Proposals Sought For New York State History Conference

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This November the annual Researching New York Conference will bring together historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, museum curators, teachers, documentarians, and more to share their work on New York State history.

Conference organizers invite proposals from any time period and any methodological perspective on all aspects of New York State’s history.

2017 is a year of celebration of women suffrage in New York State. Groups throughout New York are marking the occasion with lectures, exhibits, conferences, and a wide range of programs commemorating the milestone. For Researching New York 2017, proposals that enlarge and expand that exploration by also considering the lives, work, and history of women in New York from the earliest native Americans to the present, are strongly recommended.

Organizers are seeking submissions for workshops, roundtables, panels, and individual papers from scholars, public historians, educators, archivists, librarians, and others engaged in the study, teaching, and presentation of New York State History. Work that addresses practical and theoretical issues surrounding the interpretation, preservation, commemoration, and public presentation of New York State history is encouraged.

Proposals are due August 20, 2017. Complete panels, workshops, media presentations, or full sessions are preferred; partial panels and individual submissions will be considered whenever possible. For panel, roundtable, or workshop proposals, submit a one-page summary of your session, including a brief abstract, and one-page curriculum vita for each panel participant. Individual submissions should include a one-page abstract and one-page vita. Submissions must include name, address, and e-mail address. All proposals should include any anticipated audiovisual needs and note any possible time constraints. When possible, scheduling accommodations will be made, but cannot be guaranteed. Submit proposals as an attachment, in a single document, to

Conference Organizers are also seeking commentators for panels. To indicate your interest,, noting your area of expertise, along with a one-page vita. For further information, visit the Researching New York website.

Researching New York is sponsored by the University at Albany History Department, History Graduate Student Organization, and M.E. Grenander Special Collection and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and Fenimore Art Museum with additional support from the New York State Museum.

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  1. Christopher K. Philippo

    I wish it wasn’t always at UAlbany!

    On the topic of researching “Women of New York – Suffrage and Beyond,” might anyone know if the photo card described below survives?

    “On Thursday evening I delivered an address before the Political Equality Club, in Geological Hall, to an audience that filled the room. Mrs. Howell, the president, was away, and Mrs. Chapin again presided. Mrs. Caroline Gilkey Rogers, of Lansingburg, acted as secretary.
    “Mr. Veeder, the leading photographer in Albany, has arranged a card which is significant of the set of popular feeling. In the centre is a view of the new capitol. Around this are arranged photographs of forty members of the present Assembly, with the words ‘N. Y. State Legislators in 1885.’ Beneath these are portraits of six ladies, Mrs. Gage, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Chapin, Miss Stoneman, and myself. Below these is inscribed, ‘and those who ought to be in 1886.’ These cards, they tell me, are having a large sale.
    “The woman suffrage bill, which appeared in your issue of Dec. 18, entitled ‘An act to enfranchise the women citizens of the State,’ was, I may be permitted to say (as there seems to be some confusion about it) drawn by myself. It meets with very general approval, and will be presented on one of the first days of the session. L. D. B.
    “New York City, Jan. 13, 1885.”
    The Woman’s Journal. January 17, 1885: 20.


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