Brief Index to Historical Records at RCHS - these sources are not digitized and are available to view at RCHS.

Primary Sources – 19th and 20th centuries
    •    Diaries
    •    Letters
    •    Scrapbooks
    •    Business Records
    •    Ephemera

Secondary Sources – 19th and 20th centuries
    •    City Directories
    •    County Histories
    •    Family Histories
    •    Labor History
    •    Social History
    •    Town and Village Histories

Maps/Atlases – early 19th century – 1990
    •    19th and 20th century maps of towns – a printed guide exists to this collection
    •    Sanborn Maps: 1903 – 1914, 1942, 1954

Photographs

19th through 21st centuries, representing various photographic processes
    •    Aerial Views
    •    Agriculture
    •    Animals
    •    Architecture: churches, commercial buildings, monuments, residences, schools, social and civic buildings, street scenes, details. Click here for information on local architecture.
    •    Cemeteries
    •    Disasters: blizzards, floods and fires
    •    Foreign Locations
    •    Group Portraits
    •    Individual Portraits
    •    Landscapes
    •    Objects: Burden Water Wheel, equipment, commercial products, plaques and trophies
    •    Panoramic Views
    •    Parades
    •    Recreation and Sports
    •    Special Events
    •    Transportation: air, land, water
    •    Waterways and Bridges

Special Collection Highlights
    •    Cluett, Peabody & Co. Papers, Troy, NY
    •    Congressman Dean P. Taylor Papers
    •    Organizational Papers such as Troy Chromatics, Thursday Morning Club, Troy Day Home
    •    Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Papers
    •    Hart Family Papers (owners of the Hart-Cluett House)
    •    Papers of Rensselaer County families
    •    Cable Flax Mill Papers, Schaghticoke, NY
    •    Burden Iron Company Papers, Troy, NY
    •    Marshall Mills Papers, Troy, NY