The Albany area is well represented in New York Heritage and lately, some of these great collections have been featured on All Over Albany, a great website that highlights special things about and to do in the Capital region.

In April, the site explored the recently added Albany Public Library collection from their Pruyn Room.  The article, “Views of Albany then, now online,” features images from the Views of Albany digital collection.


This collection is made up of images from 1920 to 1950, showing off views of the city.

Then this past week, the site pointed to another collection, the Steinmetz Digital Collection of Schenectady, a collaboration of the miSci Museum of Innovation and Science (formerly know as: the Schenectady Museum of & Suits-Bueche Planetarium), Schenectady County Historical Society, and Edison-Steinmetz Center.

Steinmetz was General Electric’s chief engineer in the 1890s and into the 1900s.  Here he is pictured with Thomas Edison in 1922:

All Over Albany’s article, “Even Geniuses Need a Nap Now and Then,” recommends you check out the documentary, Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz, on the local PBS station, WMHT, on Sunday May 11th at 3pm or Tuesday May 13th at 8pm.

One Response to Albany Collections in the News

  1. Great to see the Capital District getting excited about NY Heritage! Now is a great time for participating institutions to add more images to their collections.

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