Scarsdale Treasures Underground

As we noted in our previous post you can find digital copies of historical treasures relating to Scarsdale at the Digital Public Library of America.

You can also find the real thing—163 year-old hand-drawn maps, Scarsdale's original 1845 New York State census records, and much more—stored away in the basement of the Scarsdale Public Library.

Yesterday we were treated to a tour of the local history room—appropriately named in honor of long-time Scarsdale historian Richard M. Lederer, Jr. We met with library director Elizabeth Bermel, reference librarian Daniel Glauber, and department manager Jennifer Friedman, to explore ways the Scarsdale Historical Society can work with the library to make their treasure-trove available to online.

Detail of an 1851 map showing the mill dam, saw mill and bridge on the Bronx River.

Detail of an 1851 map showing the mill dam, saw mill and bridge on the Bronx River.

The 1851 map includes a numbered index listing the property owners, acreage and how the land was being used.

The 1851 map includes a numbered index listing the property owners, acreage and how the land was being used.

Appointment Letter from Daniel D. Tompkins, April 30, 1814

Appointment Letter from Daniel D. Tompkins, April 30, 1814

The library has a set of of the four volume 1930 atlas of Westchester County published by G.M. Hopkins Co. The office of the Westchester County Clerk has already scanned their set and you can see it online   here  .

The library has a set of of the four volume 1930 atlas of Westchester County published by G.M. Hopkins Co. The office of the Westchester County Clerk has already scanned their set and you can see it online here.

The 1845 census book contains a wealth of information, listing the names of all property owners and their answers to 48 questions—including where they came from, how much land they owned and even the specific crops they were growing.

The 1845 census book contains a wealth of information, listing the names of all property owners and their answers to 48 questions—including where they came from, how much land they owned and even the specific crops they were growing.

Scarsdale Treasures in the Digital Public Library of America

Caleb Heathcote Buys the Richbell Farm by Gordon Samstag

Caleb Heathcote Buys the Richbell Farm by Gordon Samstag

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata—meaning information describing an item—and thumbnail images for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

Here are a few of the items that turn up when you search the word "Scarsdale":

Digitization of Scarsdale Inquirer Archives

The Scarsdale Inquirer has covered our project to digitize the first 30 years of the newspaper.

"The Scarsdale Historical Society and the Scarsdale Public Library have joined forces to begin the digitization of back issues of The Scarsdale Inquirer. A much needed funding grant of $25,000 by the Historical Society fills a financial gap in the library’s budget and provides the impetus to begin the digitization process of the Inquirer’s back issues." 

Read the rest here.