Business, Literary, and Local History Manuscripts

Business, Literary, and Local History Manuscripts

Manuscripts, records, and papers primarily related to businesses and people of New York and New England.
Chiefly 19th-century New York and New England local history manuscripts and business records, primarily for craftsmen and railroads; papers of children's book writer and illustrator Marcia J. Brown and two original manuscripts by Maud and Miska Petersham; papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy; papers of Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 19th century social reformer; and papers of Benito Perez Galdos, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Evengi Zamyatin, and other writers.

Our Collections

International Oil-Gas Corporation Records, 1930-1951
The collection contains records of the International Oil-Gas Corporation, incorporated in Delaware but located in New York City.
Collection ID: mss078
Joseph Walders Papers, 1949-1977
This collection contains television and film scripts, movie posters, still photographs, lobby cards, and pressbooks collected by Joseph Walders.
Collection ID: mss030
Albany, New York Jewish Community Collection, 1905-1990
The Jewish Community of the Albany, New York area is featured in the Collection which was brought together to show community involvement in the region by the Greater Albany Jewish Federation and the University Libraries of the University at Albany, SUNY. This collection contains photographs, meeting minutes, commemoration papers, local area newspapers, academic articles, community reports, and a prayer book.
Collection ID: mss037
William G. Bannon Papers, 1920-1966
Writings on regional political affairs of Siberia and China in 1920s by U.S. Department of War representative.
Collection ID: mss003
Hawley Saddle and Harness Shop Account Books, 1803-1846
This collection consist of records from the proprietors of a saddle and harness making shop in Paris, New York.
Collection ID: mss079
Richard Varick DeWitt Papers, 1862
The collection consists of a journal kept by Richard Varick DeWitt on a journey across England and western Europe, May 15-June 26, 1862, by a resident of Albany, New York.
Collection ID: mss128
William Kennedy Papers, 1926-2003
The William Kennedy Papers document nearly a half century of research, writing, and publishing efforts of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright, essayist, journalist, script writer, professor, and champion of the arts. The collection consists of records related to all of Kennedy’s fiction and nonfiction books through 2002, including his "Albany Cycle" of novels, film scripts, essays, and newspaper articles from the Albany Times-Union. In addition, there is correspondence with other significant authors of American literature, biographical materials, and records documenting a trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Bill Clinton.
Collection ID: mss132
F.D. Jackson Papers, 1881-1882
The collection consists of a daybook, 1881-1882, kept by the proprietor of a general store in Derby, Connecticut.
Collection ID: mss083
Irina Kunina Aleksander Papers, 1937-1978
The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts which reflect Irina Aleksander's association with a number of literary notables such as Anaïs Nin, Miroslav Krlea, Marijan and Zora Matkovi, Lon Pierre-Quint, Claude Aveline, and Evgenii Zamiatin.
Collection ID: mss032
Marcia Brown Papers, 1940-2000
A 1940 graduate of the New York State College for Teachers, Brown was a respected children's book writer and illustrator, and a three-time Caldecott Medal winner.
Collection ID: mss005
Abraham Bell and Son Collection, 1809-1917
The collection consists of 157 volumes of business books and three boxes of financial materials, correspondence, books, scrapbooks and diaries relating to the Bell Family and the Abraham Bell and Son Company.
Collection ID: mss035
Alexander Semmler Papers, 1914-1977
The Alexander Semmler Papers contain music written by Alexander Semmler, both published and unpublished, as well as some of his notes and correspondence.
Collection ID: mss131
Socialist Party of The United States of America Dover, New Hampshire Local Records, 1894-1923
The Socialist Party of the United States of America Dover, New Hampshire Local Records contain records that document the range of activities of the Local. Records include correspondence that highlight the contacts of the local and its place within the broader Socialist Party movement in the United States.
Collection ID: mss113
John G. Hurtin Papers, 1806-1821
Letters, financial accounts, deeds, and other legal documents from John G. Hurtin, an attorney from Cortland Village, Cortland County, New York.
Collection ID: mss081
Fred R. Brown Papers, 1882-1966
Methodist missionary and science teacher in the Kiansi Province of China from 1910 to 1931. He and his wife, a fellow missionary, later settled in DeWitt, New York.
Collection ID: mss004
Terwilliger Family Collection, 1912-1919
The Terwilliger Family Collection contains numerous letters written by Harvey Beebe, an American soldier from southwestern New York during World War I.
Collection ID: mss141
Jennie D. Lindquist Papers, 1937-1978
The Jennie D. Lindquist papers document the professional life of Lindquist, an editor, author, lecturer, and librarian. The collection is cheifly composed of copies of personal correspondances, printed materials, transcripts from her radio program, and an advanced publisher's copy of her book.
Collection ID: mss019
Hudson Valley Writer's Guild Records, 1983-1998
This collection documents the establishment and first quarter century of activities of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.
Collection ID: mss142
Leona Train Rienow Papers, 1856-1988
This collection documents Leona Train Rienow's professional career as a writer. The papers contain a significant number of drafts of Leona Train Rienow's manuscripts, papers concerning her research for her books and articles, and correspondence files.
Collection ID: mss025
International Oil-Gas Corporation Records, 1930-1951
The collection contains records of the International Oil-Gas Corporation, incorporated in Delaware but located in New York City.
Collection ID: mss082
William Higbie Papers, 1854-1858
Letters kept by William Higbie, a resident of Little Falls, Herkimer County, New York, concerning local land transaction, 1854-1858.
Collection ID: mss080
Woman's Club of Albany Records, 1908, 1910-2010
The Woman's Club of Albany Records document the day-to-day operations of the first 100 years of this community organization founded in 1910.
Collection ID: mss139
Menands Book Club Records, 1881-2009
The majority of the Menands Book Club Records consists of meeting and treasurer notes and program schedules. There also is correspondence, club histories and an information packet of the village of Menands, NY Anniversary.
Collection ID: mss138
East Freetown, NY, Railroad Freight Records, 1891-1901
The collection consists of railroad freight records from the East Freetown, New York station.
Collection ID: mss133
The Gregory Maguire Papers, 1929-2018
The Gregory Maguire Papers are a collection of materials from the American novelist. He is the author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Out of Oz, and several dozen other novels for adults and children.
Collection ID: mss140
Troy and Rutland Rail Road Company Records, 1814-1919
The Troy & Rutland Rail Road Company Records contain legal and financial papers, board member correspondence, as well as voting certificates, ballot slips, & engineering drawings.
Collection ID: mss122
William Titus Papers, 1828-1914
The William Titus Papers collection contains a wide range of activities generally focusing on Titus' personal businesses including land ownership and his representation of clients before the US War Department's Pension Office. The collection also contains personal correspondence as well as some records from his role as warden of the Auburn Prison.
Collection ID: mss120
Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Papers, 1954-1964
This collection contains manuscripts and a journal written by the Spanish novelist Gonzalo Torrente Balleste.
Collection ID: mss029
Geof Huth Papers, 1960-2006
The majority of these papers focus on Geof Huth's artistic activities: his creation of artworks, his involvement in the fields of visual and experimental poetry, his productions as a micropublisher, and his work as an active blogger in the worldwide network of online poets. They also document his personal life and professional career in archives and records management.
Collection ID: mss137
Bridge Line Historical Society Collection, 1870-2019
The collection consist of the Bridge Line Historical Society's newsletter, as well as original maps, drawings, and related material documenting the Delaware & Hudson Railway, a railroad that operated in the northeastern United States.
Collection ID: mss129