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Orson Welles portrait

Universally regarded as one of the finest screen and stage directors and producers of the 20th century, George Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1915. Welles made his stage debut in Ireland in 1931 and by 1933 he was touring off-Broadway.

Atwood and Alice Manley

G. Atwood Manley, author, newspaperman, raconteur and outdoorsman, was born on October 31, 1893 and died September 6, 1989 in Canton, New York. He graduated from Canton High School in 1912 and from St. Lawrence University in 1916. While a student he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was involved with the college newspaper.

World War Two MP's standing at attention

Basil Watson (1919-1970) a native of Madrid, NY served in the United States Army from October of 1940 to January of 1946 in Company 2nd Battalion 358th Infantry. While in the military Basil held 3 ranks from Private, Private First Class, and Technical Sergeant.

Ambrotype image of Alvah Beach

Alvah and Enos Beach of Russell, NY, and their brother-in-law David Robinson fought on the Union side in the Civil War. The collection consists chiefly of letters written by Alvah and Enos Beach of Russell, N.Y., while they were in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Business records from the Benjamin Clark Collection

Benjamin Clark settled in Malone, NY in 1815. He had three sons and one daughter; his son's names were Samuel S., Benjamin W. and Charles. Clark was the first judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1825-1828. In 1819 he was appointed to a building committee to raise funds to build a fireproof clerks office. He also served as Superintendent of the Poor in 1830.

Birdsfoot Farm barn

This collection contains records and papers pertaining to Birdsfoot Farm. Box 1 contains a brief history of the beginnings of Birdsfoot from 1972-1975. Within the collection are meeting minutes, financial records, and land trust agreements (1988-2007) pertaining to the Birdsfoot community.

Ephemera from Romeo and Juliet

Harold C. Bohn was a member of the English dept. at Montclair State College in the 1940's through the 1960's. Collection contains clippings, playbills and epherera related to productions of the plays of William Shakespeare. Clippings and ephemera are organized by play and the plays are alphabetized. Also includes thesis and typescript on teaching Shakespeare in secondary school.

This collection consists of two 1-page narratives by two U.S. Army soldiers from A Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY following their return from deployment in Kunduz province in Afghanistan. The narratives were written in April 2011, while their deployment was from April 2010 to March 2011. The first narrative is by Spc.

August 1820 letter from the Brown/Kirby Fimily Papers

Jacob Jennings Brown founded the village of Brownville NY. After outstanding service during the War of 1812, he was made general-in-chief of the army, a position he held until his death. His son-in-law Edmond Kirby also had a distinguished army career. He also was active in founding a number of businesses in and around Brownville, including the Jefferson Woolen Mill in Dexter.

Part of a Franklin County map showing the community of Brushton

Henry Nielson Brush was born March 12, 1810 in New York City. He was educated at Columbia College, moving to the town of Moira, Franklin County, New York where he owned two large farms, a stone grist-mill and a sawmill. He was the founder of Brush Mills, which today is called Brushton. He married Juanilla Marie de Jouve of Cuba in 1831.

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