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.

History Room Hours: Saturdays 10am to noon

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 ext. 103 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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 collections in the library’s History Room contains newspaper clippings, original documents, photographs, local history booklets, pamphlets, and local oral histories all pertaining to the history of Hudson and the surrounding areas.

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.)

Greenport Historical society provides excellent programs of both an educational and entertaining nature regarding Greenport, Hudson, and the surrounding areas. http://www.greenporthistoricalny.org/

Hear My Voice: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center studied primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. Click the title above to view our Zine of their work.

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”.

Prints are available at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street, Hudson and The spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson and the Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th St, Hudson. Proceeds from these sales will go to the Hudson Area Library History Room and the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library.

Other Local Historic Research Sources