Genealogy: New York, Library and society resource list

New York, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. New York Genealogical & Biographical Society:   http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/
  2. New-York Historical Society:   http://www.nyhistory.org/
  3.  New York State Archives:  http://www.archives.nysed.gov/
  4. New York State Library:  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/
  5. New York State is the only state that requires, by law, that each municipality have a historian. There are 1,600+ historians.  The position is an officer of the municipality with four areas of responsibility which include research/writing of the muni’s history, working with schools to provide local history education, historic preservation, and advocacy. They report the fulfillment of these responsibilities to the State Historian annually.  Their offices typically contain information on families, muni subjects, maps, and much more.  The state-wide organization of Associated Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) www.aphnys.org provides contact information for each historian.

University Archives and Collections (62)

  1. Adelphi University:  http://libraries.adelphi.edu/special/
  2. Alfred University. Herrick Library:   http://www.herr.alfred.edu/special/index.asp
  3. Alfred University. New York State College of Ceramics:   http://scholes.alfred.edu/about_scholes/archives.html
  4. Alfred University. Scholes Library. Special Collections:   http://scholes.alfred.edu/about_scholes/speccoll.html
  5. American Baptist–Samuel Colgate Historical Library: http://www.crds.edu/abhs/genealogy.htm
  6. Binghamton University:   http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/special/index.html
  7. Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library:   http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/avery/
  8. Columbia University. Health Sciences Library:   http://library.cpmc.columbia.edu/hsl/archives/
  9. Columbia University. Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers:   http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/lehsuite/
  10. Columbia University. Law Library:   http://library.law.columbia.edu/special.html
  11. Columbia University. Oral History Research Office:   http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/oral/
  12. Columbia University. Rare Book & Manuscript Library:   http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rbml/
  13. Columbia University. University Archives and Columbiana Library:   http://www.columbia.edu/cu/columbiana/
  14. Cornell University. Kheel Center:   http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/kheel/default.html
  15. Cornell University. Mann Library:   http://www.mannlib.cornell.edu/collections/special/
  16. Cornell University. Rare and Manuscript Collections:    http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/
  17. Fordham University:   http://www.library.fordham.edu/archives/archive.html
  18. Hofstra University. Long Island Studies Institute:   http://www.hofstra.edu/Libraries/WestCampus/SpecialCollections/sc_lisi_main.cfm
  19. Hofstra University. Rare Books and Manuscripts:   http://www.hofstra.edu/Libraries/WestCampus/SpecialCollections/sc_rbam_main.cfm
  20. Hofstra University. University Archives:    http://www.hofstra.edu/Libraries/WestCampus/SpecialCollections/sc_archives_main.cfm
  21. Hunter College. Archives & Special Collections:   http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/archives_new.htm
  22. Hunter College. Centro Library and Archives:    http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/centro.htm
  23. Long Island University:   http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/sc/sc.htm
  24. New School University:   http://library.newschool.edu/speccoll/kellen/
  25. New School University. Parsons School of Design:   http://library.newschool.edu/speccoll/kellen/index.php
  26. New York University Library. Special Collections:   http://library.nyu.edu/collections/archives.html
  27. New York University Medical Center. Archives:   http://library.med.nyu.edu/library/libinfo/collections/archives.html
  28. New York University Medical Center. Special Collections:   http://library.med.nyu.edu/library/libinfo/collections/special.html
  29.  Niagara University:   http://www.niagara.edu/library/rbook.html
  30. Plattsburgh State University:    http://research.plattsburgh.edu/SpecialCollections/
  31. St. Bonaventure University. Archives:   http://web.sbu.edu/friedsam/archives/
  32. St. Bonaventure University. Franciscan Institute:   http://franinst.sbu.edu/filib/
  33. St. Bonaventure University. Jim Bishop Archives:   http://web.sbu.edu/friedsam/jimbishop/index.htm
  34. St. John’s University. Archives:   http://new.stjohns.edu/academics/libraries/archives
  35. St. John’s University. Special Collections:   http://new.stjohns.edu/academics/libraries/campus/davis/resources/special.sju
  36. St. Lawrence University:   http://www.stlawu.edu/library/libarc/
  37. State University of New York Maritime College:   http://www.sunymaritime.edu/StephenBLuceLibrary/ArchivalCollections.htm
  38. State University of New York, Brockport:   http://cc.brockport.edu/~library1/archives.htm
  39. State University of New York, College at Fredonia:   http://www.fredonia.edu/library/archive.asp
  40. State University of New York, College at Oneonta:   http://www.oneonta.edu/library/scc/SCC.HTML
  41. State University of New York, Geneseo:   http://library.geneseo.edu/info/collindex.shtml
  42. State University of New York, New Paltz:   http://lib.newpaltz.edu/banner/archives/collect.html
  43. State University of New York, Oswego:   http://www.oswego.edu/library/archives/
  44. State University of New York, Potsdam:   http://www.potsdam.edu/library/home/Archives_at_Potsdam.php
  45. State University of New York. Upstate Medical University:   http://www.upstate.edu/library/history/
  46. Stony Brook University:   http://www.stonybrook.edu/libspecial/
  47. Syracuse University. Archives and Records Management:  http://archives.syr.edu/
  48. Syracuse University. Belfer Audio Laboratory & Archive:   http://libwww.syr.edu/information/belfer/index.html
  49. Syracuse University. Special Collections:   http://libwww.syr.edu/information/spcollections/index.html
  50. Syracuse University. Television History Archive:   http://libwww.syr.edu/information/media/archive/main.htm
  51. University at Albany. Special Collections and Archives:   http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/
  52. University at Buffalo. Health Sciences Library:   http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/hsl/history/index.html
  53. University at Buffalo. Music Library:   http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/music/special.html
  54. University at Buffalo. Poetry/Rare Books Collection:   http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/pl/
  55. University at Buffalo. Sears Law Library:   http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/law/collections/specialcollectiondesc.html
  56. University at Buffalo. University Archives:   http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/archives/
  57. University of Rochester Medical Center:   http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/hslt/miner/rare_books/index.cfm
  58. University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery:   http://mag.rochester.edu/learn/artLibrary/#Archives
  59. University of Rochester. Rare Books and Special Collections:   http://www.lib.rochester.edu/rbk/rarehome.htm
  60. University of Rochester. Sibley Music Library:   http://www.rochester.edu/Eastman/sibley/specialc/
  61. Yeshiva University. Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica:   http://www.yu.edu/libraries/mendel.asp
  62. Yeshiva University. Special Collections:   http://www.yu.edu/libraries/special_collections.asp

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (28)

  1. Adirondack–Adirondack Research Library:    http://www.protectadks.org/library_home.html
  2. Baldwinsville–Baldwinsville Public Library:   http://www.bville.lib.ny.us/collect.htm#Local_History_Room
  3. Bronxville–Bronxville Public Library:   http://www.villageofbronxville.com/subd2_historyroom.htm
  4. Brooklyn–Brooklyn Public Library:    http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/brooklyn_collection.jsp
  5. Broome County–Four County Library System:   http://www.4cls.org/webpages/4cls/4c_special.html
  6. Buffalo–Buffalo/Erie County Public Library:  http://www.buffalolib.org/libraries/collections/index.asp?sec=grosvenor
  7. Clifton Park–Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library:    http://www.cphlibrary.org/collections/history.shtml
  8. Corinth–Corinth Free Library:   http://corinth.sals.edu/localhistory.shtml
  9. Crandall–Crandall Public Library:   http://www.crandalllibrary.org/folklife/archives.asp
  10. East Hampton–East Hampton Library:   http://www.easthamptonlibrary.org/lic.html
  11. Easton–Easton Library:   http://easton.sals.edu/about.shtml#collections
  12. Ithaca–Cornell University, Olin Library:  http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/genpage.htm
  13. Longwood–Longwood Public Library:    http://longwood.suffolk.lib.ny.us/bayleslist.html
  14. Middletown–Middletown Thrall Library:   http://www.thrall.org/lochis.htm
  15. Morgan–Morgan Library:    http://www.morganlibrary.org/collections/highlights/html/index.html
  16. New York City–New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Library:  http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=10
  17. New York City–New York Public Library, History and Genealogy Division:  http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/lhg/genea.html
  18. Ogdensburg–Ogdensburg Public Library:   http://www.nc3r.org/ogdensburg/#SPECIAL
  19. Patchogue-Medford Library: http://www.pmlib.org/genealogy
  20. Pember–Pember Library:   http://pember.sals.edu/about.shtml#collections
  21. Pierpont–Pierpont Morgan Library:   http://www.morganlibrary.org/research/html/index.html
  22. Port Washington–Port Washington Public Library:   http://www.pwpl.org/collections/special/index.html
  23. Queens Borough–Queens Borough Public Library. Long Island Division:   http://www.queenslibrary.org/central/longisland/index.asp
  24. Queens Borough–Queens Borough Public Library. Woodson Collection:   http://www.queenslibrary.org/central/ss/woodson.asp
  25. Rochester–Rochester Public Library, Local History and Genealogy Division: http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us/genealogy.html
  26. Rochester–Rochester Stake FHC:   http://www.netacc.net/~organman/aaol-ldsfhc.html
  27. Schenectady–Schenectady County Public Library:  http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/
  28. Scottsville–Scottsville Free Library:   http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us/scottsville/scohist.html
  29. Seymour–Seymour Public Library:   http://www.seymourlibrary.org/history.htm

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (21)

  1. American Irish Historical Society:   http://www.aihs.org/collections.html
  2. Bronx County Historical Society:   http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/archives/archivesfirst.html
  3. Brooklyn Historical Society:   http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/general.html
  4. Center for Jewish History:   http://www.cjh.org/academic/
  5. Chemung County Historical Society:   http://www.chemungvalleymuseum.org/index.asp?NavID=35
  6. Diocese of Rockville Centre:   http://www.drvc.org/archives/index.html
  7. Diocese of Syracuse:   http://www.syrdio.org/index.asp?path=Offices&action=view&id=12
  8. Episcopal Diocese of Western New York:    http://buffalolore.buffalonet.org/episcopal/episcopalarchives.htm
  9. Huguenot Historical Society:   http://www.hhs-newpaltz.net/library_archives/using_the_library/index.html
  10. Huntington Historical Society:   http://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/Archives.htm
  11. New York State Historical Association:   http://www.nysha.org/library/special_collections/
  12. New-York Historical Society:    http://www.nyhistory.org/library.html
  13. Old Brutus Historical Society:   http://www.rootsweb.com/~nycayuga/obhs/roots.html
  14. Rensselaer County Historical Society:    http://www.rchsonline.org/library.htm
  15. Sag Harbor Historical Society:   http://www.sagharborhistoricalsociety.com/favorite.htm
  16. Saratoga County Historical Society. Brookside Museum:   http://www.brooksidemuseum.org/genealogy/genealogy.html
  17. Saratoga National Historical Park:   http://data2.itc.nps.gov/museum/mcollectiondetail.cfm?area=co&alphacode=sara
  18. Schenectady County Historical Society:   http://www.schist.org/holdings.htm
  19. Shelter Island Historical Society:   http://www.shelterislandhistsoc.org/archivescollections.htm
  20. Westchester County Archives:   http://www.westchestergov.com/wcarchives/
  21. Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives:  http://www.woodyguthrie.org/foundation/research.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. NOVEL: New York Online Virtual Electronic Library:  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/novel/

This New York’s first statewide online virtual library is a collection of electronic databases that provide New York State residents with access to thousands of full-text national and international newspapers and magazines, health and medical resources, business collections, Spanish language materials, and age-appropriate materials for youngsters.

Digital Library Collections (29)

  1. Online Archive of New Mexico: Images of Historical Documents:  http://elibrary.unm.edu/oanm/images.html
  2. Byron Company Collection Online:  http://museumofnyc.doetech.net/voyager.cfm
  3. City Sites: Multimedia Essays on New York and Chicago, 1870s-1930s:  [http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/citysites/]
  4. Rochester Images:  http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us/rochimag/
  5. American Museum of Natural History Library, Digital Library Project:    http://library.amnh.org/diglib/index.html
  6. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  7. Columbia University, Teachers College, Institute for Learning Technologies (ILTweb) :    http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/
  8. Digital Dante:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#DigitalDante
  9. Columbia University Libraries, Digital Library Projects:    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/projects/digital/
  10. http://www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/digital/
  11. Electronic Text Service:    http://www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/ets/
  12. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  13. Cornell University Library, Cornell Digital Library Collections Digital Collections By Subject:    http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/
  14. Electronic Text Center  http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/cet/cet.html
  15. Networked Resources:   http://campusgw.library.cornell.edu/gateway.html
  16. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  17. Hamliton College Library, Digital Collections of Hamilton College Library:    http://library.hamilton.edu/collections/
  18. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  19. Metroplitan New York Library Council, MRDI: METRO Regional Digitization Initiative:    http://www.metro.org/modic/
  20. New York Public Library, Digital Library Collection:    http://digital.nypl.org/
  21. Digital Collections By Subject  http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  22. NYPL Digital Gallery:     http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#NYPLDigitalGallery#NYPLDigitalGallery
  23. New York State Documents:    http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/statedoc.htm
  24. South Central Regional Library Council, Digitizing Program:    http://www.lakenet.org/programs/digitizing/
  25. Syracuse University Library, Department of Special Collections, Digital Collections:    http://libwww.syr.edu/information/spcollections/
  26. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  27. United States Military Academy Library (West Point), USMA Digital Collections:    http://digital-library.usma.edu/collections/
  28. University at Albany, State University of New York, Department of History, History and MultiMedia Center:    http://www.albany.edu/history/histmedia/index.html
  29. University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Libraries, UBdigit, Digital Collections at the University at Buffalo:    http://ubdigit.buffalo.edu/