Our collection focuses primarily on Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Clinton County, and the Adirondack and Champlain Valley regions. We collect monographs, periodicals, pamphlets and other ephemera, audio and video materials, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. Special Collections also contains the SUNY Plattsburgh College Archives, the SUNY Plattsburgh thesis collection, a small collection of rare books, and the Rockwell Kent Collection.
John Addoms (also spelled Addams), 1737-1823,served as a surveyor and civil engineer in the American Revolution and quickly rose to the rank of major. After his service in the Revolution, John Addoms moved to Plattsburgh and built a farm on Cumberland Head. Mr. John Townsend Addoms, 1781-1868. J. T. Addoms (son of John Addoms, 1737-1823) was a well-known Methodist Episcopal minister. He and his wife, Harriet Young were deeply involved in the early temperance movement. Mr. Addoms was an early and outspoken leader of the movement. The majority of the documents (correspondences, diaries, journals, school compositions, etc.) in the Addoms’ Family Papers are those of Reverend J. T. Addoms and his family. Also included in the collection are documents involving deaths among Reverend Addoms’ congregation. Many of the miscellaneous materials in the collection concern death and dying in the form of poems, obituary scrapbooks, various memorials, and religious literature. The collection contains two letters from the War of 1812 and eight letters from the Civil War era.