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The local history collection contains materials on Watervliet, Troy, and selected materials on Albany County. It includes town histories and a vertical file of published materials, clippings, and other materials dealing with the Town of Watervliet. The vertical file also contains a History of Watervliet by Florence Service, 1902 (manuscript); and unpublished Watervliet histories by various authors (1980s through 1996).
Florence P. Service (1888-1983) was a life-long resident of Watervliet, NY. At the age of 14, she wrote a history of Watervliet, N.Y., and at 16 began working as a button sewer for Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc. She would work there for 60 years before retiring at the age of 76.