The New York State Museum Open File collection is a rare assemblage of one-of-a-kind unpublished geologic data from researchers across the state and nation. This paper collection, consisting of approximately 30,000 items, contains maps, theses, field notebooks, and aerial photographs. It dates back to the late 1800s, including works from the earliest researchers from both within and outside of the Museum.
The information in the Open File Collection is in demand by researchers, state agencies, and members of the general public. Data in the collection have been used for projects such as landslide mitigation, resource planning, and habitat protection.