Huntington Memorial Library saves and collects many items of local history and genealogy interest. These are items that we believe will have the most research value for our patrons. One of the most used sections of our New York Room collection is area publications, including newspapers, newsletters, and magazines. Take an armchair tour with me this week as we visit some of our very popular items.
Mrs. Dean’s Scrapbooks
Mrs. Dean spent a good portion of her life clipping birth, marriage, and death announcements from the local papers and gluing them into old ledgers. These Birth, Marriage, and Death announcements span the years 1897 to 1951. Over the years, some of our patrons have been able to find elusive information about their relatives that they hadn’t been able to locate anywhere else. These notebooks are like gold mines - a wealth of information. Every time I touch those notebooks, I wonder what Mrs. Dean must have been like. She so carefully compiled all these clippings. What was she thinking? Did she know these people? Why did she decide to do this? The sheer amount of clippings overwhelms me. It would have been a pleasure to meet her and discuss her passion.
Walton Reporter, Republican Express, Mirror Express Scrapbooks
These scrapbooks contain birth, marriage, and death announcements ranging from the 1940s to 1970s in Delaware county communities. Much like Mrs. Dean’s, the clippings were cut from newspapers and pasted into scrapbooks over the years. It’s interesting to see how the fashions change over the years in the wedding clippings.
Oneonta Daily Star
Our local newspaper has a long history and our copies of the paper are on microfilm. The span of dates begins in 1890 and continues right to the present. Highly used, these papers are invaluable to researchers, authors, students, and others searching for specific stories. Through the years authors have used the microfilm for historical checking of facts for novels and non-fiction books, sports stories, family stories, and so many more. A couple of individuals wrote scripts for movies while others checked weather facts for court cases. The types of research individuals do for different projects is always interesting.