Books

  Ballston Area History Roundtable Lending Library

The following books are available to borrow from the BAHR. Our policy is to lend books for one month, returnable at the next meeting of the group. It is hoped that some of the topics covered by these books will inspire you to research further into the subjects covered, and possibly share their findings with the group at future meetings, or in blogs on the BAHR web site. The books below are available on the BAHR bookshelf in the Heritage Hunters resource room at Brookside Museum. If you would like to borrow one, simply sign in with your name and date. If you have books that you are willing to add to this list, please bring to the next BAHR meeting or contact Jim Richmond.     In chronological order of publication:

A Gazetteer of the State of New York, Horatio Gates Spafford, 1813, 334 p. One of the earliest descriptions of the Village and Local Towns. Includes information on population, geography, soil fertility, mills, churches,etc.

A Review and Exposition of the Falsehood and Misrepresentation of a Pamphlet Addressed to the Republicans of the County of Saratoga, “A Citizen”, 1816, 47 p. A fascinating polemic that proves insight into a dispute among the local politicians that involved in a split of the party between “New Liners” and “Old Liners.”

Brief History of the Printing Press in Washington, Saratoga and Warren Counties, William H. Hill,125 p.Includes a list of publications and descriptions of books and pamphlets published in Ballston up to 1825

Oration Delivered at the Democratic Republican Celebration of the Sixty-fourth Anniversary of the Independence of the United States, July, 4,1840, Samuel Young, 1840, 24p. A patriotic speech delivered in mid-19thcentury style by the long-time local state legislator.

A History of Temperance in Saratoga County, New York, William Hay, 1855, 155 p. The Story of the local Temperance movement, including the organizational meetings, their charters and  motivation.

Gazetteer of the State of New York, J.H. French, 1860, 721 p.A massive and comprehensive study of the economic, political and statistical status of counties and towns in the state on the eve of the Civil War.ORIGINAL COPY – USE AT BROOKSIDE ONLY

The Bench and Bar of Saratoga County, E.R. Mann, 1876. 391 pages. Includes information of early lawyers and judges as well as many interesting local legal cases.

Leading Industrial Pursuits, John S. Buckley, 1877 70 p. The first half of the book focuses on the many mills and commercial interests of the Ballston area.

Reminiscences of Saratoga and Ballston. William L Stone, 1890, 438 p. Classic History of Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa. -ORIGINAL COPY – USE AT BROOKSIDE ONLY

Through Poverty’s Vale, Henry Conklin, 1891 263 p.A first-hand account of growing up in upstate New York 1832-1862. Great resource for a program on 19thC. family life

Centennial History of the Village of Ballston Spa, Edward F. Gross, 1907, 258 p. The classic history of the village and towns of Ballston and Milton, written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the village.

The Story of Old Saratoga, John Henry Brandow, 1919, 513 p.A dated but very interesting account of the early days of eastern Saratoga County during the colonial and revolutionary period.

Mathew Brady – Historian with a Camera, James D Horan, 1955, 240 p. Detailed biography of Brady with an extensive collection of his photographs

The History of Waterford, Sydney Ernest Hammersley 1957

Stories and Pictures of Charlton, New York W.Bronson Taylor, Levi Taylor, Percy Van Epps

Crossroads and Canals – History of Clifton Park, William R. Washington, Patricia S. Smith

Greenfield Glimpses, Clayton H. Brown, 1976

Halfmoon – A Peaceful Passageway, Halfmoon Bicentennial Committee, 1976

Stories and Pictures of Providence, W. Bronson Taylor 1976

Greek Temples on the Towpath – A history and Guide to the Vischer Ferry Historic District, John L. Scherer

Photography in Nineteenth-Century America, Martha A.Sandwise,ed., 1991, 320 p. A series of essays along with portfolios of color and black and white plates

Streetscapes Through Time, Paul & Marilyn Pastore, 2007, 91p. In commemoration of the 200thanniversary of the founding of the Village of Ballston Spa. Historical and model pictures from the Pastore collection

In Our Own Words: The Story of Saratoga County, Joyt Houle, ed. 2009, 230 p. A compendium of articles on Saratoga Towns and Stories from the Community

 

Ballston Area History Roundtable – Lending Library

 

Book                                                          Provided by                                     Borrower                        Date

Spafford Gazetteer 1813 Jim Richmond    
Response to “A Citizen” 1816 Jim Richmond    
Printing Press – Hill – 1825 Jim Richmond    
Samuel Young Oration -1840 Jim Richmond    
Temperance History – Hay – 1855 Jim Richmond    
Gazetteer of New York – French – 1860 Kim McCartney Brookside use only  
Bench and Bar – Mann – 1876 Jim Richmond    
Industrial Pursuits-Buckley – 1877 Jim Richmond    
Rem of Saratoga & Ballston – Stone -1890 Jim Richmond Brookside use only  
Through Poverty’s Vale – Conklin – 1891 Jim Richmond    
Centennial History – Gross – 1907 Jim Richmond    
The Story of Old Saratoga -Brandow-1919 Jim Richmond    
Mathew Brady-Historian w/ a Camera Jim Richmond    
The History of Waterford Lauren Roberts*    
Stories and Pictures of Charlton Lauren Roberts*    
Crossroads and Canals Lauren Roberts*    
Greenfield Glimpses Lauren Roberts*    
Halfmoon – A Peaceful Passageway Lauren Roberts*    
Stories and Pictures of Providence Lauren Roberts*    
Greek Temples on the Towpath Lauren Roberts*    
Photography in 19thAmerica Jim Richmond    
Ballston Spa-Streetscapes thru time-2007 Kim McCartney    
In Our Own Words: Story of Saratoga Co Kim McCartney    
       
       
       
*Duplicate copies from Sar Co His office