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Resources for Students, Scholars, Genealogists, and Researchers

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

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

April 1524
Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano arrived in New York harbor.

April 5, 1768
The New York Chamber of Commerce, first state chamber in America, was founded at Fraunces tavern in New York City.

April 1, 1796
Public libraries were first authorized to be established in New York State.

April 1, 1797
New York State's first turnpike was authorized to be built, between Albany and Schenectady by a private stock company that would collect tolls.

April 12, 1813
The first coal mining company in New York State, Allegany Coal, was chartered.

April 26, 1826
The first graduate engineers received their degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

April 8, 1896
The New York State flag was adopted.

April 25, 1901
Automobile license plates became required by law in New York State.

April 7, 1933
Prohibition ended in America and New York's bars reopened.

April 4, 1973
Governor Nelson Rockefeller dedicated the World Trade Center in New York City.

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