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Exhibits at the Library

These exhibits offer a closer look at some interesting materials that are part of the New York State Library's vast collections.

Online Exhibits

  • Almanacs: This online exhibit highlights a variety of almanacs from the Library's collection, which includes paper copies of over 10,000 almanacs, dating from 1684 to the present.
  • Attica Uprising: Images and resources about the 1971 Attica prison riot.  Added November 2011.
  • Capitol Fire: The March 29, 1911 fire in the New York State Capitol at Albany devastated the collections of the New York State Library, which was then housed in the Capitol.
  • Civil War Illustrations : In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the New York State Library is posting a series of online exhibits featuring Civil War illustrations from contemporary news magazines, such as Harper's Weekly, from the Library's collections.
  • Creating a More Perfect Union: The history of the Constitution of the United States with resources and representation at the New York State Library.
  • Douglass Letters: This collection consists of six letters written by Frederick Douglass, former slave and prominent black anti-slavery activist and orator, to Miss Hannah Fuller, organizer of the Skaneateles Ladies Anti-Slavery Society.
  • Epidemiology: Tracking the Patterns: A selection from our digital collections about the important work of scientists who study epidemic disease and the maps that track their spread.
  • The Firefighters Collection: The Library has an extensive collection of historic resources on the individual fires, firefighters and firefighting equipment of New York State.
  • Leroy "Satchel" Paige in the New York State Library Collections: A selection of local newspaper clippings featuring Satchel Paige, legendary baseball pitcher who played in Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball.
  • Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation: A hand-written draft of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, has been part of the Library's collection since 1865.
  • Processing a Collection: This exhibit uses the Abele Transportation History Collection to demonstrate how the Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit processes newly-acquired materials.
  • Roosevelt and His Era: An illustrated exhibit of books, manuscripts, magazine articles, sheet music, memorabilia and artifacts related to Theodore Roosevelt, based on the collection gathered by Lyall Squair of Syracuse.
  • Steamboats on the Hudson: An exhibit of materials from the Library's collections that document the history of the development of steamboats, created to commemmorate the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's steamship launch.
  • Sulzer Impeachment: On October 17, 1913, NYS Governor William Sulzer was removed from office after being convicted by a special impeachment court. This exhibit recognized the one hundredth anniversary of the impeachment by highlighting a few items from the New York State Library's special collections that are related to the event.
  • Van Rensselaer Manor Papers: This collection documents over two hundred years of daily life in the Manor of Rensselaerswijck, founded in 1630 near what is now Albany, NY, from its earliest years until the mid-19th century.
  • Washington Collection: This online exhibit contains sample pages from George Washington's Farewell Address, as well as images of other items in the collections of the New York State Library that once belonged to Washington.

Onsite Exhibits

Seventh Floor Exhibits: An archive of exhibits that have been displayed on the Library's public floor since January 2011.

Last Updated: July 21, 2021