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May 2020 eUpdate



New York Archives Magazine Celebrates 20 Years
Break out the china - 2020 marks the 20th year of publication of New York Archives Magazine . This award-winning educational publication is a shining example of collaboration between the New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust with history enthusiasts, scholars, and other historical repositories around the Empire State, bringing untold stories and extraordinary happenings to light. 80 issues and still going strong!

Please join us in celebrating and follow the Magazine on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram . to get more access to the great stories that New York Archives tells. Have a New York story of your own you'd like to share? Consult submission guidelines and contact our editor here .
New York Responds: Highlights from Digital Collections
New Yorkers come together in times of crises. The State Archives home page features a new visual representation of such moments from our Digital Collections, highlighting images from our holdings to remind us of the strength, ingenuity and perseverance New Yorkers have shown in previous crises and will continue to show as we move forward. View the series here .
A Special Greeting
Stephen Pagano, Board President of the Archives Partnership Trust, comes to you from home with a special greeting. New York Archives Magazine subscribers, be certain to tune in until the end for our gift to you during these uncertain times.
Historians: Start Documenting COVID-19
A special message from the Association of Public Historians of NYS
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in all our lives; it is imperative that we record the impact on our communities and how our citizens respond. The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) suggests that historians begin documenting your community’s response and offer the following guidelines and suggestions:

  • Remember! Health and safety are your number one priority. Documenting your community’s response does not include risking your own health or that of your family and friends. Please follow all rules for social distancing and any quarantines that have been established.

  • Keep a diary. Beginning today, record your memories of local events and reactions to COVID-19 at least since the beginning of March. Continue to update that journal as we move forward: What are you doing, what are you hearing and seeing, and how is the response to COVID-19 affecting your normal habits? Encourage the public to do the same. This can be done by in a variety of ways. Individuals can keep handwritten or computerized diaries, write blogs, record video or audio diaries or use whatever creative venue appeals to them.

  • APHNYS has developed a form that historians can use to collect stories from throughout New York State. Once the crisis and the collecting period have ended, APHNYS will share the responses with historians throughout the state: https://forms.gle/ZUxePXJLcQC2fKCK8

We are unquestionably within a historical moment that will be of great interest to future generations. For more suggestions, ideas and tips, visit the APHNYS website .
Call For Papers / Save the Date
Researching New York 2020
November 19-21, 2020
University at Albany, SUNY
 
Needless to say, in these uncertain times it is difficult to think about planning a conference months away or submitting a proposal in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, the Researching NY team is optimistically planning for a time when we can come together and share our work. Proposals on all New York State history topics welcomed; visit www.nystatehistory.org for details. Submission deadline: June 15, 2020
Researching New York is sponsored by the University at Albany History Department, History Graduate Student Organization, and M.E Grenander Archives & Special Collections and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust with support.
New York State Archives
The State Archives Public Research Room is currently closed. Our online services, including our e-mail reference services and telephone reference is available Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. 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 .