Hudson Area Library

Hudson Area Library

51 N. 5th Street
Hudson, NY 12534, United States
Hudson Area Library contains a variety of primary and secondary sources including rare documents and photographs, books, maps, oral histories, and other memorabilia of the City of Hudson beginning with the first settlement to the present. Additionally, there are sources pertaining to the history of Columbia County and New York State.

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Hudson Area Library Local Historical Maps & Atlases Collection, 1740-2001

This collection, which dates from 1740-2001, includes dozens of hand drawn maps, and maps with engravings, most of them originals, as well as bound atlases, representing the City of Hudson and its immediate surrounding area, including Columbia County and portions of adjacent counties as well as New York State. These items contain important information about the history of Hudson and the surrounding region – from insurance and railroad maps, topographical and geological maps, to bird’s eye view drawings and developmental proposals. The collection also includes maps that provide information about The Hudson River as a site of commerce, travel, wildlife, and residential life throughout history. The collection features maps and bound atlases from a multitude of important historic publishers, including Beers, Ellis & Co.; H.H. Rowley & Co; F.W. Beers; Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; The Sanborn Map Company; and Frank E. Richards, among others. This collection is a valuable resource for researchers, residents, local homeowners, and elected officials. It is also a valuable resource for educators, as maps can function as a tool to teach primary source literacy skills. The vast majority of the collection is in fair or good condition and may be viewed or handled with appropriate precautions. Digital images and scans of some of these maps are available.
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The City of Hudson Postcards collection, 1900 - 2010, bulk 1905

This postcard collection contributes to the collective, visual memory dedicated to the City of Hudson, New York. Beginning in the early 20th Century, these records depict living spaces such as Hudson street scenes, buildings, and landmarks, as well as infrastructures reflecting urban development (bridges, reservoirs, transportation, etc) of the City.
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Albert Clements Papers, 1924 - 1962

Albert E. Clements Papers documents the literary career of Hudson resident, writer, novelist, and poet; consisting of personal documents, typescript drafts, reviews, and a few newspaper articles.
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The City of Hudson collection, 1820-2018

The collection provides an interesting insight into the history of Hudson City from the 19th century to the present day. This collection is an inexhaustible source of information thanks to an astonishing range of documents: maps, copyright documents, music partitions, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, memorabilia, ephemera, and, photographs.
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Spanish-American War: 23rd Separate Company Photo Album, 1898-1899, 1898-1899

This photo album is a collection of over 200 photographs of soldiers with the 23rd Separate Company, recruited for the Spanish-American War and serving at Camp Wetherill near Greenville, South Carolina. The 23rd Company was mustered in Syracuse, New York as Co I 203 Infantry Regiment.
Collection ID: A2008-001

The Papers of Columbia Memorial Hospital, School of Nursing, 1925 - 1996, bulk 1950 - 1979

The Papers of Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), School of Nursing documents a span of time from 1925 to 1996. The collection includes publications such as yearbooks, class books, and newspaper clippings. There are also a series of photographic materials.
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