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Benjamin Himmelfarb

About Benjamin Himmelfarb

Ben Himmelfarb holds master’s degrees in Information Science and History from the University at Albany, SUNY. He works as a Library Assistant at the Albany Public Library where he does digitization and reference work with the Pruyn Collection of Albany History. Ben hopes to utilize digital technology and inventive programming to bring history to wider audiences. Ben is also currently working with Partners for Albany Stories as an Outreach Intern.

Urban Renewal In The Pruyn Collection of Albany History


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xfn00032Albany Public Library joined New York Heritage, a statewide digital library, in the spring of 2014 to raise awareness of its collections. The library’s Pruyn Collection of Albany History is a treasure trove of information about the leaders, citizens, buildings, governments, events, and history of New York’s capital city. The collection includes documents about urban renewal, the South Mall construction, city and state government, and African American history.

Albany Public Library’s digital collection on New York Heritage contains a small sample of our local history holdings. The full Pruyn Collection includes thousands of books, photographs, city directories, newspapers, documents, census records, city council minutes, maps, and more. We invite you to visit the Pruyn Collection of Albany History, which is housed at Albany Public Library’s Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. Continue reading