The Albany Institute of History & Art Library is a non-circulating research library with collections related to the art, history, and culture of the upper Hudson Valley of New York. Collections include manuscript materials, photographs, maps, rare books, and other collections dating from the seventeenth century to the present.
The Albany Art Union was a commercial portrait photography studio, active from approximately 1897 to 1968, in Albany, New York. The studio changed ownership and locations several times over the years. Photographers took portrait photographs of individuals, families, business employees, and organization members. This collection contains documents, card files, negatives, and photographs.
In 1886, Albany marked its bicentennial, based on the 1686 Dongan charter. From July 18-23, the city celebrated in numerous ways such as parades, sporting events, and fireworks shows. Two large-format programs, medals were struck, and a history of Albany was published to commemorate the event as well. The Citizens’ Bi-Centennial Committee was charged with planning the proper celebration of the event. The collection contains programs, ephemera, clippings, correspondence, logbooks, and scrapbooks.
This collection includes documents relating to the Albany Burgesses Corp (1833-1879) as well as personal papers of several individuals including Carpenter Conklin, Stephen P. Hunt, William Boggs, Mary Bruce, and Laura Hardy.
New York organized a war council in 1940 to coordinate war-related efforts for local, state, and national defense during World War II. Beginning initially as a women’s organization, the Albany City and County War Council was formed in 1941 to coordinate efforts for the towns within Albany County. This collection contains administrative records, campaigns and projects efforts, publicity records, and index cards containing information on servicemen and women.
The Albany Civic Theater formed in 1955 when the Ilium Players of Troy and the Albany Dramatic Group joined. This collection contains Programs, Committee Meeting Minutes, and Education material related to the Albany Civic Theater.