Kingston, NY – Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack announces the exhibit “Into My Hands: Recent Donations to the Ulster County Archives” featuring a sampling of records donated to the Ulster County Archives between 2011 and 2022. The exhibit is now on display in the 2nd floor Archives Gallery located in the Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Kingston. 

In 2005, the Records Donation Program was designed to encourage the rightful return of official county records; those that were at one time created by, filed with, or in the possession of, the County of Ulster.  The donations received since then have expanded that original design and we are pleased to share some of the many interesting items now residing in the Archives.  Exhibiting these items is also a way to recognize those who have donated.  Since the last recognition event in 2010, forty donations of records and dozens of books for our reference library have been received. The Clerk’s Office would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for their invaluable support and invite them to the Archives Gallery to view the recognition plaques engraved with their names.

The donated records date from 1678 to 2022 and vary in content and form.  There are land sale transactions, court records, maps, family collections, photographs, reference books and even an unexpectedly popular “I Voted” sticker.  Despite the wide variety of materials included in the donated records, each donation is unique and provides valuable insight into the people and events that have shaped this region over time. Taken together, these materials offer a comprehensive and multi-faceted view of the history of the area, providing a valuable resource for researchers, historians, and anyone interested in learning more about the past.

"Preserving history is not just about looking back, but also ensuring that our stories and experiences are passed down to future generations. The donations to the Ulster County Archives are a testament to the power of community and the importance of preserving our collective memory,” stated County Clerk Nina Postupack.  “The generosity of those who donate them allows us to preserve and learn from our history, and for that we are forever grateful.”

For further information on the Records Donation Program, this exhibit or other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040, visit the archives online at ulstercountyny.gov/archives, or find us on Facebook.