Preliminary Guide to Environmental Sources
City Park, Glens Falls, NY 12801
- Area Files Collection, 1800-1981.
21.5 cubic ft.
Clippings, letters, maps, deeds and other documents, brochures, local history articles, and biographies arranged alphabetically covering local history topics such as the Adirondack Community College, the Adirondack Northway, the Adirondack Park, local churches, schools, academies, cities and townships, Lake Champlain, railroads, wars, canals, and natural resources.
Items of note include an 1851 letter by Rev. Reuben Smith relating his interview with a resident of Ballston Spa about the 1780 burning of the settlement by Indians and Tories; an 1897 book of roadmaps for the Albany-Troy area; letters, clippings, and interview notes about the life of Col. Robert Cochran, 1876-1930; letters between David King and Edgar Hull about the history of Fort Edward, 1912-14; an unidentified muster roll for Glens Falls, 1861; an unidentified manuscript on Revolutionary War history; and miscellaneous deeds, 1800-56.
Subjects: Natural resources
Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Lake, New Paltz, NY
- Daniel Smiley Research Center for the Study of Natural and Human
History of the Shawangunk Mountains. Records, 1870-1988.
609 linear ft., 191 cubic ft.
Records, books, research materials, specimens, and artifacts collected by Daniel Smiley (1855-1930), Daniel Smiley (b. 1907), and the Smiley family as a result of interest in American history, local history, landscape design, municipal parks, horticulture, estate management, preserves, and forestry. Materials on the Shawangunk Mountains include records and measurements of natural phenomena such as weather, air and water temperatures, water acidity, sunlight, and observations of flora, fauna, and environmental conditions; maps and land records; an ecosystem file consisting of correspondence, reports, and other information on natural history and its cultural and educational aspects; pamphlet file on parks and wildlife areas; glass plate negatives of photographs taken at Mohonk Mountain House and its grounds; and a series of Mohonk Mountain House publications. Also includes personal correspondence of Daniel Smiley (1855-1930) on parks, forestry, education, educational institutions, and local and Mohonk land management, 1900-1930.
- Vassar Brothers Hospital (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Records, 1886-1982.
1.5 cubic ft.
Miscellaneous records consisting of account book on securities, 1886-1906; architectural plans, drawings, and blueprints, 1886-1954; correspondence concerning an environmental study, 1980-1982; brochures, booklets, certificates, and photographs, 1952-1982; and a typescript history of the Hospital.