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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

August 7, 1679
The Griffon, the first ship on the Great Lakes, sailed out of the Niagara River into Lake Erie.

August 29, 1779
Tories and Indians were defeated at the Battle of Newtown by Generals John Sullivan and James Clinton.

August 17, 1807
Aug. 17-21, 1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont, traveled up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany and back again.

August 12, 1851
Isaac Singer patented the first continuous stictch treadle sewing machine.

August 19, 1856
Gail Borden secured a patent for the commercial production of condensed milk, a process he had developed in New Lebanon Shaker Village and one that marked the beginning of the processed food industry.

August 17, 1859
Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

August 1874
The Chautauqua Institution was founded to instruct and inspire Sunday school teachers.

August 21, 1878
The American Bar Association was organized at Saratoga Springs.

August 11, 1914
John Bray of New York City patented the American cartoon technique. He portrayed a dog eating sausages until it exploded.

August 20, 1930
Home TV reception was first demonstrated in New York City.

August 10, 1954
The Saint Lawrence Seaway hydroelectric power project began.

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