NYS Library


The New York State Library holds many documentary resources for the study of New York’s pivotal role in the War of 1812.  Manuscript holdings include diaries, letters, orderly books, pension claim documents, and personal papers. Additional primary documents include contemporary broadsides, maps, printed ballads and songbooks, prints, and newspapers, as well as contemporary published memoirs and histories of the conflict.  Secondary resources include published federal and state document sets, genealogical resources, academic journals, and printed histories.

For more documents and books related to the War of 1812, search the Library’s online catalog at to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov .   For access to primary documents call the Manuscripts and Special Collections Research Room at 518-474-6282 or send e-mail to mscolls@mail.nysed.gov.  For the main library Reference section, call 518-474-5355, or email refserv@mail.nysed.gov.


Library Primary Resources

Download the complete list of Manuscripts, Prints, Broadsidesm Maps, Broadside Ballads, and Contemporary Published Accounts And Rare Books available from the NYS Library.

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