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Local History

 We know that Albany residents take pride in our city’s rich and storied history, and there is no better place to explore where we came from than the Local History Room at our Washington Avenue Branch and our Digital Collection on New York Heritage. There is something for everyone, from the casually curious to the serious scholar—you’ll be amazed at the depth and breadth of materials we’ve collected over the years, from yearbooks to Common Council minutes dating back to the 19th Century.

In the Local History Room, you’ll find a treasure trove of information about Albany’s political leaders, citizens, buildings, and events from days gone by. We’ve digitized many of the photos in the Local History Room. Check out our digital collection and see photos of commercial and residential buildings predating the urban renewal projects in the 1960s and 1970s, views of Albany from the days the trolleys ran throughout the city, and so much more. We encourage you to visit us in person or online and see for yourself!