Old Post Road, by C. G. Hine (1905) -- “The
Publick Common General Road and Highway from King’s Bridge to the Ferry
at Crawlier over against the City of Albany”.
While most of our material is organized by county, this
one is regional: from the Bronx in the south to the City of Albany in
the north, in the area east of the Hudson River – or where the Old Post
Road ran (and where traces of it still run today). It is not a
comprehensive history of that highway, but rather a series of references
to the history on the perambulation of the author from the southern end
to the northern. There are references spanning the entire history of
the area from its initial colonization by Caucasians to the advent of
the automobile. There are photographs – actually pasted into the volume
we scanned for this republication, leaving telltale darkening on the
facing pages – that show various manmade features of the trip, which
reproduced quite nicely in the scanning process. 120+ pages, in
PDF format, download now for $3.00.
Civil History of New
York: Colonial Era,
from Mather & Brockett’s Geographical History of New
York (1848). Beginning as it did
as a Dutch colony, New York State’s colonial history is unique. Quite
unlike the colonial history of New England with its theocratic
underpinnings, different from Penn’s colony to the south, and far
different from Virginia and the other southern colonies, yet
geographically and socially proximate to all of these, this should be of
interest to anyone with an interest in American history. That
governance changed from Dutch to English, still in colonial times,
merely makes the combined history still more fascinating. 36+
pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.
Charity in New York State in 1906: State
Institutions. We are in the process of
republishing sections of volume II of the Annual Report of the State
Board of Charities for the year 1906. The material will be of
interest to local historians who wish a better picture of charitable
institutions in their locale a century ago, to genealogists and family
historians interested in the people who administered charity back then
as well as how any unfortunates house in these facilities may have
lived, and to those who have questions about the now-politicized "safety
net" for the unfortunates in our society back in those years. This
section addresses the state asylums and other state-managed institutions
(articles about specific counties will appear in the
publications about each county -- note that the state institutions in
this article are not included in the county sections). 19++ pages, in PDF format,
download now for $2.00.
The First 20 years of
the WCTU in New York State (1894).
The full title of this publication is
Two Decades: A History of the First Twenty Years Work by
the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in the State of New York 1874 –
1894. Your publisher, when we began
the project of digitizing this volume, viewed it as a document that
would fit nicely in our Americana section along with the articles on
speakeasy cards and “tonics” but came away from the project rather
impressed with what these women (who did not yet have the right to vote)
accomplished in their first 20 years. Let it be clear that this is a
history of a state WCTU organization, not a polemic, and while the
authors assume a friendly audience, their discussion of tactics and
their implementation are potentially useful to any disenfranchised
group. We were also impressed to learn of an aspect of the work of the
WCTU in a seemingly unrelated area: until they got legislative action
in 1887 raising the age of consent to 16 years, it was a mind-boggling
10 years old. One pauses in wonder at what the sexual proclivities of a
legislature that considered ten year old girls to be fair game must have
been. 94+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $5.00.
Land Patents and Purchases in New York State (1860),
from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York.
This is a compilation of all of the major land grants, land patents, and land
purchases in New York State. We believe this is essential for anyone
interested in the history of the state because of the many ways that the land
grants and subdivisions affected land use and subsequent inhabitants. 8+
pages, PDF format, download now for $3.50.
Manufacturing and Commerce in New
York State (1860), from French’s Gazetteer of the
State of New York. New York as a
center of commerce and industry is a long-held distinction. The tables
in this chapter should be of use to historians interested in the Civil
War and the period leading up to it. In a few tables one gets a picture
of trade – particularly cotton – in the critical years before the war.
The manufacturing section is also useful because it provides comparative
statistics by county by type of manufacture. 16+ pages, PDF
format, download now for $3.25.
Corporations in New York State (1860), from
French's Gazetteer of the State of New York. This compendium
principally lists four kinds of corporations: steam ship
companies, public utilities, insurance companies, and banks. The
lengthy lists of closed and defunct insurance companies and banks gives
one pause for thought. 21+ pages, PDF format, download now for
Colleges and Academies in New York State (1860), from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York.
This is a compendium of all the colleges and "academies" located in New York
State at the time French compiled his Gazetteer. It will be a useful
research aid for many. 10+ pages, PDF format, download now for $