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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 The vertical file also contains a History of Watervliet by Florence Service, 1902 (manuscript); and unpublished Watervliet histories by various authors (1980s through 1996).
Watervilet is located in Albany County, New York, and is north of the city of Albany. Because Watervilet was located along the Erie Canal, which made it a lucrative business area.