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Resources for Students, Scholars, Genealogists, and Researchers

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

May 23, 1701
Captain William Kidd was executed for pirating.

May 31, 1709
The first paper money was issued by the Province of New York, as printed by William Bradford of New York City.

May 17, 1792
A New York City brokerage organization was formed that would become the New York Stock exchange.

May 17, 1792
The New York Stock Exchange was founded.

May 13, 1821
Samuel Rust of New York City patented the first practical American printing press.

May 10, 1851
The first permanent system of associated dairying in the United states was founded by the oepning of the first cheese factory in America by Jesse williams in Rome.

May 28, 1881
America's first pure food and drug law was enacted by the New York State legislature.

May 15, 1885
The Adirondack and Catskill mountains forest preserves were created by the state legislature.

May 5, 1891
Carnegie Hall opened in New York City.

May 1, 1931
The Empire State Building, the tallest skyscraper in the world, opened to the public.

May 8, 1945
New York widely celebrated VE Day.

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