Our local history room is called the New York State Room and is managed by librarian Sarah Livingston. It is a “white glove” room and anyone using the room must wear white gloves while doing research. Oils and dirt on your hands can permanently damage archival materials, and the gloves help keep items clean. This week, we are highlighting just a few of the more than 15,000 items in that room. Sarah has written the article below to tell you about them.
In the New York State Room, we have many types of resources that can be used for many different purposes. This time of year can make people stop and reflect comparisons of what was to what is. The winter months are great for setting some time aside for getting at those local history questions you have had in the back of your mind or to just settle that debate you are having with a friend.
Perhaps you have an interest in the economy and the local environment. For instance, did you know that we have many economic and business related publications in the New York State Room? If you would like to know what the Strategic Plan for Downtown Oneonta was in 1994, we have it. Interested in the retail market and economic profile of the 1980s? We have it. Looking for historical information on water resources and other environmental attributes of the area? We have it. Interested in looking at an old comprehensive plan for the town or the city of Oneonta? We have them. Our publication collection concentrates primarily on the town and the city of Oneonta and Otsego County, but we do have items that contain studies that impact a wider area. One of those is the final environment impact study done in the 1970s on Interstate 88. Paired with more current studies out there today on our area, it could be an interesting topic to study. We also have documents on the NYSEG cleanup of the former Manufactured Gas Plant. You never know what you’ll find that interests you until you look.