Applicants must conduct original research at the New York State Library. For more information on research possibilities, see:
Applications are welcomed from:
Preference will be given to projects that have a high probability of publication or other public dissemination. Projects involving alternative uses of the collections such as research for multimedia projects, exhibits and documentary films are encouraged.
The New York State Library, established in 1818, is a major repository for New York's cultural, political, legal and social history. The 20-million-item collection is especially strong in the social sciences. The Library is a depository for both New York State and Federal government documents, and has extensive holdings in state and local history and genealogy.
Additional information is available on the Library Collections page.
The Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Trust Fund is an endowment created by a bequest from the estate of Anna Cunningham on behalf of her sister, Mary, and herself. It is a fitting celebration of the sisters' lifelong interest in the study of New York State history. Anna Cunningham (1906-1996) was Supervisor of Historic Sites of New York State, as well as serving on the boards and councils of many state and national historic preservation organizations. Mary Cunningham (1917-1986), whose personal papers are among the collections of the State Library, held various executive positions in the New York State Historical Association, was a founder and the first editor of American Heritage magazine, and was a founder of the Yorkers program for teaching and involving young New Yorkers in the State's history.
The New York State Library is part of the New York State Education Department.
The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities. Portions of any publication designed for distribution can be made available in a variety of formats, including braille, large print or audiotape, upon request. Inquiries regarding this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department's Office for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 530, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234. Requests for publications should be made to the Department's Publications Sales Desk, Room 309, Education Building, Albany NY 12234.