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Comstock Adirondack Postcard Collection

The modern picture postcard phenomena begins in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Officially licensed postcards cost one cent to mail while unlicensed private cards required two cents, the same as a first-class letter in a sealed envelope. The popularity of postcards increased dramatically in 1898 when the U.S. Congress authorized lowering the postage rate to one cent. These early postcards required that the address and stamp be on one entire side of the card, while the other side could contain an image and a space for a handwritten message by the sender.

Rodee Family Papers

Leslie Earl Rodee was born in Enosburg, VT in 1868, and moved to the Canton area with his parents, Hiram and Cornelia Rodee as a young boy. In 1880, Leslie’s parents in siblings moved to the Dakota Territory while Leslie stayed behind to help his grandmother and three aunts run the family farm near Waterman Hill in Canton, which remains in operation as Brick Chapel Acres. Leslie attended Potsdam Normal School and in 1888 relocated himself to South Dakota, where he taught school. He returned to Canton in 1890 and married Jessie May Truesdell in 1894.

Robert H. Van Slyke World War II Diary

Lt. Robert H. Van Slyke was born on February 20, 1925 in Little Falls, NY and enlisted in the U. S. Army following his junior year in high school at age 18, joining his three older brothers in the war effort. After basic training in Fort Dix, NJ and aviation cadet training in Alabama and Texas, he served as a bombardier and navigator aboard a B-26 Marauder, flying a total of 41 missions over Germany with the 454th Bomb Squadron. Van Slyke was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he returned to Little Falls to finish high school and went on to St.

Seedcorn, Inc. Records

Seedcorn was established in 1991 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization “dedicated to public education and community empowerment”.  Until it’s dissolution in 2015, Seedcorn provided organizational assistance and other support to fellow North Country non-profits concerned with social justice, peace and environmental sustainability.

Francis "Red" Grandy Collection

Red Grandy was born on his family’s farm in Russell, NY in 1922.  Following high school, Grandy joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and after WWII, attended the University of Southern California to study photography.  While in Europe working on a master’s degree, Grandy joined the staff of the Stars and Stripes as a photojournalist.  One early award-winning photo was of General Eisenhower following the news of the firing of Gen.

Clara Cable Papers

Clara E. Cable was born in Hannibal, NY in 1864. She was a resident of the Fulton, New York area and a teacher in country schools of that part of Oswego County for about 15 years from the 1880s until the early part of the 1900s.

Murray Civil War Diary

Lewis Murray of Morley in St. Lawrence County, was a soldier for the Union during the Civil War. He served as an orderly in Company K 6th, New York Calvary. His entries start in December of 1861 and end in January of 1864.

The booklet is a 25 page document summarizing Lewis Murray’s time in the 6th NYS Calvary.

Save the River Records

This collection documents the activities of Save The River, from its founding in 1978 to present, although some of the earliest years have gaps. The original order of the records is uncertain, reflecting the early evolution of the organization. The collection has been arranged into series in consultation with the current administration of Save The River.


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