1935 Federal Improvement Aerial Survey


Erie Canal Museum

This set of aerial images offers insight into several early versions of the Erie Canal, which were still visible in 1935 but have since been replaced by other infrastructure or otherwise faded into their surroundings.

20th Century Remains of the Genesee Valley Canal


SUNY Geneseo

A collection of photographs portraying the remains of the Genesee Valley Canal.

Albany Institute of History and Art Library Digital Images


Albany Institute of History and Art

This collection contains materials related to the history of the city and county of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley from the 17th century to the present.

Barge Canal Construction: Middle Division


Canal Society of New York State

These photographs document construction of the middle section of the Barge Canal and the first few years of its use, from 1905-1925.

Barge Canal Construction: Western Division


Erie Canal Museum

These photographs document construction of the Barge Canal and the first few years of its use, from 1905-1926. Coverage encompasses the entire Western Division of the Barge Canal, from the eastern boundary of Wayne County all the way west to Lake Erie

Battenkill Inspired


Crandall Public Library

This collection contains images and documents related to the Battenkill River and surrounding area.

Bayport-Blue Point Historic Postcards


Bayport-Bluepoint Public Library

The collection consists of over 300 postcards showing buildings, structures, and natural features of Blue Point, NY, a hamlet on Long Island, NY.

Bellmore Postcards


Bellmore Memorial Library

Historic postcards of Bellmore, NY.

Best Family


Middleburgh Library

This collection contains photographs and documents related to the Best family.

Bethlehem Public Library


Bethlehem Public Library

This collection contains items related to the history of Bethlehem, New York.

Bowers Collection


Broome County Public Library

This extensive glass-plate collection contains the work of Franck Taylor Bowers (1875-1932) a Broome County artist and photographer.

Brockway Motor Trucks Collection


Cortland County Historical Society

This collection contains a sampling from the thousands of Brockway Motor Truck Co. slides, photographs and negatives.

Champlain Canal Collection


Mechanicville District Public Library

The Champlain Canal Collection contains images of the construction of Lock # 2 on the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, New York.

Chittenango Landing Historic Photograph Collection


Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

The Chittenango Landing Historic Photograph collection represents a historical overview of Chittenango Landing and the surrounding areas that had significant importance to the canal boat industry in the middle section of the Erie Canal.

Christopher Collection


Baldwinsville Public Library

The Christopher Collection includes images representing a historical snapshot of the people and places around the towns of Van Buren and Lysander, and the Village of Baldwinsville, New York, collected by Anthony J. Christopher Sr., a Baldwinsville, native.

Commercial Streets of Albany, New York


Albany Public Library

This collection contains photographs and drawings from Albany's business and industrial areas.

Early Canastota Collection


Canastota Public Library

The Early Canastota Collection contains photos, clippings, and documents that describe Canastota in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Emporium Lumber Company Photograph Collection


Adirondack Experience

The Emporium Lumber Company was a logging company located in Conifer, New York in the early 20th century. This collection of photographs relates to their logging and railroad business.

Erie Canal


Fort Plain Free Library

This collections contains images of the Erie Canal in the Fort Plain area.

Erie Canal Photograph Collection


Schenectady County Historical Society

The Erie Canal played an important role in Schenectady County’s development. The opening of the Canal in 1825 facilitated trade between cities in New York, and Schenectady became a prominent shipping port and center for boat-building. Businesses like the American Locomotive company and General Electric would use the Erie Canal to transport raw materials. The Canal would also be used for recreation. Schenectady residents would board the “Kittie West,” a well-known excursion boat to visit places like Rexford and Vischer Ferry. During winter, Schenectady residents would use the canal for winter sports. The portion of the Erie Canal that ran through the City of Schenectady was filled in and paved over in 1925 and became what is now Erie Boulevard. Today, the Erie Canal is mainly a tourist attraction and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Erieville Nelson Historic Collection


Erieville-Nelson Heritage Society

The Erieville-Nelson Historic collections contains photographs that share the history of the Erieville and Nelson areas.

Floral Fete Collection


Saratoga Springs Public Library

The Floral Fete Collection contains souvenir programs, photographs, postcards, stereoviews, articles, and ephemera from Saratoga’s floral parades.

Gar Wood Collection


Antique Boat Museum

Gar Wood was a successful speedboat racer and business owner. This collection relates to his racing career and his business,GarWood Industries, which specialized in building motorboats.

Garden City General Collection


Garden City Public Library

Items of local historic Interest from the collections of residents and other sources

Garden City Village Archives Collection


Garden City Public Library

Images from the archives of the Village of Garden City, New York, located on Long Island in the center of Nassau County

Gayer Collection


Canal Society of New York State

Historic glass and film negatives, prints, and postcards documenting life along New York State’s canals, including the Erie Canal, Black River Canal, and Champlain Canal from the collection of Albert Gayer.

Gill Room Postcard Collection Greenwich NY


Greenwich Free Library

This collection contains images of postcards that show the buildings and surrounding area of Greenwich, New York.

Glen Cove Historic Postcards


Glen Cove Library

Historic postcards of Glen Cove, Long Island

Glens Falls Feeder Canal


Crandall Public Library

This collection contains items that share the history of the Feeder Canal and the people involved.

Gold Coast Historic Photographs


Gold Coast Public Library

Historic photographs of Glenwood Landing, NY.

Gold Coast Historic Postcards


Gold Coast Public Library

Historic postcards from Long Island’s Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Historical Documents


Gold Coast Public Library

Brochures, maps, and invitations from Glen Head and Glenwood Landing, NY.

Historic Hempstead


Hempstead Public Library

Historic photographs of Hempstead, NY.

Horne Collection


Canal Society of New York State

These photographs were taken from 1904-1914, during construction of the Panama Canal, in locations throughout and beyond the Canal Zone.

Horse Drawn Transportation in Potsdam


Potsdam Public Museum

A collection of photographs of horse drawn wagons and carts in Potsdam, New York.

Hudson River voyage c.1937-39


Watervliet Public Library

The Hudson River Voyage collection contains still images of steamboats that went up and down the the Hudson River between 1937 and 1939.

Kenneth R. Dorn Regional History Study Center - David F. Nestle Memorial Collection


Fulton-Montgomery Community College

This collection is comprised of the historical records of the Fonda, Johnstown, and Gloversville Railroad.

Locust Historical Collection


Locust Valley Library

Historical photographs and postcards of Locust Valley, NY.

Long Beach Bridge Construction Photographs


Hofstra University - Hofstra University Library

Black and white photographs of the construction of the new Long Beach Bridge.

Longwood Historic Photographs


Longwood Public Library

Historic photographs of towns in Suffolk County, NY.

Longwood Scrapbooks


Longwood Public Library

Scrapbooks created by the Bayles Family.

Madden Collection


Canal Society of New York State

Historic glass negatives, prints, and postcards depicting the Erie Canal and other waterways in New York and Canada from the collection of Emily and J. Hayward Madden of Livonia, NY

Martha Blow Wadsworth Photograph Collection


SUNY Geneseo

A collection of early 20th century photographs taken by Martha Blow Wadsworth which document a prominent family’s life in the Genesee Valley of New York, as well as showcase a trip to Panama and the construction of the Panama Canal.

Mason-Malone Collection


Port Washington Public Library

The Mason-Malone Collection consists of images from the Mason Studio archive of prints and negatives.

Milton Price and Tomlin Art Co. Postcard Collection


Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

Scenic postcards highlighting communities of Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley.

Montauk Historical Postcards


Montauk Library

Historic postcards of Montauk, Long Island.

Montauk Maritime Collection


Montauk Library

Historic photographs of maritime activites around the area of Montauk.

Naples Public Library Postcard Collection


Naples Library

Photographic and illustrated postcards relating to Naples, New York in the Finger Lakes region. In particular, the images highlight the natural features of the area, especially Canandaigua Lake throughout the early to mid-20th century.

New York Central Stations Buffalo, NY Scrapbook


Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

A scrapbook containing newspaper clippings about the Buffalo Central Terminal at the time it first began operations.

New York to Paris Race


Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Materials relating to Thomas Flyer automobiles and the New York to Paris Race in the early 20th century.

NY Ontario & Western Railway Photographs


Hamilton Public Library

This collection contains photographs of the New York, Ontario and Western Railway near Hamilton, NY.

Phillip Winchester Collection


CNY Chapter National Railway Historical Society

These photographs of railways were taken by Phillip Winchester, a division engineer for the New York Central Railroad based in Syracuse.

Port Washington Main Street Collection


Port Washington Public Library

The Port Washington Main Street Collection brings together photographs, postcards, and other historic materials that reflect the rich past of this community nestled between Manhasset and Hempstead Bays.

Port Washington Maritime Collection;


Port Washington Public Library

The Port Washington Maritime Collection features materials from the Local History Center that relate to the region’s rich maritime history and traditions.

Railroad Photograph Collection


CNY Chapter National Railway Historical Society

The collection provides pictorial information showing locomotives and rolling stock of railroads that once served New York State and adjacent states and provinces.

Robert E. Hager Canal Boat Diagrams


Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

The Robert E. Hager Canal Boat Diagrams collection includes drawings of construction plans of canal boats used on the Erie Canal throughout the nineteenth century.

SCCC Postcard Collection


Schenectady County Community College

This collection contains images of postcards of Elston Hall, Hotel Van Curler, and the Western Gateway Bridge and surrounding area.

Schenectady, New York Street Scenes


Schenectady County Historical Society

This collection contains photographs of homes and streets located in Schenectady, New York area.

Soule Collection


Canal Society of New York State

Historic postcards related to the canals of New York State and Canada (1902-1948), from the collection of F. Channing Soule, an instrumental figure in establishing the Canal Society of New York State.

State Reservation at Niagara


Nioga Library System - Niagara Falls Public Library

The State Reservation at Niagara is the oldest state park in the United States, officially established in 1885. The collection includes photographs, advertisements, blueprints, maps, letters, and other documents relating to the development and use of the Park.

The Albert R. Stone Negative Collection


Rochester Museum & Science Center

Photographs taken by newspaper photographer, Albert R. Stone, document the City of Rochester, especially in regards to early 20th century transportation and construction.

The Automobile in Potsdam


Potsdam Public Museum

A collection of photographs of automobiles in Potsdam, New York

The Great Steamboat Race Letters


Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

The Great Steamboat Race Letters collection features contest entries that proposed innovative designs for steam powered canal boats.

Town of Clifton Park History Collection


Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

This collection contains photographs of the Clifton Park and Halfmoon areas, particularly their connections to the Erie Canal.

Virginia Marshall Martus Collection


Port Washington Public Library

This collection contains photographs and documents surrounding the A & R Marshall, Inc.

Watervliet Businesses


Watervliet Public Library

This collection consists of images of businesses and industries located in and around Watervliet, N.Y. in the early 1900's.

Wayne Tucker Postcard Collection


Schenectady County Historical Society

This collection is comprised of postcards, trade cards, and other ephemera relating to Schenectady County and other nearby areas.

Working on the Erie Canal


Erie Canal Museum

The “Working on the Erie Canal” collection contains photographs and documents relating to the canal and its workers.