Scope and Content Source:
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 The vertical file also contains a History of Watervliet by Florence Service, 1902 (manuscript); and unpublished Watervliet histories by various authors (1980s through 1996).
The Hudson River is over three hundred miles long and travels mainly through eastern New York. It was a great source of travel for steamboats, which increased trade and expansion of populations and visitors.