Welcome to the Putnam County Historian’s Office and Archives! We are located in Brewster, New York, in the lower Hudson River Valley region. Our local government office preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of Putnam County. New York’s Town and Village Historians have been serving public history since 1919, in part to document World War I Veterans back into civilian life. The New York State Legislature authorized a provision for the appointment of County Historians by an Act of March 31, 1933, ch. 107, 1933 N.Y. Laws 156. County Historians are appointed by the Putnam County Executive and confirmed by the Putnam County Legislature. New York State defines the work of County Historians in four broad categories: research and writing, teaching and public presentations, historic preservation, and organization, advocacy and tourism promotion. In Putnam County, we have been collecting historical records, maps, books, photographs, and periodicals since 1953 to support these efforts. In 1992, the Putnam County Archives was established in the Historian’s Office to preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible the governmental records of Putnam County. We hope that the archives and collection will be used as a resource for people in our county and elsewhere. The collection finding aid is available here: The Putnam County Historian’s Archives Digital Finding Aid and is also linked to OCLC’s Archives Grid. We are consortia members of SENYLRC’s Hudson River Valley Heritage digital initiative at HRVH – PUTNAM COUNTY and you can find us on Facebook at Putnam Historian and some of our sites on the History Pin app!

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Series021 Receipt book 1821-1827 Jonathan Morehouse Putnam County Clerk – historian