The Pruyn Collection of Albany History is the local history collection of the Albany Public Library. It is housed in the Albany History Room, which is opposite the Edgar Tompkins Memorial Computer Lab on the second floor of the Main Library. Albany’s long and fascinating history can be explored through books, pamphlets, clippings, newspapers, and photographs. The lives of citizens can be discovered through city directories, census records, and newspapers. While the primary focus of the collection is on the history of Albany City and County, there are also materials relating to other communities in the Capital District.
The Pruyn Collection Hours:
Mondays from 4 to 7 pm -- Every week
Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm -- First and third Wednesday of each month
Fridays from 2 to 5 pm -- Every week
Saturdays from 1:30 to 5 pm -- Second and fourth Saturday of each month
City Historian Tony Opalka is available on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 pm to assist the public with their local history research
Contact the Reference Desk for general information at 427-4303.
For more specialized assistance, contact Local History Librarian Ellen Gamache at 427-4327.
Pruyn Collection - A list of local history and genealogical materials available for use in the Albany History Room.
Online history & genealogy resources - Useful web links and research databases.
This app provides a map for a walking tour of Albany's amazing architecture and more than 100 historic photographs of Albany streets. Produced through the cooperation Troy Web Consulting and the Historic Albany Foundation.
Slides from a presentation on how to research your property's history by the Albany City Historian and the Historic Albany Foundation's Director of Presentation Services (June 1, 2013).