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Fred Crawford Papers

The Fred Crawford Papers were gathered from 1991 to 1998 by Dr. Fred Crawford (Central Michigan University) while he was researching the life of Lowell Thomas for a planned biography.

John Roberts Papers

The John Roberts Papers contains materials created or saved by John Roberts and documents his film work on behalf of Lowell Thomas and for his company, Associated Film Producers.

John Tillman Collection

The Tillman Collection contains records of news reports, original 16mm film cores, and quarter inch audio news reels, all pertaining to the reporting and news casting of John Tillman for WPIX New York from 1948 to 1967.

Lowell Thomas Film Collection

The Lowell Thomas Film Collection documents many of the cinematic projects produced by Lowell Thomas and Lowell Thomas, Jr. from 1919 to 1975. The film collection includes 35mm motion picture prints and negatives, 16mm motion picture prints, and ¼ inch audio tape.

Lowell Thomas Papers: Graphic Materials

The Lowell Thomas Papers documents the career of the 20th century American pioneer news commentator, journalist, author, film producer, and world traveler. This section of the collection contains photographs on lantern slides, glass plates, paper, and other materials.

Lowell Thomas Memorabilia Collection

The Lowell Thomas Memorabilia Collection consists of textual materials, graphic materials, maps, objects, video, and sound recordings that Lowell Thomas collected during his lifetime.

Lowell Thomas Papers: Objects

The Lowell Thomas Papers documents the career of the 20th century American pioneer news commentator, journalist, author, film producer, and world traveler. The section of the collection consists of a wide range of memorabilia and realia, inclujding portraits, photographic quipment, clothing, and other items.

Lowell Thomas Papers: Sound Recordings

The Lowell Thomas Papers documents the career of the 20th century American pioneer news commentator, journalist, author, film producer, and world traveler. The section of the collection contains reel-to-reel tapes, phonograph records, audo cassettes, and other types of sound recordings.

Lowell Thomas Papers: Textual Materials

The Lowell Thomas Papers documents the career of the 20th century American pioneer news commentator, journalist, author, film producer, and world traveler. This section of the collection contains a range of materials from correspondence and manuscripts to broadcast scripts, publicity materials, and administrative papers.

Mitchell Stephens Papers

Published in 2017, The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Invention of 20th Century Journalism by Mitchell Stephens is the first completed biography ever written on Lowell Thomas, an innovative journalist of the 20th century. The Mitchell Stephens Papers Collection includes research materials and drafts for the biography.

Walt Hawver Collection

The Walt Hawver Collection contains documents, letters, newspaper clippings and audio cassette tapes covering the history of Capital Cities Broadcasting for use in Walt Hawver's published book, Capital Cities/ABC, the Early Years: 1954-1986, How the Minnow Came to Swallow the Whale.

Environmental History Collections

Alexander Saunders Papers

The Alexander Saunders Papers document the contributions of Alexander Saunders to the Storm King Case (1962 - 1966).

Arthur Glowka Papers

The Arthur Glowka Collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, and research concerning Glowka’s work as an environmental activist trying to protect the Long Island Sound.

Cornwall Pumped Storage Project Collection

The Cornwall Collection contains a variety of scientific studies, including ecological studies of the Hudson River Estuary, fisheries investigations, and the impact of the power plant on the fish and environment. In addition, the collection has several newspaper clippings related to the Storm King Case and Indian Point.

Duggan Family Papers

The Duggan Family Papers is a collection of letters, legal documents, financial records, administrative correspondence, published information, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to the lives of Stephen and Smokey Duggan and their involvement in the Storm King Case and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Also included are the collected research and notes of Mary Vance Duggan resulting from her screenplay on the Duggan family and their campaign against the Con-Ed plan for Storm King Mountain.

Fred Starner Collection

The Fred Starner Collection is comprised of administrative files concerning the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., poems and lyrics to both traditional and original folk songs, and Starner’s notes for a book tentatively entitled The Singers and the Boat.

Henry Dain Papers

The Henry Dain Collection contains documents and clipping related to the Hudson River Environmental Society’s activities, and the proposed Consolidated Edison hydroelectric plant in Cornwall, New York.

Hudson River Conservation Society, Inc. Collection

The Hudson River Conservation Society Collection consists of correspondence, office records, reports, memoranda, newsletters, brochures, maps, newspaper clippings, press releases, opinion polls, financial records, scrapbooks, photographs, books, and other printed material documenting the history of one of New York State's earliest environmental organizations.

Hudson River Environmental Society Collection

The Hudson River Environmental Society Collection documents the research, actions, and legal cases involving environmental issues surrounding the Hudson River Valley.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. Collection

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., better known as Clearwater, is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 dedicated to the education and preservation of the Hudson River. Its goal is "to defend and restore the Hudson River." The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Collection consists of studies, reports, correspondence, and clippings documenting the society's interests in local environmental issues.

Hudson River Valley Commission Collection: Records Relating to the 1965 - 1970 Surveys

The Hudson River Valley Commission (HRVC) was formed by Governor Rockefeller and his staff to regulate development along the Hudson River in 1966. This collection primarily consists of the findings from a series of surveys conducted by the HRVC between 1965 and 1970.

Hudson River Valley Commission Collection: Records Relating to the Storm King Case, 1966 - 1967

The Hudson River Valley Commission Collection documents the contributions of the Hudson River Valley Commission to the Storm King Case (1966 - 1967).

Hudson River Valley Environmental History Library

The Marist College Archives and Special Collections holds hundreds of books concerning the environmental history and of the Hudson River and its surroundings. The collection may be searched by visiting the Marist College Library’s homepage (, selecting Books in the search box, and entering “Hudson River Environmental Society” in the search bar.

Hudson River Valley Greenway Council Collection

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Council Collection documents the development and growth of the Greenway Council from 1989 to 1996.

Hudson Valley GREEN Collection

The Hudson Valley GREEN (Grass Roots Energy & Environmental Network) Collection documents the development of the environmental group and their constant vigilance in protecting the environment in the Hudson River Valley Area (1981 - 2002).

John Grim Collection

The John Grim Collection includes the results of the studies Northeast Biologists, Inc., conducted on the Hudson River and its fisheries between the years of 1965 and 1968.

"On the River" Collection

“On the River” is a 166-part documentary concerning the Hudson River and the surrounding area, which aired on WTZA (Kingston, New York) from 1986 to 1990.

Scenic Hudson Collection: Records Relating to the Storm King Case, 1963-1981

The Scenic Hudson Collection documents the landmark environmental law case known as the Scenic Hudson Decision or the Storm King Case (1963 - 1981).

Scenic Hudson Decision Hearings Transcripts Collection

The Scenic Hudson Decision Hearings Transcripts Collection consists of materials documenting the landmark environmental law case, which opposed the Consolidated Edison Company's proposed pump storage facility at Storm King Mountain, near Cornwall, New York. The Scenic Hudson Decision, as the case is called in law books, launched the modern environmental movement.

Scenic Hudson, Inc. Administrative History Collection

The Scenic Hudson, Inc. Administrative History Collection documents the development of the organization from the landmark court case known as the Scenic Hudson Decision to its continued preservation of the environmental integrity and beauty of the Hudson River and its surrounding areas (1960 - 2000).

Whitney N. Seymour Jr. Papers

The Seymour Papers document the contributions of Senator & Mrs. Whitney N. Seymour Jr. to the Scenic Hudson Decision (1962 - 1978).

Hudson River Valley History

1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Collection

The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Collection, c. 1901-2009, contains publications, postcards, photographs, and souvenirs associated with the commemorative Hudson-Fulton Celebration occurring between September 25th and October 9th, 1909.

Annia F. Booth Papers

The Annia F. Booth Papers contains Annia’s personal journal, detailing her life starting from January 1904 through 1905.

Cameron Reynolds Collection

The Cameron Reynolds collection highlights the military career of Cameron Reynolds and Poughkeepsie during the Cold War.

Cathedral College Collection: Class of 1924

The Cathedral College Collection consists of a book written by the Class of 1924 detailing their lives at school, newsletters printed up and distributed by the class, as well as photographs of the students and postcards received by the students.

Catholic Studies Collection

The Catholic Studies Collection contains various documents, photographs, books, essays, pamphlets, newspapers, and audio and video tapes concerning Catholicism in Dutchess County, New York from 1870 through 2003.

Clove Spring Iron Works Collection

The Clove Spring Iron Works was a company that produced metals and iron products and was founded in the late 1800s in Dutchess County, New York. The collection includes correspondence and papers that document the day-to-day business operations of the company between the years 1870-1904.

Coffin Family Papers

The Coffin Family Collection contains bills, promissory notes, receipts, account ledgers, bonds, deeds, and other documents relating to the business and personal transactions of Robert Coffin of Dutchess County, New York.

Community Experimental Repertory Theatre (C.E.R.T.) Collection

The Community Experimental Repertory Theatre (C.E.R.T.) Collection contains photographs, slides, negatives, documents, newspaper clippings, performance programs, and advertisements relating to the performances and history of C.E.R.T. spanning from 1976 to 1989.

Cunneen-Hackett Family Papers

The Cunneen-Hackett Family Collection consists of materials from the estate of Charlotte Cunneen-Hackett. The collection includes family Bibles, books concerning religious and nature themes, personal journals, diaries, and photograph albums. Researchers will also find correspondence from New York State Senator Hatfield and information regarding Senate Bills he was influential in creating.

Edvard Bech Collection

The Edvard Bech Collection contains letters, photos, documents, manuscripts, records, and newspaper clippings concerning the history of the Bech family and businesses in the United States.

E. T. Sweet Letter Regarding Smallpox to Margaretta Titus

The E.T. Sweet Letter consists of a single letter written by Elizabeth Titus Sweet of Dutchess County, New York on March 20th and March 21st, 1864, regarding Maggie Sweet’s diagnosis of smallpox. This letter is addressed to Elizabeth Titus Sweet’s brother Stephen Titus and sister-in-law Margaretta Titus living in Meigs County, Ohio.

Henry and Elizabeth Eugle Collection

The Henry and Elizabeth Eugle Collection contains concert programs, promotional leaflets, photographs, advertisements, and newspaper articles covering vocal and orchestral performances in the Hudson Valley between 1930 and 1984.

Hudson River Ships and Commerce Collection

The Hudson River Ships and Commerce Collection contains documents from the 19th century pertaining to commerce on the Hudson River. The collection includes a list of ships, bills of sale of ships, and bills and receipts for money lending and goods.

Jonah Sherman Collection

The Jonah Sherman Collection is a compilation of local business records, government documents, city planning materials, local histories, and ephemera. Gathered by local businessman Jonah Sherman, the Collection is extremely valuable to those seeking information on the modern history of Poughkeepsie and Greater Dutchess County.

Matthew Vassar, Jr. Collection

The Matthew Vassar, Jr. Collection consists of excerpted sections of Vassar’s diary entries which start in 1841 and end in 1880.

McCann Postcard Collections

The McCann Postcard Collection consists of various postcards sent to Agnes and her family between 1901 and 1908 and a book describing the transcontinental journey of the Mitchell Ranger.

Poughkeepsie Postcard and Flyer Collection

The Poughkeepsie Postcard and Flyer Collection consists of postcards and some flyers from the Hudson Valley region of New York with most more specifically depicting places and things in Poughkeepsie, New York. The collection includes both blank and used postal cards, the bulk of which are from the first half of the twentieth century (1904-1944).

Poughkeepsie Regatta Collection

The Poughkeepsie Regatta Collection consists of documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and programs relating to the Poughkeepsie Regatta, held from 1895 to 1949. In 1894, representatives from Columbia University, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania selected the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, New York as the site for regattas of their newly formed Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA). Poughkeepsie soon became known as the "Rowing Capital of the World", hosting IRA regattas for over 50 years.

Reese Family Papers

The Reese Family Papers document the professional and personal lives of several ancestors of Frances Gallatin Stevens Reese and her husband, Willis Livingston Mesier Reese. The papers contain indentures, personal, political, and business correspondence, military documents, manuscripts of prose and poetry, scrapbooks, bills of lading, invoices, promissory notes, canceled checks, financial ledgers, diaries, passports, newspaper clippings, and photographs dating from 1692 to 2003.

Scrapbook Collection

The Scrapbook Collection contains miscellaneous material about live concerts, theater productions, and baseball in Dutchess County spanning from 1931 to 1968.

Stewart Newburgh Airport Records

The Stewart Newburgh Airport Records contains various papers, correspondence, reports, and clippings from the 1990s regarding changes and the upkeep of the airport. Included, are documents concerning airport terminal expansion and privatization of the airport.

U.S. Hoffman Machinery Corporation Reords

The U.S. Hoffman Machinery Corporation Records consists of production and promotional documents, letters, photographs, audiovisual material, U.S. Navy and government correspondence, an Army-Navy “E” Award pennant, and munitions relating to the business of the U.S. Hoffman Machinery Corporation once located in Poughkeepsie.


Brother Cornelius Russell Papers

The Brother Cornelius Russell Papers contains correspondence to his family from his three-year tour in the United States Army during World War II and from his Novitiate years as a Marist Brother. This collection also includes photos of his family and friends, diplomas from various schools, awards Brother Cornelius received throughout his life, and his World War II uniform.

Brother Gerard Matthew Weiss Papers

The collection includes the sermons Brother Gerard Matthew Weiss gave while serving at Marist College. The collection also contains correspondence and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Weiss family.

Joseph McHugh Collection

The Joseph McHugh Collection documents aspects of the history of the Marist men’s crew team from 1970 to 1973.

Marist Student Government Association Collection

The Marist SGA Collection showcases the activities of the Student Government Association at Marist College from 1983 to present day. Materials included in this collection encompass documents produced by the SGA for meetings, SGA legislation, clubs, events, allocations to clubs, reports, correspondence, and other related materials.

Raymond Rich Papers

The Raymond A. Rich Papers document the professional life of Mr. Rich as a leader in corporate America for over five decades. He held multiple positions as CEO or chairman of companies involved in gas, oil, publishing, banking, environmental engineering, and production facilities. The collection also includes correspondence and documentation of Mr. Rich’s purchase and maintenance of the Oliver Hazard Payne Estate.

Stanley Becchetti Collection

The Stanley Becchetti Collection documents the development of Marist College during the early 1960s

Student Newspapers: The Record and The Circle

Explore all the issues of The Record and The Circle from 1961 to the spring of 2015.

Student Theatre Collection

The Student Theatre Collection consists of plays, both amateur student-written plays and professional theatre productions. The student written plays were developed under the direction of Gerard A. Cox.

Thomas Steininger Collection

The Thomas Steininger Collection contains Bulletins of Studies from St. Ann’s Hermitage, holy pictures and mementos of the Marist Brothers, postcards, playbills and programs from St. Ann’s Hermitage, prayer books, retreat notes, and various other mementos from Thomas Steininger’s years with the Marist Brothers.


Nelly Goletti Papers

The Nelly Goletti Collection documents the career of the 20th century French chanteuse, composer, and pianist.

Rick Whitesell Collection

The Rick Whitesell Collection consists of over 3,500 phonograph records, which follow the development of rhythm and blues for more than 50 years.

Rare Book Collections

Gill Family Fore-Edge Painting Collections

The Gill Family Fore-Edge Painting Collections comprise 54 volumes (44 titles) published between 1798 and 1909 in England, the United States, and France.

James T. Cox Collection

The James T. Cox Collection consists of twentieth century plays (both professional and amateur), musicals, and screenplays.


Blaise Pascal Collection

The Blaise Pascal Collection contains sources, notes, and drafts of Mara Vamos' works on Blaise Pascal.

Geraldine Geller Collection

The Geraldine Geller Collection consists of beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and entertainment articles and advertisements from issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Vogue from the 1920s through the 1940s. Various historical newspaper articles, advertisements, and pictures are also included.