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Pathfinder Online Catalog

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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

October 10, 1665
After the British takeover of the Colony of New Netherlands, Governor Nicholls confiscated property of Dutch colonists who refused to affirm their loyalty to the British Crown.

October 7, 1763
The Proclamation of 1763 restricted Indian trade and land acquisition west of the Appalachian Crest. This angered those hoping to capitalize on westward expansion.

October 1774
The First Continental Congress in Philadelphia suspended all trade with Great Britain until colonial rights were restored. Local areas were to form local committees to enforce the pact, but the New York committees came under radical control that was unacceptable to the conservative assembly.

October 23, 1776
General George Washington’s forces evacuated Manhattan Island, seeking protection at White Plains, Westchester County. The British General Howe attacked the American position there on Oct. 28th at the Battle of White Plains. The British lost 300 men while the American lost only 200.

October 25, 1781
The Battle of Johnstown was fought. It was the last battle of the American Revolution to be fought in New York.

October 12, 1802
The first two graduates of the Military Academy at West Point were appointed second lieutenants in the United States Army, the only graduates in a class of ten.

October 26, 1825
The first canal boats entered the Erie Canal at Buffalo to dedicate the "highway" that linked the Hudson river and New York City to western New York and the Great Lakes.

October 1, 1867
For the first time an elementary school education became free for all New York State children.

October 10, 1886
The tuxedo was first worn at Tuxedo Park, Orange County.

October 23, 1952
Oct. 23, 1952 - School officials dismissed 8 New York City school teachers for alleged communist activities.

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