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Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum

5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326, United States

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Adams Brothers and Company, (Utica, Oneida County, NY)

The Adams Ropewalk collection contains a typescript history of the company up until 1932, a 1957 6-page Insurance Survey of [the] Property of Mr. Guy P. Adams with photographs of the Ropeworks and office building, newspaper clippings that document a roof collapse in 1958, and 22 b&w photos that document the exterior and interior of the ropeworks, its machinery, and employees.

Vaux, C. Boyer American Canoe Association Freide, Leo Barr, Walwin Hale, Thomas

The American Canoe Association Collection consists mostly of photographs, scrapbooks, and printed materials, which span the years 1879 to 2009 (bulk 1879-1966). Most of these materials relate to the early years of the ACA and document the annual meets and camps.


Averell Family Papers, 1773-1963 (bulk 1790-1880) 9.75 cu. ft., 21 volumes, and 2 oversize folders

Averell, William Holt, 1794-1873.

The Averell Family Papers consist primarily of the personal, business, and legal papers of William Holt Averell of Cooperstown, New York. The collection also includes a substantial number of papers relating to or written by James Averell, Jr., William Holt Averell's father. In addition, the collection includes papers relating to other members of the Averell family and genealogical information regarding the Averell, Carter, Slayton, and Waldby families. The date range is mostly from 1790 to 1880.

Fenimore Art Museum Research Library

The Burr - Hamilton Duel Collection contains correspondence between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and their seconds, Van Ness, and Pendleton, before the duel (June 18 - July 9, 1804); and correspondence and statements made after the duel, by Burr, Van Ness, and Pendleton including eye-witness accounts of the duel by Van Ness and Pendleton, the only living witnesses besides Burr himself (July 11, 1804 to Mar. 5, 1805). Also included are letters by Aaron Burr and documents pertaining to Burr (1793-1828). These items do not concern the duel.


The Campbell Family Collection, 1790s -1870s, covers four generations and documents the history of the family in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY in the earlier part of the nineteenth century. The main focus of the collection is the correspondence of Judge William W. Campbell and his manuscript "Annals of Tryon County." Also included are papers of Cleveland J. Campbell, Helen S. Campbell, Douglas Campbell, William A. Campbell, Henry J. Campbell, Samuel Campbell, Samuel Starkweather, Harriet Bowers Paige Campbell, James S. Campbell, and other family members. Also included an early nineteenth century manuscript music book, survey maps of Cherry Valley and Belvedere, and the correspondence, medical observations, and financial records of William B. Campbell.

Delany, Captain John N., 1822-1870.

Contains documents relating to the military career of Captain John Delany in Company H, 60th New York Infantry during the Civil War including Muster Rolls for 1863 listing names of 57 soldiers and 1864 listing names of 40 soldiers, their ranks, where and when they joined and mustered, and remarks (e.g. promoted, absent, sick, “stoped,” detailed, wounded, killed). In 1863, a large majority of soldiers mustered from Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, NY, in 1864, from Wanhatchie; and a 90-page memorandum book containing daily entries documenting life during wartime, 1862-1864, and occasionally, verses; his commission paper; and receipts.


Carl Carmer Collection, 1908-1976 (bulk 1940-1970), 1908 - 1976 83.0 Cubic feet(125 boxes) + 4 volumes + 6 oversize folders (OVS and OVS+)

Carmer, Carl, 1893-1976

Contains Carl Carmer's literary manuscripts and other writings with related correspondence and research notes. This includes undated and unpublished manuscripts, school essays, speeches, early poems, CBS broadcast scripts, published articles, galleys, notebooks, publicity, reviews, and fan mail. The collection also contains financial records, newspaper clippings, writings of other authors, autobiography, pamphlets, family and other photographs, biographical data, greeting cards, songs and music, art books, sketch pads, illustrations in various stages for Carmer's manuscripts, and some family papers.

Christman family

Contains correspondence, unpublished poems, and essays by William W. Christman, as well as pamphlets, scrapbooks, and photographs. Also includes research notes, final typescript, and galley proofs for Henry Christman's book.