The Erie Canal by the book, pamphlet, brochure, map and picture

November 2017

Since construction of the Erie Canal began 200 years ago, in 1817, and since the NYS Museum recently opened a new exhibit on the Canal, the Library's November 2017 exhibit on the seventh floor focuses on many ways to navigate and learn about the New York State Erie Canal: you can hike, bike, canoe, cruise, sail, take a field trip, go on a canalway quest, or read one of the tour guides to find your way through our state's treasured Erie Canal.

This is a sampling of materials from the library's collection:

Left display case, with federal docuimants and other materials about the Erie Canal.
  • Erie Canalway.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: US I 29.21:ER 4
  • Canals of Albany County / by Amelia T. O'Shea.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: R  974.742, A326, 208-5404
  • Erie canal guide : Western Section--Tonawanda to Syracuse / by Jeremy G. Frankel and Peter Wiles, Jr., with Peter Wiles, Sr., and Dan Wiles.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: C 917.47, F829, 92-40281


Middle display case, with books and pamphlets about the Erie Canal
  • Erie Canal : canoeing America's great waterway / Peter Lourie.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER:  R  974.7, L892, 207-8927
  • The Erie Canal, Cohoes to Pattersonville : field trip guide of the Canal Society of New York State, October 1988 / contributors: Thomas X. Grasso, John Hulchanski, Craig S. Williams.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: R 974.742, qE68, 92-39516
  • The Erie Barge Canal, Onondaga and Cayuga Counties: Field Trip Guide, October 11-12, 1997/Craig S Williams.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: R 974.76, q E68, 96-17750
  • Sing!: the all-purpose song book for home, school, community choruses, social meetings and festivities: with complete piano accompaniments / compiled and edited by David Stevens and Peter W. Dykema; decorations by Martha Powell Setchell.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: C 782.42162, S617, 217-1996
  • The Erie Canal: a bibliography / by Lionel D. Wyld.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: R 016.3864809, W892, 81-27967


Right display case, with a tourism map and other resources on the Erie Canal.
  • New York State Canal System: Unlock the Legend: 1998 Guide to Canals; Erie, Champlain, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: D CAN 284-4, CANSY, 204-9606
  • Erie canal guide : Western Section--Tonawanda to Syracuse / by Jeremy G. Frankel and Peter Wiles, Jr., with Peter Wiles, Sr., and Dan Wiles.
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: C 917.47, F829, 92-40281
  • Cycling the Erie Canal : a guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail / [Robin Dropkin, Kevin McLoughlin].
    NYSL CALL NUMBER: C 796.64097, D786, 205-7977

Exhibit curated by Shawn Lemieux.

Last Updated: November 15, 2017