Publications:

Guides to Historical Records

Guides, fact sheets and finding aids to the records in the New York State Archives and other repositories. Select publications are available online, as indicated.

You can order print copies of each title by contacting ARCHTRAIN@mail.nysed.gov with your request.

Number Title Formats Available Online
66 Preliminary Guide to Historical Records Sources on Latinos In New York State
Listing of records relating to Latinos currently held in archives, libraries, historical societies and governments around New York State in New York State and outside the state.
112 pages

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68 A Preliminary Guide to Mental Health Documentary Sources in New York State
Descriptions of mental health records held by the New York State Archives, the Office of Mental Health, local governments, and historical records repositories in New York State and outside the state.
106 pages

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70 Mental Health in New York State, 1945-1998: An Historical Overview
Identifies individuals and organizations that have shaped mental health policy in New York State, assesses how they interpreted the problems, describes how policy was implemented, and reviews its impacts on the recipients of mental health services.
58 pages

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71 Preliminary Guide To Environmental Documentary Sources in New York State
Listing of records relating to environmental affairs currently held in archives, libraries, historical societies and governments around New York State.
274 pages 

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72 Environmental Affairs in New York: A Historical Overview
Traces New Yorkers' changing views of the environment and outlines major trends, events, leaders, laws, and groups that have shaped environmental affairs in New York since the mid-19th century.
62 pages

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APT02 Larry J. Hackman Residency Program Grant Guidelines and Application Forms
The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program is intended to support advanced work in New York State history, government or public policy by covering research expenses. This publication describes the application process and related requirements.
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FA02

A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York's Response to the Great War, A Guide to Records Relating to World War I
This guide describes 26 records series totaling over 440 cubic feet which reveal how the State's people and government responded to the First World War.
Published 1993
50 pages

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FA03

They Also Served: New Yorkers on the Home Front, A Guide to Records of the New York State War Council (World War II)
This finding aid provides general histories for War Council agencies, and summary descriptions of each series.
Published 1994 
91 pages

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FA05

The Mighty Chain: A Guide to Canal Records in the New York State Archives
This guide describes 360 series of records documenting New York's canals from the earliest Erie Canal surveys to the completion and operation of the Barge Canal. These records, spanning 1794-1958 (bulk 1817-1926) and totaling over 2,560 cubic feet, are part of the holdings of the New York State Archives and Records Administration.
Published 1992 
120 pages 

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FA06

The Lusk Committee: A Guide to the Records of the Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities
The records of the Lusk Committee are part of the holdings of the New York State Archives. The committee's records consist of 16 series totaling almost 50 cubic feet. These records have been microfilmed, and the film contains detailed container or folder lists. Microfilm copies are available on inter-library loan and are available for purchase at the cost of duplication. Microfilming of these records and preparation of this guide was supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This finding aid provides a general history of the Lusk Committee and descriptions of each series. It also contains an index of names, organizations, and subjects found within the records.
Published 1992 
19 pages

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FA07

Guide to Records of the Department of Correctional Services
This guide describes in detail records of the Department of Correctional Services available for research at the New York State Archives.
Published 1992 
65 pages 

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FA08

Duely & Constantly Kept: A History of the New York Supreme Court, 1691-1847 and an Inventory of Its Records (Albany, Utica, and Geneva Offices), 1797-1847
The publication is available in paper form only from the State Archives. It is available online from The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York.
Published 1991 
128 pages

Print copy available.
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PDF (20.5 MB)

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FA09

Working Lives: A Guide to the Records of the New York State Factory Investigating Commission in the New York State Archives
This finding aid provides a general history of the Factory Investigating Commission, describing the range of issues it studied, although surviving records are primarily from the Wage Investigation. Descriptions of each record series generated by the Commission are arranged in groups by general type or subject of the records. Finally, a list is provided of those record series which have been microfilmed and are therefore available on inter-library loan or for purchase.
Published 1989 
27 pages 

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FA10

The Greatest Reform School in the World: A Guide to the Records of the New York House of Refuge
The substantial records of this institution are preserved in the New York State Archives and described in this guide. The records include over 350 volumes (100 cubic feet) of meeting minutes, reports, inmate case histories, and other documents.
Published 1989
34 pages

Print copy available.
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FA12

Guide to Records Relating to Schools and School Districts
Published 1988
25 pages

Print copy available.
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Not available online
FA15

In the Words of the Delegates: Records of the 1938 Constitutional Convention
Published 1988
7 pages

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FA20

Guide to Records of the Governor's Office in the New York State Archives
This guide describes the historical records of the Governor's Office that are preserved in the State Archives. The records date from 1777 to 1992 and document the official activities of New York's governors and their executive staff.
Published 1995
153 pages

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FA21 Users' Guide to the Governor's Office of Employee Relations Grievance Tracking System, 1984-1990
The guide describes the Grievance Tracking System (GTS), 1984-1990. The Governor's Office of Employee Relations created the GTS to collect information on employee grievances and grieved disciplinary proceedings from all New York State Executive Branch agencies from 1984 to 1990. The system contains two master files, the Grievance Data File and the Discipline Data File. Each secondary file within the two master files represents a single year.

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FA22 Users' Guide: Basic Educational Data System Institutional Master file
Guide to the BEDS Institutional Master File.
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LF02 Guide to Vital Records in New York State
Published 1993
2 pages
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LF03 Probate Records in the New York State Archives
This leaflet identifies and discusses the various courts and offices that have filed, recorded, or maintained probate records in New York since 1665; briefly describes the probate records in the State Archives; and lists all known indexes and abstracts of those records.
Published 1997
9 pages

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LF04 War Service Records
Provides general information on accessing military records in the New York State Archives.
Published 2000
2 pages

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LF06 Naturalization & Related Records
The information leaflet describes naturalization records held by the State Archives and other repositories. It also describes how to access those records.
Published 2000

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LF08

Records Relating to African Americans in the New York State Archives
While it is often difficult to access records on individuals and groups by race or ethnic group, there are several dozen record series in the Archives that provide retrievable information on African-American residents of New York during the past 350 years. This publication describes record series pertaining to several broad subject areas: slavery and emancipation; military service; confinement in State institutions, performing arts, political radicalism, human rights, and education.
Published 1997

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LF09 Records Relating to Criminal Trials, Appeals and Pardons
This leaflet contains summary information on records of New York trial and appellate courts pertaining to criminal prosecutions (felonies and misdemeanors) and appeals, and on records relating to applications for and grants of clemency by the Governor (pardons, commutations, reprieves).
Published 1999
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