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.
Daniel Evan Button (1917-2009) was a Republican politician elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. After his landslide win for the 1966 election, Button once again ran and was re-elected to his seat on the House of Representatives as a representative of New York. He ran for a third term in 1970, but was ultimately defeated. This collection contains newspaper articles, letters, speeches, documents, photographs, and published works in his memory.
The collection consists of a random grouping of ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and tintypes; all photographic techniques popular in the United States from the late 1830’s to the turn of the century (19th into 20th). Most of the collection, like the predominant subject matter of these photographic processes, are portraits. Some landscape photography was done using each of the three photographic techniques; few survive. Landscape photography would blossom with the advent of the “paper process” which, though still cumbersome by today’s standards, was much less cumbersome than the equipment and process required, even for the tintype.
James Boyd (1742-1832) and Jane MacMaster Boyd (1751-1831) arrived in Albany, New York, from Scotland in 1774. In 1796, James founded the Arch Street Brewery, which would later become the Albany Brewing Company. This collection contains correspondence, personal papers, and photographs.
Personal papers of June Laura Bjorklund Martin. Contains personal records, correspondence, vacation materials, photographs, and other personal materials created by June B. Martin. Also contains a few documents reflect her career in New York State government, including newspaper clippings or personal letters between co-workers.
St. Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church, includes records of the church which resulted when two congregations merged in 1881. The church was located on Clinton Avenue at Lexington Avenue. This collection includes record books.
The Schuyler Family was a prominent Dutch family in New York and New Jersey, with Philip Pieterse Schuyler immigrating to New Netherland and settling in Beverwyck before 1650. The family was connected by marriages to many of the other original settlers of New Netherland, and several members played important roles in the development of the new country. This collection contains correspondence, wills, estate records, and other documents.