Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum

5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326, United States
The Research Library supplements the diverse and world renowned collections at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. Our broad focus includes New York State with an emphasis on Otsego and nearby counties, American, and Native American history, art, and material culture. The Library’s Special Collections include rare books, manuscripts and archival collections, trade catalogs, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera.

Recently added Collections

Wetmore, Janes, & Sugden card sales kit, 1930s., 1930s.

Contains a sales kit for the Wetmore, Hanes, and Sugden Company’s line of Christmas cards mounted on 27 pages of heavy, brown card stock. The colorful cards are printed with winter or religious scenes and Christmas and New Year greetings and include envelopes. Printing techniques include steel die stamped (some with mother of pearl backgrounds), metal seal steel die stamped, off-set, and color toned. One card sample is hand colored. Many envelopes, inside envelopes, and card holders are lined with printed tissue linings and some with linings designed to match the card.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 474

Corporal Michael “Rome” Sollak correspondence, 1942-1944., 1942 - 1944

This is an extensive collection of the World War II correspondence of Corporal Michael “Rome” Sollak who served in the U. S. Army, 303rd Engineers Battalion, Companies H and S. These letters were sent to his girlfriend-then-wife, Evelyn Mickel Sollak, and other family members and friends in Johnstown, Fulton County, NY.
Collection ID: Coll. No. 457

George Andrus correspondence, 1820-1854., 1820 - 1854

Business correspondence of George Andurs of Adams, Jefferson County, NY in his several professional capacities. Topics include instructions to Farmers Fire Insurance and Loan Company agents with notes of rates for special premiums for various occupations and goods, list of un-insurables including brimstone works, malt houses, gun powder makers, snuff mills, varnish makers, and theaters. Some letters, pertaining to the general store and debt collection businesses are jointly addressed to him and his partner, Mr. Harter. George Andrus’ 1822 post masters appointment is noted in a letter signed by the Postmaster General, J. Neigs.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 471

Averell Family Papers, 1773-1963 (bulk 1790-1880)

The Averell Family Papers consist primarily of the personal, business, and legal papers of William Holt Averell of Cooperstown, New York. The collection also includes a substantial number of papers relating to or written by James Averell, Jr., William Holt Averell's father. In addition, the collection includes papers relating to other members of the Averell family and genealogical information regarding the Averell, Carter, Slayton, and Waldby families. The date range is mostly from 1790 to 1880.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 82

Zabriskie Family Papers, 1790-1976., 1790 - 1976

Family correspondence, deeds, wills, genealogical data, travel mementos, patents, clippings,and scrapbooks of Charles F. Zabriskie (CFZ) and his son Charles Lemaire Zabriskie (CLZ) of Cooperstown. Also documents of Jean LeMaire, an immigrant from France.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 64

Cheetham family correspondence, 1912-1917., 1912 - 1917

This collection documents the courtship and marriage of Harold Cheetham and Ella May Wilson, Williamson, Wayne County, NY.
Collection ID: Coll. No. 461

Third Great Western Turnpike Records, 1803-1859., 1803 - 1859

Minutes, stock transfers, and other papers, 1803-59; contracts, 1802-10; orders for dividends, 1810-13, 1823-27; dividend demand notes, 1821-59; receipts and bills for supplies and services, 1811-56; incomplete commuter lists, 1830-54; appointments of proxies, 1803-09; certificates, tables, and notices of elections, 1804-12; daybooks, 1811, 1832-35; and correspondence of Samuel S. Forman, 1829-35, and Sidney T. Fairchild, 1836-58, officers of the company. Also a photographic copy of a map of the road in Otsego, Herkimer, Madison, and Onondaga Counties, from near Richfield Springs to beyond Cazenovia.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 72

Otesaga Hotel and Iroquois Farm staff photographs, 1917-1922., 1917 - 1922

Black and white photographs of the staff of Cooperstown’s Otsesaga Hotel and Iroquois Farm posing in groups of up to 20 at various, mostly rural locations in the vicinity of Cooperstown, Otsego County, NY. All but a few of the photos are labeled by date and location. If Gertrude Wood McDonough, Ruth Wood Thornblade, and/or Mary Wood Masters appear in photos, they are identified. Some photos feature autos, horses, a duck pond, women in maid’s uniforms and in costumes, and various Cooperstown landmarks.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 463

Belva Ann Lockwood Papers: The Ormes-Winner Collection, ca. 1879-1904., ca. 1879-1904

This collection contains about 500 manuscript pages of Lockwood's various lectures, including some from the time of her campaign for president; newspaper clippings about her; an 1879 diploma presented to Lockwood when she was allowed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court; and an 1889 passport.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 213

Christman Family Papers, 1885-1967, 1885 - 1967

Contains correspondence, unpublished poems, and essays by William W. Christman, as well as pamphlets, scrapbooks, and photographs. Also includes research notes, final typescript, and galley proofs for Henry Christman's book.

Collection ID: Coll. No. 10