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New York State Historical Documents

222 Madison Avenue

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/

Description:

The New York State Archives was established in 1971 and opened its doors to the public in 1978. It is a program of the State Education Department, with its main facility located in the Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue in Albany. There it cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present.

From its main facility, it also administers statewide programs that reach out to state agencies, local governments and community organizations.

Archives staff are located in nine regional offices around the State to address the archives and records management concerns of every area of the State.

 

The Historical Documents Inventory (HDI) was a project to locate, identify, describe and report all of the manuscripts and archives materials in New York State repositories. Although items or collections that are part of the HDI appear in the NYS Library's online catalog, they are not held at the New York State Library in Albany; they reside in approximately 1,250 repositories across New York State.

 

Description from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Archives

Categories: Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant,

Collections:
Millard Fillmore, papers, 1809-1919
Millard Fillmore, 1817-1889
John T. Hoffman to James McQuade. Letter. 13 Oct. 1869
Horace Greeley Papers, 1837-1872
Martin Van Buren papers in the New York State Library at Albany
William Henry Miner Correspondence, 1873-1929
Robert C. Wetmore Papers, 1804-1899
Benjamin Strong Papers, 1911-1929
Albert Haller Tracy Papers, 1815-1874
Millard Fillmore Letters, 1829-1859

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Millard Fillmore, papers, 1809-1919

Forty-four volumes of letters to Fillmore while he was President; other correspondence; and a comprehensive collection of photocopies of the letters and documents of the New York State Assemblyman, Comptroller, Congressman, Vice President, and 13th President of the United States.

Correspondents include Charles Francis Adams, General Mariano Arista, D.D. Barnard, Anna Ella Carroll, Lewis Cass, Salmon P. Chase, Dorothea L. Dix, Andrew J. Donelson, Edward Everett, William A. Graham, Joseph Henry, Hugh Maxwell, William H. Seward, Daniel Webster, and Brigham Young.

Considerable correspondence pertaining to Whig Party and New York State politics and government; and family correspondence, especially 1830-54, also on microfilm. Also a collection of photographs and engravings, c.1848-1919, relating to Fillmore's life in Buffalo and Washington, D.C., including his house, family, statue, and grave.

 

http://www.worldcat.org/title/millard-fillmore-1800-1874-papers-1809-1919/oclc/155443774

Size
60.0 cubic ft.(ca.), 68 reels microfilm

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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Millard Fillmore, 1817-1889

Correspondence, financial and legal papers, speeches, essays, and notes, legislation, clippings, ephemera, maps, family papers, and miscellany. The bulk of the material is incoming correspondence, arranged chronologically, relating to Fillmore's Buffalo law practice, his political career in New York State in the 1840's, and his 1856 Presidential candidacy with the American Party. Correspondents include Anna Ella Carroll (his editor and speechwriter for the 1856 campaign), Henry Clay, Dorothea Dix, William Henry Harrison, William H. Seward, Daniel Webster, and Thurlow Weed.

Family papers include materials of Abigail Powers Fillmore, his first wife; Caroline C. Fillmore, his second wife; his son Millard Powers Fillmore; and his daughter Mary Abigail Fillmore.

 

http://www.worldcat.org/title/millard-fillmore-1800-1874-papers-1817-1889/oclc/155568806

Size
20.0 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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John T. Hoffman to James McQuade. Letter. 13 Oct. 1869

2 pages.
Letter written at Albany, N.Y. to General James McQuade regarding Thanksgiving Day. Hoffman states that he advised President Grant to name the day for Thanksgiving Day on a day when it would conflict with Evacuation Day, November 25.
John T. Hoffman to James McQuade, 1869 October 13.
Mayor of New York, N.Y., Governor of New York State.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122314863

Size
1 items

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Horace Greeley Papers, 1837-1872

1 box (.25 cu. ft.)
This collection consists primarily of correspondence sent by Horace Greeley. Many of the letters in this collection concern political affairs. In particular, the letters with British correspondent, Thomas Alsop, between 1861 and 1866 in which Greeley discusses the progress of the Civil War, its effect on the relationship between the United States and Great Britain, and the importance of the struggle to emancipate the slaves. Also of note are two letters addressed to Mr. Jackson in 1871 in which Greeley expresses dismay at the corruption in the Grant administration and reconstruction policies of the Republican Party. In addition to letters this collection contains a caricature done by Thomas Nast that originally appeared in "Vanity Fair" (July 20, 1872), photographs, and notes and draft of a lecture on temperance.
Horace Greeley Collection, 1837-1872.
Editor and publisher of "The Tribune," a former daily newspaper in New York City; also very active in national politics at the time, first as an ardent supporter of the Republican Party and the union during the Civil War; later he became disillusioned with the corruption reconstruction policies of the Grant administration and ran as Democrat in opposition to Grant in 1872.
Unpublished finding aid available in the repository and online http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc19915.htm
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/231687115

Size
1 box

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Martin Van Buren papers in the New York State Library at Albany

Letters to, from, and about Martin Van Buren taken from various collections belonging to the New York State Library at the time of filming. Some material has been transferred to the New York State Archives. The finding aid indicates the original sources of the material. Consult a librarian in the Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit of the New York State Library for the current locations of original material. The film is split into 7 series as follows:

Letters from Martin Van Buren, in alphabetical order by correspondent. Names with large numbers of letters include: Benjamin F. Butler and Enos Throop.
Abstract Letters to Martin Van Buren, in alphabetical order by correspondent. These letters are predominantly from Benjamin F. Butler.
Abstract Letters to Martin Van Buren in his capacity as Attorney General of New York. This series consists of 650 items.
Abstract Letters from Van Buren relatives, mostly from his son, John.
Abstract Letters mentioning Martin Van Buren (4 items).
Abstract Material otherwise related to Martin Van Buren, including the minutes of the Kinderhook Law Society, 1805-06.
Abstract Addenda. Seven additional items.
Abstract Reel 2. An addendum of material found after the first reel was made

 

2 copies available at New York State Library/2 copies available at New York State Library

Size
2 microfilm reels ; 16-35 mm.

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren

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William Henry Miner Correspondence, 1873-1929

Miner, William Henry, 1862-1930. Businessman, philanthropist. Resident of Chazy, N.Y.; benefactor of the Chazy Central Rural School and the Physician's Hospital in Plattsburgh. Letters from his relatives John and Josephine Mitchell of Lafayette, Indiana, 1873-1893, concerning personal and family news with some business concerns in the 1880's between John Mitchell and Miner; letters from Josephine Mitchell, 1894-1900, concerning family news, financial affairs, and her medical studies; letters from his wife Alice, 1896-1900; and letters to William and Alice Miner from their niece Jessie J. Mitchell concerning family news and her studies, 1896-1900. Bound volumes containing his letters to Presidents Coolidge and Harding and their responses, other political correspondence, and letters from Irving Bacheller and Gene Stratton-Porter, 1912-1929. Business correspondence between Miner and the Lafayette Car Works (Indiana) concerning railroad car construction, orders, and parts, 1888-1889.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/155464149

Size
5 volumes

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Warren G. Harding

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Robert C. Wetmore Papers, 1804-1899

1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
This series of papers consists chiefly of letters received by Robert C. Wetmore from about 1838 to 1842, when he was most actively engaged in politics and government. The majority of the letters relate to his involvement in the Whig Party, especially his appointment by President William H. Harrison as Collector for the Port of New York in 1841. Many of the letters provide insight into the politics of the Whig Party in New York State. Correspondents of Wetmore included a number of individuals who were prominent in politics and government in the mid-nineteenth century: Henry Clay, Hamilton Fish, Francis Granger, Horace Greely, Rufus King, John Tyler, William H. Seward, and Thurlow Weed. Ancillary papers include Scaman family estate documents, broadsides, slave bills of sale, and a manuscript copy of a poem by Epes Sargent: "Ode for Washington's Birthday.".
Robert C. Wetmore was successfully engaged in the crockery business from about 1813 to 1849. He was also very active in politics and government, and served as an officer in the New York State Militia.
Unpublished guide available in repository and online:

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122687749

Size
.25 cubic foot

Presidential content includes:

- William Harrison

- John Tyler

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Benjamin Strong Papers, 1911-1929

Strong, Benjamin, 1872-1928. Banker. Strong was the first Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1914-1928. Papers document Strong's career as Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and concern the development of the Federal Reserve System (founded in 1914), Federal Open market policy and operations, and central bank cooperation. Papers consist primarily of Strong's correspondence with U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge; the State, Treasury, and other government departments; members of Congress; officials of New York State; the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Reserve banks, including national and other banks. Extensive correspondence with government officials and bankers in foreign countries, particularly Great Britain. Strong's correspondence with Montagu Norman, Governor of the Bank of England, concerning banking problems and the world situation is included, as well as correspondence with the Bank of France and the Reichsbank (Germany). Also included is correspondence with the League of Nations Reparation Commission, the Agent General for German Reparation Payments, the International Labour Organization, and miscellaneous other banking and brokerage firms, businesses, lawyers, academics, publishers, and research organizations. Strong's travel journals, 1914-1928, reports, and memos are also included.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/155475665

Size
24 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Woodrow Wilson

- Warren G. Harding

- Calvin Coolidge

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Albert Haller Tracy Papers, 1815-1874

4 boxes (1.0 cubic ft.)
The collection consists chiefly of letters addressed to Albert H. Tracy from 1815 to 1857, concerning economic conditions and matters of politics and government in New York State and the United States. In particular, many of these letters relate to Tracy's own career in the United States House of Representatives and the New York State Senate. There are also a number of letters concerning Tracy's involvement in the national conventions of Anti-Mason and Whig Parties and the presidential election campaigns. Tracy's correspondents included a number of prominent political figures of the time period: Millard Fillmore, Martin Van Buren, Nicholas Biddle, William Henry Seward, Thurlow Weed, Silas Wright, DeWitt Clinton, William L. Marcy, Lewis Cass, Francis Granger, and John C. Spencer.
Also available on microfilm.
Albert Haller Tracy (1793-1859) was a prominent lawyer and politician from Buffalo, New York from the 1820s to the 1850s. He served in the United States house of Representatives, 1819-1825, and member of the New York State Senate, 1830-1838. He aligned himself first with the Anti-Masonic Party, then later with the Whigs.
Finding aid: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc15305.htm

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122487900

Size
4 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

- Martin Van Buren

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Millard Fillmore Letters, 1829-1859

1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Restricted: stored in the vault; Special arrangements are required to view this collection.
The Millard Fillmore collection consists chiefly of letters relating to his long and varied career in politics and government. It includes letters written by Fillmore while serving as a member of the New York State Assembly, United States House of Representatives, and as President. Many of these letters concern matters of politics and patronage. Some letters also concern his involvement in the Anti-Masonic, Whig, and Know Nothing Parties. Correspondents included Francis Granger and Daniel Webster.
Lawyer and politician from Buffalo, New York; President of the United States, 1850-1853.
Unpublished guide available in the library.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/123450462

Size
1 box

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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