History of the NYS Library and the NYS Education Department
New York State Library
The New York State Library was created in 1818. Assemblyman Thomas Oakley introduced the idea in the New York Assembly on March 9, 1818 with a motion that "a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the establishment of a public library, for the use of the government."
The motion passed and a committee of three, headed by Oakley, was formed. Nine days later Mr. Oakley submitted a bill to "establish a public library at the seat of government." The bill, with some minor adjustments, passed in the Assembly on April 18, 1818 and in the Senate on April 21, 1818, and was then signed into law by Governor DeWitt Clinton.
The information above is from For the Government and People of this State: A History of the New York State Library, by Cecil R. Roseberry (1970).
- State Librarians
- A Capital Asset: The History and Resources of the New York State Library (1996-97). Originally a two-part feature in Capital Neighbors, a local publication, this article by Melinda Yates provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the New York State Library, which has been in existence since 1818.
- Search the Library's catalog for materials about NYSL - History (opens in new window).
- For the Government and People of this State: A History of the New York State Library (opens in new window) - Catalog record for Cecil R. Roseberry's 1970 history, with a link to digital version of the book.
- Catalog record for Cecil R. Roseberry, Papers, ca. 1960-1970 (opens in new window) - Author of several works including The Challenging Skies, Capitol Story and A History of the New York State Library.
NYS Education Department
- History of the University of the State of New York and the State Education Department, 1784-1996 by James D. Folts. Also available in the Library's Digital Collections in PDF. (opens in new window)
- Search the Library's catalog for materials about the Education Department.
- Browse State Education Department Publications in the Library's Digital Collections. (opens in new window)