Archival Documents

Archival Documents

1832 Deed Diagrams, Albany County Historical Association

The Albany County Historical Association presents the following two pages from two different 1832 deeds relating to property at the Ten Broeck Mansion. Both of these deeds are located at the Albany County Hall of Records, liber 41 page 119 and liber 42 page 13.

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Documents from the Bethlehem Historical Association, Mathusa’s Blacksmith Shop

The following documents help tell the story of the transition from carriages to automobiles, including a receipt from a blacksmith's shop for horse hooves to a man who later became a driver/chauffeur of an automobile.

The first image shows Andrew J. Earl's chauffeur's license from 1915 - there are two images, front and back.

The second is a bill of sale from 1909 from Frank Mathusa's blacksmith shop.

The third is a 1909 bill of sale from Frank Mathusa's blacksmith shop and Andrew Earl's 1915 chauffeur's license.

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Guilderland Historical Society “Guilderland Past”

The following photograph is on display in the Guilderland Historical Society, current exhibit, "Guilderland Past" from October 2nd - 28th 2015, in celebration of Archives Month in New York State.

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Merrymen’s Tea House Knox

I had a fascinating conversation with Jane McLean from Knox about the history of Merrymen's Tea House: it's thought that, before it became a tea house, it was a carriage wheel-repair shop, that had copious business from the pillbox industry of Knox, who shipped large carriages of pillboxes in and out of the precarious hilltowns.

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The Watervliet Turnpike, or: “The McAdam Road”

During, and immediately after America’s War of Independence from Great Britain, it had become apparent that the country lacked adequate roads to meet the demands of commerce and a growing nation. By the 1790’s corporations were formed by acts of the New York State Legislature to build improved turnpike roads in the Albany area.

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