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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

March 22, 1664
King Charles II granted the Province of New York to James, Duke of York.

March 15, 1784
The Bank of New York was organized with Alexander Hamilton as a director.

March 20, 1798
The United Insurance company of New York City became the first insurance company incorporated by the legislature.

March 19, 1831
The first American bank robbery in the United States took place at the City Bank of New York. $245,000 was stolen from its vault.

March 3, 1837
New York's first native son to become president, and the first chief executive born a U.S.citizen was inaugurated in Washington. Who was he?

March 27, 1867
Oswego Normal School students were allowed to conduct classes.

March 10, 1880
Eight Salvation Army members from England arrived in New York City to start their organization in this country.

March 1911
A fire at the State Capitol in Albany destroyed 450,000 books and 270,000 manuscripts belonging to the State Library. Manuscripts pertaining to New York’s colonial period were among the losses.

March 25, 1911
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City killed 145 women and girls and injured several hundred more, a disaster that strengthed the labor union movement.

March 3, 1952
The Feinberg Law, prohibiting persons wishing to overthrow the United States government from employment in New York State schools, was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

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