The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), located in Cooperstown, New York, has five collections in New York Heritage, including electronic finding aids for its noteworthy manuscript collections. NYSHA was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings, and objects associated with the history of the state. Since its founding, the Research Library’s collections have grown to include more than 95,000 volumes specializing in 19th century American and New York State history and culture, American art history, and Native American art.
Murder Pamphlet Collection Covers and Full Text
These pamphlets range from publication dates in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century, with the bulk published in the 1800s. Many of the books and pamphlets in this collection are listed in The Annals of Murder: a bibliography of books and pamphlets on American murders from Colonial times to 1900, compiled by Thomas M. McDade. This collection is comprised of the covers of 124 pamphlets and the full text from 37 of these.
Smith & Telfer Photographic Collection
The online Smith and Telfer photographic collection shows 300 of 500 printed images from a collection of over 53,750 glass plate negatives. The photographic work of Washington G. Smith (1828-1893) and Arthur J. Telfer (1859-1954) documents life in Otsego County, New York, for almost a century.
NYSHA Manuscript Finding Aids
Since its founding, NYSHA has developed a noteworthy manuscript collection housed in the Special Collections Department of its Research Library. The letters, journals, family papers, business papers, and military records at the Library are good source materials for the social history of New York State. To provide detailed access to the materials in these collections, finding aids have been created listing the contents of the boxes in each collection to the folder level. Nearly fifty of the finding aids to the most significant of these collections have been put into electronic format and are available here. Researchers finding materials of interest in these finding aids may visit the NYSHA Research Library in Cooperstown, New York to see the materials or contact the library by telephone (607-547-1470) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Octagon Houses Collection
The New York State octagon house files were gathered for use in "Octagon Buildings in New York State" compiled by Ruby M. Rounds of NYSHA. The original publication of this compilation was in "New York History" Vol. 33, nos. 2 and 3, April and July 1952, edited by Janet R. MacFarlane, Curator, NYSHA.
John J. Burger Railroad Collection
The John J. Burger Railroad Collection consists of extensive research material related to the Southern New York Electric Railway and other New York State railraods. Included in this digital gallery is a selection of photo albums compiled by Burger, as well as his unpublished manuscript "The Leatherstocking Trolley."
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