At the Archives
February 2021 eUpdate

How did the celibate Shakers raise children in their midst? Meet Ann Sayers, author of "The Caregivers" in the Winter 2021 issue of New York Archives Magazine, and find out.
Hidden Stories from Newly Translated Dutch Colonial Documents  
Tuesday, February 16th
12:30 p.m. 

Join New Netherland Research Center Director Charles Gehring, former New Netherland Research Center Associate Director Janny Venema. New Netherland Institute Director Steve McErleane and New York State Archivist Tom Ruller as they discuss insights from the forthcoming volume of translations of Dutch colonial manuscripts. You can access the entire collection of nearly 13,000 records from New Netherland on the State Archives website, .
What's Happening at the State Record Center?
The State Archives operates the New York State Records Center, a massive warehouse providing low-cost, secure storage for nearly 250,000 boxes of records for state agencies. In early January, the small but mighty staff accomplished a feat many weeks in the making. 27 pallets of important military records were returned to the Record Center after being digitized in Dallas, TX and 27 pallets were shipped out for digitizing. Not only did our colleagues pull and palletize the 1,286 boxes being sent down - and will be shelving those that returned - but they plotted and planned how to do the transfer in a variety of ways to accommodate the type of truck and capacity of the driver. Many kudos for everyone's hard work!
Tom Bushnell, Warehouse Special Project Supervisor, pushing in the last pallet.
Organizing and Preserving Your Home Archives and
Enemies of the State Recordings now available Online
Thanks to all who've been tuning in to the New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series.

Organizing and Preserving Your Home Archives with New York Genealogical & Biographical Society President D. Joshua Taylor and New York State Archivist Tom Ruller [originally aired January 26, 2021] is now available online. Watch in its entirely here.

"Enemies of the State:" Rediscovering the Patriot-Loyalist Struggle in Revolutionary New York with historian and author Edward Countryman, State Archivist Tom Ruller, and Head of Researcher Services Dr. James Folts  [originally aired November 10, 2020] is now available online. Watch in its entirely here.

Each month will feature a new program focusing on New York State history and the role of documents in telling New York's stories. For a complete listing of upcoming programs, click here.
Visit the State Archives' website to enjoy the latest slideshow featuring the city of Saratoga Springs. Known for health, history, horses and so much more, you can take a closer look at the city and surrounding area using the records from the Archives. Interested in more detail? Search our finding aids and our Digital Collections to discover Saratoga in the records:
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