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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

December 8, 1683
Governor Dongan divided New York City into six wards, each headed by an elected alderman.

December 5, 1782
Martin Van Buren, 8th president of the United States, was born in Columbia County, N.Y.

December 11, 1867
Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt took control of the New York Central Railroad and began consolidation of the state's first major rail network.

December 31, 1904
The tradition of clebrating New Year's Eve in Times square was begun.

December 11, 1930
The Bank of the United States in New York City with 80 branches and 400,000 depositors closed as the Depression deepened.

December 27, 1932
Radio City Music Hall opened, combining live and motion picture entertainment.

December 22, 1971
Governor Nelson Rockefeller called a special session of the legislature to deal with the state’s financial crisis. The New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau helped with the problem by starting its “New York: The Big Apple” campaign which increased revenues from tourism.

December 1982
New York State raised the legal drinking age to 19.

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