At the Archives
January 2021 eUpdate

What's inside the cornerstone of the South Mall of the Empire State Plaza? Click on the video to find out.
Organizing and Preserving Your Home Archives  
Tuesday, January 26th
12:30 p.m. 

Join New York State Archivist Tom Ruller and NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor as they explore best practices for maintaining your home archives, including identifying materials to preserve, organizing objects and papers, and steps to ensure your collections remain an integral part of your family’s story.
New York Archives - Winter 2021 Highlights
Thorp & Sprague’s Mohawk Valley Stage Line offered reliable transportation, not dramatic stage coach chases like in the movies.

The celibate Shakers took in children who were orphaned or whose parents could no longer care for them—all seeking security within the Shaker world.

Ballston Spa was one of many small communities that reevaluated their approach to firefighting in the early twentieth century after a devastating fire.

The Second Best
Buffalo’s blizzard in 1977 paralyzed the city and killed twenty-nine people. President Jimmy Carter issued the first emergency declaration for snowfall and snow removal.

We Won’t Move
In the 1960s, Manhattan’s Chinatown suffered from both racism and a housing shortage. In the 1970s, Chinese Americans undertook the first Chinese tenants’ struggle in the city’s history.
Strengthen your student's critical thinking skills, understanding of history and connections to their community with Education Guides that link our stories to your classroom.
Miss an Online Speaker Series Event? No Worries!
Thanks to all who've been tuning in to the New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series. "Science Knows No Gender:" Eunice Newton Foote and the Cause of Global Warming with author John Perlin [originally aired December 8, 2020] is now available. 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.
Every four years electors convene in Albany following the general elections to cast ballots for president and vice president as stipulated in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about this small collection of records that documents a fundamental element of our Constitution.
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 continue to be 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

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