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Macdonald DeWitt Library at SUNY Ulster

Local History Collection: Local History

Focusing on the history of Ulster County, the collection has a unique variety of primary and secondary resources from earliest times to the present.

Special Collections description

The local history collection was formally established in 1972 to offer students and faculty the opportunity for historical research, as well as to meet the community need for local history information. The collection emphasizes material relating to Ulster County but also includes the history of neighboring counties, the Hudson Valley, the Catskill Region and selected materials that cover the general history of the state. Materials include books, maps, postcards, videos and DVDs, and  an extensive vertical file of pamphlets, articles and newspaper clippings. There are some early census surveys, celebration publications, documents relating to the Ashokan Reservoir, and brochures from Lake Minnewaska and Mohonk Mountain House.  See also the list of local  periodicals  located in the local history room.

Click the link below to view several special collections, such as the Herrick Marionettes, a local-based troupe performing in the 50's through the 70's.

The tabs feature samples from our collection.


City history, vertical files, photographs, directories.


Kingston Point c. 1900 (Ulster County Historical Society).


Burgess, Larry E. Mohonk, Its People and Spirit : A History of One Hundred Years of Growth and Service. [New Paltz, N.Y.]: Mohonk Mountain House, [1980] SPECIAL COLL. 974.734 B87

Partington, Frederick E. The Story of Mohonk. [3d ed.] [Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Lansing-Broas Print. Co.] [1950]
SPECIAL COLL. 974.734 P27 1950

Smiley, Ruth H. Reflections of Mohonk : An Essay in Color of Mohonk and Surrounding Nature. [New Paltz? N.Y.]: Mohonk Mountain House,
[1984] 974.734 S641r


Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Preserve


Ulster County History resources

Clearwater, Alphonso T., The History of Ulster County, New York. Kingston, N.Y., W. J. Van Deusen, [1907]. Special Coll. 974.734 C53

Sylvester, Nathaniel Bartlett, 1825-1894. History of Ulster County, New York: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, [1880] Special Coll. 974.734 S95

Historians of Ulster County. The History of Ulster County, with emphasis upon the last 100 years, 1883-1983. [Kingston, N.Y.]: Ulster County Historians, [1984] Special Coll. 974.734 H48


Explore the history of the local watershed

Steuding, Bob. The Last of the Handmade Dams : The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir. Fleischmanns, N.Y.: Purple Mountain Press, [1985] 628.13 S842

Hall, Edward Hagaman. Water for New York City : A 300 Year History of Water Sources for New York City Culminating in the Construction of the Ashokan Reservoir and the Catskill Aqueduct; edited and with a prologue by Richard Frisbie. Saugerties, NY: Hope Farm Press, [1993] 628.13 H175

New York City's Water Supply: Acid Deposition, Inorganic Pollution, and the Catskill Reservoirs. New York, N.Y.: Environmental Defense Fund, [1986] 363.7394 N532

Galusha, Diane. Liquid Assets : A History of New York City's Water System. Fleischmanns, N.Y.: Purple Mountain Press, [1999] OVERSIZE 363.61 G181 1999