Over decades, Friends of Lorenzo has played a key role in the preservation and promotion of Lorenzo's treasures. Its archives and collections, covering 160 years of history as seen through one family, consists of more than 200,000 documents and 50,000 objects. The documents and objects at Lorenzo comprise the most extensive collection held within the NY State Historic Site System.
The Samuel S. Forman Papers contain administrative records, books, cattle and livestock papers, papers pertaining to the Cazenovia Post Office, certificates, correspondence, estate records, genealogy, Jonathan Denise Ledyard, government records, land documents, legal documents, lists, papers pertaining to the Madison County Court, John H. Oley, Richard Button Patent, slave documents, store documents, speeches and addresses, writings, and miscellaneous papers. Although the Samuel S. Forman Papers are primarily made up of business documents and papers from Forman's time as a shop owner of general stores for the Holland Land Company, and a store in Middletown Point, New Jersey. These business documents and papers include: account books and statements, ashes, bills and receipts, calculations, cashbooks, correspondence, daybooks, invoice books, ledgers, memorandums, orders for payment, petty lists, receipt books, registers, scratch books, and suppliers for Forman's stores. Some business documents and papers pertain to business dealings with specific people and organizations such as Jonathan and Samuel Forman Sr., Oneida Turnpike Road Co., the Cazenovia Establishment, the Sloop Monmouth, Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Sweet and Lovejoy, the Third Great Western Turnpike, S. Van Rensselaer, and Isaac Van Vleck.
The Meadows Collection contain documents that were compiled and stored by the families that owned The Meadows mansion. The three families that owned the mansion were: The Ledyards, The Hubbards, and The Oakmans. Although there are many families represented within this collection, these are the three main families that compiled the documents. For more information, please see the arrangement note. Within this collection are land documents, legal documents, ephemera, correspondence, both business and personal, printed materials, newspaper clippings, genealogical research documents, and photographs. These materials are focused largely on Cazenovia, New York and surrounding New York State areas such as Utica, Albany, Syracuse, New York City, Troy, as well as other properties and land owned in Crescent City, Florida and Pinebluff, North Carolina. Europe, specifically Italy, France, and England are also represented from family trips.
This collection contains advertisements, business documents, correspondence, lists, petitions, photographs, printed materials, stamps, and writings. All materials within this collection are from the ancestors of Jane Kennard Gilmore's grandmother, Helen L. Stebbins (nee Kennard). These ancestors include members of the Childs, Fairchilds, Ledyards, and Stebbins families.
The Aaron White Papers consist of land documents such as land surveys, assessment rolls, maps, notes, and description of lands, lists of the sections of the Delphi Cemetery, a photograph of an aerial view of Cazenovia, educational documents such as calculation examples and a geometry lesson, floor plans, and administrative records, such as annual records from the M.E. Church in Cazenovia.
Dating from the 1790s through 1970, the Lincklaen/Ledyard collection in the Lorenzo archive contains correspondence, land records, wills, maps, store and personal account ledgers, photographs, ephemera, and more created, collected or relating to the family members, enslaved, servants, and business and personal associates.
Helen Lucy Kennard was a direct descendant of the Ledyard family name. Throughout her life, Helen took a great interest in her family's history and compiled genealogical research piecing together her history that she wanted to publish as a book. Her collection contain that same genealogical research, correspondence pertaining to said research, original land and business papers and original correspondence between her ancestors. The collection also contains ephemera, printed materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs that pertain to her research and her family history.
This collection is made up of business documents and papers that were kept by Henry H. Potter. These documents and papers include bank notes, bills and receipts, checkbooks, checks and cancelled checks, miscellaneous materials, daybooks, and ledgers.