2013 Progress Report
Improvements to the Digital Collections Web site – As promised at the beginning of the year, the software behind our Digital Collections has been upgraded and the site has been re-launched. We hope you are enjoying the improved image viewer and enhanced search functions now available. In conjunction with the re-launch, several new collections were added, including:
In addition, we hope to add the following collections by the end of 2013:
Volunteers in Archives Ranks Swell
Both the Archives’ Reading Room and processing programs continue to benefit from the dedicated hard work of members of the Archives’ Volunteers in Archives (“VIA”). This summer, student interns and new VIA members are joining the work of the Archives to continue to serve the public as efficiently as possible and to make even more of the Archives’ holdings available to the public, both in the Reading Room and online through the Archives’ Digital Collections.
One of the major accomplishments of VIA members during the first part of 2013 has been the completion of the index to the Playland Phonograph Collection, 1911-1970 (bulk late 1920s-1950s) (Series 139).
Recent Acquisitions / Newly Processed Collections
Recent acquisitions and newly processed collections of the Archives during the first half of 2013 include the following:
Board of Legislators Press Clippings and Press Releases, 1983-2005 (bulk 1990-2005): Press releases and newspaper clippings covering the work of individual legislators as well as topical matters of interest to those governing the county.
Court Records: Five new collections have been added that document various courts in Westchester County. Now available for the County Court are the County Court Case Index, 1868-1933 (Series 341), County Court Registers, 1847-1911 (Series 337), and County Court Minutes, 1853-1911 (Series 342). In addition, there are new collections of Supreme Court Minutes from 1869-1916 (bulk 1869-1911) (Series 344) and Special Proceedings Registers from 1817-1911 (bulk 1847-1911) (Series 336).
Parks Department Photographic Collections: Two new collections have been added that document Westchester County Parks and the events sponsored by the Parks Department. Now available are: Parks Department Contact Sheets / Prints Collection, ca. 1930s-2006 (bulk 1980s-2006 (Series 322) and Parks Department Slide Collection, ca. 1973-2007 (gaps) (Series 323). Note: Many of the items in these collections lack exact identifying information as to their locations and / or dates.
Professional Registers: The Optometrists Register, 1909-1950 (Series 351) is the latest in a group of Professional Registers to be processed that the Archives holds. This group also includes a Podiatrist Register, 1895-1951 (Series 2); Architects Register, 1919-1951 (Series 4); and Practical Nurses Register, 1938-1946 (Series 81) among others. VIA members are currently creating an index of these registers that the Archives’ hopes to make available online in 2014.
Parks, Recreation and Conservation: Biodiversity Studies, 1977-2010 (bulk 1990s) (Series 347): Studies, inventories, surveys, and reports on animal, birds, flowering plants, invertebrates, and other species that inhabit the parks, reservations, preserves, nature centers and historic sites of Westchester County.
Park and Parkway Property Acquisition Deeds, ca. 1910s – 1930s (Series 350): Original deeds for property obtained by Westchester County for construction of parks and parkways, and cards indexing the same. Also includes some easements and license agreements.