At the Archives
October 2019 eUpdate

Create a caption for the photo above from the collections of the State Archives - silly or serious. We'll choose the best entry and publish it in the next issue. Winner will receive a FREE one-year subscription to New York Archives magazine. Email ideas to Josie.Madison@nysed.gov by December 1, 2019.
New York's 4,000+ archival repositories preserve and make available the records of your communities, ancestors and stories. Learn about an archives near you by visiting dhpsny.org/directory .
Central Park: A Pastoral Vision
Cynthia S. Brenwall
The plans for New York City’s most famous park are evidence that they were important tools, down to the coffee stains, scribbles, and notations.

Ken Bartowski
During WWII, New York’s high school shop students built thousands of vital airplane models to aid the war effort and improve their own job skills.

Undelivered News
Jonathan Palmer
A fabric relic tells a story about a forgotten Hudson Valley plane crash and newspaper delivery.
Sisters of Charity
Eric C. Cimino
Titanic survivors were cared for by the nuns at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City.

Jesse Williams: The Big Cheese
Patrick Reynolds
A farmer wanting to help his son led to big changes in the cheese factory system and New York became an industry leader.
New Resource: Fall 2019 Educator Guide

Developed specifically for educators, this guide is aligned to the New York State Social Studies Framework. Learning objectives are taken directly from Social Studies practices and content fits within the framework. Paired with a feature article , the guide also includes supporting questions to help direct reading and analysis for better understanding of primary sources.
Things that go BUMP in the Record Center
by Thomas Bushnell, Warehouse Supervisor
The State Archives operates the New York State Records Center, a massive warehouse storing nearly 250,000 boxes of records for state agencies. This vast repository not only saves agencies millions of dollars in low-cost records storage - it also provides some interesting and ghost-like experiences for the staff who work there.

Several employees have reported hearing strange sounds, laughter and voice; some have witnessed a tall, thin African-American figure within the stacks. “I have witnessed the same man on several occasions but he just disappears into thin air! Also, I heard a woman’s laughter and 'muffled' kids' voices while working in the warehouse,” reports staff member Gordon Wilson.  
Indeed, many employees who work in the warehouse have heard footsteps. But when you look in the direction that the noise was coming from, no one is there. Office of General Services (OGS) crew working on weekends have also experienced laughter and heard muffled voices. In addition, it has been reported that when all employees were meeting downstairs, staff heard what sounded like the U-boats (carts) were being pushed around on the metal flooring upstairs.

Although not as “helpful” as Jason, the resident ghost in the State Education building’s basement in finding lost boxes, he has been seen walking down the main hallway then turns into a stack aisle. But when you look - he has vanished! Although “our” ghost may not be as famous as the spirits within the State Education Building or Capital Building, he often makes his presence known to staff.  
Partner Spotlight: Archives Month Event in Hyde Park
American Archives: Treasures in Your Backyard
Wednesday, October 9th
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home
4079 Albany Post Road | Hyde Park, NY 12538
4:00 P.M.

Program is presented by the FDR Presidential Library, New York State Archives, Dutchess County Historian and Dutchess County Clerk. Event is free, but registration is required - REGISTER HERE . Photo of the courtyard entrance of the historic FDR Library building courtesy of fdrlibrary.org .
Save the Dates: Upcoming New York Archives Magazine Speaker Series
Who Tells Your (Family's) Story?

Thursday , November 7
WCNY Broadcast & Education Center | Syracuse
5:30 P.M. wine and cheese reception
6:00 P.M. Remarks by Judith A. Herbert


WCNY, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust invite you to join us for a special  New York Archives Magazine Speaker Series event. The State Archives is a renowned resource for anyone curious about researching family history—but knowing how to utilize found materials when writing your family’s history can be difficult. This talk will discuss how to get started, with illustrations from the Archives’ collections .
Bringing it Back Home

Wednesday, November 13
Cultural Education Center | Albany 
5:00 P.M. wine and cheese reception
5:30 P.M. Remarks by Jane E. Wilcox


Get a sneak peek inside New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s forthcoming research guide to the New York State Archives. Written by Jane E. Wilcox, this publication is geared towards genealogists and family historians who want to explore the vast collections of the New York State Archives. Jane will share some of her favorite discoveries in the stacks, anecdotes that will leave you chuckling, and challenges encountered along the way. Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate the impending publication of this exciting project.
New York State Archives
The  New York State Archives  provides onsite and telephone services to the public 9:30-4:30 Mon.-Sat. | Closed on all State holidays. | Information: (518) 474-8955 or  archref@nysed.gov .

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 .