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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
Phone: (212) 873-3400

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Collection processed by Jan Hilley

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 04, 2011
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

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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:

  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:

  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:

  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.