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Local History Resources

Resources in Local History at SUNY Oswego - Penfield Library.

Special Collections' Manuscripts

"Although the literal meaning of manuscript is ‘handwritten’, the Library’s manuscript collections cover all kinds of unpublished written records and many contain published and pictorial records as well. The kinds of records are extremely diverse: letters, diaries, notebooks, speeches, lectures, drafts of books and articles, research or reference files, cutting books, photographs, drawings, minute books, agenda papers, logbooks, financial records, maps and plans."  (https://perma.cc/DKV4-4VZC)

The manuscripts in Special Collections are largely representative of Oswego County and New York State and vary in subject and size.  Several finding aids are available online.  A sample of the manuscripts are:

MS 003 Millard Fillmore Papers

MS 098 The Van Keuren Papers

MS 085  One Room Schoolhouse Association of Oswego County

MS 138  Eugenijs Kaskin Paintings

MS 131  The Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario

Please use the Penfield Library online catalog to search for manuscripts.

If you have questions, please inquire through email archives@oswego.edu or through Special Collections inquiry form: https://www.oswego.edu/library/contact-special-collections

Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario

Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario:  Jewish haven at Oswego, N.Y. 
Included are copies of Ontario Chronicle, correspondence, video recordings of reunions, oral histories and transcripts.
Special Collections MS 131.  3 boxes

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