Tales of New York State history from the pages of the award-winning publication New York Archives.
For readers interested in uncovering the history of the Empire State, The Best of New York Archives highlights some of the most popular articles of the unique, award-winning publication—as told through the records of the men and women who made it.
Home to some of the United States' most important historical treasures, the New York State Archives serves as steward for more than two hundred million records of New York's colonial and state governments from 1630 to the present. Contributions from Pulitzer Prize winners to best-selling authors mine this wealth of information to tell lively and engaging stories of New York State's rich history. From the pages of The Best of New York Archives, nearly four hundred years of history comes alive.
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1992 to develop support for Archives' programs not funded by the state. Thousands of New Yorkers with a passion for history have joined together to make the State Archives and the documents in its collection more accessible to all through membership and annual fund support of the Trust. While it complements and expands the reach of the State Archives, the Trust defines new ground in developing partnerships for preservation, access, education, and outreach programs that extend beyond the availability of state funded activities.
New York Archives magazine is a benefit of Trust membership. This award-winning publication is a shining example of collaboration between the New York State Archives and Trust with history enthusiasts, scholars, and other historical repositories around the Empire State, bringing untold stories and extraordinary happenings to light.
"…people will remember this book most vividly for its remarkable photographs, all in black and white, and very well reproduced … This volume is truly a treasure." — Lake Champlain Weekly
"Anyone with even the least interest in Empire State history will find sections in the book to enjoy. Stories are relatively short, and they become a bit addictive. Most who open this volume will find themselves reading much more broadly than they had planned." — Adirondack Daily Enterprise
"The book is a boon of information for historical enthusiasts and academics alike." — Syracuse Post-Standard
"By evoking the Flushing Remonstrance, Evacuation Day, the women's suffrage movement, and other pivotal episodes in the state's history, The Best of New York Archives reminds readers that, as Columbia's Ken Jackson likes to say, 'America begins in New York.'" — Sam Roberts, New York Times
"The New York State Archives is full of rich documents that serve as gems—they reflect and reveal transformations in national and world history. You'll find many of those gems presented here, and New York's vibrant history comes to life through the eyes of those who lived through it." — Kimberly Gilmore, Senior Historian, History Channel/A+E Networks
"The Best ofNew York Archives is a treasure trove of compelling essays that inform and expand understanding. The selected narratives reflect the essential role the New York State Archives plays in the preservation of the fascinating and wide-ranging particulars of New York State's history. As a bonus, the sampler is a storehouse of golden nuggets useful to deflate any annoying know-it-all whose behavior cries out for it." — Harry Rosenfeld, author of From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman
"An original, authoritative, and entertaining walk through Empire State history—provided by a who's who of leading historians and all inspired by the unparalleled treasures in the New York State Archives." — Harold Holzer, Jonathan F. Fanton Director, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College