At the Archives
August 2019 eUpdate



LEFT: young girl posing for the New York State Fair publicity photograph c1970. Image source: NYSA series 14457-85; as seen in New York Archives  Summer 2009 .
APT Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Making Consider the Source Online: Teaching With Historical Records Project a Reality
Partnership with National Council of History Education Launched
Thanks to our donors, the Archives Partnership Trust received a $100,000 matching grant from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (RDLG) for Consider the Source Online: Teaching with Historical Records Project . This transformative statewide project brings together teachers, cultural institutions and content specialists to develop an online network of learning communities and access to new tools and resources created by educators, for educators. In addition, the Trust has been designated by the National Council for History Education to head a new state-level council for New York State. <<LEARN MORE>>
“As a professor teaching the next generation of K-12 educators, I stress the importance of using resources that offer multiple perspectives. Consider the Source Online is an ideal project to provide examples of well-rounded lesson plans offering local, state and national perspectives by using primary sources from local repositories and the State Archives.” ~Kristi Fragnoli, Ed.D., College of St. Rose and Chair, NYCHE (pictured right)
The grant from the RDLG Foundation comes on the heels of the Trust's recent partnership with the National Council for History Education to form the New York Council for History Education (NYCHE). This partnership further enhances the Trust's ability to promote historical literacy by strengthening regional networks of educators, historians, and cultural organizations, as well as providing locally focused professional development and outreach activities. Chaired by The College of Saint Rose Professor, Kristi Fragnoli, Ed.D. and a team of educators, individuals from seven of the nine regions around New York State have already signed on; recruitment efforts are underway to identify members from Northern NY and the mid-Hudson region. 

Capital District
  • Lead APT Advisor: Tasha Anderson, Mohonesan CSD
  • NYCHE Liaison: Maureen King, Brunswick CSD
Central NY
  • Lead APT Advisor: Diana Wendell, OCM Boces
  • NYCHE Liaison: Ardyth Watson, Fayetteville-Manlius CSD
Western NY
  • Lead APT Advisor: Megan MacNeill, Buffalo History Museum
  • NYCHE Liaison: Chris Bacon, Niagara University
Long Island
  • Lead APT Advisors: Sara Kardasz, Western Suffolk BOCES and Carl Vitevitch, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • NYCHE Liaison: John Heeg, Deer Park CSD
Finger Lakes
  • Lead APT Advisor: Toni Stevens-Oliver, Pittsford CSD
Greater NYC
  • NYCHE Liaison: Sari Beth Rosenberg, High School for Environmental Studies
Southern Tier
  • Lead APT Advisor: Tim Clarke, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES
  • NYCHE Liaison: Evelyn Penman, St. Bonaventure University
To date, NYCHE’s honorary committee includes Lincoln scholar and Trust Board Member Harold Holzer, actor and APT Stewards Stephen and Kristina Lang, actor Sam Waterston and historians Ron Chernow, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Kenneth T. Jackson. <<LEARN MORE>>
“The priority of a historical society’s mission of stewardship is in overseeing their archives. These documents are the most valuable pieces in their collections. Though often overlooked and underutilized these resources offer a personal voice and as such a true reflection of a time and place. The Gardiner Foundation is delighted to partner with the State Archives Partnership Trust to advance the use of these primary resources in bringing these narratives to life and to celebrate our historic societies as important educational resources.” ~Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
In addition to the RDLG Foundation, special thanks to our Consider the Source leadership supporters: The Bender Family Foundation , Charter Communications , Gerry Charitable Trust, Neil and Jane Golub , George R. Hearst III, HISTORY® /A&E Television Networks , Karen and Chet Opalka and the Swyer Family Foundation.
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16 th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island, NY. The Gardiner Family and their descendants have owned Gardiner’s Island since 1639, obtained as part of a royal grant from King Charles I of England. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s personal passion for New York History.
Visit the Foundation at rdlgfoundation.org .
Archives Staff Member Honored with William B. Joslin Award
Candace “Candy” Cotazino, a member of the State Records Center team, recently received NYSID’s statewide William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award . This award celebrates exceptional job performance and personal growth by individuals employed through NYSID Preferred Source Contracts.

Right: Candy utilizing the scanner to keep track of inventory. In FY 2017-18, the State Records Center processed 20,000 incoming boxes of records, 14,000 outbound boxes of records, and 12,000 reference and retrieval requests. Below (left to right): State Records employees Gordon Wilson, Candy Cotazino, and Tom Bushnell. Last year, the team handled 6,742,650 lbs of records (equating to 3,371 tons) !
Warehouse Supervisor Tom Bushnell states, "Since joining the State Record Center team in December of 2017, Candy has proven to be a dedicated, hard-working and reliable colleague who is always willing to do whatever it takes to 'get the job done.' The team at the Records Center and the Archives as a whole have benefited from her exceptional job performance, and we have delighted in watching her achieve personal milestones." Candy will be honored at a ceremony this October.
Join the State Archives at the State Fair

Visit the New York State Archives' booth at The Great New York State Fair August 21st - September 2nd in Syracuse. Meet an archivist and take home some fun facts about New York's state history. Plus, enter to win the daily drawing for a free one-year Friend/Family subscription (a $50 value) to New York Archives magazine, along with the chance to win the grand prize!
Partner Spotlight: Upcoming Events
From the Adirondacks to Manhattan, Something for Everyone
September 8: Capital District Humanist Society presents
New York Archives author Linda Czuba Brigance
Anna & Henrietta Mercy: Militant Maids of the Lower East Side
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Refreshments at 12:30; Program at 1:15 pm.
Sage Colleges - Albany Campus, Campus Center Room 224
Admission: FREE
Speaker: Linda Czuba Brigance, professor emeritus at SUNY Fredonia
Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society. For more information and directions, go to www.HumanistSociety.org or www.meetup.com/Capital-District-Humanist-Society.
Sisters Anna & Henrietta Mercy were a dynamic duo of socialist activism in the Lower East Side. As young children they immigrated to the US from Austria with their parents in the late 1800s; as young women, they devoted their time and many talents to the East Side Equal Rights League’s agenda of women’s economic and political equality. They made national headlines in 1910 when Henrietta Mercy and long-time Tammany Hall politician James Oliver became embroiled in a “she said-he said’ incident that suffragists used to their rhetorical advantage. Largely forgotten today, the Mercy Sisters were important pieces of what suffrage pioneer Alice Paul called the “great mosaic” of social change.

Linda Czuba Brigance's article, " Slurs, Smears and Suffrage ," appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of New York Archives magazine. Order and/or subscribe today !
New York State Archives
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New York Archives Partnership Trust,  a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports education, preservation and outreach programs not funded by the state in order to make accessible archives from over 350 years of New York's colonial and state governments. Visit us at  nysarchivestrust.org .