25,000+ pamphlets from the New York Historical Society’s collections. These 19th and early 20th century pamphlets cover contentious topics related to politics and government, religion and religious movements, art and entertainment, business and economics, health and medicine, education, immigrants and ethnic groups, Native Americans, African Americans, slavery and the Civil War, women, and science and technology.
30,000+ searchable images of campaign literature, posters, advertisements, trade cards, programs, and other items that provide insight into the history, culture, and daily life of Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Created locally for short-lived, specific purposes, most of these materials would ordinarily have been destroyed.
Dr. James M. Payson was a founding faculty member of the State School of Agriculture, which was founded in 1907 at St. Lawrence University. He was born in South Freedom, Maine in 1848. He was educated in Maine and began a teaching career there until coming to Canton to enroll in the Universalist Theological School here. He married Flora Bassett just before graduating in 1874. He then spent 19 years as a minister in Sherman, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin until returning to Canton to serve as pastor of the Universalist Church. Upon the founding of the Ag school, Dr.