New York State Historical Association

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Not to be confused with the New-York Historical Society in New York City.



Background[edit | edit source]

Now known as:
Fenimore Art Museum
Research Library
5798 NY-80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-1470

In 2017, the New York State Historical Association was changed to Fenimore Art Museum. It continues to house a valuable research collection.

The NYSHA was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings, and objects associated with the history of the state.

Collections[edit | edit source]

Since its founding in 1899, the Research Library has developed noteworthy collections on Colonial American and New York State history and culture, nineteenth century American art history, Native American art and culture, folklore, and museum studies. Collections


Special Collections Overview[edit | edit source]

The Library’s Special Collections include rare books, manuscripts and archival collections, trade catalogs, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera.

Online[edit | edit source]