The State Museum, State Library and State Archives are temporarily Closed.

New York State Archives

Recognizing the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the New York State Archives are working to ensure that the statewide response to the crisis is comprehensively documented and preserved. The State Archives continues to provide guidance to local governments and state agencies and is developing a list of records that may document the pandemic response for state agencies and local governments to retain. We are also developing practical guidance for governments providing access to public records. In addition, we are providing support to non-governmental repositories. To help these institutions navigate this period of uncertainty, the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York COVID –19 Information Aggregate provides access to newly developed on-demand learning opportunities, information on funding for cultural institutions, and the latest updates from local, state, federal, and international leaders in the field.

We are available to support all activities of all repositories in New York as they respond to the challenges we face. If you have questions, concerns or would like to share information about how your institution is responding to the pandemic please contact us at: recmgmt@nysed.gov or dhs@nysed.gov

New York State Library

In response to the global pandemic, New York State Library's Manuscripts and Special Collections unit (MSC) has launched the COVID-19 Personal History Initiative. In the first phase of this project, MSC is promoting a journal or diary writing campaign by encouraging all New Yorkers to record their experiences during this scary and challenging period of time. Future phases of the project will include seeking online submissions of media related to how New Yorkers are experiencing the pandemic and an oral history component.

In addition, the State Library is collecting materials with a particular focus on how libraries across the state are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. A component of our effort focuses on collecting stories, internet resources, videos, and news releases highlighting innovative services and delivery programs that continue to engage patrons during closures. For more information, contact P.J. Nastasi at: peter.nastasi@nysed.gov

New York State Museum

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of daily life in every part of New York State. The State Museum is working to document and collect materials related to the pandemic and its effects on state and local government, institutions, and everyday individuals, with special focus given to communities whose histories are traditionally underrepresented. We are looking to collect objects, stories, and photographs to help document this pandemic.

Banner hanging in the museum lobby

This banner, which hung at 9 Madison Place in Albany, New York, went up on March 22, 2020—the first day “New York on Pause” went into effect. Meagan Fitzgerald created the banner because, “I was overwhelmed with gratefulness for all of those working on the front lines and with the Governor for keeping a sense of calm during a highly anxious period.”

This banner, which hung at 9 Madison Place in Albany, New York, went up on March 22, 2020—the first day “New York on Pause” went into effect. Meagan Fitzgerald created the banner because, “I was overwhelmed with gratefulness for all of those working on the front lines and with the Governor for keeping a sense of calm during a highly anxious period.”

If you have a COVID-19 related artifact or image that you would like to donate to the New York State Museum, please contact Dr. Jennifer Lemak, Chief Curator of History, at jennifer.lemak@nysed.gov