Industries of Old New Hartford Collection

The Industries of Old New Hartford Collection contains photos from the archives of the New Hartford Historical Society, organized and maintained by Barbara Couture, Janice Reilly, and other society members. Additional material regarding this subject can be accessed by visiting the society, located in the basement of the Old Point School, 2 Paris Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Contact information, and a fascinating video that shows the society’s facilities, can be viewed on the New Hartford Historical Society's website. The society boasts an unequalled collection of New Hartford memorabilia. Data about the photos was entered into this website by Jack Henke of the New Hartford Public Library, the Historical Society’s partner in creating this digital collection.

This collection depicts factories of the Town of New Hartford’s initial industrial era in the latter 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The photos reflect the influence of the industrial revolution on the town and its surrounding area, when mills located on fast-flowing streams were built to take advantage of abundant water power. Significant aspects of workers’ lives appear in the photos; company housing, working conditions, entertainment, and strikes all find illustration. Also, the collection’s images of the American Fork and Hoe Company and the Perry & Kramer Feed Mill demonstrate New Hartford’s role as a commercial center for the many farms in the area surrounding the town.

Collection owner: New Hartford Historical Society in collaboration with the New Hartford Public Library