The Schenectady County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization with the mission to share stories, inspire dialogue, and encourage understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County. SCHS brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, education programs, and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library, the Schenectady History Museum, and Brouwer House Creative. The Grems-Doolittle Library is home to a substantial collection of books and periodicals, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings and surname ﬁles, archival collections, and maps pertaining to Schenectady County’s history. Our library and archival collections are strong in the early colonial history of the area, mainly in the 17th and 18th century, and genealogical resources.
The Ann Ross Genealogy Research Collection is composed of materials related to genealogical research about area families conducted by Ann Ross, a volunteer for the Capital District Genealogy Society and head of the New York State Genealogy Volunteers.
Collection includes bulletins, reports, maps and informational booklets and brochures pertaining to the Great Flats Aquifer in Schenectady County, NY. Also includes documents relating to the environmental impact of gravel mining, descriptive booklets for various wetlands of New York State, and documents and lists by Vincent Schaefer concerning the Great Flats area.
The Charles and Douglas Snell Collection comprises letters written to family and friends during the last two years of World War II, 1943-1945. The letters are separated into two distinct boxed series by individual author: Box “A” - Douglas: August 1, 1943 to August 19, 1945, and Box “B” - Charles - April 15, 1943 to August 27, 1945 and. Each boxed set contains a folder of miscellaneous items that are related to the letters.
The Eleanor Jaeger School Photograph Collection comprises photographs collected by Jaeger, an elementary school principal. The photographs depict the Euclid, Grout Park, and Halsey elementary schools in Schenectady during the 1950s and 1960s.