Historic Images of the NYS Capitol

Dear Colleagues,

The NYS Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol is trying to update our collection of historic photographs, stereo views and other interior and exterior images of the Capitol.  In 1979, the Commission began an exhaustive research effort that culminated in an Historic Structure Report, followed by The Master Plan for the New York State Capitol.  At that time numerous institutions, large and small, were contacted to determine if they held any images of the Capitol.  We were successful in locating many items, including construction photographs, some stereo views, architectural drawings, postcards, and both amateur and professional photographs.

Since 20 years have passed, we are again asking historical societies, libraries and other institutions if they have recently acquired any photographs, stereo views, postcards or other images of the Capitol.  We would like to enhance our collection to continue to document the on-going restoration efforts in the Capitol and to better understand the decorative finishes, furniture, window treatments, carpeting and floor finishes that were used over the past 100 years.  We would appreciate learning if you have any historic images of the New York State Capitol.

Thank you for your assistance.

Andrea J. Lazarski
Executive Director