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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

January 1, 1776
Thomas Paine's pamphlet "Common Sense" was published. It proved to be influential in turning many New Yorkers to seek independence.

January 21, 1785
New York City became the temporary capital of the United States and remained the capital until 1790.

January 16, 1789
Grave robbing for the purpose of dissection by medical students was first prohibited by law in New York State.

January 24, 1862
American author Edith Wharton was born in New York City.

January 15, 1870
Cartoonist Thomas Nast created the donkey as the symbol of the Democratic Party in New York City

January 1, 1892
The Processing Center for immigrants opened on Ellis Island in New York harbor.

January 1, 1898
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island were formally united as New York City.

January 16, 1920
The 18th Amendment prohibiting the sale of liquor went into effect. Speakeasies were started in New York City and jazz musicians came to play at them, calling their engagements "playing the Big Apple."

January 7, 1955
Marian Anderson became the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

January 1, 1959
Nelson Rockefeller became governor. During his tenure, the New York State University system was greatly expanded.

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