At the Archives
September 2019 eUpdate

LEFT: Teacher leading a classroom full of children in a Batavia public school. From NYSA Series A3042-77 ca. 1850-1920.
Woodstock at 50: A New Online Exhibit from the State Archives
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, the State Archives has put together an online exhibit, The Woodstock Festival, August 15th - 18th 1969 -- "An Aquarian Exposition." The exhibit highlights the role that State Government played in helping the organizers of the festival prepare for the 50,000 people that they expected to attend and the lessons that were learned from the experience.

It features some very groovy documents from New York State Department of Health Commissioner's Office. The festival attracted over 400,000 daily. In the aftermath, state officials examined the delivery of services during the festival and analyzed how the activities were handled. The records describe specific aspects of health and sanitation services in great detail with some surprising touches of humor.
Woodstock and Historical Memory

"How long does it take for historical memory to change to a 'brand'? Maybe no more than a generation - as evidenced by two music festivals thirty years apart, both held in New York and both called Woodstock." ~ author Geoffrey Storm, reflecting on the 1969 and 1999 music festivals in his feature article "Woodstock and Historical Memory," published in the Fall 2010 issue of New York Archives magazine. <READ NOW>
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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 or
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 !

Join the Archives Partnership Trust at the NYS Writers Institute’s 2nd Annual Albany Book Festival at the University at Albany on Saturday, Sept. 14. Free and open to the public, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY.

Headlining authors include National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates, Jamaica Kincaid, Dani Shapiro, Madhur Jaffrey, Sylvia Day, Jonathan Santlofer and Will Schwalbe, along with more than 100 local authors and exhibitors. The day will include panel discussions, author presentations, book signings, writing workshops, a yoga event for children, and a bonus Albany Book Festival tote bag giveaway item for the first 1,000 attendees. 

Fans of history will be especially interested to hear talks with Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil War era and nineteenth-century America, and APT Board Member Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
Solo event: 1:30pm-2:15pm
History Writing with Eric Foner 3:30pm-4:15pm

One of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, Harold Holzer has authored, co-authored or edited 52 books. He is director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as senior vice president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His newest work is  Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French  (2019). Holzer’s 2012 book,  Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America , was the official young adult companion book to the Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln,” for which he served as script consultant. 
Researching Genealogy at the New York State Archives

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Branch
Central Meeting Room | 2nd Floor
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Presented by the Western New York Genealogical Society, in partnership with the New York State Archives. Free and open to the public. <LEARN MORE>
Come and learn about the records held at the New York State Archives and how you can use these special collections to research your family’s history. In this special program, experienced archivist Monica Gray will discuss key holdings of genealogical interest. She will provide an overview of the types of records available, their content, and their potential uses. This presentation will be particularly helpful to individuals who are beginning the transition from online research to archival records. Attendees will receive valuable advice on how to best prepare for a visit and what to expect when researching in-person in Albany.

About the Presenter: Monica Gray (left) is a senior archivist in the Researcher Services unit of the New York State Archives. She has worked at the State Archives since 2006, managing collections, supervising digitization, and assisting researchers. She has many years of previous experience working in archives and thoroughly enjoys helping people solve mysteries and find what they are looking for.
YOUR State Archives is Everywhere - Including the State Fair
Knowledgeable team members ready to talk with visitors about all things archives-related.
Where do you hail from? New Yorkers from every region put themselves on the map during the 2019 Great New York State Fair in Syracuse.
Archivists answer inquiries about New York State History, genealogy and managing records.
Did you visit our booth at The Great New York State Fair August 21-September 2? Over 850,000 people came through the turnstiles, many of whom stopped by the Center of Progress building to meet an archivist, ask questions, and take home information, tools and new knowledge about the State Archives and our resources and programs. Then vs. now: view Division of State Police video footage from the 1967 State Fair via the Archives' Digital Collections.
New York State Archives
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