In the early morning hours of March 29, 1911, fire broke out in the New York State Capitol at Albany. By sunset, the entire western portion of the building had sustained extensive damage. The entire collection of the New York State Library which had been housed there was almost completely destroyed. Founded in 1818, it had been one of the finest research libraries in the country. In a particularly bitter irony, the fire struck as the overcrowded library was four months away from moving into new, spacious quarters under construction across the street. Miraculously, the only fatality was an elderly watchman. This account of the fire includes recently discovered photographs documenting the construction of the building, beginning in 1867, as well as eyewitness accounts of its destruction.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.