Plattsburgh, NY was incorporated as a village in 1795 & a city in 1901. The village & city name always included the 'h' but from 1894-1951 the postal address was "Plattsburg" due to a misinterpretation of postal regulations. Learn more about Plattsburgh in the records...
Actress Jean Arthur was born in Plattsburgh NY on October 17, 1900. The Archives preserves scripts from many of her films including You Can't Take it With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, & Shane! Learn more in our YouTube video, A Closer Look at Actress Jean Arthur.
In 1916 the Education Dept. collected a series of historical sketches documenting the establishment of the first school or school district in cities & villages throughout the state. Because of that, we can show you the very first graduating class of Plattsburgh High, 1914!
Plattsburgh State Normal and Training School opened in 1890 as a teachers' college, later becoming the State University of NY College at Plattsburgh. You can find a list of Plattsburgh normal school graduates from 1845-1904 in the records of the Dept. of Public Instruction.
In the aftermath of World War II, New York State saw a need to educate returning soldiers and in 1946 established Champlain College at the former Plattsburgh Army Base. Learn more about the First GI Institute in NY Archives Magazine.
Legislative Bill & Veto Jackets include records relating to each bill sent by the legislature to the governor for approval. Bill & Veto Jackets from 1995-present are available online. Search within this Digital Collection to see what's available for Plattsburgh & Clinton County.
Verplanck Colvin completed the most thorough survey of the Adirondacks ever accomplished. He and his assistants created a series of maps using notes compiled during that survey, including this map of the Towns of Plattsburgh, Beekmantown, and more.
This 1913 Barge Canal Construction photo shows the development of the Wilcox Dock in Plattsburgh, NY. Today, it is the site of a public boat launch & marks the start of the Healthy Lung Trail. See more Barge Canal photos in our Digital Collections.