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Finding Aids

The SLCHA has partnered with the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (or EmpireADC), to help make our Finding Aids available to researchers!

This state-wide initiative also includes finding aids from a wide range of repositories such as The Met, Cornell University, several SUNY schools, as well as smaller historical associations, libraries and archives across the state.

So far, our first two finding aids added to this project are for the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Family Files and Published Genealogies, and each of these Finding Aids also includes a link to our Collection Guide/Surname Index which makes it possible for researchers to see each and every name or surname in either collection. Since these are two of our most heavily used and highly recommended archival collections, they are the perfect starting point for any researcher!

To explore these collections and all of our other Finding Aids as we continue to add more to this site, simply click the EmpireADC Logo below!

Here, you will see all recently added collections and can click the "View all of our Collections" button on the bottom-righthand corner to discover each and every Finding Aid the SLCHA has uploaded thus far. From there, just click on any title of a collection of interest to learn more!

In addition to those Finding Aids we have available via EmpireADC, please also find below some information and collection guides for further collections from the SLCHA Archives which we hope you’ll find interesting and informative!

  • Bound Volume Collection - St Lawrence County

    The bound volume collection for St Lawrence County includes material on county government as well as other material that is of a county wide nature. There is a general county collection, separate collections on county courts, the sheriff’s department, and county jails, as well as a collection of material on the county home, farm, and welfare system. The latter is restricted and not open to public access, due to state law. Some of the jail materials are also restricted.

  • Bound Volume Collection - Townships

    The bound volume collection includes account books, diaries, business ledgers, assessor’s books, and other records. The 400 plus volumes have been organized by township. Oversized volumes are located on the top shelf.

  • Civil War

    The Civil War Collection is a group of resources designed to illustrate St Lawrence County's participation in the Civil War. Resources include diaries, memoirs of soldiers, letters home, regimental histories, histories written by participants, and secondary works. We have organized the collection by unit. Any non-unit-specific materials are located in later boxes according to their labels.

    This finding aid lists each item by box, then alphabetically by the author's last name. It also includes a list of the units represented in this collection as well as the list of soldiers and their respective units. A list of primary and secondary references is listed alphabetically at the end of the finding aid.

  • D S Giffin Collection

    Dan Spafford Giffin was born in Heuvelton, NY, in 1837 and died there in 1907, in the same house in which he was born and raised. He was the son of Nathan F Giffin, one of the first settlers in the area. During his life, Dan Giffin worked as a teacher, merchant and, for more than forty years, lawyer. He also fought as a Union soldier in the Civil War. Giffin married Mary C Shepard, giving him a relationship to both the Shepard and Butterfield families, and had two sons and a daughter. He was also an avid writer of history and poetry.

    The D S Giffin collection was donated to the St Lawrence Historical Society by Florence Giffin Johnson (formerly Martin), who was Giffen’s granddaughter. The collection contains a great deal of personal correspondence between Giffin, his wife, and their relatives, as well as personal pocket diaries, legal documents from Giffin’s years as an attorney or relating to the family, and Giffen’s historical writings. There is also some genealogical information on the Giffins, Shepards, and Butterfields, as well as family photos.

  • A A Low Collection

    Abbot Augustus Low, son of Abiel Abbot Low, was born on May 12, 1844 in Brooklyn, New York. An entrepreneur and an inventor, his interest in the Adirondack Mountains brought him to the Bog River area near Tupper Lake where he then developed the community of Horseshoe. He started the Horseshoe Post Office, becoming the first postmaster there, and the Horseshoe Railroad, which went into the Sabbatis area where Low started his lumbering company and where he built two dams, creating power to serve his home, bunk house, and many lodges. Low was an avid sport hunter and fisherman, and died September 25, 1912.

    The A A Low collection is more of a business collection than a personal one. (A small personal file can be found in the Family Files in the Research Room.) The collection includes information on and correspondence about the companies owned by him and those affiliated with him, as well as a great deal of information on the series of lawsuits brought against Low by New York State for flooding the lands at his dams; these suits went on after Low’s death, pursued by his sons (A A, Jr and Seth) and their families. Old Yale books, personal books, maps, and many statistics on the dam and reservoir are in the collection. More information on A A Low can be found at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, to which he donated directly. The provenance of the collection at the St Lawrence County Historical Association is not clear.

  • Town of Pierrepont

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