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Schenectady County Historical Society’s digital collection on New York Heritage features a sample of our holdings. Our full collection includes artifacts, paintings, books pertaining to local history, family histories, diaries, newspapers, yearbooks, maps, photographs, personal and family papers, and much more.


The mission of the Schenectady County Historical Society is to share stories, inspire dialogue, and encourage the understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County. The Society features interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, education programs, and community events for all audiences in order to further our mission. Our headquarters is located in Schenectady’s historic Stockade neighborhood and houses both the Schenectady History Museum and the Grems-Doolittle Library. The Historical Society also operates the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction. We encourage you to visit the Schenectady County Historical Society to explore how Schenectady County has changed over the years, the impact the Schenectady area has had on national events, as well as the rich and diverse history that Schenectady County has to offer.

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View all of the Schenectady County Historical Society's Digital Collection

View the Schenectady County Historical Society website to find out about visiting the Schenectady History Museum, the Grems-Doolittle Library, and the Mabee Farm Historic Site.

You may also be interested in viewing the Steinmetz Digital Collection of Schenectady. Schenectady County Historical Society is a contributing member to this digital collection about Dr. Charles Steinmetz.


Schenectady County Historical Society Collections:


Erie Canal Photograph Collection

The Erie Canal played an important role in Schenectady County’s development. The opening of the Canal in 1825 facilitated trade between cities in New York, and Schenectady became a prominent shipping port and center for boat-building. Businesses like the American Locomotive company and General Electric would use the Erie Canal to transport raw materials. The Canal would also be used for recreation. Schenectady residents would board the “Kittie West,” a well-known excursion boat to visit places like Rexford and Vischer Ferry. During winter, Schenectady residents would use the canal for winter sports. The portion of the Erie Canal that ran through the City of Schenectady was filled in and paved over in 1925 and became what is now Erie Boulevard. Today, the Erie Canal is mainly a tourist attraction and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark

Grems-Doolittle Library 25th Anniversary

In 2016, the Grems-Doolittle Library at the Schenectady County Historical Society reached its twenty-fifth anniversary. This collection shows the construction of the Grems-Doolittle Library as well as the opening reception celebrating the official opening of the library and other items documenting the library's 25 year history.

Schenectady, NY Street Scenes:

This collection includes photographs of businesses, churches and industries along the streets of Schenectady, New York. The bulk of these images show downtown Schenectady around State Street, Schenectady’s “main” street. They also show the industrial development of the city, the historic Stockade neighborhood, the development of Erie Boulevard after the Erie Canal was filled in, and the city’s expansion eastward. Many of these photos are from the late 1800s and early 1900s and they give a glimpse of what life was like during this time period.

 Sports and Recreation in Schenectady

This collection features photographs of various sports and recreational activities in Schenectady County. Images in this collection include photographs of local baseball team the Schenectady Blue Jays and Schenectady’s professional Negro baseball team, the Mohawk Giants. Also included are images of parks, bicycling, boating, golfing, football, and other recreational activities around Schenectady County.  

Wayne Tucker Postcard Collection:

This collection comprises 19 binders of over 4000 postcards, trade cards, and other ephemera relating to Schenectady County and other nearby areas. The collection was willed to the Schenectady County Historical Society by former Glenville resident Wayne Tucker. Mr. Tucker was an avid collector of postcards and his collection was quite comprehensive with postcards of showing the same area from various viewpoints and years. Most of the postcards date from the early 20th Century and are either colorized views of an area, or real photo postcards. The collection is housed in the Grems-Doolittle Library of the Schenectady County Historical Society.


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