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Pathfinder Online Catalog

Search the Library's online catalog to discover our holdings in art and architectural history,  museum studies, and New York State history.

Visitor Info

Find all you need to plan your visit to the Library, including information about hours, admission, directions, and recent news and announcements.


Discover the range of Library services, including genealogy and research courses and consulting, as well as information on publishing permissions and reproduction rights.

Online Resources

Access the Library's fast-growing online resources, including information on genealogy, available census records, and New York history and culture.

Library Exhibits

View the Research Library's online exhibits, which currently showcase documents and ephemera from two special collections.


Read about the Library's noteworthy collections on Colonial American and New York State history and culture, nineteenth-century American art history, Native American art and culture, folklore, and museum studies.

Special Collections Overview

See the wide variety of materials in the Library's special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, archival collections, maps, broadsides, and ephemera.

About Us

Learn about the Library's history, mission, and board structure, as part of the New York State Historical Association.

Library Links

Map of New York from a school geography notebook of Catherine Borst. (Catskill, NY, 1812).

Library Hours

Library Awarded Grant

History of Cooperstown Book

Local History Bibliographies for Four Counties Available Online

Smith/Telfer Photo Collection

Special Collections Finding Aids

Old Maps Online


National Gallery of Art (U.S.)

Census Data (2010)

U.S. Census Bureau home page

American FactFinder

Cornell University Program on Applied Demographics (PAD)

New York State Data Center Affiliates

Mapping the 2010 census on the NY Times


New York State Military Museum

Images from the past

Murder Pamphlets

NYSHA Digital Collections

New York Heritage


Lesson Plans, 4th grade History

Fur trade: contact and commerce between Indians and Dutch settlers

Lesson Plans, 7th grade History

New Netherland and the global marketplace

Reciprocity and obligation in Dutch-Indian diplomacy


Biodiversity Heritage Library

This Month in
New York History

February 26, 1646
Peter Stuyvesant, last and most colorful of the Dutch directors-general of New Netherland, was appointed to office.

February 23, 1785
The New York Morning Post and Daily Advertiser, New York’s first daily newspaper, was founded.

February 25, 1795
Union College, the first non-denominational college in the U.S., was incorporated at Schenectady.

February 21, 1807
Martin Van Buren married Hannah Hoes at West Catskill, a few miles from Kinderhook, N.Y.

February 11, 1828
DeWitt Clinton died. As governor, he was responsible for the creation of the Erie Canal.

February 22, 1866
The first bridge over the Hudson at Albany was opened.

February 6, 1869
The first politcial cartoon of Uncle Sam with Whiskers, by Thomas Nast, was ublished in New York City

February 1, 1885
The first modern tuberculosis sanitarium in the U.S. was opened by Dr. Edward Trudeau in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

February 2, 1913
Grand Central Station, the palatial passenger terminal, opened in New York City.

February 21, 1919
Vassar College students prohibited smoking anywhere in college buildings.

February 27, 1919
The first national association for the deaf was organized in New York City.

February 15, 1955
Man-made diamonds were first produced at Schenectady

February 9, 1964
The Beatles made their first American appearance, on the Ed Sullivan Show, in New Yor City, an event that was to change the course of American popular music.

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