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Oswego City Directories

Oswego Public Library

Dates of Original: 1852 - 1929

Oswego is a port city on Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. The region has deep ties to the Iroquois and is named after an Iroquoian word which means a “pouring out place” referring to its location at a rivermouth of Oswego River. The area was established as a trading post by the British in the early 18th century. Oswego County was formally incorporated in 1816. Oswego was a main hub for transportation not only as a port-city, but also through canals and railways.

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Praecursor Yearbooks

Clinton Community College - Douglas Library

Dates of Original: 1970 - 1994

The Preacursor is the annual yearbook of Clinton Community college and has been published every year since the College was opened in 1969. The College is located near Lake Champlain in the town of Plattsburgh, New York. It was constructed on the grounds of the former Hotel Champlain, and has since expanded to incorporate former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

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Ferris Meigs Logging Photograph Collection

Adirondack Experience

Dates of Original: 1888 - 1938

Logging in the Adirondacks constituted a sizable portion of the American lumber trade even after the creation of the Adirondack pack in 1895, with companies being able to harvest timber only in very limited quantities from designated zones. Titus Meigs founded the Santa Clara Logging Company in 1888. Ferris Jacob Meig succeeded his father as president in 1911, and operated the company until it went out of business in 1941. Ferris Meigs took numerous photographs documenting the activities of the Santa Clara Logging Company.

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Hewlett Collection

Whaling Museum and Education Center

Named for its abundance of freshwater springs, Cold Spring became a port of delivery in 1799. “Harbor” was added to the name in 1826 to avoid confusion with a similarly named town on the Hudson River. The village became a whaling port in 1836 when John H. and Walter R. Jones persuaded 33 friends to purchase the three-masted bark Monmouth from Boston. The Cold Spring Whaling Company grew to own 9 ships which sailed to every ocean on 44 voyages. Though the whaling company’s existence was relatively brief (1836-1858), the industry was a local economic anchor.

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