New York Historians

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Alphabetical list
Annon Adams
29 Macintosh Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 914-471-2381
Fax: 914-471-2381
Subject Area(s): Architect John A. Wood, Bardavon (Collingwood) Opera House in Poughkeepsie

Michael Aikey
New York State Military History Museum
 and Veterans Research Center
Building 124, Watervliet Arsenal
Watervliet, NY 12189

Telephone: (518) 581-5100
Fax: (518) 581-5111

Subject Area(s): New York State military history, New York State printing history

David Y. Allen
SUNY at Stony Brook
Web site
Subject Area(s): Historical Maps, Digital Cartography, The Map Collection at SUNY Stony Brook

Kim Andrews
13 Homer St  Apt B
Glens Falls NY  12801
Subject Area(s): History & Genealogy

Randal Angiel
SUNY Oneonta
Subject Area(s): International History; Catskill Mountain History and Ulster County; Telecommunications.

Robert W. Arnold III
History To Go
463 Ontario Street
Albany, New York 12208 

Office Phone: 518-438-5168

Subject Area(s): I teach Colonial American, New York State, 19th century America, pre-industrial New York, Hudson-Mohawk Regional history, and Industrial Revolution at the College of Saint Rose in Albany; I've been an adjunct there for twenty-seven years. At Excelsior College, I teach Colonial America, Revolutionary America, Civil War, and Immigration and Ethnic History. I am also an avocational military history buff and was seanacaidh of Clan Mackay USA. I'm a free-lance consultant and lecturer.

Tricia A. Barbagallo
118-B North Main Avenue
Albany, New York 12206-1804
Subject Area(s): 18th century Albany history, poverty, minority, local, and cultural resource history

William C. Barnhart
Department of History & Political Science
Caldwell College
Caldwell, NJ 07006

Phone: 973-618-3422

Subject Area(s):  Colonial & Early National Period; Religion / History of Missions

Louise Basa
Basa Consulting Service
1220 Waverly Place
Schenectady, NY 12308

Phone: 518-377-4389
Fax: 518-374-2215
Subject Area(s): Archaeological, Historic Pres, Legal mandates related to environment

William Beardslee
1400 Greenstone Court
Fort Collins, Colorado  80525
Office: 970-221-4000 
Fax: 970-221-2500 
Home: 970-282-1129 
Otsego farm: 607-847-9348 
Subject Area(s): the local history of Otsego and Chenango counties and the Unadilla river, cholera

Peter Bedrossian
4 Arnold Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: 845-485-5161
Subject Area(s): Dutchess County & the Civil War; 150th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment and 19th century Medical Education

Jeffrey Bennett
Waterford Historical Museum & C.C.
Subject Area(s): 18th and 19th c epidemics and medicine

Judith Berdy
Historian and President
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
575 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Web site
Phone: 212-688-4836
Fax: 212-207-8845 

Subject Area(s): Roosevelt Island

Selma Berrol
111 E. 85th Street
New York, NY 10028
Subject Area(s): NYC Immigration and Educational History (Retired Baruch College Professor)

Stefan Bielinski
Colonial Albany Social History Project
Cultural Education Center - Room 3093
Albany, NY 12230
Web site

Phone: 518-474-6917
Subject Area(s): Early NY, Albany, Community, African American History

Barbara B. Buff
New-York Historical Society
2 W. 77th St
New York City, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext 238
Subject Area(s): Hudson River Valley, art, ecology, industrial changes since colonial times

Sloane D. Bullough
Troy's RiverSpark Visitor Center
251 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Web site
Phone: 518-270-8667
Fax: 518-270-1119
Subject Area(s): architecture and historic preservation, heritage tourism; history of labor and industry

Pamela Cooper, Ph.D.
7 Laidlaw Ave., #34
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(O) 917-545-5039
(H) 201-876-8585
Subject Area(s): History of marathon footrace and long-distance running in
New York City and State

James W. Darlington
The Encyclopedia of New York State
Cooperstown Graduate Program
111 Caroline Avenue
Solvay, NY 13209
Web site

Phone: 315-468-5814
Fax: 518-474-1796

Subject Area(s): historical and cultural geography, cultural landscapes, 19th century migration, transportation

Thomas J. Davis
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 872501
Tempe, AZ 85287

Phone: 602-965-4931
Fax: 602-955-0310
Subject Area(s): African American, Slavery, Civil Rights

Jared Day
U.S. Department of Justice
4 Scotland Road
Windham, CT 06280

Phone: 800-423-5384
Subject Area(s): NYC housing and environmental

Todd DeGarmo
Crandall Public Library
Center for Folklife, History 
 and Culture
251 Glen Street, City Park
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Phone: 518-792-6508
Fax: 518-792-5251

Subject Area(s): Folklife, Material Culture, Native, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, tourism history

Christopher Densmore
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1905
Subject Area(s): Quakers, particularly 19th c Upstate Reformers; Iroquois 1790-1860, Archives

Alice Smith Duncan
50 Otsego St.
Canajoharie, NY 13317
Writer and MA candidate
Cooperstown Graduate Program
Subject Area(s): Rufus Grider, early PA/NY Palatine connections, NY State Amish settlements

Ellen Dwyer
Departments of Criminal Justice
 and History
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: 812-855-1271
Fax: 812-855-9325

Subject Area(s): Craig Colony for Epileptics, Social History of Medicine


Leigh C. Eckmair
The Gilbertsville Free Library
Subject Area(s): south western Otsego county and south eastern Chenango county, especially town of Butternuts, & village of Gilbertsville:  Architecture; Development of churches; commerce; family histories and migrations; pre-Revolutionary settlement.

Peter Eisenstadt
The Encyclopedia of New York State
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
Web site
Subject areas:

Karen Engelkle
Mohawk Valley
 Heritage Corridor
35 Maiden Lane
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-1583

Subject Area(s): Iroquois, Dutch colonial settlements, 18th c conflicts, tourism

Suzanne Etherington, Ph.D.
New York State Archives
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
Home email:

Phone: 607-721-8428

Subject Area(s): archival collection management, agricultural history, Central New York

George R. Farr
901 Bowman Road
Elmira, NY 14905
Web site
107th NY Volunteer Infantry
Phone: 607-734-9957
Subject Area(s): Civil War, Elmira Prison Camp, Elmira and Chemung County
Affiliations: Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira Town Historian, Association of Municipal Historians of New York State; Schuyler County Historical Society

James D. Folts
New York State Archives
Cultural Education Center
Room 11D40
Albany, NY 12230
Web site

Phone: 518-474-8955
Fax: 518-474-9985

Subject Area(s): NYS Government Records, Community History

Suzan D. Friedlander
Historian & Museum Consultant
New York Research
11 Cooper Lane
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Subject Area(s):  NYS generalist specializing in 19th century exhibits, furnishing plans, collection research and assessment, writing. Significant project areas include agriculture, foodways, textiles and genealogy.

Glen Griffith
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
32 Catherine Street
Albany, NY 12202
Phone: 518-434-0834 


Subject Area(s): 18th century Albany

Sara S. Gronim
35 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Subject Area(s): Colonial New York 

Richard L. Haan
Hartwick College
Department of History
Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: 607-431-4881
Fax: 607-431-4357
Subject Area(s): Native American, Iroquois, 17-18th cemtury Colonial US, Environ.

Subject Area(s): 

Eric Homberger
Professor of American Studies
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ

Phone: 011 44 1603 626603

Subject Area(s): NYC history generally, and particularly NYC 19th c social history

Ken D. Johnson
1206 Seminole Drive
Saint Marys, Kansas 66536
Phone: 785-437-3551
Subject Area(s): Mohawk Valley History 1710-1790

Thomas O. Kelly
Siena College, History Department
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

Phone: 518-783-2595
Subject Area(s): Colonial, Civil War, Early National Military, World War II

Karl G. Kilts
University at Albany
RR 1 Box 180X
Coxsackie, NY 12051

Phone: 518-731-2868

Subject Area(s): Colonial & Revolutionary New York

Gretchen Knapp, Ph.D.
19171 Brentwood Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704

Phone: 309-378-5627

Subject areas: 20th century social history, war and society, World War II, public policy, Buffalo, and Western NY

Donald E. Kneeland
President, Larque Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 39
Macedon, NY 14502

Phone: 315-986-9857

Subject areas:

Edward H. Knoblauch
P.O. Box 2432
Albany, NY 12220
Phone: 518-210-6423
Subject Area(s): Colonial and Independence, Social and Political History of NY, research and consulting

Terry Lehr
SUNY Brockport,
52 Parkwood Lane, Penfield, NY 14526


Subject Area(s): History of Medicine, Nursing, Hospitals, Prisoner of War Camps

Anne M. Lennon
P.O. Box 524
Northport, NY 11768


Subject areas: the history of Long Island

James C. Mabry  
Subject Area(s): Economic History, 19th & 20th century

Thomas C. McCarthy
Director of Historical Services
New York City Dept. of Correction
66-26 Metropolitan Ave. 
(Correction Academy)
Middle Village, NY 11379
New York Correction History Society

Phone: (718) 417 2315 (voice mail)
Fax: (718) 417-2326 (fax)
Subject areas: New York Correction History (city, county, state), history on the web

James McMann
Sachem Central Schools
15 Dena Drive
Blue Point NY 11715

Phone: 516-363-2313

Subject Area(s): Social Studies Teacher

Susan L. McCormick
University at Albany
Department of History
Ten Broeck 105
Albany, New York 12222
The Glovers of Fulton County
Journal for MultiMedia History

Phone: 518-442-4488

Subject Area(s): work, public policy, and gender; l9th and early 20th century; Fulton County glove industry; multimedia history.

Mollie T. Marchione  
Subject areas: 20th century US cultural history, women's labor history, welfare capitalism, popular culture

Nancy Marcus
Subject areas: Fourth grade teacher interested in curriculum development and Rockland County


C.F.William Maurer
Department of the Interior, NPS
Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island, NY 10004
Telephone: (201) 391-1631

Subject Area(s): Third Continental Light Dragoons (Baylor’s Dragoons); American Colonial History; Statue of Liberty


Mary E. Messere
Wood House Museum
RR1 Box 124
Brooklyn Street
Eaton, NY 13334
Web site
Phone: 315-684-9908
Subject Area(s): curator of the Wood House Museum, history of Southern Madison County 

Peter Mickulas
ABD Department of History
Rutgers University
Phone: 516-488-1985
Subject Area(s): history of botany; New York Botanical Garden; history
of natural history

David Minor
Eagles Byte Historical Research
88 South Main Street
Pittsford, NY 14534
Web site
Phone: 716-264-0423
Fax: 716-383-8730
Subject Area(s): New York City & NYS Timelines

Laura-Eve Moss  
Subject Area(s): Constitutional History; Political Culture

Natalie Naylor
Professor Emerita, Hofstra University;
496 Clarendon Road
Uniondale, NY 11553
Subject Area(s): Long Island History

Karen Oakes
824 Rider Street
Parish, NY 13131
affiliations: SUNY at Oswego and Syracuse University
Subject Area(s): 19th century architecture (especially Greek Revival) and material culture; central New York History; women's history

Hugh E. O'Rourke
Subject Area(s): doctoral student 19th century NYC

Tod M. Ottman
SUNY Albany
23-74 29th Street, Apt. 10
Long Island City, NY 11105

Subject Area(s): 20th century New York Political and Public Policy History

Susan Oullette
Lander University
375c Carnell Learning Center
Greenwood, SC 29649

Phone: 864-388-8684

Subject Area(s): Colonial, Women's History, Labor History

Scott Padeni
6 Carousel Court
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Phone: 518- 583-2154
Subject Area(s): 18th century military history; 19th century local history of Saratoga Springs

Antonia Petrash
Robert R. Coles Long Island History Room
Glen Cove Public Library
4 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY

Phone: 516- 676-2130
Fax 516- 676-2788
Subject Area(s): Librarian and also an archivist working with a local history collection in Glen Cove NY.

John H Potter
Schuyler County Historical Society
Brick Tavern Museum Director
PO Box 651
Montour Falls, NY 14865

Subject Area(s):  Schuyler County

William Rainbolt
SUNY Albany
Journalism Program
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222


Phone: 518-442-4087

Subject Area(s): New Deal in New York, cultural history, history in fiction
and film, Gilded Age/Progressive Era, gender.

Thomas Reimer
401 Green Hill Court
Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 518-438-1139

Subject Area(s): Newspapers, German-Americans, Albany Area

Christopher Ricciardi
Christopher Ricciardi
4110 Quentin Road
Brooklyn, New York 11234-4322
Web site
Phone: (718) 645-3962
Subject Area(s): 17th to early 20th century NYC Archaeology and History, Dutch New York, Long Island

Harry Riggall
Rt. 26
West Eaton, NY 13484
Phone: (315) 684 - 3236
Subject Area(s): History of the Town of Eaton in Madison County New York

Nancy Ring-Kendrick  Website:
Subject Area(s): Adams, New York

Wray Rominger
Purple Mountain Press, Ltd.
P.O. Box E3
Fleischmanns, NY 12430

Phone: 914-254-4062
Fax: 914-254-4476
Subject Area(s): NYS History

Timothy J. Shannon
Gettysburg College
Department of History
Gettysburg, PA 13725

Phone: 717-337-6567
Fax: 717-337-6666
Subject Area(s): Eighteenth-Century Mohawk Valley; William Johnson

Robert V. Shear
P.O. Box 1011
Syracuse, NY 13201

Phone: 315-474-5506
Fax: 315-474-1554
Subject Area(s): 19th century social reformers, Central New York

Linda Shookster, MD
421 Huguenot Street, 4th floor
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone:  (914) 235-3065
Fax:      (914) 235-0660
Subject Area(s):  19th century NYC, also Civil War, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., Hudson Valley area estates,

Eve Smith
Retired Professor, University of Windsor
103 Birch Creek Road
Pine Hill, NY 12465

Phone: (914) 254-5304

Subject Area(s): Social welfare and child welfare history including institutions and politics of; minority group children and families.

Robert W. Snyder
Subject Area(s): New York City social and cultural, media studies.

Dr. Tamsin Spargo
School of Media Critical and Creative Arts
Liverpool John Moores University
Dean Walters
1 Saint James Road
Liverpool L1 7BR, UK


Subject Area(s): seventeenth to nineteenth-century religious culture, theories of historiography, and Oliver Curtis Perry

Michelle Spinelli
Sarah Lawrence College
410 E. 89 Street
New York NY 10128

Phone: 914-395-2304
Fax: 914-395-2666
Subject Area(s): 19th & 20th Century Women's History

Ted Steegmann
SUNY Buffalo
Department of Anthropology
380 MFAC
Buffalo NY 14261

Phone: 716-645-2240
Fax: 716-645-3808

Subject Area(s): Historical Human Biology (environment & well being), Military History

Mary Beth Sullivan
Public Historian and NYHN partner
159 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Web site

Phone: 518-438-7901
Fax: 518-439-6036

Subject Area(s):  web development, educational programming and publications, photographic research, and archival management services

Joseph S. Tiedemann      
Department of History                                       
Loyola Marymount University
7900 Loyola Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90045-8415

Phone: 310-338-2821
Dept: 310-338-5997

Subject Area(s): Revolutionary New York

Philip G. Terrie
American Culture Studies
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green OH 43403

Phone: 419-372-8886
Subject Area(s): Adirondack History, History of Recreation, Conservation and Environment

Louis Tremante
Academic Adviser, The University of Chicago
Subject Area(s): Rural life, environmental history, agrarian organizations, peri-urban agriculture

Mark C. Van Sluyters
PO Box 222
Newtonville, NY 12128-0222
Web site

Phone: 518-783-0463

Subject Area(s): Yorkers/SHIP, member of the NYS Council for the Social Studies, Capital District Council for the Social Studies, Education Consultant to the New York State Historical Association, and Director of the Empire Group Education Consultants.

Julie Walsh
107 Sullivan Street #14
New York, NY 10012

Subject Area(s): 18th and 19th century New York City history (Manhattan and Queens), history of medicine, NYC in the American Revolution.

John Warren
University at Albany
Public History Program
67 First Street
Albany, NY 12202

Phone: 518-462-2964
Fax: 518-462-2964
Subject Area(s): public history, colonial/contact period, 19th c townscapes

Virginia Westbrook
The Virginia Company
Route 2 Box 8
Crown Point, NY 12928

Phone: 518-597-3983

Subject Area(s): Champlain Valley history, material culture, and industrial history. I do public history publications and exhibits.

Carl Westerdahl
Unconventional Wisdom
29B Heritage Hills
Somers, NY 10589

Phone: 914-267-2727
Fax: 914-276-2807
Subject Area(s): Life & Times of Stephen Van Rensselaer III and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Harlan D. Whatley
Skye Films
192 East 75th Street, 9C
New York, NY 10021
212.737.8004 voice
212.737.3743 fax
Subject Area(s): Scottish in New York City from the 17th century to the Present

Walter R. Wheeler
P.O. Box 1413
Troy, NY 12181

Phone: 518-270-9430
Subject Area(s): NYS Architecture 1780-1860, including Hooker, Rector, Pharoux, Woollett

Subject Area(s):