History Room

The library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State.  Among the holdings are sets of Hudson City Directories, Hudson High School’s Blue and Gold Year Books, early editions of poetry books by Edna St. Vincent Millay, compilations of St. Nicholas Literary Magazine, historical periodicals, and photographs.

Summer 2015 History Room Hours:

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm (weekly)
Saturdays 10am to noon (bi-weekly – June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22)

Visitors who wish to visit the History Room on a different day or time must make an appointment. Please contact the library at 518.828.1792 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Regular hours will resume in September.

Most of the books in our History Room are searchable through the Mid-Hudson Library System Online Catalog.  Click here to see a list of what is available.

The Vertical file cabinets in the library’s History Room contain copies of newspaper clippings, some original documents, photographs, local history booklets, pamphlets and other paper documents pertaining to the history of Hudson and the surrounding areas. Click here to see a PDF of the inventory list for the vertical file.

Online Resources

Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH) provides access to historical materials from digital collections contributed by colleges, libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and cultural organizations from the various counties in New York State.  You can find images of postcards from our collection as well as Hudson-Fulton Tricentennial materials. Link here to see our collection.

Genealogy Materials Heritage QuestHeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. (Only available to Library Card holders.)

Vintage Hudson Map

Aero View

Detail of portion of vintage aeroview map of Hudson.

The 1923 original of this dirigible eye-view of Hudson is part of the History Collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Books are available at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street, Hudson. Hudson City Books is donating proceeds from these sales to the Campaign for the New Hudson Library and the Hudson Area Library History Room. Those interested can make a purchase by calling the bookstore at 518.671.6020 or stopping by to see the complete work on display there.