Westchester County

What's New at the Archives

What’s New at the Archives

2014 Progress Report

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Improvements to Online Indexes – The Archives’ has updated six of its personal name Online Indexes to now feature direct searching by first and last name, as well as the year of the record. You don’t even have to enter in the full name or year, if you are unsure of either. For example, searching on the phrase “Jane” will bring up records for both Jane and Janet, and “187” will bring up all records from the 1870s. Especially useful is the Certificate Number search for the Marriage Records Index. If you find an ancestor with their marriage certificate number, you can now enter that number into the search feature and easily find the name of their spouse.

A keyword search feature has also been added for the titles of our Government Publications collection and Government Videos collection.

Additions to Digital Collections Website – As mentioned at the beginning of the year, we continue to add new materials to our Digital Collections, including:

And later this year, we anticipate launching the following collections:

  • County Executive Annual Report/State of the County Addresses
  • Park Commission Annual Reports
  • Recreation Commission Annual Reports

Volunteers in Archives Update
A record number of members of the Archives’ Volunteers in Archives (“VIA”) program continue to contribute their time and talents both in the Archives’ Reading Room and in assisting to index and process records and make them available to the public. Again this summer student interns are joining the Archives’ ranks to further assist in making the Archives’ collections as accessible as possible.

Recent Acquisitions / Newly Processed Collections
Recent acquisitions and newly processed collections of the Archives during the first half of 2014 include the following:

Planning Department Correspondence and Progress Reports, 1983-1986: Copies of letters and memoranda from 1985 and 1986 sent from Westchester County Planning Department employees to fellow staff members, businesses, other departments and private citizens throughout the county. The correspondences are primarily, but not exclusively, written by Peter Q. Eschweiler, Commissioner of the Planning Department, and Joseph R. Potenza, Deputy Commissioner. The collection also includes Quarterly Progress reports from 1983-September 1986 with project descriptions, the personnel associated with the project, date started, estimated completion date, percent completed and milestone descriptions.

County Executive’s Office: Collected Studies and Reports, 1937-1968 (bulk 1950s-1961): Reference files maintained during the administrations of the first four County Executives of Westchester County (William Bleakley, 1939-1941, Herbert Gerlach, 1941-1953, James Hopkins, 1954-1957, and Edwin Michaelian, 1958-1973), though primarily covering the 1950s-1961. This collection is an accumulation of consultant reports prepared specifically for the county and studying various aspect of operation of the county government as well as third-party studies, not specifically addressing Westchester County, but dealing with issues of interest to those who governed it.