Local History

The Pruyn Collection of Albany History is the local history collection of the Albany Public Library. It is housed in the Albany History Room, which is opposite the Edgar Tompkins Memorial Computer Lab on the second floor of the Main Library. Albany’s long and fascinating history can be explored through books, pamphlets, clippings, newspapers, and photographs. The lives of citizens can be discovered through city directories, census records, and newspapers. While the primary focus of the collection is on the history of Albany City and County, there are also materials relating to other communities in the Capital District.

The Pruyn Collection Hours:

Mondays from 4 to 7 pm – Every week

Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm – First and third Wednesday of each month

Fridays from 2 to 5 pm – Every week

Saturdays from 1:30 to 5 pm – Second and fourth Saturday of each month

City Historian Tony Opalka will be available in the Albany History Room to assist the public with their local history research on:

1st, 3rd and 4th Monday of the month from 6 to 7 pm

2nd Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 pm


Contact the Reference Desk for general information at 427-4303.

For more specialized assistance, email localhistory@albanypubliclibrary.org.


Pruyn Collection - A list of local history and genealogical materials available for use in the Albany History Room.

Online history & genealogy resources - Useful web links and research databases.

Finding Birth, Death, and Marriage Records


Last updated: September 24, 2014