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.
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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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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).
|1||1||The Tablet of Friendship||1856 January 31-1857 July 09|
|1||2||Autographs||1860 July 12|
|1||3||Autographs||1860 July 12|
|1||4||Autographs||1860 July 12|
|1||5||Autographs||1861 January 31|
|1||6||Autographs||1861 January 31|
|2||1||Autographs||1862 June 23-1886 August 5|
|2||2||Autographs||1868 January 29|
|2||3||Autographs||1874 June 26-1875 July 7|