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Bradford H. Divine Hunting Camp Slides Collection

Adirondack Experience

Dates of Original: 1915 -1920

These glass lantern slides originally belonged to Bradford H. Divine (1869 - 1934) a Utica, New York businessman. Divine founded Divine Brothers Company, a metal finishing products business, with his brother, B. Dalton Divine. The company was successful and is still in business today. Harry Sabattis (1866 - 1934) worked as a guide in the Adirondacks and ran a hunting camp on Long Lake.

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Florence Service Collection

Watervliet Public Library

Dates of Original: c. 1900 - 1910

Florence P. Service (1888-1983) was a life-long resident of Watervliet, NY. At the age of 14, she wrote a history of Watervliet, N.Y., and at 16 began working as a button sewer for Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc. She would work there for 60 years before retiring at the age of 76.

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Margaret Woodbury Strong Papers, 1897-1969

The Strong National Museum of Play

Dates of Original: 1897 - 1969

The Margaret Woodbury Strong papers are from the original estate of Margaret Woodbury Strong, spanning her lifetime from 1897–1969. Strong, who had been a collector her entire life, amassed a vast collection of dolls, dollhouses, toys, and other playthings, with which she hoped to establish a museum. In 1968, she obtained a provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents for the “Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Fascination.” After her death in 1969, her collections and financial resources formed the basis for what is now The Strong Museum.

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Holland Land Company Archives

SUNY at Fredonia - Daniel A. Reed Library

The records comprising the Archives of the Holland Land Company, an early 19th-century Dutch conglomerate of six Dutch banking houses, document an essential component of Western New York history and represent a critical resource for scholarship within a variety of disciplines. These include history, geography, political science and economics, alongside considerable material for research on a more local or regional level by members of the general community and genealogists. As primary source documents, the records provide a unique insight into land speculation and land use development for... Read more

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