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LRH. Local/Regional History

 Record Group
Identifier: LRH
Special Collections & University Archives maintains a small and growing collection of materials related to both the village and town of Hamilton, New York, and the greater Central New York region. These collections range from the papers of local persons and families, the records of community groups and businesses, and photographs, maps, and other non-textual materials documenting the region from the 18th century to present.

Found in 35 Collections and/or Records:

Adon Smith family papers, M2045

Identifier: M2045
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence, social invitations, certificates, deeds, photographs, genealogical documents and notes, and three account books. Subjects include property descriptions, valuations, and sales, military service, social events, and family events, relations, and history. Most of the deeds relate to property in or around Hamilton, including the Smith Block, and Sherburne Falls, NY. Materials also include a map of Leon County, TX, and a record of land grants in...
Dates: 1812 - 1980

Chenango Canal collection, M2025

Identifier: M2025
Scope and Contents

Contains materials relating to the legislative background, construction, and operation of the canal linking Binghamton to Utica. Includes many of the original surveyor's books, as well as other ephemera.

Dates: 1821-1984

Community Memorial Hospital records, M2034

Identifier: M2034
Scope and Contents

This collection contains photos of the hospital both during and after construction. There is also information on the threat of closure in 1977 and the intital efforts to get a hospital for the community in the 1940's. There is also a wide range of articles on the hospital in the collection. For more information about Community Memorial Hospital go to

Dates: 1948-1980

Edgarton-Bishop farm records, M2000

Identifier: M2000
Scope and Contents

A gift of the estate of Gertrude E. Edgarton, these materials document nearly 150 years of farming and business in Central New York, especially Deansboro and Bouckville. Topics covered include farming, merchandising, militias, Hopkins Choice Mower Company, District School #10, and the history of Bouckville and the Edgarton family.

Dates: 1797-1960

Fortnightly Club (Hamilton, N.Y.) records, M2019

Identifier: M2019
Scope and Contents

Includes history, newspaper clippings, administrative records, programs, and the minutes of the Hamilton Fortnightly Club.

Dates: 1894-2020

Victor B. Goodrich Genealogical Research Services records, M2050

Identifier: M2050
Scope and Contents

The working collection of a professional genealogist, including county-wide vital statistics, cemetery readings, published books and pamphlets, church records, and other Madison County ephemera. This collection also contains family bibles/histories, church, cemetery, and military records. Also included are maps and land records from around Madison County, along with histories of local towns.

Dates: 1798 - 1991

Hamilton families collection, M2061

Identifier: M2061
Scope and Contents

The Hamilton families collection was compiled by Special Collections and University Archives personnel sometime prior to the mid-1990s, and contains historical and genealogical materials relating to select Hamilton families.

Dates: 1608-1992

Hamilton history collection, M2046

Identifier: M2046
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs, printed ephemera, correspondence, manuscripts, and legal documents, related to the history of Hamilton, New York, collected and compiled by the Colgate University Libraries.

Original folder numbering has been retained throughout the collection even in cases where misnumbering occurred at the time of original processing or materials were discovered to be missing during later inventories. As a result, missing folder numbers may be encountered.

Dates: 1800-1990

Hamilton houses collection, M2060

Identifier: M2060
Scope and Contents

The Hamilton houses collection was compiled by Special Collections and University Archives personnel sometime prior to the mid-1990s, and contains historical materials relating to select Hamilton village houses and buildings. The names used to describe the buildings were selected at the time the collection was compiled, and may not represent current owners and/or currently recognized names.

Dates: 1817-1992

Henry A. Harter collection of New York State Railways photographs, M2030

Identifier: M2030
Scope and Contents The New York State Railways pictures were taken mainly in the City of Utica, many of them at the Forest Park carbarns and shops. Several of the pictures were taken in the vicinity of the carbarn on Main Street, Utica, across from the Union Station.The first folder of the collection contains additional information about the numbered prints, including information known about the prints and negatives as of 1975. According to this 1975 inventory that accompanies the collection, the...
Dates: before 1975

Lawrence family papers, M2014

Identifier: M2014
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence and business records of a family of New York City investors and businessmen. The papers relate to investments in New York State lands (including some in western New York), the Hudson River Railroad, and the Erie Canal.

Dates: 1757-1859

William P. Locke papers, M2040

Identifier: M2040
Scope and Contents

According to the "Guide to Special Collections at Colgate University," this collection contains the business records of a hop-processor located in Waterville, N.Y. It also includes materials on the local cider industry.

Dates: 1850-1889, 1924-1928; Majority of material found within 1875-1889

Peter E. McGuire and Joseph L. Kelly papers, M2057

Identifier: M2057
Scope and Contents

The Peter E. McGuire and Joseph L. Kelly papers contain diaries and letters written by Peter McGuire and his brother-in-law Joseph Kelly. The letters are addressed to family members and date from during and after the Civil War. Also included are official military papers, a photograph of Joseph Kelly, a veteran's reunion booklet, and Kelly's obituary.

Dates: 1862 - 1924

Migrant workers in Madison County and Central New York collection, M2008

Identifier: M2008
Scope and Contents

Details concerning the migrant workers that came to Hamilton to pick vegetables during the summer, particularly regarding the education of their children. Includes maps and details of the individual camps.

Dates: 1956-1971

Louis Anathe Muller and the Muller Hill collection, M2044

Identifier: M2044
Dates: 1809 - 1998; Majority of material found within 1809 - 1907

Oneida Indian Nation gaming collection, M2038

Identifier: M2038
Scope and Contents

Newspaper articles, offical Oneida Indian Nation brochure, and ephemera related to the early history of Oneida Indian Nation gaming and casinos

Dates: 1994 - 1995

Daimon Richmond papers, M2003

Identifier: M2003
Scope and Contents

Collection contains account books, financial records, photographs, deeds and legal papers, subpoenas, advertising flyers and other ephemera relating to the Richmond family in Poolville, N.Y

Dates: 1817-1881

George B. Terry papers, M2015

Identifier: M2015
Scope and Contents

Includes letters written home by Terry during his time in the service. The letters are mainly to his uncle, aunt, and cousin, and describe his wartime experiences. The collection also includes twentieth century material relating to the custodial history of the collection itself.

Dates: 1861-1976; Majority of material found within 1861-1862

Maria C. Todd diary, M2056

Identifier: M2056
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a diary written by Maria C. Todd from 1840-1841. It includes discussions of her daily life, religious activities, and family, which included sons studying in Hamilton, New York. The diary is dedicated to her son Theodore W. Todd and offers advice to him as he leaves home.

Dates: 1840 - 1841