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New York has served as a national leader in education from the inception of public schooling. New York schools have pioneered approaches and methods ranging from standardized testing to bilingual education and vocational training.

The State Archives holds educational records created by the State Education Department and other State agencies. The records document the development of educational programs at all levels - from elementary schooling to post-graduate certification. Most early records relating to education were destroyed in the 1911 Capitol fire. The records held by the Archives include:

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Please note: The State Archives does not hold professional licenses, teaching certificates, or school transcripts. We can, however, direct you to the best sources for this information:

New York State Education Department Office of the Professions

New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education

You can continue your search for education records using Excelsior, the online catalog of the New York State Archives and State Library, or by searching the Historic Documents Inventory, the statewide section of Excelsior.