About the Research Center
The New York State Military Museum and Veteran Research Center (NYSMMVRC] Library
and Archives, a part of New York State’s Division of Military and Naval
Affairs, is a research facility whose mission is to preserve the history of New
York State’s military forces and New York State veterans.
The NYSMMVRC collection, one of the finest collections in the country of military
flags, artifacts, photographs and records, was initially formed in 1863 by the
Bureau of Military Statistics, a department of New York State’s Adjutant
General’s office. The collection resided in the state Capitol for most of
Since its founding during the Civil War, the NYSMMVRC collection continues
to grow and now houses thousands of artifacts and records that chronicle the contributions
New York State men and women have made to our state and federal military over
the past 200 years
Library and Archive Resources
The NYSMMVRC Library and Archive is a major resource for the study of New York
State military, cultural and social history, and the role played by New York men
and women veterans in federal service.
The Library and Archive collection includes a library of 2000 volumes of military
and New York State history; over 5,000 unit and individual soldier photographs;
unit history files; broadsides; scrapbooks; letters; armory and unit collections;
Unit History Vertical Files. These files contain historical
and lineage information on New York State Militia, National Guard, New York Guard
and New York Naval Militia, Air National Guard units and New York units inducted
into federal service. Most New York units after 1861 are included in this collection.
These vertical files are arranged numerically by unit number.
New York Civil War Regiments Newspaper File. This is a collection
of clippings from New York State Civil War era newspapers describing the activities
of individual New York regiment. The collection is arranged numerically by regiment.
This collection is in the process of being scanned and put online.
Civil War Photograph Collection. Over 2,500 individual photographs
of Civil War soldiers are in this collection, most are identifiable by name and
regiment. This collection is on a searchable database.
Officer Service Record Cards. Individual
service records for selected New York National Guard, New York Guard/State
Militia and New York Naval Militia officers, 1861-1965.
Burial Record Cards. This file contains burial data for New
Yorkers who served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and Spanish-American
Individual Military Service Record Jackets. These records
contain service histories and civilian information on thousands of members of
the New York National Guard and New York Guard, 1870’s-1950. Communities
for which these records are available include Malone, Glens Falls, Oneida, Utica,
Oswego, Tonawanda, and Oneonta.
Armory/Unit Collections. Detailed records kept by National
Guard units in several New York State communities. Included in these records are
unit descriptive lists, muster rolls, scrapbooks, company letter books, photographs
and other material relating to the operation of a National Guard company. The
records for each armory are a separate collection.
New York State Veterans Oral History Project. A collection
of oral history interviews of New York State veterans from World War II to the
present. This is an ongoing project.
27th Division Collections. A number of collections with material
pertaining to New York State’s 27th Infantry Division during World War I
New York State Adjutant General’s Reports, 1858-present; and
General Orders issued by the Adjutant General’s Office, 1861-1965.
These volumes are invaluable sources of information on the workings and structure
of New York’s military forces.
Library and Archives Information
The Library/Archives can no longer answer public research inquiries.
may use the Library/Archives by appointment only. Appointments may be made Monday-Friday
by calling, (518) 581-5109.
Due to staff shortages we can no longer accept inquires by phone or email.
ALL inquiries must be mailed to:
New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center
61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
The NYSMMVRC archive holdings are being placed in the Historic
(HDI) section of the New York State Library’s online catalog. You may access
this catalog at the following web address:
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Donations to the NYSMMVRC Library and Archives are tax deductible.
Copies are available for 20 cents per copy plus postage. (Postage
is usually one stamp for every 5 - 6 pages. If the number of pages exceeds 50
but weighs less than three pounds then we can ship priority mail for $3.00)
There is a minimum charge of $3.00. Checks
should be made payable to The New York State Military Museum.
Photographs can be reproduced as either
a photocopy or as an actual photograph. If a photocopy is wanted the cost
is 20 cents. We can also scan a photograph onto a CD and mail either by email
or USPS. The charge for this is $15 per scan.
Scanning and electronic delivery can also be accommodated.
Prices vary for this service.
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Last modified: December 30, 2008