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Thousand Islands Collection

Thousand Islands Collection

Collection Number: 
109
Collection Length: 
0.50ft
Period: 
1875
Finding Aid: 

The Thousand Islands are located on the St. Lawrence River between the United States and Canada, just east of Lake Ontario. The actual number of islands is actually closer to two thousand, with the official count standing at 1,793. The larger islands are inhabited throughout the year but a few are too small to be inhabited, most of the islands feature summer homes ranging from rustic cottages to mansions, and a couple of castles (Boldt and Jorstadt). This region has the longest undefended international boundary on earth. Regional organizations such as Save the River and the Thousand Islands Association were established to promote environmental, educational, and quality of life issues, in and along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, to insure the area's ecological well being. This collection contains photo booklets of the Islands and the St. Lawrence River, newspapers, index to summer cottages in the late 18th century, and an engraved plate for making money from the Sackets Harbor Bank. Also included are photographs of a couple of hotels in the area and various booklets on the history of the islands, towns, and villages along the U.S. and Canadian borders.