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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

September 8, 1592
Peter Stuyvesant, later to become colonial governor of New Amsterdam, was born.

September 11, 1609
Explorer Henry Hudson discovered that Manhattan was an island.

September 1682
The Duke of York appointed Col. Thomas Dongan as colonial governor of New York

September 16, 1776
Washington defeated Howe at the Battle of Harlem Heights, New York.

September 1, 1783
The Revolutionary War ended with the Treaty of Paris.

September 1, 1819
Jethro Wood of Cayuga County patented the first plow with interchangeable parts.

September 24, 1869
Jay Gould and Jim Fisk attempted to corner the gold market on Black Friday.

September 13, 1899
H.H. Bliss of New York City became the first pedestrian to be killed by an automobile.

September 1977
The Hudson River was declared to be toxic by an environmental study.

September 11, 2001
Terrorists hijacked two airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Centerís Twin Towers.

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