The People’s Record of Cortland County is a local community-archiving project created by the Cortland County Historical Society and the Archives & Special Collections at SUNY Cortland. This collaborative partnership was funded by the Federal American Rescue Plan (APRA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and supported by the South-Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC).
Through a series of pop-up archive events in the spring of 2022, the two institutions actively engaged with community members in order to document and preserve their stories/items. The purpose of this project was to provide a documented outlet for historically marginalized populations who play a pivotal role within the community. The series of pop-up events invited potential donors to share their story (on-site) by sitting for an interview or providing us with materials to scan for them. It is important to note this project was not exclusive, but rather an inclusive opportunity to broaden the historical/social record of County residents. While some materials range beyond the initial scope of this project, many of the donations detail community/college activism, and LGBTQIA, BIPOC, veteran, and foreign-born stories. Some of the scrapbooks recall local abolitionists efforts, women’s rights, and guest speakers who came to Cortland. In addition, some of the materials cover the Musical Legacy of SUNY Cortland, daily/rural life in Cortland County, religion, and higher education. The collection details a diverse range of activities and voices relating to local history.
State University of New York College at Cortland, Archives and Special Collections and Cortland County Historical Society
This collection includes audio recordings (oral history interviews) and scrapbooks relating to the history of Cortland County and the State University of New York College at Cortland. To access the online collection, click on the blue link option to become connected to New York Heritage.
Contributors of this project:
- Tabitha Scoville, Director of the Cortland County Historical Society
- Sophie Clough, Collections and Research Assistant, Cortland County Historical Society
- Jeremy Pekarek, Archivist & Instructional Services Librarian, Memorial Library, SUNY Cortland
- Caleb Blaise, Undergraduate Intern, SUNY Cortland
- MacKenzie Guernsey, Undergraduate Intern, SUNY Cortland
Additional special thanks to the following that helped make this possible:
- Cortland County residents and interviewees
- South Central Regional Library Council
- Memorial Library
- Evan Faulkenbury, Professor of History, SUNY Cortland
- Research and Sponsored Programs Office, SUNY Cortland
- Human Resources Office, SUNY Cortland
- Duplicating Services, SUNY Cortland
- Communications Office, SUNY Cortland
- Cortland Standard
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Cortland
- Musical Legacy group of SUNY Cortland
- Bru 64
- Cortland Free Library