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Guide to the Ulster County Collection
1666-1893 (Bulk 1700-1800)
  MS 645

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jan Hilley

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 28, 2022
Description is in English.

Administrative Information


Purchases: 1950 (Tomlinson Collection), and July 1923.

Donations: November 1923, December 1923, May 1931, June 1936, February 1939, May 1949, and others.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Ulster County Collection, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society has a significant selection of material related to the early history of Ulster County. Within the Manuscript Division, for example, is another collection made up primarily of 18th century land transactions and church papers - The Paltsits Ulster County Collection (Call Phrase: Paltsits Ulster County) - collected by Dr. Victor Hugo Paltsits. There are also individual manuscript items such as the following:

Missing Title

  1. Account Book, 1736-1822- Call Phrase: BV VanGaasbeck
  2. Land Surveys, 1767-[176-?]- Call Phrase: BV Gale, Samuel
  3. Diary/Account Book, 1749-1780- Call Phrase: BV DeWitt
  4. Patent, 1719/20, March 17, Ulster County (N.Y.)- Call Phrase: Y1720

The Library's General Collections contain a number of related volumes of which the following are examples:

Missing Title

  1. Clearwater, Alphonso T., ed., The History of Ulster County, New York. Kingston, NY: W.J. Van Deusen, 1907. (Call Number: F127.U4 C6)
  2. Fried, Marc B., The Early History of Kingston and Ulster County, N.Y. Marbletown, NY: Ulster County Historical Society [1975]. (Call Number: F129.K5 F82)
  3. Sylvester, Nathaniel Bartlett, History of Ulster County, New York: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1880 (Philadelphia: Press of J.B. Lippincott & Co.). (Call Number: F127.U4 S95)
  4. Ulster County Historical Society, Kingston, N.Y., Collections of the Ulster Historical Society, Volume I. Kingston, Hommel & Lounsbery, printers [etc.] 1860-62. (Call Number: F127.U4 U4)
  5. Van Buren, Augustus H., A History of Ulster County Under the Dominion of the Dutch. Kingston, NY: [s.n.], 1923.

The Print Room of the Library contains a number of related maps such as the following:

Missing Title

  1. Cockburn, Will. A Map of the Division Line Between the Countys of Albany and Ulster, from the Mouth of the Sawyers Creek, 1765. (Call Number: M29.1.10)

The Library also has significant manuscript and general collections relating to the various families mentioned in this collection such as Colden, De Peyster, Schuyler, Alexander, Beckman, Van Cortlandt and others.