Putnam County NY History Collections

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Putnam County NY History Collections


Welcome to the digital archives of Putnam County, New York! Here we offer an incredible variety of images and records that document Putnam’s rich history. Collective archives from the region officially date back to 1812 and in many cases earlier to our separation from Dutchess County, and span the county from the shores of the Hudson River to the state line in Connecticut, and oftentimes beyond. This digital library celebrates the county’s commercial, agricultural, recreational and cultural history, and will continue to grow in scope as items are digitized and posted.

We currently have digitized materials contributed by the Putnam County Historian’s Office, Patterson Historical Society, and Kent Historical Society. See the collections below to view materials from a specific organization. These archives will continue to grow thanks to contributions from local historical societies and museums throughout the county aiming to make primary source material more accessible online to all researchers--from genealogists to educators and students.

This collaborative project is generously supported by the Putnam County Historian's Office.

Putnam County NY History Collections is a member of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.


Barry C. and Mary Jean (MJ) Ross

Postcards depicting scenes on and along the Hudson River, from Manhattan to points north of Albany.

Letter to Daniel Butterfield from C. Morrell

Materials related to Daniel Butterfield's service in the Union Army during the Civil War and his involvement in his father's company (what would become The American Express Company).

Photograph of David and Kathryn Bisbee

This collection provides a glimpse of life on Oscawana Lake in Putnam County, NY.

Kent Historical Society Digital Collection

This collection includes historic photos of Kent farmlands, local residents, and the Ludington family.

Patterson Historical Society Digital Collection

This collection contains images, postcards, maps, and documents related to Patterson NY history.

Putnam County Historian's Office Digital Collection

This collection contains historic images, postcards, and documents from across Putnam County.

Putnam History Musuem logo

This collection contains the Barry C. and Mary Jean (MJ) Ross Hudson River Postcard Collection.