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Business and Labor
Dept. of Economic Development Images of New York
Department of Economic Development Images of New York, 1965-1995.
Slides created to promote tourism in New York, depicting outdoor landscapes, scenic areas, cultural activities, historic sites, land and water recreation, sports, industrial tours, fairs, expositions, buildings, and cityscapes. (More information about the Economic Development images collection)
Document Showcase - African American Citizen Action in the 20th Century
Document Showcase - African American Citizen Action in the 20th Century.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting African American civil rights in New York in the 20th century. (More information about the civil rights collection)
Document Showcase - Industrialization and Child Labor in New York
Document Showcase - Industrialization and Child Labor, 1880-1937
This collection consists of documents that describe factory conditions in New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and resulting legislation regulating factory conditions and child labor. (More information about the industrialization and child labor collection)
Document Showcase - Tourism in New York
Document Showcase - Tourism in New York, 1880?-1978.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting tourism in New York throughout the twentieth century. (More information about the tourism collection)
Factory Investigating Commission
Factory Investigating Commission, 1911-1912.
Consists of photographs and documents taken as part of an investigation of conditions in factories throughout the State. (More information about the Commission)
Fairchild Aerial Surveys
Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1941-1957.
This series consists of photographic negatives and positive prints of low-altitude, oblique aerial views of a variety of New York State sites. New York City photos predominate. (More information about the aerial surveys)
New York Lantern Slides
New York State Lantern Slides Collection, 1886-1939.
Slides from the Division of Visual Instruction document unique, contemporary scenes in factories, schools and agricultural settings as well as scenery, sites, structures, and other human activities. (More information about the lantern slides)
Van Rensselaer Manor Papers
Van Rensselaer Manor Papers, 1643-1689.
The Van Rensselaer Manor Papers consist chiefly of the administrative records of Rensselaerswyck, the large landed estate of the Van Rensselaer family, which at one time included large portions of Albany and Rensselaer counties of New York State.(More information about the Van Rensselaer Papers)
Union Labels
Union Labels, 1901-1943.
Collection of union labels distinguishing products made by a particular union.(More information about the union labels)

 

 

 

Environment & Landscape
Environmental History Collection
Environmental History Collection.
Photographs, maps, documents and other materials held by State and local government archives and non-profit repositories relating to New York's environmental history. (More information about the environmental history collection)
Fairchild Aerial Surveys
Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1941-1957.
This series consists of photographic negatives and positive prints of low-altitude, oblique aerial views of a variety of New York State sites. New York City photos predominate. (More information about the aerial surveys)
Environmental History Collection
New York State Conservation Department Photographic Prints and Negatives, ca. 1904-1949.
Images relating to major conservation topics such as fish and game control, forest conservation, and wilderness recreation. (More information about the Conservation Department collection)
New York Lantern Slides
New York State Lantern Slides Collection, 1886-1939.
Slides from the Division of Visual Instruction document unique, contemporary scenes in factories, schools and agricultural settings as well as scenery, sites, structures, and other human activities. (More information about the lantern slides)
Photographs of Historic Sites and Structures
Photographs of Historic Sites and Structures, 1936-1963.
Photographs of historic sites, buildings, bridges, statues, and monuments of statewide or local significance. (More information about the historic sites collection)
World Trade Center Images
World Trade Center Images, 2001.
Aerial photographs and thermal images documenting conditions at the World Trade Center site and the Fresh Kills debris processing site in the weeks after September 11, 2001. (More information about the World Trade Center Images)
Survey maps of New York State
Survey Maps of New York State, ca. 1711-1913.
Maps of surveys made for landholders, for partitioning of land, and for disposition of unappropriated state lands by the State Engineer and Surveyor. (More information about the Survey Maps )

 

 

 

Health Care
Department of Health Images
Department of Health Images, ca. 1920-1983.
Photographs showing the public health industry at work in New York. (More information about the Department of Health collection)
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Mental Health Custodial Facilities, 1890-1975.
Images depicting patients, staff, and buildings at state custodial facilities (in New York and other states) for the mentally ill. (More information about the Mental Health Custodial Facilities collection)

 

 

 

Legal
Document Showcase - 19th century African American voting rights
Document Showcase - 19th Century African American Voting Rights.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting 19th century African American voting rights in New York. (More information about the African American Voting Rights collection)
Document Showcase - African American Citizen Action in the 20th Century
Document Showcase - African American Citizen Action in the 20th Century.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting African American civil rights in New York in the 20th century. (More information about the civil rights collection)
Document Showcase - Naturalization and Citizenship
Document Showcase - Naturalization and Citizenship, 1825-1989.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting naturalization and citizenship processes from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. (More information about the Naturalization and Citizenship Document Showcase collection)
Document Showcase - Women's Rights in New York
Document Showcase - Women's Rights in Early New York, 1643-1848.
This collection consists of documents that compare and contrast women's rights under Dutch, English, and American rule in New York. (More information about the Women's Rights Document Showcase collection)
Legislative Bill and Veto Jackets
Legislative Bill & Veto Jackets, 1995-2011.
Legislative bill and veto "jackets" are files partially documenting information considered by the Governor in approving or vetoing a bill. Jackets digitized prior to 2004 may not include full text of the bill. (More information about the bill and veto jackets)
Motion Picture Division, case files
Motion Picture Division, case files, 1939-1949.
Case files established in the review of films by State censors. (More information about the Motion Picture Division)
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New Netherland Records: Curaçao Records, 1640-1665 (Vol. 17).
Records documenting the Dutch administration and economy of Curaçao and neighboring islands. (More information about the Curaçao Records collection)
Van Rensselaer Manor Papers
Van Rensselaer Manor Papers, 1643-1689.
The Van Rensselaer Manor Papers consist chiefly of the administrative records of Rensselaerswyck, the large landed estate of the Van Rensselaer family, which at one time included large portions of Albany and Rensselaer counties of New York State.(More information about the Van Rensselaer Papers)

 

 

 

Military
American Revolution collection
American Revolution, 1772-1794.
Collection of Major John André spy papers, bills presented to the state by veterans, land deeds, and political correspondence during the Revolutionary War period, as well as lantern slides of images, scenery, sites, and structures relating to the Revolution.  (More information about the American Revolution Collection)
War of 1812 Collection
War of 1812, 1812-1814.
Instructional lantern slides of images, scenery, sites, and structures relating to the New York’s role in the War of 1812.(More information about the War of 1812 Collection)
Mexican War collection
Mexican War, 1845-1848, 1870-1887.
Pension claims of New York volunteers who fought in the Mexican War. (More information about the Mexican War Collection)
Civil War collection
Civil War, 1861-1865.
Historical photographs and documents pertaining to the Civil War. (More information about the Civil War Collection)
Civil War collection
Document Showcase - Civil War.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting New York's involvement in the Civil War. This collection is part of our "Document Showcase" project that includes classroom activities for teachers. (More information about the Document Showcase Civil War Collection)
World War I collection
World War I, 1917-1938.
Images, documents, and posters relating to U.S. involvement in World War I. Also included are military service records of the Harlem Hellfighters, the first African American National Guard regiment to participate in the war. (More information about the World War I Collection)
World War II collection
World War II, 1942-1945.
Publications and photographs produced by the New York State War Council during World War II. (More information about the World War II Collection)

 

 

 

People, Groups, & Cultures
Document Showcase - 19th century African American voting rights
Document Showcase - 19th Century African American Voting Rights.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting 19th century African American voting rights in New York. (More information about the African American Voting Rights collection)
Document Showcase - African American Citizen Action in the 20th Century
Document Showcase - African American Citizen Action in the 20th Century.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting African American civil rights in New York in the 20th century. (More information about the civil rights collection)
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Document Showcase - American Indians in Colonial New York.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting interactions between Native Americans and European colonists in New York. (More information about the American Indian Document Showcase collection)
Document Showcase - Naturalization and Citizenship
Document Showcase - Naturalization and Citizenship, 1825-1989.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting naturalization and citizenship processes from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. (More information about the Naturalization and Citizenship Document Showcase collection)
Document Showcase - Tourism in New York
Document Showcase - Tourism in New York, 1880?-1978.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting tourism in New York throughout the twentieth century. (More information about the tourism collection)
Document Showcase - Women's Rights in New York
Document Showcase - Women's Rights in Early New York, 1643-1848.
This collection consists of documents that compare and contrast women's rights under Dutch, English, and American rule in New York. (More information about the women's rights Document Showcase collection)
Governors of New York
Governors of New York, 1777-2006.
Photographs of past New York governors from George Clinton to George E. Pataki. (More Information about Governors of New York)
Native American Collection
Native American Collection.
Collection of documents, artifacts, photographs, and publications documents the history of Native Peoples in New York State. (More information about the Native American collection)
New York Lantern Slides
New York State Lantern Slides Collection, 1886-1939.
Slides from the Division of Visual Instruction document unique, contemporary scenes in factories, schools and agricultural settings as well as scenery, sites, structures, and other human activities. (More information about the lantern slides)
Photographs of Historic Sites and Structures
Photographs of Historic Sites and Structures, 1936-1963.
Photographs of historic sites, buildings, bridges, statues, and monuments of statewide or local significance. (More information about the historic sites collection)
Ventana al Pasado/Window on the Past
Ventana al Pasado/Window on the Past
Photographs, documents, pamphlets, and other primary source documents held by public and private archives around New York; relating to the social, political, and cultural lives of New York’s Hispanic and Latino communities. (More information about Ventana al Pasado)

 

 

 

Politics
Document Showcase - 19th century African American voting rights
Document Showcase - 19th Century African American Voting Rights.
This collection consists of a selection of documents highlighting 19th century African American voting rights in New York. (More information about the African American Voting Rights collection)
Legislative Bill and Veto Jackets
Legislative Bill & Veto Jackets, 1995-2011.
Legislative bill and veto "jackets" are files partially documenting information considered by the Governor in approving or vetoing a bill. Jackets digitized prior to 2004 may not include full text of the bill. (More information about the bill and veto jackets)
Governors of New York
Governors of New York, 1777-2006.
Photographs of past New York governors from George Clinton to George E. Pataki. (More Information about Governors of New York)
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New Netherland Records: Curaçao Records, 1640-1665 (Vol. 17)
Records documenting the Dutch administration and economy of Curaçao and neighboring islands. (More information about the Curaçao Records collection)

 

 

 

Transportation
Governors of New York
New York State Canal System, 1827-1925.
Depictions of maps, drawings, and other records about the construction, enlargement, and maintenance of canals in New York, including the Erie Canal. (More Information about New York State canal system)
New York Lantern Slides
New York State Lantern Slides Collection, 1886-1939.
Slides from the Division of Visual Instruction document unique, contemporary scenes in factories, schools and agricultural settings as well as scenery, sites, structures, and other human activities. (More information about the lantern slides)
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