New York State Historical Association
The New York State Historical Association was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings, and objects associated with the history of the state. Since its founding, the Research Library’s collections have grown to include more than 95,000 volumes specializing in 19th century American and New York State history and culture, American art history, and Native American art.
NYS Historical Association Information
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NYS Historical Association Collections
Manuscript Collection Finding Aids
Since its founding, the New York State Historical Association has developed a noteworthy manuscript collection housed in the Special Collections Department of its Research Library. The letters, journals, family papers, business papers, and military records at the Library are good source materials for the social history of New York State. To provide detailed access to the materials in these collections, finding aids have been created listing the contents of the boxes in each collection to the folder level. Nearly fifty of the finding aids to the most significant of these collections have been put into electronic format and are available here. Researchers finding materials of interest in these finding aids mayvisi t the NYSHA Library in Cooperstown, New York to see the materials or contact the library by telephone (607-547-1470) or by e-mail (email@example.com).
The front covers of 124 of the approximately 400 pamphlets and mongraphs in this collection are shown in this section. The pamphlets range from publication dates in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century, with the bulk published in the 1800s. Many of the books and pamphlets in this collection are listed in The annals of murder: a bibliography of books and pamphlets on American murders from Colonial times to 1900, compiled by Thomas M. McDade.
Murder Pamphlet Collection Full Text
This section contains 16 complete versions of the pamphlets from the Murder Pamphlet Exhibition
Smith and Telfer Photographs
The online Smith and Telfer photographic collection shows 300 of 500 printed images from a collection of over 53,750 glass plate negatives. The photographic work of Washington G. Smith (1828-1893) and Arthur J. Telfer (1859-1954) documents life in Otsego County, New York, for almost a century.