New York State Modern Political Archive

New York State Modern Political Archive

Elected officials, interest groups, and activists from New York State.
The New York State Modern Political Archive (NYSMPA) was established in 1982 to document the work of individuals and private interest groups concerned with New York State public policy issues in the 20th century. Originally named the Archives of Public Affairs and Policy, the NYSMPA collects, preserves, and facilitates access to primary sources pertaining to New York State public affairs and policy, and now includes the personal papers of members of the gubernatorial administrations of Nelson A. Rockefeller; papers of former New York Congressional members and elected officials who served in New York State Legislature; and the official records and papers of numerous private groups, professional associations, individuals, public-sector labor unions, community groups, and other organizations concerned with Empire State public-policy issues.
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New York State Modern Political Archive: apap148

Bethlehem Work On Waste Records, 1989-1996

1.99 cubic ft.
This collection is about the Bethlehem Work on Waste (BWOW) and its opposition of the American Ref-Fuel/BFI incinerator from 1989 to 1995.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap129

Capital Area Council of Churches Records, 1941-2002

9 cubic ft.
This collection contains administrative files, correspondence, newsletters, subject files and meeting minutes from the Capital Area Council of Churches, an organization designed to promote cooperation between different religious institutions in the Albany, N.Y. area.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap011

Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism Records, 1981-1995

6 Reels
Founded by a group of Albany area residents who organized to prevent the Springboks, the all-white South African national rugby team representing the apartheid South African government, from playing a game against the American all-star rugby team in Albany scheduled in 1981.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap082

City Club of Albany Records, 1945-1961

0.3 cubic ft.
The collection documents the City Club of Albany and primarily contains organizational records from 1957-1959, mainly concerned with issues of the Citizen's Platform. The collection is composed chiefly of files retained by Harriet D. Adams as vice president of the club when it was particularly interested in urban planning.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap057

Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates Records, 1979-1984

5.05 cubic ft.
Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates (CCAC) was organized as an informal group opposed to the construction of the Pyramid Crossgates mall in the summer of 1979.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap067
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Crossgates Regional Shopping Mall Collection, 1979-1985

5.33 cubic ft.
Materials relating to the application of the Pyramid Crossgates Company to the New York State DEC and DOT for permits to build the Crossgates Regional Shopping Mall in the Albany Pine Bush.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap167

Grant Van Patten Papers, 1962

0.17 cubic ft.
The Grant Van Patten Papers contain a news conference, news clippings, and a script relating to Van Patten's documentary The South Mall in Albany: Hoax or Hope?
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap032

Harold Rubin Papers, 1958-2004

7.0 cubic ft.
Subject files largely consisting of retained records of local organizations dedicated to preserving Albany, New York historic neighborhoods and architecture as well as the Pine Bush.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap140

Henry M. Madej Papers, 1975-2008

2.93 cubic ft.
The Henry M. Madej papers contain documents pertaining to his work with the Albany City Charter Revision Commission, the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, and the Albany Tricentennial Commission. The documents in this collection include professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, document drafts, press releases, newsletters, pamphlets, memorabilia, magazines, invitations, schedules, event plans, and handwritten notes as well other materials that document his involvement with the city of Albany, New York and the University at Albany community.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap294

John Wolcott Papers, 1954-1992

0.7 cubic ft.
The John Wolcott Papers document the revival of the historic Pinxter Festival in Albany, New York between 1972-1992.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap055

Malcolm Willison Papers, 1958-1997

14.9 cubic ft.
This collection details the social activism of Malcolm Willison in New York State's Capital Region. As an active board member of several local groups, his papers contain minutes, financial statements and budgets, programming ideas, brochures, planning notes, articles and reports, and clippings that detail the evolution of the various organizations contained in the collection. Organizational newsletters and event flyers, course and conference information planned by Willison in his capacity on executive boards, and vast amounts of correspondence about any number of events and issues are also part of the scope of the collection.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap344

Martin K. Manley Papers, 1969-2014

15.75 cubic ft.
This collection contains material related to the social and political activism of Martin Manley, a longtime Schenectady, New York resident.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap158
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Otsego County Conservation Association Records, 1967-2001

6.4 cubic ft.
Records of association dedicated to the protection, appreciation, and enhancement of natural resources in and around Otsego County. The group is concerned about numerous issues including the preservation of the Otsego Lake watershed, solid waste management, land-use planning, and water quality.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap031

Pine Hills Fortnightly Club Records, 1898-2003

2.5 cubic ft.
The Pine Hills Fortnightly Club was founded by Miss Mary M. Shaw in 1898 as a woman's literary and social club. According to the Club's earliest Constitution, "Its object shall be the study of history, literature and art and the literary and social entertainment of its members."
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap177
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Social Justice Center Records, 1981-2001

4.3 cubic ft.
The Center was formed in 1981 by an alliance of non-profit activist organizations in order to provide a central location, office space, and basic services for activist groups in Albany, New York.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap081

The Brothers Records, 1966-1999

2.1 cubic ft.
The Brothers was a civil rights group that was active in Albany, New York for several years beginning in 1966.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap198
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The New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition Records, 1970-2002, bulk 1970-2002

29.9 cubic ft.
Tenants and Neighbors is a statewide coalition of New York's tenants and tenant associations that fight for tenants' rights and affordable housing for all people. The origins of Tenants and Neighbors dates to a meeting of tenant and housing activists from across the state in August 1972 at St. Rose College in Albany, N.Y. By December 1974, a formal organization was developed by housing and tenant activists across the state that drew up by-laws and created the original name as the New York Tenants Coalition. The first statewide membership meeting was held in February 1975. In 1995, the organization changed its name to New York State Tenants and Neighbors. The collection includes: minutes, annual reports, newsletter and other publications, legislative and organizational memoranda, press releases, clippings, video and press coverage.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap118

United Tenants of Albany, 1972-2001

3.12 cubic ft.
The United Tenants of Albany is an association dedicated to improving housing situations for Albany's low to moderate income families and businesses with safe, affordable living and working space.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap008

Urban League of Northeastern New York Records, 1966-1987

8.5 cubic ft.
Since its establishment in 1966 as the Urban League of the Albany N.Y. Area, the Urban League of Northeastern New York has campaigned for voter registration, housing, education, social services and other issues of concern to African Americans and others in the New York State Capital District.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap292

Women's Building Collection, 1954-2000, bulk 1973-1998

20.3 cubic ft.
The Women's Building collection records the formation and day-to-day administrative and programming activities of the Women's Building and its predecessor, the Tri-City Women's Center. The organization provided a safe space for community groups to meet and organize, and informational and educational programming to support the women of the Capital District. Inspired by a feminist perspective and driven by a commitment to social justice, the Women's Building provided physical meeting and office space to local organizations and programming and informational services on financial planning, legal issues, parenthood, childbirth, and women's health. The collection includes administrative records and programming material from the organization's inception in the early 1970s until 2000.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap137

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Of Albany, New York Records, 1863-1996

20.21 cubic ft.
The collection documents the history of the YWCA of Albany, which was founded in 1888 by a group of women led by Mrs. Acors Rathbun in order to provide housing and recreational activities for young women searching for work. Through the years, the organization expanded to include classes, childcare, athletics, essay contests, teen issue programs, and an annual awards dinner honoring women. Strengths include the extensive photographic material and meeting minutes from the board of trustees and directors. The collection is weakest at the beginning and end of the YWCA of Albany's existence.