The Schoonmaker Research Library is devoted primarily to the mission of Historic Huguenot Street and to local history and genealogy of the settling of New Paltz and surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley. This includes people from the low countries of Europe, including French-speaking and Dutch families, the Lenape, and African Americans. Our collection consists of family genealogies; church and cemetery records; municipal and county histories; publications relating to Huguenot, Walloon, and Dutch ancestry; religious history of the Huguenots and Calvinists; and culture of the Hudson Valley. In addition to our Library, Historic Huguenot Street has an archival collection. Our Archives focus primarily on the history of New Paltz.
Letters from Union Civil War soldier Lewis Coe Bevier to his family in New Paltz Landing (now the village of Highland, Ulster County, New York while with the 120th Volunteer Regiment, Company G of the Union Army, which was stationed at various southern locations such as Washington D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia. Topics include news of battles, illnesses and deaths of prominent officers and other soldiers from New Paltz area, hospital and camp conditions.
Typewritten, transcribed extracts of letters written home by Union soldiers Silas S. Auchmoedy and Andrew Snyder during the Civil War. Letters discuss living conditions, battles, deaths, and other aspects of the war. Also, some extracts from the diary of James Krom, of Company C, 120th Regiment.