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Autograph Book Collection


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Collection is made up of autograph books from the New York State Normal School.


State Normal School (Albany, N.Y.)
Date Coverage:
0.66 cubic ft. (about 0.66 boxes)

Autograph books, a precursor to the modern yearbook, were utilized by many college and university students to collect notes of remembrance from fellow classmates. The New York State Normal School was no exception. The students would collect autographs from friends and classmates, leaving heartfelt notes and poems to each other. Often accompanied by these notes were small photographs of each person, or even small gifts left within the pages of the book. This practice was seemingly common at the school, until the introduction of institutional yearbooks published by the college itself around the turn of the century.

The content of this collection is made up of twelve autograph books from the New York State Normal School dating from 1857-1890. Each book is made up of autographs from students at the school, often accompanied by photographs, small tokens of friendship, and heartfelt notes.

The collection is organized chronologically.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Processed by: Erik Stolarski

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2018-03-06 03:10:22 -0500

EAD file created, 2014

Encoded in EAD by Erik Stolarski, 2016 October 20

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Autograph Book Collection, 1857-1890. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Autograph Book Collection).

Contents of Collection



1 1The Tablet of Friendship1856 January 31-1857 July 09


1 2Autographs1860 July 12


1 3Autographs1860 July 12


1 4Autographs1860 July 12


1 5Autographs1861 January 31


1 6Autographs1861 January 31


2 1Autographs1862 June 23-1886 August 5


2 2Autographs1868 January 29


2 3Autographs1874 June 26-1875 July 7


2 4Autographs1884-1886


2 5Autographs1888


2 6Autographs1889


2 7Autographs1890