Archival and Historical Institutions in New York State

Last verified December 2013

The following is a list of institutions in New York State that either have historical documents and manuscripts or the potential to hold such material. The list includes academic institutions, public libraries, museums, special libraries, historical societies, and governmental agenices. The list does not include many corporate agencies. URLs are provided in a good faith effort to provide contact information but given the ephemeral nature of websites some links will undoubtedly be broken over the course of time. Also, please note that not all URLs lead directly to a unit of an institution that deals with archives or special collections. In many cases only base URLs are available.

This list was compiled by John Bewley. URLs were checked in 2013 by James Evans.

Institution Location URL
Adelphi University Garden City
Adirondack Community College Queensbury
Adirondack Museum Blue Mountain Lake
Aesthetic Realism Foundation. Eli Siegel Collection New York
Albany Academies Albany
Albany College of Pharmacy Albany
Albany County Hall of Records Albany
Albany County Historical Association/Ten Broeck Mansion Albany
Albany Institute of History & Art Albany
Albany Law School Albany
Albany Medical College Albany
Albany Public Library Albany
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx
Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo
Alfred University. Herrick Library. Special Collections Alfred
Alfred University. New York State College of Ceramics. Archives Alfred
Allegany County Historical Society Wellsville
Almond Historical Society Almond
American Academy in Rome New York
American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York
American Bible Society New York
American Foundation for the Blind New York
American Jewish Historical Society New York
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee New York
American Museum of Natural History New York
American Numismatic Society New York
American Society for Psychical Research New York
Amherst Museum (Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village) Amherst
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York
Antique Boat Museum Clayton
Arcade Historical Society Arcade
Archiwum Polonia-Technica New York
ASA Institute Library Brooklyn
Association for Cultural Equity New York
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks Niskayuna
Bakers Bridge Historical Association Alfred Station
Baldwinsville Public Library Baldwinsville
Ballston Spa Public Library Ballston Spa
Bank Street College Archives New York
Bard College Archives Annandale-on-Hudson
Bard College. Bluecher Archive Annandale-on-Hudson
Barnard College Archives New York
Baruch College New York
Bedford Historical Society Bedford
Berkeley College, White Plains White Plains
Binghamton University Binghamton
Bolivar-Richburg-Allentown-Genesee Historical Preservation Society (in Bolivar Free Library) Bolivar
Boricua College New York
Borough of Manhattan Community College New York
Bramson Ort College Forest Hills
Bristol Historical Society Canandaigua
Bronx Community College Bronx
Bronx County Historical Society Bronx
Bronxville Public Library Eastchester
Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton
Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn
Brooklyn College Brooklyn
Brooklyn Historical Society Brooklyn
Brooklyn Law School Brooklyn
Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn
Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn
Broome Community College Binghamton
Broome County Historical Society Binghamton
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Buffalo
Buffalo History Museum Buffalo
Buffalo Museum of Science Buffalo
Buffalo State College Buffalo
Caldwell-Lake George Library Lake George
Canisius College Buffalo
Carnegie Collections, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University New York
Carnegie Hall New York
Cattaraugus County Historical Museum and Research Center Machias
Cayuga Community College Auburn
Cayuga County Historian's office Auburn
Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society. LUTHER RESEARCH CENTER AND ARCHIVES Moravia
Cazenovia College Cazenovia
Center for Inquiry Amherst
Center for Jewish History New York
Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies New York
Century Association New York
Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua
Chemung Valley History Musuem Elmira
Chester Historical Society Chester
City College of New York New York
Civic Heritage Historical Society (Cato, Ira, Victory, and Conquest, New York) Cato
Clarkson University Potsdam
Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library Clifton Park
Clifton Springs Historical Society (Foster Cottage Musuem) Clifton Springs
Clinton Community College Plattsburgh
Clinton County Historical Association Plattsburgh
Cloisters Library and Archives New York
Cobblestone Museum Albion
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Cold Spring Harbor
Colgate Rochester Divinity School Rochester
Colgate University Hamilton
College of Mount Saint Vincent Riverdale
College of New Rochelle New Rochelle
College of Saint Rose Albany
College of Staten Island Staten Island
College of Westchester White Plains
Columbia County online historical records (not affiliated with an institution) Unknown
Columbia University. Archives New York
Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library New York
Columbia University. Burke Library Archives New York
Columbia University. Health Sciences Library New York
Columbia University. Law Library New York
Columbia University. Oral History Research Office New York
Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library New York
Columbia-Greene Community College Hudson
Concordia College Bronxville
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Library New York
Cooper Union New York
Corinth Free Library Corinth
Cornell University. Kheel Center Ithaca
Cornell University. Law Library Ithaca
Cornell University. Mann Library Ithaca
Cornell University. Rare and Manuscript Collections Ithaca
Cornell University. Weill Medical College New York
Corning Museum of Glass Corning
Cortland County Historical Society Cortland
Crandall Public Library Glens Falls
Culinary Institute of America. Conrad N. Hilton Library Hyde Park
CUNY Graduate Center. Mina Rees Library. Archives New York
Daemen College Amherst
Daniel Pierce Library Grahamsville
Delaware County Historical Association Delhi
Dewitt Community Library Dewitt
Diocese of Rockville Centre Rockville Centre
Diocese of Syracuse Syracuse
Dominican College Orangeburg
Dowling College Oakdale
Dudley Observatory Schenectady
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie
Dutchess County Historical Society Poughkeepsie
D'Youville College Buffalo
East Bloomfield Historical Society East Bloomfield
East Hampton Historical Society East Hampton
East Hampton Library East Hampton
East Islip Historical Society East Islip
Eastman School of Music. Sibley Music Library. Special collections Rochester
Easton Library Greenwich
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill Hyde Park
Ellenville Public Library & Museum Ellenville
Elmira College Elmira
Elting Memorial Library. Haviland Heidgard Historical Collection New Paltz
Emma Willard School Troy
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York Tonawanda
Essex County Historical Society/Adirondack History Center Museum Elizabethtown
Farmingdale State College Farmingdale
Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society Farmingdale
Fashion Group International New York
Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York) New York
Federal Reserve Bank of New York New York
Fenton History Center Jamestown
Field Library, Peekskill Peekskill
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua
Finkelstein Memorial Library Spring Valley
Fire Island National Seashore Patchogue
Five Towns College Dix Hills
Floral Park Historical Society Floral Park
Ford Foundation New York
Fordham University New York
Fort Stanwix National Monument Rome
Franklin County Historical and Museum Society Malone
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum Hyde Park
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum Hyde Park
Freeport Historical Society Freeport
Freeport Memorial Library Freeport
Frick Art Reference Library New York
Frontenac Historical Society and Museum Union Springs
Fulton County Historical Society & Museum Gloversville
Fulton-Montgomery Community College Johnstown
Gateway National Recreation Area Staten Island
General Theological Seminary New York
Genesee County History Department Batavia
Geneva Historical Society Geneva
Genoa Historical Association and Rural Life Museum King Ferry
George Eastman House Rochester
Gilbertsville Free Library Gilbertsville
Gilder Lehrman Collection New York
Glen Cove Library Glen Cove
Goethe Institute New York New York
Goshen Public Library & Historical Society Goshen
Greene County Historical Society Coxsackie
Greenwich Free Library Greenwich
Grolier Club New York
Guggenheim Museum New York
Hague Historical Society (via Town of Hague Historian & Museum) Hague
Hamilton College Clinton
Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society Hampton Bays
Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Goshen
Hartwick College Oneonta
Hempstead Public Library Hempstead
Herkimer County Community College Herkimer
Herkimer County Historical Society Herkimer
Hilbert College Hamburg
Hispanic Society of America New York
Historic Cherry Hill Albany
Historic Huguenot Street New Paltz
Historical Association of South Jefferson Adams
Historical Society of East Rockaway & Lynbrook East Rockaway
Historical Society of Port Jefferson Port Jefferson
Historical Society of Rockland County New City
Historical Society of the Nyacks Nyack
Historical Society of the Town of Warwick, N.Y. Warwick
Historical Society of the Westburys Westbury
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva
Hofstra University. University Archives Hempstead
Holland Society of New York New York
Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County Glen Cove
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Jordanville
Horticultural Society of New York New York
Hostos Community College Bronx
Houghton College Houghton
Hudson Area Library Hudson
Hudson River Valley Institute Poughkeepsie
Hudson Valley Community College Troy
Huguenot Historical Society New Paltz
Hunter College. Archives & Special Collections New York
Hunter College. Centro Library and Archives New York
Huntington Historical Society Huntington
Hyde Park Historical Society Hyde Park
Institute of Design & Construction Brooklyn
Interchurch Center New York
Interchurch Center New York
Interlaken Historical Society Interlaken
International Center of Photography New York
Iona College New Rochelle
Irish American Heritage Museum Albany
Iroquois Indian Museum Howes Cave
Isamu Noguchi Foundation Long Island City
Ithaca College Ithaca
Jefferson County Historical Society Watertown
Jewish Educational Media Brooklyn
Jewish Theological Seminary. Archives New York
Jewish Theological Seminary. Music Archives New York
John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York
John Jermain Memorial Library Sag Harbor
Jozef Pilsudski Institute New York
Juilliard School New York
Kings College, New York City New York
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn
LaGuardia Community College. LaGuardia and Wagner Archives Long Island City
Lake Placid Public Library Lake Placid
Landmark Society of Western New York Rochester
Le Moyne College Syracuse
Lehman College Bronx
Leo Baeck Institute New York
Lesbian Herstory Archives Brooklyn
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center New York
Lewis County Historical Society Lowville
LIM College New York
Livingston County Historical Society and Museum Geneseo
Livingston Masonic Library New York
Lock 52 Historical Society of Port Byron, NY Port Byron
Locust Grove Archives (Samuel Morse Historic Site) Poughkeepsie
Lodi Historical Society Lodi
Long Island Maritime Museum West Sayville
Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages Stony Brook
Long Island University (C.W. Post) Brookville
Longwood Public Library Middle Island
Louis Armstrong House Museum Queens
Lutheran Church in America, Metropolitan New York Synod's Sutter Memorial Archives "Staten Island, NY"
Madison County Historical Society Oneida
Manhattan College Riverdale
Manhattan School of Music New York
Manhattanville College Purchase
Maria College of Albany Albany
Marist College Poughkeepsie
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Kinderhook
Maryknoll Mission Archives Maryknoll
Marymount Manhattan College New York
Medaille College Buffalo
Medger Evers Community College Brooklyn
Median Historical Society Medina
Medical Research Library of Brooklyn Brooklyn
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
Metropolitan Opera New York
Middletown Thrall Library Middletown
Mohawk Valley Community College Utica
Molloy College Rockville Center
Monroe College Bronx
Monroe Community College Rochester
Montgomery County Department of History and Archives Fonda
Montgomery County Historical Society Amsterdam
Morgan Library and Museum New York
Morrisville State College Morrisville
Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh
Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Utica
Museum of American Folk Art. - Library New York
Museum of Chinese in the Americas New York
Museum of Modern Art New York
Museum of the City of New York New York
Nassau Community College Bellport
National Archives and Records Administration-Northeast Region, New York City New York
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown
National Museum of Play (Strong) Rochester
Nazareth College Rochester
New City Library New York
New School University New York
New York Academy of Art New York
New York Academy of Medicine New York
New York Botanical Garden Bronx
New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation. - Park Historian's Office "Flushing, NY"
New York City Fire Department. George F. Mand Library New York
New York City Police Department Museum New York
New York City. Department of Records & Information Services New York
New York College of Health Professions Syosset
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. - Library New York
New York Historical Society New York
New York Museum of Transportation "Rush, New York "
New York Philharmonic New York
New York Psychoanalytic Society New York
New York Public Library (all) New York
New York School of Interior Design New York
New York Society for Ethical Culture New York
New York Society Library New York
New York State Archives Albany
New York State Historical Association Cooperstown
New York State Library Albany
New York State Military Museum Saratoga Springs
New York State Nurses Association Guilderland
New York State Psychiatric Institute Library New York
New York Stock Exchange Statistics Archive New York
New York University Medical Center. Archives New York
New York University. Fales Library Special Collections New York
New York University. Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives New York
New York University. University Archives New York
Newburgh Free Library Newburgh
Niagara County Community College Sanborn
Niagara County Historical Society Lockport
Niagara University Niagara Falls
North Country Community College (College of Essex & Franklin) (3 locations) Saranac Lake
Northern New York Agricultural Historical Society "LaFargeville, NY"
Northport Historical Society and Museum Northport
Nunda Historical Society Nunda
Nyack College and Alliance Seminary Nyack
Ogdensburg Public Library Ogdensburg
Old Brutus Historical Society Weedsport
Old Brutus Historical Society Weedsport
Old Westbury Gardens Old Westbury
Onandaga Community College Syracuse
Oneida County Historical Society Utica
Onondaga County Public Library Syracuse
Onondaga Historical Association Syracuse
Ontario County Historical Museum Canandaigua
Ontario County Records and Archives Center Canandaigua HTTP://
Orange County Community College Middletown
Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives Orangeburg
Orleans County Historical Association Albion
Oswego County Historical Society/Richardson Bates House Museum Oswego
Oyster Bay Historical Society Oyster Bay
Pace University Pleasantville
Paul Smith's College (College of the Adirondacks) Saranac Lake
Pember Library Granville
Pilsudski Institute of America. Archives. New York
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park Oyster Bay
Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America New York
Polytechnic Institute of New York University Brooklyn
Port Washington Public Library Port Washington
Pratt Institute Brooklyn
Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum Cold Spring
Queens Borough Public Library. Archives and Carter G. Woodson Collection Jamaica
Queens College. Archives Flushing
Queensborough Community College Bayside
Quogue Historical Society Quogue
Railway Historical Society of Northern New York "Croghan, NY"
Rensselaer County Historical Society Troy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy
Rhinebeck Historical Society Rhinebeck
Robert Wilson Archive Brooklyn
Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester
Rochester and Monroe County Public Library Rochester
Rochester Historical Society Rochester
Rochester Institute of Technology. Archive Collections Rochester
Rochester Institute of Technology. Cary Graphic Arts Collection Rochester
Rochester Medical Museum and Archives Rochester
Rochester Museum and Science Center Rochester
Rockefeller Archive Center Sleepy Hollow
Rockefeller University New York
Rockland Community College Suffern
Rockland County Archives Pomona
Roger Tory Peterson Institute Jamestown
Rome Historical Society and Museum Rome
Romulus Historical Society Willard
Roslyn Landmark Society Roslyn
Rudolph Steiner Library of the Anthroposophical Society in America Ghent
Rushford Historical Society Rushford
Russell Sage Foundation New York
Sag Harbor Historical Society Sag Harbor
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Oyster Bay
Sage College Albany
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society Bay Shore
Salvation Army Library Suffern
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville
Saratoga County Historical Society Ballston Spa
Saratoga National Historical Park Stillwater
Saratoga Springs Public Library Saratoga Springs
Sayville Historical Society Sayville
Schenectady County Community College Schenectady
Schenectady County Historical Society Schenectady
Schenectady County Public Library Schenectady
Schoharie County Historical Society Schoharie
School of Visual Arts New York
Schuyler County Historical Association Montaur Falls
Scottsville Free Library Scottsville
Seamen's Church Institute New York
Seneca County Historian's Office Waterloo
Seneca Falls Historical Society Seneca Falls
Seymour Public Library Auburn
Shaker Heritage Society Albany
Sheldon Historical Society Strykersville
Shelter Island Historical Society Shelter Island
Siena College Loudonville
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs
Skyscraper Museum New York
Sloatsburg Historical Society Sloatsburg
Somers Historical Society Somers
Sotheby's Institute of Art (New York) New York
Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center Southampton
St. Bonaventure University. Archives Allegany
St. Bonaventure University. Franciscan Institute Allegany
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing Utica
St. Francis College Brooklyn
St. John Fisher College Rochester
St. John's University. Archives Jamaica
St. Joseph's College Brooklyn
St. Lawrence County Historical Association Canton
St. Lawrence University Canton
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Buffalo
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Crestwood
State University of New York at Albany. Special Collections and Archives Albany
State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library Buffalo
State University of New York at Buffalo. Special Collections Buffalo
State University of New York at Cobleskill Cobleskill
State University of New York at Geneseo Geneseo
State University of New York at Potsdam Potsdam
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse
State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome Utica
State University of New York Maritime College Throgs Neck
State University of New York, College at Fredonia Fredonia
State University of New York, College at Oneonta Oneonta
State University of New York, New Paltz New Paltz
State University of New York, Oswego Oswego
State University of New York. Canton Canton
State University of New York. College at Brockport Brockport
State University of New York. College at Old Westbury Old Westbury
State University of New York. Jefferson Community College Watertown
State University of New York. Plattsburgh Plattsburgh
State University of New York. Purchase College Purchase
State University of New York. Upstate Medical University Syracuse
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island New York
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation New York
Sterling Historical Society Sterling
Steuben County Historian's Office Bath
Steuben County Historical Society Bath
Stirling Historical Society Greenport not found
Stony Brook University Stony Brook
Suffolk County Historical Society Riverhead
Suffolk County. Historic Documents Library Riverhead
Sullivan County Community College Loch Sheldrake
Sullivan County History Society Bridgeville
Syosset Public Library Syosset
Syracuse University. Archives and Records Management Syracuse
Syracuse University. Special Collections Syracuse
Tappantown Historical Society Tappan
Three Village Historical Society Setauket
Ticonderoga Historical Society Ticonderoga
Tiffany & Co. New York
Time and the Valleys Museum Grahamsville
Tioga County Historical Society Owego
Tompkins County Museum Ithaca
Touro Law College Central Islip
Town of Amherst Williamsville
Town of Gorham Historical Society Gorham
Town of Hempstead Hempstead
Town of Hume Museum Hume
Town of North Hempstead Archives Manhasset
Trinity Church Archives New York
Trinity Pawling School Pawling
Trocaire College Buffalo
Tuxedo Park Library Tuxedo Park
Ulster Community College Stone Ridge
Ulster County Historical Society (Bevier House Museum) Stone Ridge
Unicef New York
Union Club New York
Union College Schenectady
United Federation of Teachers New York
United Nations. Archives New York
United Nations. Dag Hammarskjold Library New York
United States Merchant Marine Academy Museum Kings Point
United States Military Academy West Point
University Club New York
University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester
University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery Rochester
University of Rochester. Rare Books and Special Collections Rochester
University of Rochester. University Archives Rochester
Utica College Utica
Utica Public Library Utica
Utica School of Commerce Utica
Vassar College Poughkeepsie
Vaughan College of Aeronautics & Technology Flushing
Vera Institute of Justice New York
Victor Historical Society Victor
Villa Maria College Buffalo
Wagner College Staten Island
Warren County Historical Society Queensbury
Warsaw Historical Society Warsaw
Washington County Historian's Office Fort Edward
Washington County Historical Society Fort Edward
Wayne County Historical Society Lyons
Weill-Lenya Research Center New York
Westchester Community College (State University of New York) Valhalla
Westchester County Archives Elmsford
Westchester County Historical Society Elmsford
White Plains Public Library. Local History Collection White Plains
Whitney Museum of American Art New York
Wilderstein Historic Site Rhinebeck
WNET/Thirteen New York
Women's Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls
Woodstock Artists Association Woodstock
Woodstock Historical Society/Archives Woodstock
Woody Guthrie Archives Mt. Kisco
Yates County Historical & Genealogical Society Penn Yan
Yates County Office of Public History Penn Yan
Yeshiva University New York
York College (CUNY) Jamaica