahavi and Susan McCormick, Department of History, University at Albany, SUNY.