Collections

Fishing in the North Country

From the streams of the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River, fishing is both source of work and a favorite pastime for many people in the North Country. Collected here are some of the biggest catches in our archive.

North Country General Stores

Over the years, the North Country’s general stores have provided necessities and luxuries for workers and residents. With photos ranging from 1870 to 2000, this collection showcases general stores across the North Country and the people who have worked to make these stores integral parts of their communities.

Inside the Cornwall Brothers Store in Alexandria Bay

Businesses in Alexandria Bay

Collected here are photos of Alexandria Bay businesses from 1890 to the 1940s, ranging from grocery stores to machine shops.

Gerald Heath sits in doorway or windowsill

Caretaking for Singer Castle on Dark Island

Gerald Heath was the caretaker of Singer Castle on Dark Island for a decade from the 1950s to the early 1960s. That meant that he lived on the island year-round, staying in the castle’s help’s quarters. His family spent much of their free time there, and his children often helped with some of his tasks, such […]

Polygon Club at Clarkson University in Potsdam

Clarkson University Through the Years

Clarkson University has been around for over 120 years. In this collection, check out photos from its very beginning in the 1890s up to modern operations in the 2010s.

In and Around Downtown Carthage

Collected here are photos of downtown Carthage through the years, from candy shop interiors to coal yards. The photos span over a century, from the 1880s to the 1990s.

Thousand Islands Tour Boats

Tourism in the Thousand Islands is all about the Saint Lawrence River. For over a century, the captains, crews, and guides on tour boats have shown people from around the world the beauty of the Thousand Islands. Collected here are tour boat photos from throughout the 1900s.

North Country Ice Cream

While winter may last for most of the year, during the warmer months cooling off with ice cream is a time-honored tradition in the North Country. Here, photos show the workers that have helped make ice cream a staple of North Country summers.

Delivering mail by sled in Lisbon

Delivering Mail Across the North Country

Keeping the North Country connected and in letters is hard work. Over the decades, in spite of adverse weather, and through all kinds of terrain, mail carriers have delivered letters to people in even the most secluded areas. Collected here are photos of the many ways (plane, boat, sled!) that mail has been transported across the North Country for the last […]