The Grems-Doolittle Library contains books and manuscripts focusing on genealogy and local history of the Schenectady County area, including the nearby counties in upstate New York from the colonial period to the present day. Library holdings include:
- Accounts (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Almshouse records
- Bonds (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Books on Schenectady and New York State history and genealogy
- Broadsides (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Cemetery Records (Schenectady County)
- Certificates, Diplomas, and Awards
- Church documents (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Church Records (Schenectady County)
- Church Records outside Schenectady County
- City Directories
- Commissions (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Correspondence (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Deeds (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Education documents (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Family files
- Genealogy Documents (from historic manuscripts collection)
- General Letters (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Legal matters documents (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Military documents (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Miscellaneous historical documents (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Newspaper vital records indexes
- Newspapers on microfilm for the period 1795–1875
- Oral histories
- Photographs (see heading for photograph collections below)
- Politics (from historic manuscripts collection)
- Wills for Schenectady County on microfilm, 1809-1901. Additionally, we have copies of some local wills in our historic manuscripts collection.
- Vault Books
Click the links below to access finding aids for these collections
FAMILY AND PERSONAL PAPERS
Family and Personal Papers are the heart of the Grems-Doolittle Library and Archives. These collections give us a glimpse into the lives of Schenectady County residents. In these collections you can find out what Revolutionary War quartermaster Henry Glen was up to, or check out some of the beautiful maps of land surveyor James Frost. If you have a collection that you think would be a good addition, send our librarian an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the links below to check out the finding aids for these collections.
ORGANIZATIONAL AND BUSINESS RECORDS
Our organizational and business records cover a wide range of Schenectady’s entrepreneurial, social, civic, fraternal, and political pursuits. Want to see some photos of the Carl Company? Our Carl Company Collection has that covered. Curious about social and fraternal clubs of immigrants in Schenectady? Check out the Schenectady Liederkranz Records. Our finding aids on this page only cover a portion of the organizational and business records in our collections and we are always working on making these collections more accessible. Follow the links on this page to access the finding aids.
Whether you want to know what your house or street looked like in the 1920s, or you’re doing some genealogy and want to find out what your great-great-grandmother looked like, our photograph collections can help you out. These collections cover a variety of topics to give you a glimpse into Schenectady’s past. Follow the links below for finding aids and guides to our photo collections. You can find some of our photograph collection online at our New York Heritage page.
On this page, you will find indexes to newspapers, marriage records, cemetery records and others collections at the Grems-Doolittle Library. Our very hard working volunteers helped put together these indexes.
RESEARCH GUIDES, BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND ARTICLES
Our staff and volunteers work hard to make our library and archival collections as accessible as possible. Here are some of the research guides to specific topics in our library.