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Online Resources

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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

November 10, 1674
The Dutch officially surrendered New Netherland to Edmund Andros, who became the British governor of the colony under the new name, New York.

November 1, 1683
Nov.1, 1683 - The colony of New York was divided into 12 counties. Two later became a part of Vermont. The other ten still exist: Albany, Dutchess, Kings, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester

November 17, 1763
Governor William Cosby had John Peter Zenger arrested for seditious libel because Zenger had accused Cosby of corruption. At his trial, Zenger was found not guilty – a major victory for freedom of the press.

November 11, 1778
The Cherry Valley Massacre occurred in which a British force under Major Walter Butler and Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant killed 40 militia men and settlers in the frontier settlement.

November 1849
Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in the U.S., graduated from Geneva (Hobart) Medical College on Seneca Lake.

November 28, 1859
American humorist, Washington Irving, died at Tarrytown, N.Y.

November 6, 1860
In the presidential election of that year, New Yorkers cast the majority of its votes for the ultimate victor, Abraham Lincoln.

November 21, 1883
The first cantilevered bridge in Americva opened, a railroad span over the Niagara River, designed by German immigrant C.C. Schneider.

November 1890
The battleship Maine was launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

November 18, 1894
The first newspaper comic section was published by the New York World.

November 5, 1895
The first American patent for a gasoline automobile was issued to George Sheldon of Rochester

November 15, 1896
Buffalo was lit electrically with power supplied by Naigara Falls.

November 5, 1918
Alfred E. Smith, an Irish Catholic, was elected governor of the state. He later lost a hotly contested race for the presidency to Herbert Hoover.

November 21, 1964
Nov. 21, 1964 The Verrazano Narrows bridge, the world’s longest single span bridge opened

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