New York State Archives

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This is an amazing website: the New York State Archives. Some of the photos are fascinating, some breath-taking, and some, well.... some are quirky! Just like New York!

The NYS Archives site says this:

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.

If you like New York history or other quirky things, you'll love the site. New York State has a very colorful history (that's the understatement of the year): I've looked into the history of Cardiff Giant, the Mormon Church, the Oneida Community, Perfectionism, Tammany Hall, and more. Wow, New York is always such a hotbed of, well, everything! From government conspiracies to "click here" ploys to controversies. What is it about New York??

The main page with the images are here; they also have a page on Flickr, and some videos. I'm off to check out the videos now...

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