The value of Niagara to the world, and that which has obtained for it homage of so many men whom the world reveres, lies in its power of appeal to the higher emotional and imaginative faculties, and this power is drawn from qualities and conditions too subtle to be known through verbal description.
Special Report of New York State Survey on the Preservation of the Scenery of Niagara Falls…for the Year 1879. Albany: Charles Van Benthuysen & Sons,1880. The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
- There are many images of New York State’s lakes, rivers, falls, and other natural wonders in the Library’s collections. Browse the subject listing in Photos, Prints, and Drawings collections to see how many images you will find and to view them. Or, browse Detroit Publishing Company to locate an array of images. For example, there are over 200 images of Niagara Falls in the Prints and Photographs Division.
- Search on New York in Maps collections for a wide variety of maps of the state and its various regions. Similarly, a search on New York in the Photos, Prints, and Drawings collections yields thousands of images including buildings, people, and views.
- Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey contains thousands of photographs and drawings of New York buildings.
- The Horydczak Collection also has images of New York State and New York City.
- A search on New York in the Van Vechten Collection yields more scenic views and images of statues than it does of portraits taken in New York City.
- Discover important conservation documents as well as related photographs in The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920.
- Find out more about the process of drafting and ratifying the Constitution. Browse Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 or see the special presentation To Form a More Perfect Union.
- For more information about New York, view Today in History pages about Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, Columbia University in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the New York City Police Department.