History Room

The library’s History Room houses resources that pertain to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport, 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 Yearbooks, early editions of poetry books by Edna St. Vincent Millay, historical periodicals, vintage postcards, and photographs including the Neefus Collection and photographs from the Rowles Collection. The archival collections contain newspaper clippings, original documents, photographs, local history booklets, pamphlets, and local oral histories. The books are all cataloged and searchable online in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The archival collections are organized by finding aid and container lists, which are available on this webpage.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room is to acquire and preserve holdings regarding the history and culture of the library’s service area including Hudson, Greenport and Stockport, and their residents as well as to maintain, preserve, and protect the collection in a secure, conservation-quality repository while providing access to its holdings. Secondarily, the mission of the History Room is to acquire and preserve the history and culture of Columbia County.

History Room Copyright Policy

Click here to view our History Room Copyright Policy. It is a guide to help people who use the Hudson Area Library History Room Collection for research, professional or other uses.

Deed of Gift

Click here to view our History Room Deed of Gift. We ask that you complete this form when donating items to the History Room. You can print out the PDF and complete it at home, or we can generate one for you at the library.

History Room Hours

Tuesdays 4 – 6pm
Saturdays 10am to noon

Please contact Paul Costa at the library: 518-828-1792 ext. 103 or reference@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information or to schedule an appointment outside our regular hours.

History Room Research Request Form

Click here to access our Research Request Form. Our dedicated History Room volunteers will then search for the items and information you need. Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for our volunteers to complete your request. If you are inquiring about a specific building in Hudson, please email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org with your request, a photograph of the building with the address clearly labeled, and one of the immediate surrounding area, such as a view of the block or adjacent buildings.

History Room Book Collection

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, or search the mid Hudson Library System catalog by clicking on Catalog in the tab at the top of this page

History Room Archival Collection

Click on the links below for PDFs containing information on our Hudson and Columbia County Archives. Finding aids will help you find the subjects for which we have documents, while container lists will show you the exact documents we have archived.

City of Hudson Collection Container List
City of Hudson Collection Finding Aid
Columbia County Container List

Albert E. Clements Papers Finding Aid

City of Hudson Postcard Collection Finding Aid

The Papers of CMH Nursing School Finding Aid

Online Resources

New York Heritage provides access to historical materials from digital collections contributed by colleges, libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and cultural organizations from New York State. The Hudson Area Library is one of those contributors. Click here to see our collection.

Hudson Urban Renewal (https://nyheritage.org/collections/arthur-koweek-collection-hudson-urban-renewal) shows photos from Hudson’s urban renewal project of 1971-1973.

Gossips of Rivertown (http://gossipsofrivertown.blogspot.com/) has news, commentary, and history about the City of Hudson.

Photo by Gibson (http://photobygibson.com) holds the collection of Howard “Howie” Gibson, a local commercial photographer who captured live in the region for much of the mid-20th century.

Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/) is a searchable repository of newspapers in New York

The Story of Hudson (https://www.storyofhudson.com/) is an introduction to the visual and cultural history of the City of Hudson, NY.

HeritageQuest® 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.)

Ancestry (https://Ancestry.com) is an online genealogical service.

FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) is an online resource, supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that is dedicated to connecting families through their shared history.

NYS Historical Newpapers (http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/) is a database of historic newspapers in New York state, with options to search geographically by county.

History Room Shop

The History Room Shop is online and open for business 24/7! All items except our framed 1923 Map of Hudson can be shipped. The sales support the preservation, archiving, and making accessible of Hudson’s amazing history. Your purchases help make Hudson’s history available to all! Thank you for your support.

Reissues of Vintage Hudson Maps

Aero View

Detail of portion of the 1923 aeroview map of Hudson.

The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict American towns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known also as bird’s-eye views, perspective maps and aero views, these maps are non-photographic representations of towns portrayed as if viewed from above at an angle, not generally drawn to scale, and showing street layouts, individual buildings and landscape features, in perspective.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has two original aero views of Hudson, from 1881 and 1923, both for sale as copies. Prints are available at 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 library.


1923 Aeroview Map (43′”x 22″) (Framed) $450. This item cannot be shipped.


1923 Aeroview Map (43′”x 22″) (Unframed) $150, plus $15 for shipping and handling

Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881

1881 Aeroview Map (32.5″ x 21.5″) (Unframed) $150, plus $15 for shipping and handling

1871 City Map of Hudson

The History Room acquired a map of the wards of Hudson that also features 19 line drawings of prominent buildings of the time, thanks to a generous donor.

The framed copy of this map will be on permanent display in the library. The original is protected in our collection and stored in the appropriate archival manner. While it will be available for access or display only on special occasions, you can also take home a copy for your home. They are available in archival canvas and archival paper.

Map Material

Wish You Were Here T-Shirt

This shirt displays the historic postcard of Warren St. from Sixth St., our featured postcard from our exhibit, Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards. Shipping and handling is $4.

Wish You Were Here T-Shirt

Wish You Were Here Notecards

These notecards display the historic postcard of Warren St. from Sixth St., our featured postcard from our exhibit, Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards. They are available for $4 each, or as a pack of six for $20. Shipping and handling is $4

Single Postcard

Pack of 6 Notecards

Hudson Area Library Armory Tea Towels

These tea towels display a line drawing of the Hudson Armory that now holds the Hudson Area Library. They are $12 each, plus $4 for shipping and handling.

Library Totes

Featuring a beautiful line drawing by local artist Tony Kieraldo, these bags are strong enough for groceries, travel and, or course, carrying books!


View videos of library programs, including our local history talks, recorded by Dan Udell, and videos of Hudson throughout history courtesy of Peter Cipkowski.

Local History Talks and Related Programs

Below is a video player with all of our local history talks and related programs in one place. If you want to watch these on YouTube, click here.

Playlist: Local History Talks & Related Programs

Historic Hudson Videos

Below is a video player with all of our historic videos of Hudson in one place. If you want to watch these on YouTube, click here.

Playlist: Historic Videos

The History Room on Zoom

Gary Sheffer, Trustee and History Room Chair for the Hudson Area Library, hosts a podcast in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. Below is a video player with all of Gary’s interviews in one place. If you want to watch these on YouTube, click here.

Playlist: The History Room on Zoom

Historic Hudson Postcards: Wish You Were Here Fall 2018 Exhibition

Click the link below to view the text featured in our postcard exhibition from 2018.

Historic Hudson Postcards: Wish You Were Here Fall 2018 Exhibition

Local History Repositories

Click here for a PDF containing additional sources of historical research in Hudson, Greenport, Stockport and the surrounding area, including town, city, and county historians.

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 here to view our Zine of their work.

History of the Armory

The Armory is a visual landmark and center for much community history. Beyond functioning as an armory for the National Guard and its antecedents, many area residents recall attending high school proms, auto shows, wrestling, Harlem Globe Trotters basketball, and many other events in the Armory. Most recently the Armory was home to the Armory Art and Antique Gallery. Read more.